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June 20, 2024

New owners convert historic Cheshire home into collaborative coworking space

Contributed Space at Muse Coworking Collective at 275 Maple Ave., Cheshire.

A historic building in the heart of Cheshire purchased in 2021 is now open as a collaborative workspace for artistic and professional business people.

Jennifer Tansley, of Southington, in early May opened Muse Coworking Collective at 275 Maple Ave., Cheshire.

She and Scott Tansley, of Moxie Properties LLC, bought the 3,000-square-foot building in 2021 for $370,000 and have since invested close to $150,000 in renovations and design. The team included architect David Arai of Hartford-based Maier Design Group.

The property has a long history, first as a residential home, then offices, at one time it was a dorm for Cheshire Academy, and most recently had two apartments and an office in the back, Tansley said.

She is now taking bookings for the spaces, ranging from daily or weekly reservations. 

The building has collaborative spaces, and no private offices, but small conference and meeting rooms are available to book for a few hours or a day, she said.

Tansley had been working as a wedding planner for the past 10 years, and said the idea for the collaborative space sprung from working in that sector.

She said many professionals in the wedding industry like photographers or  planners, don’t have offices, and are looking for collaborative spaces and places to meet clients. 

Tansley’s initial inspiration was to open to professionals related to wedding planning, but she’s been getting inquiries from financial advisors, insurance agents and others in the professional services realm “who are looking for spots to meet clients.”
The 1860 Victorian home is different from most coworking spaces, Tansley said, and she decorated it in a way to “make it a home away from home. I like the comforts of home without the distractions,” she said. “I wanted it to be reflective of my style and not a corporate space.”

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