ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – A century-old building in downtown Rochester is taking on a new purpose.
The Offices at China Hall is a new co-working space on the second floor of what used to be a china store in the early 1900’s.
A co-working space is a place where businesses or entrepreneurs can rent space to work for any amount of time.
They also have a free, open ping pong night each Thursday.
The goal is to bring Rochester’s business community together.
“It’s a place where you can come and work and have privacy if needed, but also have the potential to collaborate with other people you may not see on a regular basis that could be in the same industry, or entirely different industries that allow you to grow in your business and learn from others and a part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem that’s growing downtown,” explained Bucky Beeman, who founded Offices at China Hall along with Peter Andrews.
The space had been vacant for more than 50 years.
Several of the building’s historic features remain, including the original doors and hardwood floors.
The owners are also working to put up the original exterior sign.