Coworking Space, Studio, Daycare & Cafe coming to Downtown Welland

Note: This post was copied from the source: by author and Owner, Jay Kalryzian.



There were times I feared this moment would never come, when I wanted to throw my arms in the air and go get a job down at Canadian Tire. But we soldiered on, pushing and prodding and calling in favours. We changed real estate agents three times. We negotiated and we renegotiated. We made offers and we rejected offers and we thought about quitting a million times.

I’m writing you today with keys in hand.
We’ve created something incredible – a flexible working space that includes daycare, a place to get great grub and proper coffee, a place to meet clients, a place to catch the occasional Qi Gong or Yoga class, and much more. Above all, it’s a place for Welland. It’s for independants, small businesses, entrepreneurs and families. It’s for you.


Over the next few weeks we’ll be knocking down walls, ripping up carpet and beautifying our space. This is your chance to make the space your own, to voice your opinion on the best colour for the boardroom (yeah, we have one of those), the best furniture layout, and whether or not desks should face the front window or the waterfront (we have one of those, too).

We need skilled people, but mostly we need willing people. And we’re not asking you to work for free. For every hour you put in, we’ll give you a $10 credit toward hot desk space. You can check out our pricing online, but 12 hours of work will get you a month of unlimited hot desk space, and 5 will get you one day a week. Contact Jay if you’re interested in banking hours, and he’ll accommodate as many of you as I can.

Here’s what needs doing now:

  • Demolition
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Beautifying, including a sign to be hung on East Main

We also need couches, desks and office furniture in good condition. If you have something to donate or sell at a good price, please contact Jay.


We’ve just launched a brand new website, with all the information about our residents, partners and affiliates. It’s a work in progress, but the fundamentals are there. Come visit our table at the Welland Food Festival, and take a peek in the window on your way over.

Know someone who might be a good fit? Anyone who works at home from a computer, even once per week, will love our space. Permanent desks are available for people who work on desktop computers, like to leave lots of papers about, or just plain need them.

Forward this email. Pass out Jay’s number or email. Stop by the Food Festival and grab a flyer. Visit the cafe. Drop your kids off at the Learning Curve and enjoy a child-free time getting work done.

Listen up, people. It’s real and it’s happening. Let’s make sure that Welland knows.


More jobs coming to Welland via Hydac expansion

A hydraulic equipment manufacturer and supplier is embarking on a nearly $2-million expansion that will create a handful of new jobs in Welland.

Hydac Canada, at 14 Federal Rd. facing Prince Charles Dr., has been awarded a Welland Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre community improvement plan grant towards construction of its $1.825-million project.

The company plans to build a 1,214-square-metre shop addition to its existing 3,088-square-metre manufacturing facility.

According to a city report, the new facility will create the equivalent of five to six full-time jobs, while retaining 43 full-time jobs.

The development will include nine sheltered bicycle parking spots.

Hydac has qualified for $194,400 through the city’s Tax Increment Based Grant Program, for which costs are shared by Niagara Region. The annual grant payment will be about $38,867 over each of the coming five years, the report showed.

When the project is completed, it will represent an additional $28,608 in tax revenues to the city and $26,900 to the region, combined more than $55,500 annually.

Hydac was founded in 1995, as a division of Hydac International based out of Germany. Its products can be found in numerous applications, including for wind turbines, roller-coasters and airplanes.

It was established as the sole distribution centre for Hydac International in Canada, but in Welland is now progressing more heavily toward manufacturing.

From Greg Furminger of Welland Tribune