Rod Janover and Ryan Klibansky are the busy entrepreneurs behind St Kilda co-working space, Engine House. As business owners themselves, the pair knew the importance of a workplace that allowed for purpose, community, productivity, and also incorporating wellness into the workday.

As well as the everyday office requirements of comfy chairs, fast WIFI, 24-hour access and fuss free technology, Engine House offers benefits such as in house yoga, meditation and a sunny outdoor area for members to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

“As entrepreneurs and business owners we are constantly stretched, under the pump and tend to blend our work into our down time at home, in cafes, and on weekends. Exercise and mindfulness practices are great ways to return to the moment, de-stress and manage your mental health. We see a strong correlation in the the modern way of working and the importance of wellness,” says Rod.

The concept behind Engine House was for entrepreneurs and freelancers to work hard, collaborate and inspire each other. “We find its important for entrepreneurs and business owners to step away from the desk and connect with others during the day,” says Rod. “Working on your own at home without human interaction can be quite lonely. If you face some challenges during your day, instead of internalising it you can share your problems with some of the other members at your co-working space.”

And of course what better way to overcome a challenge in your day than with great food and coffee!?

Freelancer Café has taken up residence at Engine House, offering Niccolo coffee and a delicious selection of fresh, healthy food options – with a few treats thrown in as well for good measure. Tip – you can’t go past the chicken sandwich! Freelancer isn’t only for Engine House residents, and can be enjoyed by anyone from Monday – Saturday.


Image Credits via Engine House & Freelancer Instagram



Alexandra Cuthbert

Alexandra is a writer and publicist whose hobbies include brunch, road trips to the beach or countryside, live music, trying to increase her daily step count, searching vintage bookstores around the world for copies of On The Road by Jack Kerouac to add to her colour coordinated bookshelf, and dreaming of her next trip to New York City.