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Meraki Unveiled : SUMPTUOUS

Jessica Webster, Co-Founder, Meraki Collective, darts through venue, moments before launch event. PHOTO BY the wedge.LIVE

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE

Jessica Webster and Jeff Depatie are a couple. They are also partners engaged in building a co-working centre, the Meraki Collective, to serve a broad rural community from Brockville to Carleton Place, Perth to Merrickville and all who are within 30 minutes by car. Smiths Falls is greatly enriched by Meraki’s presence.

Now, the region has an independent business for start-ups, micro businesses, branch offices, occasional business visitors and of course, dreamers at the idea stage.

The two were rarely seen without working garbs, paint stains and, “loopy on paint fumes,” Webster quips. This night brought to an end a winter of trials and hard work. Webster was in high heels and Depatie was coiffed.

Before the soiree bristled with guests, I thought it prudent to capture the couple’s tasteful, beautiful work. I am particularly fond of the chandelier which I call, “the cloud.” Webster transformed this dull piece into a sculpted form with her own two hands. She may be a Marketer; but, an artist lurks in every project.

Here is a peek at the venue. You can obtain a free week by clicking their banner on the right, and experience Meraki yourself.

Fully-equipped kitchen to the left is accessible to all Members and Guests. Meraki Collective. PHOTO BY the wedge.LIVE

Three of several work stations at Meraki Collective. Jeff Depatie, Co-Founder, in background. PHOTO BY the wedge.LIVE

The stage at Meraki Collective. Perfect for training, presenting or recording a marketing video. Group working table, a tree slab, in foreground. PHOTO BY the wedge.LIVE

Soon. we will feature the social side of the evening. Stay-tuned.