We had the good fortune of connecting with Vineet Miglani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vineet, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Life and business will bring tough times to your door. You can choose either to cry through it or smile through it.
What should our readers know about your business?
We live in beautiful Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. Our journey started in 2017 when we bought an old church building here. Since then we have worked long hours and renovated and redeveloped the property into a multi use community plaza. The 5 uses and income streams are as follows
1) High Beam Dreams: Events Space – Launched June 2018
2) The Brass Spoon Café – Launched Sep 2021
3) Namaste Art – Fair Trade Gift Store – Launched Mar 2019
4) Suite for resident artist
5) Day Care for 32 kids – Leased to Natural Connections Childcare Center – Since Mar 2017
High Beam Dreams (HBD) is a beautifully renovated, premier venue in Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, BC. It is owned and run by Nidhi and Vineet who have over 30 years of experience in events industry. We are proud immigrants and moved to Canada (in the last 10 years) for a better future. Launched in 2018 the community and a wider audience have come to value the quality of live music and performances the venue has been bringing to the small town. The venue plays a vital role in socio-economic development, strengthening cultural fabric and promoting tourism on the Sunshine Coast. The venue has developed a solid reputation of bringing quality unique artists to the audience here. By implementing a best-in-class safety upgrade and opening doors safely (Jun 2020) the venue provided a lonely beacon of hope to other venues, artists and all stakeholders that Live in venue concerts and events can be done. We had even reached out to peer venues and offered free advisory on how to open safely and how to source materials and implement a COVID 19 safety protocol.
This unique project won two awards in early 2020, Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by Small Business BC and Best community Impact 2020 by Business Excellence Awards. Right when we as a business thought we are getting there, we were hit by COVID 19 restriction very hard. It has not been an easy ride as owning a venue in itself takes a long time to succeed. But we have not given up and have pivoted and adapted our business such that we are now at the geared to very well as things open up this spring.
We want the world to know our story and understand that with passion, love, dedication, focus and hard work mountains can be moved. We both are 200% devoted towards our business. We have named our project – Project Freedom – freedom from working for others and it is a great feeling in itself.
Owning a business does not come with out challenges. This project was not easy but with patience and perseverance, we believe one day we will be a success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, of course, we would love to first recommend our business which in itself is a community space – one can enjoy live music music in a fabulous space with amazing acoustics, can shop fair trade gifts and can enjoy delicious authentic food at our food tailer. This is where you journey starts!
Sunshine coast is a a paradise and is full of artists and artisans. One can get tired of shopping art and handmade items but one will not be able to shop all as it is endless. Coast is also famous for its trails including biking trails. It is famous for summer tourism. one can enjoy beautiful beaches or go for a hike with spectacular views of the mountains and ocean. There are also many cute souvenir stores, and cafes to try.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My brother Sugeet Miglani, my partner Nidhi Kamboj and the local community on the Sunshine Coast, BC.