Located at 43 Tay Street, above Ivan Bulling’s, Cahoots is a whimsical work space, creative community hub and whatever-you-need-venue available for rent. Less about tables and chairs and closed off meeting rooms; it aims to bring together creative minds and establish a culture of design thinking.
“There’s a wealth of talented people in this city doing great things from spare rooms and cafe leaners. Hopefully Cahoots will capture their imagination and bring them out to play,” says founder Louise Evans.
A project that started as far back as anything matters, the renovations have been a true labour of ‘what-if.’ Resene Invercargill supplied the buckets (and buckets), of paint to reinvent the space, and it seems no colour was spared. Travis Kane, Resene Sales Rep, offered endless advice, rollers and even man hours. “It couldn’t have been done without them,” says Louise. “I cannot thank Resene enough.”
All the art in Cahoots is local. Cory Varcoe’s Bodyscapes and Tess Butler’s chalk work taking spotlight places. Louise says working with local talent and community connections is at the essence of this enterprise. “Invercargill has so much potential but to be an innovative city we need to draw in, and more importantly, retain the talent we have.”
To celebrate National Coworking Day on Tuesday 22 May, Cahoots will be open free to any small businesses, lone wolf workers and creative types wanting a space to bounce ideas. Louise says, “Bring your imagination – we’re still a little rough around the edges – your laptop, paint brushes and pens, and join me for the day. Snacks and drinks provided, and Zookeepers is on the doorstep for when we run out.”
Prices start from $15 for hot desking in the space, and small businesses can book a desk by the week or meeting room by the hour. Look out for upcoming workshops, think tanks and happy hours. Find Cahoots on all the social things and at Cahoots.nz.
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