Jock Fairweather is leading the race in collaborative work spaces with his new project, Little Tokyo Two. Hidden in Spring Hill, what was once a Japanese restaurant is now a modern warehouse where young creatives can come to work and play.
Consisting of a workspace, theatre, office, café and restaurant, Little Tokyo Two is like nothing Brisbane has ever seen before. Offering 8 offices, 23 lockable work stations and 3 co-operative work spaces, it provides a unique and innovative location for creative minds to meet. Following the current trend of collaborative spaces, Fairweather wanted to bring this international phenomenon to Brisbane.
Brisbane is quickly becoming a hot spot for creative entrepreneurs that are in need of an affordable work space. With spaces beginning at $35 a week, Little Tokyo Two is ideal for start-up businesses. Their goal is to help small businesses thrive, and then allow them to outgrow Little Tokyo and take on the world. It also creates an opportunity for big companies to recruit future employees.
Fairweather has managed to maintain many of the original features of the old restaurant, creating a quirky character for the building. Fairweather says that “everyone is happy because we are not redeveloping and building a high rise full of units, we are not destroying its original flare”.
Membership to Little Tokyo Two comes with a great deal of features. They offer mentoring programs, weekly events, in house and external business promotion, discounts, active networking, receptionist and administration, a photography studio, meeting and board rooms and all internet and printing facilities.
As well as this they are flexible on who joins. Current members include photographers, fashion designers, real estate agents, personal trainers and artists. Members however need to be motivated and personable when it comes to collaborations. Fairweather says that, “you have to eat Chinese sometimes, you have to like to drink sometimes and you can’t be allergic to dogs”.
With a growing number of small businesses beginning in Brisbane, Little Tokyo Two provides an extremely accessible space for young creatives to collaborate and grow together.
Little Tokyo Two is located at 36 Mein Street, Spring Hill. They are open Monday to Friday from 6am-12am. All other information, including details about members, can be found at their website.