The Bourse Fades Away

Thomas MacMillan PhotoThe Bourse co-working space on Chapel Street has closed. And reopened in a scaled-down form two floors higher.

Robert Orr (pictured), who co-founded the Bourse in 2011 with his wife, Carol Orr, said the co-working outfit left its second-floor home at 839 Chapel St. two months ago.

The Orrs rented the second-floor space to the not-for-profit Love 146. The Bourse still exists, he said, as office space in his architectural firm on the fourth floor. But not many individual co-workers occupy that space; one end is taken up by NARAL Pro-choice Connecticut.

“Technically, it exists,” Orr said on Monday. “We’ve shrunk down to the fourth floor.”

Orr said the Bourse still runs a lecture series, using a theater at the back of the first-floor English Market, the store Orr’s wife runs.

Orr said he’s been very busy with other ventures. “I have about 10 businesses.”

Orr said he doesn’t know exactly how many members the Bourse has now. “I haven’t counted. People come and go.”

He said he doesn’t know how much longer the Bourse will continue. He said he’s going to “play it by ear for now.”

Meanwhile, the Grove co-working space, which began around the same time as the Bourse, has flourished, expanding from a location on Orange Street to multiple floors on Chapel Street, and being chosen by the state as one of four innovation hubs.

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