Redefining the Modern Meeting Place

If you’ve ever been inside a corporate conference room, you know it’s not the most inspiring of environments. Much the opposite, in fact, it oftentimes feels like a stagnant suck on creativity. So, how do we expect our workforce to be inspired to collaborate and produce results when their surroundings are so stifling? Scott Wayne has been asking this very question, which is why he and his partners have created The Canvas Collection. Canvas provides a curated collection of alternative venues to host corporate meetings and private events.

“When we looked around to see who was out there creating neutral environments in which diverse opinions could be shared, we found the marketplace to be disappointing. We found an absence of neutral, inspiring, quiet spaces that de-emphasized tech, and encouraged hearing other perspectives,” says Wayne. Canvas’ first space, The House, launched in May this year at 3108 Semmes Avenue in the Woodland Heights neighborhood. The group worked with the property owner to renovate the space and create a well-designed, comfortable meeting place with no shortage of natural light. An antithesis to the grey corporate conference rooms of downtown high-rises, and just blocks from Southside gems such as Laura Lee’s, WPA Bakery, Crossroads, and Forest Hill Park.

The House is just the beginning. The group hopes to expand quickly with two more Richmond locations slated for the near future, and other markets down the road. Wayne invites the Richmond community to share in his enthusiasm and see the potential that these new meeting places have for local businesses. “Canvas is currently welcoming event planners, executive assistants, and HR leaders to visit our spaces. We’re also welcoming property owners and non-profits with surplus space to approach us. We’re starting in our home city, but have plans for a much wider footprint.”

For more information on The House, visit, or drop them a line at Do you have a space you’d like canvas to manage? Contact Eugenie Valentine at

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James is a sustainable food advocate, a freelance writer, marketing consultant, and regular contributor to Richmond Grid magazine.