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Ryan Wilson Opens $3 Million Private Club In Atlanta for Professionals and Entrepreneurs


The Gathering Spot is explained as  “An innovative, private, members-only city club that brings together a motivated and diverse community of professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs. Members will benefit from a 24/7 alternative work and social environment, complete with stimulating events, concierge services, integrated technology and a full-service restaurant and bar.”

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Wilson is a lawyer by trade and a graduate of Georgetown University. He is also an entrepreneur who noticed a void that no one else wanted to fill – creating a 24/7 luxury alternative work/social environment for young professionals.

With $3 million in venture capital, he solved that problem by opening The Gathering Spot – an innovative, private, members-only city club that brings together a motivated and diverse community of professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs. Located at 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Atlanta, members can benefit from a 24/7 alternative work and social environment, complete with stimulating events, concierge services, integrated technology and a full-service restaurant and bar.

Filling a void

As a young professional doing community organizing work, Wilson found there was no convenient place to go to get his work done. Young professionals like Wilson and his business partner TK Peterson didn’t find country clubs a good fit, and coffee shops and restaurants don’t afford the space needed to do creative work. So they came up with their own plan to create a space for members that offered everything they needed.

Overcoming challenges

After two years of fundraising, Wilson and his partner had raised $3 million to open The Gathering Spot. He chose Atlanta because that is where he grew up, and he believes Atlanta has plenty of opportunities and growth.

Wilson admits that securing investors was not an easy task for him as a young, black professional. But his investors not only fully supported him on the project but also want to open other such clubs around the country. In fact, The Gathering Spot has been so successful that they are already looking for their next location!

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  1. Karima Burkes March 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I wonder if my invention would spark Mr.Wilson/Pertersibs interest…

  2. Denvor Whervin March 31, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    That’s exciting! I’ll have to take a trip down there and see for myself when things pop off up here in Edmonton

  3. Kathleen Warden April 2, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Hello my name is Kathleen Warden and I have been a nanny for over twenty years. I moved to California 3 years ago and I am now a Celebrity Nanny. I would like to start my own bottle water company. Celebrity Water, except I don’t know exactly how to go about it. I’m not working as of right now and about to be homeless again. And I been going on interviews and wife’s won’t hire me because of there insecurities. And all I want to do is take care of the kids. I love children. I have one son and raised him as a single mother . And sent him to college . He writes and produces for movies and sitcoms. Disney is looking at his stuff at the moment but we don’t know how long that might take. And we have no money until then. I want to come out with a bottle water that no one’s ever had . I need help on how to market it everything. God gave me this vision now all I need is help putting it together. I know he doesn’t want to see us homeless again. He knows my heart, I have been going on interview a few times a week and haven’t gotten anything . So maybe he wants me to do something different. I’m asking for your help. Please reply back at 818-527-3434 Thank you and God bless you Kathleen.

    • Jermaine Tucker July 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Much Success Kathleen. .

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  5. Camille Fields April 2, 2016 at 8:56 am

    This is excellent. I’d love more information. I look forward to a new way of conducting business.

    Camille Fields, Realtor

    • Kathleen Warden April 6, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Camille Fields, please contact for more information I would love to speak with you further about this product. Thank you and God bless you, Kathleen.

  6. Glenn E. Fleming April 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Great post! Will be sure to check this out next time I’m in town.


  7. Jess April 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Can’t wait to see this flourish! Bless you!

    • Kathleen Warden April 7, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Thanks Jess and God bless !

  8. My wife and I are retired and are relocating to ATL . I am llooking forward to checking your business. April 4, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good information I will definitely pass this on and repost it

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  10. Saïd April 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    It looks like a promising idea and it’s exciting. However, there’s a critical difference between raising capital investment and positive cashflow.

    I’m not knocking the enthusiasm for success, but want to make aware of the difference.

    All the best!

    • Kathleen Warden April 7, 2016 at 2:30 am

      Thanks everyone and God bless.

  11. Nikki Eichelberger April 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I would love to receive information on membership in this facility/business! Much success to the visionary who initiated the plan!!

    • Kathleen Warden April 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Nikki Eichelberger, thank you for your interest. I actually initiated the plan and came up with the vision. That is why I actually need members to help me come up with a marketing plan. God said if you have the vision he will give you provision. I need a team. I have a great idea.

      • Leigh April 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

        Kathleen, Clearly the comments are about Mr. Wilson’s business. Not yours.

  12. Glenn E. Fleming April 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This sounds a genious idea. It sounds like a mosaic of a boardroom, coffee shop, and lounge but created soley for professional engagement rather than casual.

  13. Sharon D Edwards April 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Awesome concept. Would love to visit and possibly do business there.

  14. Doriel Inez Larrier April 16, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Will there be a New York branch Next?
    I truly believe we should be the next spot…

  15. Bishop Tyear McCrary April 28, 2016 at 12:39 am

    How does a person request information on membership?

  16. Brenda April 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Heard about it when there was a party that wss held there recently. Wanted to know about it interested in learning more and maybe even joining.

  17. Meyori Brown April 29, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I hope the next location opportunity is in Birmingham! It’s both far and close enough to spread this great idea!

  18. Dr. Dinah Harper April 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Great information! I would like to receive information on membership and business. Best of luck to you.

  19. Alvin & Calvin Waters April 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Looking forward to this our website show what our business in Atlanta.

  20. Arlisse butler May 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I have a great invention I would like 2 sell patent I’m not going to lie I’m not financial able 2 pay for any amount of the structure of this idea, but I’ve been to other companies and they are way beyond my income, but if any one wants to out I will gladly discuss my project with you!

  21. charles Brown July 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I also would like to no how to join what would I need I’m from ELLERBE NC a small one stop light town in NORTH CAROLINA

  22. Mahra Alonso July 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    What an outstanding concept. I am highly interested in receiving additional information to join.
    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    Mahra Alonso
    -Georgia Realtor
    (470) 385-7029

  23. Tony S. July 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Bring the next one to the Washington, DC area. We need something like this around here.

  24. Yolanda Williams August 3, 2016 at 8:37 pm

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