And the answer they've found is plenty. With activities for families, career advice, language lessons and much more, the new community space for the city is off to a great start.
Phase one for the building includes a small library space, career guidance desk, a school uniform exchange and all the information you could hope for about what's on at the Key Theatre and heritage sites.
City College Peterborough is on hand to recommend new skills courses for anyone who feels like they'd like to try something new and there are even some board games prepared for anyone who just wants to wander in and spend some time with a friendly face or two.
But plans for the second phase promise even more from the Mini Vine, all with the intent to bring the city together. Once the venue is fully ready, there'll be a visitor information centre, space for groups to meet, an art gallery and perhaps even some space that businesses and media organisations will be keen to use.
Tasha Dalton Winterton, vice principal study programmes at John Mansfield campus, said: "We've had a phenomenal start. It's been great to see people of all ages come through the door and we've really been creating curiosity in Peterborough.
"It's been a thrilling response, it's a wonderful space to be in and we're all very excited for the future."
But the thing that has sparked the most attention in its first week of operation?
One of the staff members points at the window display, very willing to share: "The dinosaur selfies have done very well. Everyone loves a dinosaur selfie."