What’s behind the number 58 …
58 Bonnygate has been transformed in the last 12 months to create … well … what has been created? We caught up with Founder & Director, Alvina Menzies together with Marianne Berghuis, 58’s Facilities & Events Supervisor, to discover more …
When 58 Bonnygate opened a year ago, it announced that it was “a new co-working and community hub in the heart of Cupar. A place for small business owners & individuals to come together to reconnect, inspire each other & thrive.”
Alvina says: “That was very much my hope. After all that we’d experienced in the previous two years, I was wanting to ‘put something back’ – to create a sustainable business that would enable and help others.”
She had the idea in September 2021: “I remember vividly the moment when I first visited the beautiful Ivy Room, looking out to the large garden area and I suddenly had a powerful heartwarming feeling and the vision of a building full of like minded small business owners working together, reconnecting after the long pandemic months, inspiring each other and thriving together.” A few months of very hard work followed – “reinventing 58’s amazing rooms” – and by April 2022, the doors were ready to open.
Wellbeing Hub …
As restrictions eased and people started to meet up, 58 Bonnygate acted as a magnet, attracting many from the health and social care sector who wanted a space where they could provide services to help … especially for those who had been so affected by lockdowns. Psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, yoga and meditation practitioners all made 58 their ‘home’ using the shared, co-working spaces on a regular, part-time basis …
- Penelope Fraser, Psychology Services
- Morag Simpson, Spiritual Coach & Therapist
- Julie Reekie, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
- Hazel Smith, Blend & Balance
- Kate Hogg, Counsellor
- Marianne L. Berghuis, Reiki.Write.Relax
- Linda Morrow, Mystik Heart
- Amanda Adam, Lilac Moon Therapies
Marianne explains: “There was a natural gravitation and the property’s popularity spread through Alvina’s hard work and word of mouth generated by a great deal of social media engagement and sharing.”
Week by week, month by month, the permanent work spaces filled up.
- Alvina Menzies Empowerment Coach: as well as being the founder of 58 Bonnygate Alvina provides business, wellbeing & life coaching & a wide range of therapies.
- ZECO refills & more: on the ground floor, facing Bonnygate – Cupar’s first refill shop provides plastic-free & eco-friendly products & refills.
- FB Massage: Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy services with Fiona Bracegirdle.
- Boni Hair Extensions: hair extension & hair loss expert Katrina Scott provides hair loss solutions for ladies.
- Marketing Life In Fife: marketing expert Maren Robertson provides Marketing Coaching & Services to small local businesses.
- Lynsey Donaldson Holistic Health & Wellbeing: Massages, Reiki, Reflexology, aromatherapy, sound healing – holistic therapies & treatments.
Inspire & Thrive
Twelve months on – and one of the reasons for writing this Blog – Alvina is keen to revisit her original goal and to dispel some myths! She says: “The very nature of our timing, the beautiful property and the world in which we found ourselves has created the amazing mix of businesses using the property, but we are not only a place for wellbeing practitioners, as much as we love and welcome the fact that 58 has become such a welcoming space.”
Marianne says: “The original aim – to create a place for small business owners & individuals to come together to reconnect, inspire each other & thrive – remains. We now have six permanent businesses renting space as well as a further eight who rent space on a part-time basis.” She adds: “In the last year, we have helped to host more than 40 events that have supported an additional 10 businesses – events that have attracted over 700 visitors.” Their events’ calendar is online and is updated regularly.
Spaces to rent …
Almost all of the permanent spaces are now gone. Alvina says: “We only have one permanent shared office space left to rent. Could it be yours?”
The Study: a north-facing room (11.4sq m) at the front of the building with a large secondary-glazed window providing lots of daylight. Currently, it is furnished with two work desks, tambour office cupboard and a central informal seating area with side tables. Serviced weekly with utility bills included, it has a shared kitchen area. As with all those using 58, you also have access to networking and local business meet up opportunities.
- £500 pcm – potential to part share as a co-working space
The property has a series of rooms that are available to hire …
The Lounge: north-facing, cosy, bright & welcoming room (15.4sq m) on the 1st floor with multiple setup options. Two large secondary-glazed windows minimising traffic noise. Furnished with a couch, informal seating, side tables and tambour office cupboard. Therapy couches are available; all therapists provide their own linen and blankets. Current users are therapists, counselling & psychology services. Could you be the next one to join the ’58’ team?
- Limited availability:
- Monday all day.
- Thursday mornings.
- Evening or weekends, contact us for more information.
- £25 half day (4 hours)
- £50 full day (up to 10 hours)
The Ivy Room: south facing, bright room (36.2 sq m) with high corniced ceilings and a large bay window. Tastefully decorated to provide a blank canvas for all your events. Multiple usage options such as corporate meetings, workshops, exercise classes or small bespoke weddings & private gatherings. The Ivy Room is bookable for one-off or regular events. Tables and chairs for up to 30 people can be provided.
- 2 hours £50
- Half day £75 (4 hours)
- Full day £150 (8-8)
The Oak Room: south facing room (20.7 sq m) with easy access to the garden area. Cosy, carpeted space with bay window which can be set up for meetings, workshops or furnished as a comfortable & welcoming informal space. The Oak Room is bookable for one-off or regular events. Tables and chairs for up to 20 people can be provided.
- 2 hours £25
- Half day £37.50 (4 hours)
- Full day £75 (8-8)
The Garden: whether you are looking for a place to relax during your lunch break or enjoy a cuppa with your workshop attendees outside. Our enclosed private garden at the back of the building is a peaceful place to unwind, and gather your thoughts away from your workspace. The enclosed, private garden can be hired separately from indoor spaces. Gazebo available with additional set up fee costs.
- 2 hours £25
- Half day £37.50 (4 hours)
- Full day £75 (8-8)
Marianne explains: “All our spaces can be set up according to individual business, workshop or private hire requirements. We can provide chairs, tables and tablecloths, water jugs, glasses, champagne flutes, vintage tea cups & saucers.” She adds: “Refreshments are available at a small additional charge. Healthy and eco-friendly soft drinks are also available on sale or return basis from ZECO refills & more. Catering for healthy lunches, buffet platters, afternoon teas & private events can be arranged through our partnership with local company Nourish.”
All rooms have access to toilets, a shared kitchen area and fast Wi-Fi.
What now for 58? Looking to the future, Alvina remains passionate about providing productive spaces for small businesses to thrive and create positive connections and collaborations to help each business. She says: “We want to build trusted communities throughout our user groups where people feel safe, valued and secure in a non-judgemental and equal environment. We aim to improve access to creative and affordable opportunities for all within our local community.”
Marianne adds: “We are committed to using sustainable and local produce whenever possible. We have established collaborations with other local businesses in Cupar and also hold a charity partnership for supporting wellbeing services for vulnerable user groups.”
You can find more on their website via this link, email here or – better still – pop in to see them when next in town (KY15 4LD).
You can also follow them on Facebook where they share upcoming events and more. They are also on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Thanks for reading.