When I opened Bon Jour in 2015 my wish was to create an inclusive space for location-independent professionals like I was – a kind of second home where to work, share, explore, have fun together, and grow. I felt Brussels was missing a networking place with an international and creative vibe, and I tried to set it up.
Coworking was still little known in town, and people looking at us from the street would ask me for months what we were supposed to do seated around our big common table, or whether they could bring home that lovely lamp. In the end, I didn’t want to create an ordinary space, and the project simply came up by putting together all the things that I love the most – design, coworking, workshops, events, retail.
While professional isolation was quickly becoming the new normal in many big cities across the world, I called the space Bon Jour as an invitation to get out of home and join the space to work together, and to remind that if we only want every day can be the good day to be a good day.
Five years later, at the moment to take the decision to close the doors and turn the page of such an important chapter of my professional life, I can’t hide that what I value and will miss the most won’t be this space, but the big community of wonderful people that I’ve met along the journey: the ones who embraced the adventure and crossed their path; the ones who grew in there their dreams, projects, collaborations and talents; the ones who became good friends for life, and shared uncountable memories that will last forever in our hearts.
Today I feel content and grateful because if I look back I see five years full of encounters, friendship, dreams, energy, projects, hugs, laughs, events, great coffee, good wine (!), discoveries, courage, growth, and, last but not least, I see a lot of love. The journey hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely worth the travel, every single day 🙂
A big hug to everyone – together it will always be a Good Day, wherever we are!
Silvia Galli – Founder @ Bon Jour