food hub & Community workspace in New Denver, BC, Canada

The Lift becomes the Fireweed Hub


Press release May 15/22

The Silverton Cowork Society has moved to a new location on the main street in New Denver and has a new name to match. The Fireweed Hub will share the former Hidden Garden Gallery building with the Food Hamper Society and the Donation Store as well as the Creeations art and craft store. Fireweed users can book desk space by the day or pay for access by the month, and a meeting room can also be booked by individuals or groups. 

Coworking allows people to enjoy most of the perks of an office at a fraction of the cost by only paying for the use they need. Cowork users bring their paperwork and laptops or other devices and make use of available tables or desks to do their work while they are there. Cowork spaces provide an environment away from the distractions of home with fast reliable internet, a tidy place to host meetings with clients, consultants or employees, and a break from the isolation of the home office. An added bonus is the opportunity to connect with other users who may have an extended skillset and be interested in collaborating.

The idea of a cowork facility in our area was first proposed by area resident Danika Hammond. She saw a vibrant, well-equipped and flexible shared workspace as a way to equip our local communities for a sustainable future by supporting the type of work that is increasingly practiced by freelancers, entrepreneurs and members of the modern digitally-savvy workforce. At her instigation, the non-profit Silverton Cowork Society (SCS) was formed, some preliminary funding was obtained and The Lift began on a lean startup model in temporary spaces in Silverton. The plan at the time was to ultimately move into a renovated space in the old Silverton General Store. 

The SCS’s focus expanded in early 2021 when it was awarded substantial funding from the BC Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program for the inclusion of a food-oriented workspace under its umbrella. The renovation would now also include food storage and preparation areas with a full commercial kitchen. However after consultations with experts, the Silverton site was deemed impractical for a commercial kitchen and so an alternative location was sought.

SCS has now secured a long-term agreement to lease and renovate the former Rory’s On Main property in New Denver. Some complex and elegant legal agreements were crafted to ensure that the grant funds used to renovate the space would benefit the community rather than simply adding equity to the property. The group is very excited to have signed off on the agreements and is now proceeding eagerly to secure design drawings, permits, consultants and contractors. An open house will be held during the summer to show agricultural producers, food and hospitality businesses, non-profit groups and interested community members the plans for this space. 

“Having our current smaller-scale cowork space just across the street is ideal,” said SCS Board Member Miranda Hughes. “It has great visibility, and we can use it to keep people apprised of the renovations taking place at our long-term home nearby.”

Fireweed plans to enable free public wifi access in the garden area of their current location during New Denver Friday Market days, and during these Wi-Fri-Days a host will be on site to answer questions and show off the space. 

More information and access to the online booking system can be found at http://fireweedhub.ca .

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