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The Office Batavia opens Saturday

Published: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Concertgoers will have another place to see local bands perform with the opening of The Office Batavia at 236 Webster St. The venue opens Saturday.

“We really see Batavia as setting itself apart in the arts world, and we want to be part of that,” said Christina Nyborg, who owns an accounting firm, Nyborg and Co., in the same building as The Office Batavia.

Her sons, Jason and Justin Peters, own The Office Batavia along with a friend of theirs, Nate Stephens. The three of them are musicians.

“When we play, we usually have to travel,” Justin Peters said. “We want to give young, emerging musicians some place to play where they don’t have to go too far. We also want to help support the arts and make the downtown more lively.”

Nyborg converted a 600-square-foot space at the south end of the building into The Office Batavia. The building, which she owns, contains about 4,500 square feet of office space.

Those who come out Saturday will get an up-close view of the bands. Occupancy is limited to 90 people, standing room only.

Alcohol and food will not be sold at the venue, although soda and water will be. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke will appear at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, and five bands will perform starting at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there is a $10 cover charge.

Information about The Office Batavia is available at www.theofficebatavia.com or at its Facebook page.

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