Little Space Studio officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at its location at The Harris Building, 111 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.
The first floor of the studio is 2,300 square feet and includes workstations, a multimedia studio with live streaming capabilities, a sound recording booth, conference rooms and The Mortals Cafe, a coffee shop by local entrepreneur Abbey Hunter.
Earlier this year, the studio opened up its 5,000-square-foot space on the third floor of the Harris Building, which is for professionals and teams who require permanent office space.
In addition to serving as a co-working space, among other things, Little Space Studio launched a digital membership to reach their customers and started an internship program where interns receive a stipend to bridge initial staff needs.
The official opening of Little Space Studio last week marks a 14-month journey to sustain the business through COVID-19. The mission of the studio is to be a part of the economic development in West Michigan.
“Our entire business model was based on space activation,” said Alysha Lach-White, owner and founder of Little Space Studio. “So, we had to assess if COVID wasn’t going to be a short-term thing, how were we going to continue our mission into a new way of interacting with our target customers and clients?
“We knew we would take a loss to get through COVID. We had already seen the impact we were making up until that point, and we knew the need was going to keep growing. And because we kept it going, we have met so many nonprofits and businesses that lost their space or decided to downsize and now have a home here with us. A great example is having People First Economy in our space. We have an even more robust community now than we did a year ago. That in itself is a win for us.”
Little Space Studio’s expenses for 2020 were paid for by Lach-White and her husband. They also received a microloan from GROW (Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women,) small investments from friends and family, and a few city and state grants.
“People started seeing that we were doing what we said we were going to do and that we were showing up,” Lach-White said. “And people wanted to help and participate.”
Memberships and rental spaces for small public and private events at Little Space Studio are available.
For more information, visit Little Space Studio’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.