It’s always interesting asking local business operators how they ended up…
Have you ever watched a movie and seen big groups of people hanging out in New York City at night and wondered “Wouldn”t that be cool?”
Wonder no more… because it is happening in Nelson at Kirby Lane. It’s a vibrant and popular spot in the heart of our CBD. The ‘Kirby Fridays’ have been running for 4 years and have proven to be a hit with the locals. The photos tell the story.
May, June and July get a bit chilly for us in Nelson and Kirby Lane is proud to present ‘Winter Social’. Enjoy food carts, live music, ambient lighting, and a pop-up bar. Some of us in Nelson feel a bit sad after losing our sunny evenings. After work, it gets dark quickly and we go into hibernation mode.
We chatted with the General Manager of the Bridge Street Collective, Keegan Jeffries about how he got involved in this brilliant idea.
“I was working in the Furniture Retail sector when an opportunity came up to manage the Bridge Street Collective shared workspace. That was 3 years ago and the time has flown by. It’s exciting to see local business owners and professionals thrive in that style of environment. We have lots of laughs and it’s a thriving network.
The Winter Social is an extension of the culture we offer at the Collective. It’s healthy to socialise and have fun with others, and Kirby Lane is a perfect size. Nelson needs something like this for the winter months.”
Keegan works for the owner, Galen, who moved to New York City 5 years ago. Galen runs his award-winning web agency and chats with Keegan often. No doubt this Winter Social event has been influenced by what he enjoys in New York.
During Te Ramaroa (The light festival) we sold Mulled Wine. It was enjoyed by many, and by memory, we sold about 80 litres of it. We will be doing the same at the Winter Social. It’s neat to see kids all rugged up and families soaking up the atmosphere.
The Bridge Street Collective is offering some sweet deals for those who might have gotten a little bit too used to working from the kitchen table at home during the pandemic. The idea of leaving the office and working from home is exciting at first, however, the boundaries between work and home life can easily become blurred. Distractions at home can cost you in means of productivity and focus. A place like the Collective is ideal, with fast internet, great company, a small kitchen, a great cafe next door and a meeting room that is very professional and private.
Working smarter means surrounding yourself with different mindsets, and exposing your mind to different ideas and different ways to do things. Shared workspaces have become very popular overseas and it”s great to see this happening in our city.
Make sure you visit their website or even better pop in and try it out for a day or 2. Ask about their special deals.
“Nelson is a great place to raise a family. Im a dad to a 4 and 7-year-old and want my kids to grow up in a city that embraces events and culture. Even during the winter months. We have the most beautiful surroundings and we feel blessed to be able to live and work here.” Says Keegan.