For years, Sibley’s was the most important shopping hub in Rochester before closing in 1990. While the department store chain may be long gone, the Sibley Building stands in the center of what could be an important part of Rochester’s future.
One of the newest residents in the building is nonprofit NextCorps, who moved into the top floor at the beginning of the year.
Taking over what was the old tea room of Sibley’s back in its department store days, the organization has created a collaborative working space for advisors, venture capitalists and staff from Rochester, the Finger Lakes and outside Western New York.
The space includes gaming and conference areas and a rooftop deck for events and networking.
Some of the programs and resources at NextCorps are the Luminate accelerator for optics, photonics, and imaging companies; the Nexus-NY clean energy proof-of-concept center; The Entrepreneurs’ Network (TEN) for small business acceleration; and Manufacturing Growth Services for scaling business and improving the bottom line.
Old architectural details are still visible throughout the facility, which offers six wet labs; a 3-D printing fabrication lab, an auditorium, a community kitchen and private offices to accommodate company growth.