Council backs happy hours to be hosted at new co-work space

Posted on: September 25, 2017

Chris Must

A duo of entrepreneurs who have opened a new “community and co-working space” in the former Knights of Columbus building on William Street in Smiths Falls have secured town council’s blessing to host monthly networking happy hours.

Fitness marketing professional Jessica Webster, who moved to the area last year from San Diego, CA, and her business and life partner Jeff Depatie, and ex-special forces operative turned real estate investor, operate The Meraki Collective. Occupying over 2,500 square feet in the William Street building, the business includes a conference room and recording studio, and is “designed with an exotic vibe,” said Webster. The collective, she said, is becoming “a network of digital nomads” working from home.

Held on the last Wednesday evening of each month, “the happy hours are our best way of getting members,” explained Depatie.

Depatie asked for council’s endorsement for temporary liquor licences for the monthly networking events until a permanent licence is in place.

“Thank you for choosing Smiths Falls,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow.