Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have made changes to where and how they work, and that’s led to people seeking alternatives to traditional office settings.
Brighton couple Dan and Anna Oginsky have established two new co-working spaces in the city in as many years. Each has its own vibe and amenities to cater to the shifting employment landscape.
Their latest effort is All Heart Garage, a new $1.5-million “co-warehousing” and co-working space on previously vacant industrial land at 1101 Rickett Road in the city.
Their other recent project was to restore an 1862 home into co-working and events space called Brighton Light House. All Heart Garage has a modern twist on a retro vibe that feels like a mid-20th-century auto service station, which, in part, honors Dan Oginsky’s late father Bob, a mechanic who taught him how to love restoring old cars.
“We love to make places that feel fun and special to be in,” Dan Oginsky told Livingston Daily Tuesday during a sneak peek of All Heart Garage.
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Oginsky said the two Brighton businesses provide a diversity of work and event spaces, with a common goal.
“I think we’re part of the future of how people play, live and work,” he said. “We’re part of that shift.”
The couple will host a grand opening event from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, which will feature a ribbon-cutting by the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce at 4 p.m., diner food, ice cream, oldies music and cars.
What is a ‘co-warehousing’ space?
Like 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 memberships to use desks, office equipment and breakroom areas, and groups can reserve a conference room or host an event.
All Heart Garage also features seven approximately 350-square-foot storage unit cages in a climate-controlled warehouse that members who sign up for “residencies” can reserve to store their inventory, tools and other supplies.
Dan Oginsky said three of the seven storage units were reserved before they actively started marketing the new business.
“Someone walked in and said, is this a kennel for elephants,” he said, laughing, while showing off the 12-foot high units.
While no elephants are moving in, he said, an events planner, a Christmas decoration designer and a home repair business have already signed up.
“We think of it as a garage for building your business,” Oginsky said. “The people we expect need space and tools and help get their business off the ground.”
The remainder of the building features office spaces, including a bank of semi-private cubicles with adjustable desks for sitting or standing, and filing cabinets. The open-concept room also features a custom-made, long, wooden table they and a whiteboard for group work, as well as a breakroom area with a turquoise kitchenette, vintage diner tables with red vinyl diner chairs.
There is a conference room on one side, which opens to a patio overlooking a retention pond the Oginskys enlivened with wildflower plantings and other landscaping.
They will also offer four sound-proof booths with desks for private phone or Zoom calls, which can be reserved or used as available by members working in the spaces.
Dan Oginsky said podcasters or anyone needing to make a clean audio recording could benefit from access to the rooms, which will feature sound-proofing drywall and wall panels. He said they also routed heating and cooling vents in a way to minimize noise in the rooms.
Along a portion of the building’s front, four large windowed garage doors look out on undeveloped wetlands on the edge of Brighton’s downtown. Oginsky said he originally envisioned the garage space for vehicle storage for himself and others, but the space now will make a good events space and “hangout” area.
The building also will serve as a headquarters for Heartmonic Holdings, a family of companies the Oginskys own, which includes Main Street Gallery, a fine art gallery in Leland, Warm Hearted Home, a real estate design business an vacation rental in Leland, 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 is using a portion of the building as his own private auto workshop, which will feature some tools and other fixtures that belong to his dad.
“My brothers and I have taken all his stuff and we’re recreating his workshop here,” Dan Oginsky said. “This is a special place.”
He said while the workshop will be for his private use, he is considering possibly hosting some community workshops there to teach people about everyday vehicle repairs and maintenance.
“Dad ran his shop from home and mentored people. He would teach them things and they would teach him things.”
If you want to use space at All Heart Garage
All Heart Garage is offering several options for residents and members, which also come with access to Brighton Light House.
- Warehouse residencies include a dedicated storage unit and a co-working membership
- Work bay residencies include a dedicated semi-private work bay in a cubicle and a co-working membership
- Co-working memberships include access to office space, the conference room, work bays, the collaboration table, lounge area and sound booths
- Hourly rentals include use of the conference room and other spaces for meetings and events.
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