Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have made changes to where and how they work, and this has led to people searching for alternatives to traditional office settings.
The Brighton couple, Dan and Anna Oginsky, created two new co-working spaces in the city several years ago. Each has its own character and amenities to meet changing employment needs.
Their latest effort is All Heart Garage, a new $1.5 million “shared warehousing” and co-working space on previously vacant industrial land at 1101 Rickett Road in the city.
Their last major project was to restore a house from 1862 into a co-working and events space called Brighton Lighthouse. All Heart Garage has a modern twist on a retro vibe that looks like a mid-20th century auto service station, which partly honors Dan Oginsky’s late father Bob, a mechanic who taught him how to love restoring vintage cars.
“We love to make places that feel fun and special to be in,” said Dan Oginsky. Livingston Daily Tuesday during a sneak peek at All Heart Garage.
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Oginsky said the two Brighton companies offer a variety of work and event spaces, with a common goal.
“I think we’re part of the future of the way people play, live and work,” he said. “We are part of that transformation.”
The couple will host a grand opening party from 3:30-8pm on Thursday, which will see ribbon-cutting by the Brighton-area Chamber of Commerce at 4pm, dinner, ice cream, vintage music and cars.
What is Shared Storage?
Like the Brighton Light House, All Heart Garage can be classified as a co-working space, which is an office environment in which multiple entrepreneurs and business people can sign up for membership to use offices, office equipment and lounge areas, and groups can book a conference room or host an event.
All Heart Garage also features seven storage unit cages approximately 350 square feet in a climate-controlled warehouse that members who sign up for “stays” can reserve to store their inventory, tools, and other supplies.
Dan Oginsky said that three of the seven volumes were booked before they began actively marketing the new business.
“Someone came in and said, ‘Is this a kennel for elephants,'” he said with a laugh, showing off the 12-foot units.
He said that while there are no elephants moving there, an event organizer, Christmas decoration designer and home repair company have already signed up.
“We think of it as your garage,” Oginsky said. “The people we expect need space, tools, and help start their businesses.”
The remainder of the building features office space, including a set of semi-private cubicles with desks adjustable to sit or stand, and filing cabinets. The open-plan room also features a custom-made long wooden table and whiteboard for teamwork, as well as a lounge area with turquoise kitchenette and antique dining tables with red vinyl dining chairs.
There is a meeting room on one side, which opens onto a patio overlooking the retention pond of the Oginskys’ island lively with wildflowers and other landscapes.
They will also provide four soundproof booths with desks for private phone or Zoom calls, which can be booked or used depending on the availability of members working in the spaces.
Dan Oginsky said that podcasters or anyone who needs to do a clean audio recording could benefit from access to the rooms, which will feature soundproofed walls and wall panels. He said they also routed the heating and cooling vents in a way to reduce noise in the rooms.
Along part of the building’s facade, four large windowed garage doors overlook the undeveloped wetland on the edge of Brighton’s city centre. Oginsky said he originally envisioned the garage space to store vehicles for himself and others, but the space will now provide good space for events and a “hangout” area.
The building will also serve as headquarters for Heartmonic Holdings, a family of businesses owned by the Oginskys, which includes Main Street Gallery, the Leland Fine Art Gallery, Warm Hearted Home, a real estate design firm, a Leland vacation rental, and the healing arts Business Heart Connected and All Heart Press, a platform for artists and creators.
Keeping Dad’s memory alive
All Heart Garage was still in the planning stages when Dan’s father passed away. Oginsky uses part of the building as his auto workshop, which will contain some of his father’s tools and other fixtures.
“My brothers and I have taken all his things and are recreating his workshop here,” said Dan Oginsky. “This is a special place.”
He said that while the workshop will be for his own use, he is considering the possibility of hosting some community workshops there to teach people about daily vehicle repairs and maintenance.
“My father used to run his shop from home and direct people. He taught them things and they taught him things.”
If you want to use space in All Heart Garage
All Heart Garage offers several options for residents and members, which also come with access to the Brighton Light House.
- Warehouse residences include a dedicated storage unit and co-working membership
- Work accommodations include a semi-private workspace in a workroom and co-working membership
- Co-working memberships include access to office space, conference room, work bays, collaboration table, lounge area, and audio booths
- Hourly rentals include use of the meeting room and other venues for meetings and events.
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