In creating the space, Obstalecki worked with a local interior designer, Lindsey Engler Interiors, and created several offices to be rented out to small businesses, nonprofits or people who are interested in starting their own small businesses. Obstalecki is occupying one of the spaces with his rare coin business, and another person is renting another office so far, he said.
Obstalecki said he wanted to also use the space to mentor students and wanted to encourage other businesses that rent the space to do so as well.
So far, Obstalecki said he had gotten a lot of interest in the business, especially from people who wanted to drop in and rent a desk for an hour or two. But he said he wasn’t accepting that type of client at this time due to COVID-19.
“Just really trying to minimize the number of people to the members themselves and not letting drop-ins come in is another way we’re trying to reduce the risk, at least for now,” he said.
Starting a co-working business during COVID-19 hasn’t been easy, he said, but he decided last year during the middle of the pandemic that he should go forward with the project. He said he was glad he decided to move forward, though the number of people who are willing to work in an office setting right now seems to be down.
“I’m hoping that in the next few months, especially as we push the summer, that the virus moves on and it’s less of a concern,” he said.