Creative Enterprise

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Spaceworks is working with an impressive roster of innovative creative enterprises that are filling vacant storefronts throughout Tacoma. Creative Enterprise provides the opportunity to test new ideas, products and services in a low-cost space for up to six months to artists, fledgling creative entrepreneurs, designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups (non-profit or for-profit). But it’s not just about space, Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program provides relevant and meaningful small business training and peer-to-peer support to the participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community. Creative Enterprises are long-term projects, most hold a set of regular business hours open to the public, and participate in occasional Spaceworks events.


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Fall 2016 Creative Enterprise Participants

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Splice Welding & Design / Scott J. Cormier
www.spliceweldinganddesign.com

Splice Welding & Design is a full service design and metal fabrication studio specializing in custom steel elements for the home and business. The focus is on original design, clean finishes, and quality craftsmanship.

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The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living / Naarah McDonald & Erin Severe
741 St. Helens, Tacoma

The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living is Tacoma’s first textile maker space. They teach people how to sew. From basic recession-proof skills to advance expertise that bring your imagination to life, they created a space to help you achieve your goals.

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SPFYTEES, LLC / Kalvin Trancao & Sasha Ashworth
www.spfytees.com

SPFYTEES offers interactive garment decorating of official merchandise for venue promoters at their events in order to increase customer engagement. They activate a space that offers a free experience and tangible product for the event participant.

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Mihael Blikshteyn Photography
www.mihaelblikshteyn.com

Mihael Blikshteyn is a commercial photographer in Tacoma, Washington, specializing in maritime, industrial and real estate photography. His editorial images are used to further the causes of the World Wildlife Fund, the PEW Charitable Trusts, Wild Salmon Center, United Way, Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, Housing First and other conservation, cultural and social justice organizations. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mihael grew up in Russia and New York City, and spent a decade working and living in Alaska. His passion in life is visual storytelling. He crafts a life that is a story worth telling.

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Lettuce / Monique Smith
www.lettuce253.com

Lettuce is an interactive live art event that showcases various mediums from local Tacoma artists. Their mission is to build a thriving art community through showcasing live art that empowers, inspires, and educates while promoting creative industries.

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Elope 253 / Rochelle Bergstrom
www.instagram.com/elope253

Elope 253 is small, hyperlocal elopement chapel that provides low-stress, intimate wedding packages in a modern-classic space that echoes the grit and creative vibe of Tacoma. Elope 253 is a place for couples who consciously decide to forgo the expensive, stressful, detail-oriented circus that can be a traditional wedding; instead they focus on each other and simply elope.

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The Yes Works / Aaron Schmookler & Adam Utley
www.TheYesWorks.com

A strong sense-of-self and sense-of-other are essentials to effective improvisation at work. And effective improvisation leads to world-class collaboration and high-performance sales. They offer experiential training to working teams to help them communicate, collaborate, and sell at the top of their game. Clients of The Yes Works say that this is habit-building, transformational stuff.

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PRESA / Josiah French & Devon Baldwin

PRESA acts as the primary access point for youth-oriented culture, art and lifestyle. They produce art in a variety of mediums, distribute it through online services and physical merchandise, and promote art within the community. They engage and uplift the community through concerts, art shows, fundraisers, tutoring services and youth
outreach.

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Swoon Records / Jeff Southard & Abby Kok
www.swoonrecords.com

Swoon Records selects high-quality bands and solo musicians to represent, and
oversees and/or directly implements the production, distribution, and sales of
high-quality music releases (albums, EP’s, and singles). They release music in
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Spring 2016 Creative Enterprise Participants

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Sunday Morning Coffee featuring Cora Coffee Roasters / Tara Brown
Saturdays 9-2pm at the Proctor Farmers Market | coracoffeeroasters.com
Opening date: February 7, 2016

Cora Coffee Roasters is a scrappy, small-batch coffee roaster in love with drizzly pacific northwest days and the simple pleasure of a great cup of coffee. Our mission is simple: we want to find great coffees and roast them for our friends and neighbors in Tacoma. We have a pop up at Feast Arts Center on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM and at the Proctor Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM. We also partner with Tacoma businesses who want to serve high quality coffee.

