This project redevelops a 13,000 sqft warehouse located in Jackson, MS into a mixed-use social hub and workspace featuring a restaurant & bar, co-working spaces & private offices, event hall, 24-hour container box gym, and a public swimming pool. The mission is to create a social hub and workspace where people work to make a life, not just a living. The business model is based on providing entrepreneurs and remote workers with office / leased spaces at lower costs and (revenue generating) amenities that attract guests to convene in a social atmosphere.

We are inspired by the quote, “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree/ and no one shall make them afraid.”  The Embassy is a place to go for refuge. It represents a culmination of what we believe in: the experiences that can be created through food and around the table; the community and team we invite into our doors and cultivate in our space; and the ecosystem we’re a part of and want to contribute to. This ambitious, mixed-use revitalization endeavor will further invest in Jackson, MS encouraging additional activity in a distressed neighborhood.

 

Approximately 1,200 sqft of the warehouse will be leased to a restauranteur offering lunch and dinner menus. It will feature Jackson’s most exciting food, drink and social experiences. 

Day or night, rain or shine, guests can dine on our cuisine out on the front patio, in the restaurant, at the bar, or even out back by the pool. Have a cocktail in the hot tub, sitting at the poolside bar or enjoy our outdoor grill and dining area.

The edible garden is a beautifully functional food forest that is fully integrated into the guest experience. We will grow our own fruits and vegetables on the property to support the on-side food vendors investory and provide healthy food options to guest and the community. 

The Embassy’s philanthropic concept is simple. For each drink or entree purchased, guests receive one vote that they may cast that night for one of the Citizenville’s partnered charities. Charities must rent office in one of the Podspaces or be a passport member of The Embassy to be considered. The charities receive the contribution at the end of each month based on the number of votes they receive.  

The Embassy is a community-driven organization that creates collaborative spaces to inspire ideas and foster collaboration amongst the nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs. There will be a mix of team rooms, coworking areas, event spaces, and creative studios.  

Our WorkPods, repurposed from shipping containers, will combine the collaborative nature of tech co-working spaces with the solution-oriented mission of nonprofits. The space offers different levels of membership and access to conference rooms for members with lower-tier benefits. All members benefit from below-market rental rates.

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An unlimited number of “Open Table” memberships will available. The Open Table, or Flex, members can sit in any open table or seat inside the building’s main floor. This membership also includes access to the private WiFi network, printer, and discounts on select menu items. Every day members can discover a new favorite spot, plug in, and get to work for just $50 per month! 

The Space

  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Access to the restaurant, bar, and swimming pool 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Free coffee

Furnishings: 

  • Flexible seating on the main floor and top deck
  • Printers
  • Plants 

Simplified Logistics

  • Streamlined billing
  • Office maintenance
  • Building operations + IT

Networking & Events

  • Weekly community events
  • Community network access
  • Exclusive member benefits

Cost: 

  • $50 per month 

The second option is the “Diplomats” members. These members have dedicated desks located in the Diplomatic Room behind the main floor stage.  The desks are $200 per month and includes access to a printer, private phone booth, periodic discounts on the virtual mail address, and free coffee. The Diplomat membership option is perfect for folks looking to make a space their own. For $200 per month, Diplomats get their own personal desk, 24/7 access, discounts at the restaurant & bar, virtual mailing address discounts, and access to the private phone booth.

The Space

  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited access (24/7)
  • Access to the restaurant, bar, and swimming pool 
  • Meeting rooms + phone booths
  • Free coffee
  • Direct access to the courtyard terrace + backyard garden

Furnishings: 

  • Desks 
  • Chairs
  • Partitions
  • Printers
  • Lockers 
  • Storage
  • Plants 
  • Whiteboard 

Simplified Logistics

  • Streamlined billing
  • Post and parcel handling (additional fee)
  • Office maintenance
  • Building operations + IT

Networking & Events

  • Weekly community events
  • Community network access
  • Exclusive member benefits
  • Discount on event spaces

Cost: 

  • $200 per month 

The top tier membership option is the Private Studio Pods. Our converted shipping container studios are perfect for teams or individual who want a little more privacy and a bit more space to spread out. Featuring 24/7 secured access, comfy chairs and custom desks. Studios start at only $750/month!

