Heavy Chef Venue Partner Workshop17 Launches Stunning New Co-Working Space: Tabakhuis

Heavy Chef venue partner for seminars and events is the Workshop17 group of workspaces. Following on from Workshop17’s nationwide rebrand, Workshop17 announced this week the opening of their latest co-working space in Paarl, Western Cape: Tabakhuis.

“Workshop17 is known and trusted for their outstanding co-working spaces at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Maboneng, Johannesburg,” says Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef. “We have been continually surprised and delighted by the consistent friendly service, the family-oriented atmosphere, and the strong leadership of key individuals such as Nicole Chalkey and Westleigh Wilkinson.”

“Now,” continues Roed, “we’re excited to expand Heavy Chef’s masterclasses and events to the Paarl region.”

Workshop17 Tabakhuis, on the corner of Tabak and Louws Street in Southern Paarl, is in an historical building that was once used as a storage facility for tobacco, hence the name. It has been carefully and stylishly transformed into a work and meeting place for a community.

“I am very excited about Tabakhuis opening,” says Paul Keursten, co-founder and CEO of Workshop17. “We always look for locations with a wow factor, and Tabakhuis being a more than 100 year old former warehouse definitely offers that.”

Aside from its deep-seated historic value, the building’s location lends itself even more to the ideal business location, situated just off the Main Road in Paarl, close to the N1 highway, with ample parking.

“We have been continually surprised and delighted by the consistent friendly service, the family-oriented atmosphere, and the strong leadership of key individuals.”

“Tabakhuis’s design is centred around the social workspace within the café environment,” says Paul, “and is aimed to encourage idea generation, collaboration and sharing between startups, seasoned professionals, and small and large companies alike.”

Along with over 140 hot desks, 16 private offices, four semi-private offices, and a vibrant cafe, Tabakhuis will offer members Ideas Lounges, pause rooms, informal meeting booths, and lounges - as well as a fully-equipped seminar room that can seat up to 80 people. All with the single aim to encourage employees to work closely together, and foster creativity and innovation.


Says Paul, “Tabakhuis our first location outside of Cape Town and Johannesburg. We strongly believe these regional locations offer a great solution to combine work and lifestyle, reducing time in traffic, enabling members to watch their children play sports, and still have inspiring encounters with fellow professionals and entrepreneurs in a great space to work.”

Based on a membership model, Workshop17 Tabakhuis offers memberships to suit all needs and work styles - from the frequent traveller who needs a couple of hours a month, to the entrepreneur who requires fast wifi, stylish meeting rooms and printing facilities.

Members with full memberships also have access to all the other Workshop17 spaces in the country, including Cape Town, Maboneng, Sandton, and soon in Rosebank and Cape Town City Centre. “This is a practical solution for business owners who have clients in Joburg and Cape Town,” adds Paul Keur. “This way, they can comfortably host their meetings in spaces that are always stylish and excellent, and are a reflection of their own brand values.”


Roed says: “The secret sauce to Workshop17 is not in the amazing spaces. It’s really in the amazing team they have - from Michelle Saunt, Peter, Corona, Khuli and Nelly in Sandton, Laura Edge and Tiffany and the entire team in Cape Town. It’s something that is very hard to get right, and I believe it shows in the growth Workshop17 is experiencing.”

Workshop17 Tabakuis opened its doors to members on 01 October 2018.

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