By Star Hughes-Gorup
If you’ve ever participated in a fundraising event or donated to a nonprofit, chances are you have used Classy’s amazing online fundraising platform. Classy is San Diego’s start-up sweetheart–and in many ways, they have paved the way for more investment and have drawn attention to the San Diego start-up scene. Since 2011, Classy has helped thousands of organizations raise over half a billion dollars, with fundraising doubling on the platform every year since launch–and we couldn’t be more honored to call their team clients and friends.
Classy is known for being one of the best places to work in the country–and their space reflects it. Located in the coveted East Village area of Downtown San Diego, Classy’s space features floor-to-ceiling glass, historic brick walls, and a view into San Diego’s iconic baseball stadium, Petco Park.
Classy’s space is raw and authentic, and if you didn’t know better by the incredible 360-degree city and water views, you’d think you were in a historic warehouse on the outskirts of Boston. With polished concrete floors and exposed, open ceilings, the space is sleek and modern, showcasing the raw character of the building.
Classy chose to wrap the interior of the building in historic brick, and they installed metal and glass storefront systems for conference rooms, phone rooms, and offices (you’d never guess the walls are furniture–they are demountable walls!). The kitchen is a focal point, with a restaurant-style bar, a colorful backsplash, and industrial-glam farm tables.
Classy’s home is one of my favorite offices I’ve ever been in–and I can’t applaud them enough for building not only an amazing company with a remarkable culture, but also a workplace to inspire and invigorate both their team and the community. Congratulations, Classy!
Star Hughes-Gorup is a senior vice president and director at Hughes Marino, an award-winning commercial real estate firm with offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Star is a key member of Hughes Marino’s San Diego brokerage team, where she specializes in tenant representation and building purchases. Star also makes frequent media appearances to speak on business issues from a millennial perspective, and blogs about life as a woman in a male-dominated industry at starhughesgorup.com. Contact Star at 1-844-NO-CONFLICT, or firstname.lastname@example.org.