The Space

  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Secure, lockable office space
  • Desks, chairs, cabinets
  • Unlimited access (24/7)
  • Common areas, kitchenettes
  • Access to the restaurant, bar, and swimming pool 
  • Meeting rooms + phone booths
  • Free coffee and herbal tea
  • Courtyard Terrace + backyard garden

Simplified Logistics

  • Flexible rental contracts
  • Streamlined billing
  • Post and parcel handling
  • Reception Service
  • Office maintenance
  • Building operations + IT
  • Add more space as you grow

Networking & Events

  • Weekly community events
  • Community network access
  • Exclusive member benefits
  • Discount on event spaces

Cost

  • $750 per month 

The 8 private studios are shipping containers repurposed as office/studio space. All Pods are 20 ft long and include electrical circuits, HVAC units, sliding glass doors, and keypad entry. 

Furnishings

  • Lockers
  • Chairs
  • Desks
  • Storage
  • Plants

We will continue the work of Citizenville by increasing the capacity and effectiveness of local nonprofits through development and support by donating 05.% of each transaction back to the social ventures that rents office space in one of the Workpods. Our vision is a future when every nonprofit organization has access to the workspace it needs to support and sustain healthy, vibrant communities. 

It’s time for Jackson to have an aquatic sanctuary in the heart of Midtown Arts District.  Our 30 ft pool will be year-round and will be the poolside indulgence to help beat the Mississippi heat and mix & mingle. Our industrial setting combined with the lush landscape the the perfect oasis for locals and tourists to come together for food, drink and fun. The pool area will offer full food & beverage service, custom cocktails, cabana rentals, private event bookings, plenty of poolside fun in the sun, and tropical tunes to set the mood.  

We will offer both day passes for $15 or if you’re a local and would like to enjoy our pool year round, an annual Swim Club membership is available for $300. 

Towel rental: $2 

Locker rental: $2 

Open 7 Days a Week from 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Our Happy Hour is 4 – 7 p.m daily.

*Family/Kid Hours 

  • Monday through Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5p.m.

The Embassy will offer free swim sessions 3 days out of the week in an effort to increase kids’ interest in water activities as well as open doors for broader trajectories. All profits made from the pool outdoor and entertainment will support the Swim Initiative’s efforts to offer aquatic safety programs in the Jackson metro area to minority and low-income individuals.

The Food Vendor Pods

There will be three 20 ft poolside food vendor pods.  The pods will be fitted to include a bar opening, sinks, ice machine, refrigerator, and counter space. The food & beverage tenant of each pod will provide their own food, signage customizations to the pods. 

Types of Vendors

The vendors will have been in operation for at least a year, have the capacity to operate this satellite location, obtain liquor licenses and any required permits, and have food and/or menu options complimentary to a pool setting. 

*Note on Affordability 

The food hall and open market model lowers the barrier to entry significantly, providing an affordable brick-and-mortar space without the seasonal headaches of food trucks or tabling while also offering a dependable brand presence that scattershot pop-ups can’t provide. For would-be vendors, The Embassy can be the perfect way to test and refine a concept before taking the full-service restaurant or retail plunge.

Commercial Tenants 

The vendors are The Embassy’s “commercial” tenants and will sign three-year leases. They will operate independently, securing their own permits and staffing their containers while sharing a marketing budget, utilities and some other costs with the other vendors.

  • Heated/ Chilled Saltwater Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna Room
  • Poolside Bars
  • Cabana Rentals 
  • Projector Screen TV
  • Free Wifi Available 
  • Pool chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.
  • Must be 21 or older to be on premises with a Valid ID
  • No food or beverages allowed from any other establishment
  • The Embassy reserves the right to search your bags
  • No glass allowed beyond the back door
  • No horseplay or jumping in the pool
  • Keep the shouting and noise to a minimum
  • Shower prior to getting in pool & hot tub
  • Proper attire is required in all areas i.e. swim suits

We re-designed the inside of the warehouse to be open, airy and inviting featuring lofted ceilings and an overhead sound system. During the day natural light will stream in from our skylight overhead onto our built in stage. 

