Living Room’s Tasha Riekstins
|Tasha Riekstins, Managing Director for The Living Room|
Is your boring old fluorescent-lit conference room leaving you less than inspired? Take your next meeting from drab to fab with Living Room.
Located in Norwood, Living Room offers three unique “living room” inspired spaces that offer the perfect ambiance for business meetings, personal gatherings and even a state of the art market research facility.
Launched in mid-2013, Living Room and its team of engagement specialists are offering a fresh approach to research services and meeting spaces. “From start to finish, appetizers to dessert, we are the experts on hosting memorable experiences,” says Tasha Riekstins, Managing Director for The Living Room.
Riekstins, a Cincinnati native, moved away to the west coast after college where she went to work for a media company that cooperates with Carnival and Princess cruise line. “I’ve been back in Cincinnati for the last seven years, but stayed in the cruise ship industry, so I have traveled a lot,” she says.
Having always wanted to find a great company to work for locally, Riekstins began her search for the perfect company that leveraged her skills. “In October of this year, I was blessed to land the position of Managing Director at Living Room,” Riekstins explains. “I have done event coordination on my own on the side for years, so finally getting to take all I have learned and focus on it everyday is a dream come true.”
When asked what inspires her, Riekstins says she loves being a connector between people and making some sort of impact on their journey. “I’m also passionate and blown away by the start-up community in our city. I find their energy and ambition completely inspiring,” she explains. “My company is also part of that community, I want to support start-ups and local businesses as much as possible.”
Everyday offers a new challenge and opportunity at Living Room, Riekstins says. “Since we host all types of clients and events in our space, you just never do the same thing twice,” she adds.
Living Room is a 100-year-old building, doubling as a house and also a church at one point before Riekstins’ team gained ownership. From the moment you walk in, Living Room immediately feels like home, offering cozy features like exposed brick walls, a beautiful fireplace, and plants hanging from the ceiling.
Currently, Living Room is the upcoming host to a variety of events. “A yoga class is planned for Monday Jan 12th at 6pm, the Mix & Mingle Networking Event will be held on Thursday January 22nd from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and in February we will host our first blood drive,” Riekstins explains.
As far as long term goals go, the team is planning to open a Living Room in Chicago within the next 18 months and hopefully renovate another space in Cincinnati, according to Riekstins.
Living Room is located at 2368 (Meeting/Research Spaces & Offices) and 2369 (Focus Group Facility) Norwood Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45212. To learn more, visit www.hellolivingroom.com.