Front desk for RUA 37

We are pleased to introduce our next featured space, based in Hawaii, RUA 37. RUA 37 recently opened their doors just a few months ago and are already thriving in their community. We recently spoke with the founders, Jazmyne and Julius Geis, along with manager, Jeannine Bourque, about the space:

When did you open your coworking space?
RUA 37 had a soft launch in December 2017, and officially opened it’s door to the public in January 2018.

Tell us about your space? How big is it? What kinds of amenities do you have?
Members can still feel a sense of familiar comfort within our cozy 600 square foot historic plantation house turned into a modern holistic office space. We have spaces for them that are conducive for working, relaxing, and nurturing all aspects of themselves.  Our attention to detail and interest in getting to know everyone that comes through our space is really what sets RUA 37 apart.

Founder Jazmyne and Julius Geis have woven their two unique Hawaiian and European backgrounds and perspectives into the blueprint of RUA 37. From the scents in the essential oil diffusers, the lighting, furniture, and design, down to the coffee beans – everything within the office space was chosen intentionally to enhance one’s work environment and well-being for maximum impact toward success.

Our air-conditioned space (which is a must on Maui) is equipped with “Jump Seats,” a private office, a private meeting room, an open conference room with a wireless wall-mounted monitor for presentations, a library lounge, kitchen, and front porch with a colorful patio set and an awesome swing chair.

RUA 37 blends the aesthetics, atmosphere, and hospitality of a boutique hotel with the high-end utilities and benefits of an established office.

What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?
We have a combination of local and international perspectives within SPACESMaui, which is great as it appeals to a variety of different people. We love being in touch with the community, networking, and collaborating with others. We cater to everyone’s needs and treat them as individual people that have their own skills and talents.

What has been the most surprising/unexpected thing about operating a coworking space?
The members we’ve met along the way from all walks of life, visitors and locals is what has been the most surprising aspect of operating RUA 37. Our coworking space has provided an opportunity to meet people we usually wouldn’t have a chance meeting. It’s inspiring to see what members are working on and what talents they bring to the table.

What’s your favorite story of one of your members?
Jazmyne: One of my favorite stories with one of our members is this serendipitous situation. One member booked a jump seat day pass and had a very specific job niche that was perfect for one of our other members that was looking for support in this way. This is where I saw the potential of what we were creating with RUA 37, and how it could work in ways that were bigger than we imagined.

Julius: One member booked with us for a couple of weeks. He wasn’t a coffee drinker, and yet I couldn’t hold back and I would offer him a cup of coffee everyday. We are very proud about our coffee taste and local coffee offerings and at the end of his stay, this member became a coffee fan!

What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to open a space?
Jazmyne: You got to be committed and dedicated to the idea. Here in the Hawaiian islands, it is relatively new so half the battle was introducing the concept to the community. We went up against some resistance during the process and found out midway that we were creating a coworking space in a U.S. state that doesn’t currently have the financial support and networks that other U.S. states have. So we did it on our own. When this is the case, make sure to create a space that speaks to you — your aesthetic, interests, working style, office needs, and important pieces that make you feel “at home” and comfortable. Yes, input from members is really important to make sure that your space is efficient and useful for others, but as a owner don’t forget the details that you love as it will add charm and character to the space.

Julius: I agree, you never know if you’re going to have success or not. At least create something you feel is home everyday!

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We want to wish a big congratulations to RUA 37! Here’s to many successful years of community building.

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RUA 37 is part of the Proximity Network so full-time members of any coworking space that is Powered by Proximity can use Proximity Guest Pass to drop in to work at the space during regular business hours.

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