Working from home? Starting a new business and need a flexible rental?
New solutions are available for business start-ups, creative teams and established business owners and professionals in the region.
Innovation and flexibility to provide the utmost business support are key to a new office rental approach at Sauvé House, located at 176-178 Main Street East in Hawkesbury. Derek and Krissy Duval fell in love with the building last year and knew it was the ideal location for a new office rental model.
Keeping in mind those who have been working from home or who are continuing to work from home, Sauvé House owners Derek and Krissy Duval have created a new opportunity for office rental. Timeshares, three-month leases, spaces for creative work teams, as well as the perfect meeting space for brainstorming or for getting out of the office to complete a team project – all await you at Sauvé House.
Krissy can attest to the fact that the world of work has changed. A researcher for the federal government, she has been working from the couple’s Vankleek Hill home for the past two years. After they had purchased the Hawkesbury building and outfitted it as planned, she gave the space a try.
The building itself holds a lot of appeal. Built in 1888, the two-storey brick building has large bright windows and large offices which will be a welcome change from those who have been working in tight home-office spaces for the past two years. After purchasing the building, Sauvé House benefited from updated light fixtures, painted office spaces and refinishing of a beautiful central staircase. New flooring has been installed throughout the upstairs and keypad locks have been installed in what they now refer to as the timeshare offices.
The Sauvé House offers an inviting, creative and comfortable space for any employee or business. If you are looking for a place to establish yourself or your business full time, there are several spaces available for lease. If you only need a space for a limited amount of time, short term leases are also an option. The five private offices range in size from 135 to 360 square feet, and can be rented for between $600 to $900 per month (plus HST) with a one year lease. Rates include utilities as well as high speed, dedicated and secured Internet (up to 100 Mbps), which is already installed within each office.
One private office on the main floor has its own dedicated entrance from Main Street, and would be an ideal location for a small retail shop or business that welcomes clients frequently. The upstairs offices are bright and airy, with two of the spaces boasting large bay windows looking out on Main Street.
In the basement, there is a self-contained office/workspace which is the width of the building. It feels like the perfect retreat for someone who needs a private studio or a secluded space in which to write a book. With exposed stone walls, soft lighting and its own heating and AC system, the unique office is perfect for someone who literally needs creative space, Derek says.
What is a timeshare office?
Timeshare offices mean you can book an office for a minimum of three days per month, or for as many days per month as you like.
“We know that people working from home might also want to work in a professional space even one day a week just to recharge their batteries. During the past two years, a lot of people have been working from home where they may not even have a home office.” The couple knows that it can be hard to keep family time separate from work time.
“Renting an affordable office space and working from here even one day per week, taking a walk downtown at lunch-time, going for a coffee or just enjoying the change of scenery can be re-energizing,” Derek explained.
Flexible part-time rentals will be available to those who sign up as “members” for a modest monthly fee, says Derek. The couple is working on an online booking system and website which should roll out soon.
Derek has long been an advocate for small business. He was involved in the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association’s downtown revitalization study several years ago and is currently one of two vice-presidents of the association. He is currently one of the four owners of a company which owns 27 High Street, which is home to two small businesses in Vankleek Hill. Derek manages the building. For that reason, the couple say they are flexible and will adapt to the needs of a business, with short-term lease offerings for those who need a space for a pop-up shop or to try out a business idea.
The couple points out that the boardroom is available as a way of getting employees away from their regular workplace to brainstorm about new ideas or formulate new business directions. The boardroom, which can comfortably accommodate 6 people, can be rented for the day ($150 per day for non-members; i.e. anyone who does not already have an office space within the building or timeshare membership plan). Evening rentals are also possible between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (for $40). It comes complete with a Smart TV and four-by-eight-foot dry erase board, and guests have access to the kitchenette area.
Plug ‘n’ Play
While a beautiful wood fireplace attracts your eye in one of the main-floor offices, a sit-stand desk, keyboard, mouse and monitor are at the ready. It is the perfect place to meet with clients and is equipped with several guest chairs.
The plug ‘n’ play idea means that you show up with your laptop, plug in, access the internet and get to work. Derek points out that there is a kitchenette at the rear of the building that includes a coffee machine for members and guests.
Monthly membership plans for the timeshare offices start at $200 per month (plus HST), which provides you with three days of office use (per month), while a plan for five days is $250 (plus HST) and seven days is $300 (plus HST). Having a membership also comes with perks, as the boardroom can be rented at a discounted price. You can also use the mailing address for your business.
Derek, who is the director of supply chain and IT at a local manufacturing company, wants to help grow the local economy.
“I have grown up in the area and I believe we need this type of business to attract and keep people in the area. We want to provide the tools to help them in their professional business,” says Derek, adding that they even offer a virtual business-address service for companies which need an Ontario business address. With so many people working from home and receiving deliveries, they note that there is little privacy when it comes to package delivery, or when people are looking up the business online. This way, someone can keep their business separate from their home address.
We accept the packages and mail and can forward mail, or if the customer wants, we can open mail, scan the contents confidentially and email it to them,” says Duval.
Derek and Krissy are currently offering tours of the building. Any tours scheduled before March 15, 2022 will get you a 30% discount off of a three-month timeshare membership (with promo code REVIEW).
You can visit their Facebook Page for Duval Ventures here to find out more about the building and to see more photos. You can contact them for more information or to book a tour at (613) 677-2397 or [email protected].
About the building:
In 1888, a local farmer by the name of Benjamin Sauvé built a house for his family on Lot 5 in Hawkesbury. The building was acquired by Dr. Rutherford in 1908 and he ran his dental practice there for more than 50 years. The building would later serve as the Hawkesbury Public Library, the law offices of Langlois-Wilkins, a women’s clothing store owned by Louise Lacelle-Pépin, the offices of architectural firm Séguin-Racine and has been the home of many other businesses over the years.