The indoor event space won’t just be static rooms. They’ll become anything anyone wanted them to be whether it’s a small concert, large talks, private dinners, or innovation workshop.

Weekday Pricing Starts @ $400 for first 4 hours. (4 hour minimum which encompasses set-up, event hours, and breakdown.) $200 for each additional hour.

Friday/Saturday Post 6pm Pricing Starts @ $2300 for the evening. Encompassing set-up, event time, and breakdown. Events must end by 2am.

Saturday Before 6pm Pricing Starts @ $1200 for the first 4 hours, encompassing set-up, event time, and breakdown. Additional hours are $300.

Sunday Pricing Starts @ $1200 for the first 4 hours, encompassing set-up, event time, and breakdown. Additional hours are $300.

Cleaning Fee is standard for all events with food, beverages, and/or decorations @ $200.

holiday pricing varies.

Our services are just as dynamic as the event spaces themselves. Take the stress out of event planning and use our comprehensive event management services.

Catering

  • We cater everything from breakfast to late-night finger food.

Event Management 

  • Our team offers A-Z event management services. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll make it happen.

Video & Photography 

  • Want to document your event? Let us connect you with our most trusted videographers & photographers for the job.

Equipment

  • projectors & screens, microphones & a sound system, a stage & stage lighting, or moderation kits

Social Media Promotion

  • Need help getting attendees or a little publicity boost? Ask us about our promotional packages to unlock access to our community network.

In House Promotion

  • We have more than 500 members and visitors passing through our space daily. Get the word out about your event through flyers, posters, or other in-house signage.

Live Event Coverage

  • If it’s a good fit for community, we’re happy to offer Instagram Stories and Facebook takeovers to give your event a little live boost!

Booking Policies

DEPOSIT – A 50% deposit is required to confirm your event space/meeting room rental. The remaining balance is due no later than seven days before your scheduled event date.

SECURITY DEPOSIT – An additional refundable $250 security deposit will be required for all events with food, alcohol, large attendance, and/or decorations. The deposit will be returned following the event if the space has been returned to its original state and the event and breakdown does not run over the allotted time.

CONTRACT – A signed contract must be received to confirm your event space rental. Rental agreements will be emailed to the event organizer and must be signed and returned when the 50% deposit is paid.

INSURANCE – A certificate of insurance in the amount of $2,000,000.00 is required to confirm an event space booking and must be received no later than ten days before your scheduled event. This is not required for meeting room bookings. The certificate should name Citizenville, 117 Mill Street, Jackson, MS 39202 as loss payee and additional insured. Please submit to events@theembassy.org. 

SECURITY – A licensed and bonded security professional is required for any event that serves alcohol.

ALCOHOL – A licensed bartender is required to serve alcohol. Sale of alcohol is not permitted.

CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations made prior to 14 days from the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event receive a partial (50%) refund. Cancellations made within 1 week or after the start of the event will receive no refund. Failure to pay your balance by the due date will be considered a cancellation within two weeks and your event date will be released.

Revenue

  • Small events – $32,000
  • Large events – $45,000
  • Embassy events – $54,000 per year.

Expenses

It will cost $1,000 for the stage and an additional $3,000 to $5,000 for the stage backdrop work and equipment.

The total project cost is $750,000. A combination of commercial loan and private equity will be used to acquire the building and cover development expenses.Through this site’s digital crowdfunding campaign, we hope to raise $100K or more to help us with startup costs and get the project off the ground. As you might imagine, COVID-19 has slowed our progress somewhat.

Please contact JJ Townsend if you have questions about this project and would be interested in becoming a supporter or investor – jj@citizenville.org.

4 DONOR LEVELS

$15,000
The Embassy is Your Stage

The main floor stage or the outdoor stage will be named in your honor with an official seal engraved on the stage for all to see.
  (2 available)

$15,000
Swimming Pool in Your Name

The 30ft pool will be named in your honor with an official seal engraved on the ledge for all to see before they take a plunge in the swimming pool.
(2 available)

$15,000
Courtyard in Your Name

One of the courtyards will be named after you with an official seal engraved for all patrons to see.
(2 available)

$5,000 - WorkPod in Your Name

One of the workpod studios will be named after you with an official seal engraved.
(8 available)