Holland coworking space expands, focuses on local startups – News – Holland Sentinel

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HOLLAND — Nestled between Lokers Shoes and Glik’s Boutique, downtown visitors will find the door and stairway that leads to Holland’s TreeHuis.

But, while visitors previously climbed two flights of stairs to reach the coworking space, they’ll now only need to climb one.

In November 2018, TreeHuis moved from a 1,000-square-foot space on the third floor of 31 E. Eighth St. to a nearly 5,000-square-foot space on the second floor.

The significant expansion came just two years after the business launched.

“The floor had been vacant for almost 18 months,” said owner Brian Burch. “The owner of the building was having trouble leasing it without having to make significant changes to the space. He wanted to keep it open, if possible. And, for our style of work, that’s just fine.”

The new space can serve nearly 40 people at once.

“We’re still figuring out what type of person we can accommodate here,” Burch said. “Upstairs, we were limited to 10 full-time people. We were a bit more selective, trying to find people who would be consistent monthly users. But now, we have more capacity.”

TreeHuis began in 2016, shortly after Burch began leasing the third floor suite with a friend.

“I needed a space to work, and he needed a space to work,” Burch said. “So, we went upstairs. And the building owner said, ‘Why don’t you make a coworking space in Holland?’ Because we didn’t really have that.”

Now, Burch said, the space is ideal for small business owners and startups.

“It’s a great deal,” he said. “When you’re a small business owner, you don’t want a lot of overhead, and you aren’t in the office a lot of the time. So why get an office for thousands of dollars?”

TreeHuis serves as the headquarters for multiple startups, including Competitive Wedge — a website with software intended to help businesses and workers create successful resumes and interviews.

“I’m really close to the SmartZone,” Burch said. “And we want more emerging companies to have a space.

“We’ve had conversations with Hope College and Surge. Wedge has been here for at least a year now. They came here when they were still in school, then left, and then came back because they have an entire team now.”

TreeHuis doesn’t require a long-term commitment from users. An unlimited access pass is $250 per month, while a Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. pass is $150 per month.

For $25 per day, workers can use the space without a monthly membership. TreeHuis also offers prepaid punch cards to help save money on each visit.

To learn more, visit treehuis.com.

— Follow this reporter on Twitter @BizHolland.



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