The Mayor to Visit The Nearsighted Narwahl!

24 Jul
Proud owners on the morning of their soft opening June 3rd

Proud owners on the morning of their soft opening June 3rd

Oh my oh my! Mayor Marilyn Strickland is ribbon cutting at four new businesses on 6th Ave on Saturday and one of them is Spaceworks Alumni The Nearsighted Narwahl! Click here to join the event on Saturday at 11am – 2610A 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406 – be there!

Great job you two! Amazing what you have accomplished in the past 4 months! Follow their journey thru their facebook posts…it’s a great story!


April 16 facebook post


sign installation on May 29

Sign provided by Spaceworks Tacoma and Spaceworks participant Travis Selin aka Crimson Wraps & Graphics



Rockwell Powers’ New Video

23 Jul


Tacoma is such a great city! Why do I say that? For many reasons, including the super cool creative individuals who bring us things like this Alive video! Performed by Rockwell Powers x DJ Phinisey, film by Peter Berkley of The Art Dept., starring some of Rockwell Powers’ favorite kids and places in Tacoma, including Spaceworks Alumni sites: Grit City Grindhouse and FABITAT.


note from Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy


Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening

22 Jul


Spaceworks Announces Quadruple Grand Opening in Hilltop
Friday August 1, 2014
5-9 pm
917-923 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to join us for the GRAND OPENING of four new businesses at the corner of S 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Full event details, or to RSVP:

Spaceworks recently partnered with property owner Paul Okner of Fremont Property Group LLC to activate this previously vacant building. Spaceworks signed the lease with Mr. Okner in January then identified four of its creative enterprises to fill the 5,000 square feet of commercial property. For the past few months, Spaceworks and the business owners have been preparing the space for business. Now all four businesses have completed their renovations and improvements, and are ready to open their doors and celebrate.

The grand opening celebration of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men Company, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery, and DubCity Studios will be 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, August 1 at the corner of S 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Each business will host an open house and offer a variety of fun experiences for customers. Details about each business follows. Continue reading

CALL FOR ARTS ACTIVITIES – 13th Annual Tacoma Arts Month, October 2014

18 Jul

artmonth logo

Will you be hosting an arts event in October?

Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity?

Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2014 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our thirteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. They are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film. Continue reading

Tinkertopia Turns One!

17 Jul

Spaceworks is so proud of its Alum Darcy & R.R. Anderson, owners of Tinkertopia. They signed their lease with Spaceworks in June 2013 and 6 months later signed a lease with the University of Washington to continue leasing their space at 1914 Pacific Avenue. Check out this great video about their business and Spaceworks experience:

Tonight from 5-7pm they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary and everyone is invited to come in to the free tinkerspace and tinker to help decorate the birthday cake window sculpture. Link to Facebook event


GRAND OPENING eTcTacoma Streetwear Boutique

15 Jul


On July 19, eTcTacoma will open its first streetwear brick-and-mortar location. Located downtown at 907 Pacific Ave, eTcTacoma will have exclusivity with 100% of the apparel brands and 95% of the accessory brands carried in store. This exclusivity will create the destination shopping atmosphere a streetwear boutique demands. The boutique’s open floor design and seating area invite patrons to stay beyond their purchase and indulge in the cultural aspect of the store. eTcTacoma’s store culture is an annex for debates on the subculture of streetwear, social network news, trends and fads, and even worldly issues. Please stop by–buy something you can’t get anywhere else in WA–and spread the word, which is the spirit behind the brand and Etcetera’s company slogan of “Dress Accordingly”. Continue reading

The Portal Pop-up Gallery

10 Jul
Maureen Andrade

Growing Love, by Maureen Andrade

Third Thursday July 17, 2014, 5-9pm. Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A street, Tacoma

This is a one night only event! The pop-up gallery is being organized in conjunction with the two exhibits currently on display at the Tacoma Post Office Building: The hole in your heart is a portal to another dimension by Erin Dengerink and Jennifer Chushcoff’s Invoke the Muse.


Free Jazz, by Edward Trover

Dengerink invited a group of her artist colleagues and collaborators to participate in the pop-up gallery including: Continue reading

New Graduates: the Spaceworks Training Program

9 Jul

The latest round of Spaceworks participants in conversation with a panel of Spaceworks alumni including (from left) Darcy Anderson of Tinkertopia, Alison Bryan of Modern Cottage Company, JD Elquist of The Elquists, Dion Thomas of the Gallery of Ambition, and Taylor Woodruff of Grit City Grindhouse.

There was electricity in the air on the final night of the Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Training Program!

First, the latest round of participants to join Spaceworks presented their innovative project ideas.  In lighting fast 3 minute presentations they each gave an overview of their business model, strategy, and philosophy.  Great ideas were resonating throughout the room.  Many participants had exciting news about their store’s GRAND OPENINGS, lease signings, potential leads on spaces, plus two projects that were able to lease their own space without Spaceworks’ help.

Next, Spaceworks steering committee member David Schroedel facilitated a panel discussion withSpaceworks alumni including Darcy Anderson of Continue reading

An Opera That Sails Upon a Sea of Broken Glass

30 Jun
"Atlantis, Full of Cheer" by Christian French

“Atlantis, Full of Cheer” an art installation by Christian French

With its seasonal rotation of Spaceworks storefront exhibits, the Woolworth Windows are a favorite stop amongst art gadabouts. But the art-filled windows also attract visitors from the Broadway farmers market, Antique Row, and the Pantages and Rialto theaters, all within walking distance. Currently featured in the window at S. 11th and Commerce is “Atlantis, Full of Cheer”, a “rock opera” in miniature by Christian French that has visitors of every persuasion trying to decode an enigmatic story still in the process of being written. Continue reading

Tollbooth Gallery, Next Up: Stump Stasis

30 Jun
Stump Stasis documents the shifting of landscape over the course of several years from the perspective of a washed up stump in commencement bay.

Stump Stasis documents a shifting landscape over the course of four years from the perspective of a washed up stump in commencement bay.


Now playing in the Tollbooth Gallery, “Stump Stasis” a video by  Holly A. Senn (4:43 minutes).

“When a huge tree stump washed up on the Tacoma waterfront I became fascinated with both the object and its environment. My video Stump Stasis documents the equilibrium of the stump and Commencement Bay over several years—how the stump and the environment change and do not change. This film creates a contemplative space for viewers to consider relationships between forms and landscapes. Continue reading


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