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HMG3D / Steve Buchanan
hmg3d.com

HMG3D is an exhibit and graphic design company that offers design, presentation, and support services to the exhibit industry. HMG3D’s primary focus is to create trusted, support role relationships with companies who attend tradeshows, or who manufacturer and sell exhibits. Companies can improve their tradeshow marketing program and win more business by partnering with HMG3D.
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Have Not Films / Sean Patrick Burke and Erik Bernard
1102 S. 11th St, Tacoma | havenotfilms.com
grand opening August 25, 2016

Have Not Films, Inc. (HNF) was formed in 2014 to specialize in the development, packaging, and distribution of motion pictures for global theatrical, television, and digital-delivery markets. The partners of HNF possess the combined industry experience to promote and sell motion picture content that covers the full spectrum of genres, budgets, and delivery mechanisms. Strong, dramatic story lines that attract A-list talent is the backbone to successful films, and our dynamic and diversified portfolio of projects will maximize ROI for their investors and keep audiences coming back year after year.

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Adventures by Appointment / Andrew Fry
1102 A Street, Ste 410 | adventuresbyappointment.com
Doors Opened: June 10, 2016

Tacoma’s first puzzle/escape room is a new kind of theatrical experience in the South Sound. The puzzle room challenges participants to race the clock and break themselves out of a room by solving a series of elaborate puzzles that lead a group through a narrative involving eccentric billionaires, a spiritualist medium, and the most famous magician in the world. Groups are 6-10 people and the challenge lasts an hour.

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Red Scarf Revolution / Silong Chhun
redscarfrevolution.com

Awareness by design. Red Scarf Revolution aims to bring silenced art, culture, and the darkest tragedy of Cambodia’s history to light with designs that incite the resiliency of the Khmer people.

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The Culture Shock Collective / Clarissa Gines & Rosemary Mathison
www.thecultureshockcollective.com

The CultureShock Collective is a project-based, collaborative duo who works in partnership with artists of color and creatives from marginalized backgrounds to promote and more colorful and vibrant artistic landscape in Tacoma. We cultivate creative exploration within the arts by promoting and curating dynamic, collaborative pop-up exhibitions, events, and programming.
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Ogden / Stella Kemper & Rebecca Parson

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Bering Street Studio / Stephanie Lile
beringstreetstudio.com

Bering Street Studio provides traveling exhibits and interpretive services to museums and nonprofits across the country who strive to make art, culture, and the wonders of the planet accessible to all. We work with others to create amazing exhibits and interpretive products targeted to smaller spaces and budgets, and we develop special projects and products of our own in partnership with private collectors, foundations, and universities.

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This Then That / Martha Lucas and Janelle Abbott
thisthenthatstudio.wordpress.com

This Then That is here to clean up the mess already created by fast fashion by reinventing the mountains of textiles bound for landfill, with attention to low impact dye methods and the true cost of labor, into new and inspired garments that are for every day and for every body!

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Explore It Scavenger Hunts / Christina Murray
exploreitnw.com

Go on an adventure around Tacoma to find lions, dancing birds, or giant salmon as different styles of urban art. Be greeted by a Goddess and attempt to achieve calmness in front of a blue door. Look for the wackiest and weirdest items along Antique Row. Enjoy stunning architecture from early 1900’s buildings and imagine a bustling Tacoma during an era of Vaudeville entertainment and acts. Explore It Scavenger Hunts gives you content for learning about local points of interest that are fun, engaging, and playful for children in all of us.

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Sky Movement, LLC / Richard Penton and Clemm Rishad
1517 S. Fawcett, Suite 350 | www.theskymovement.com

This full service entertainment company specializes in the marketing, planning, coordination and execution of a variety of special events. They are dedicated to bringing their consumers and clients the best entertainment by creating a unique atmosphere and groundbreaking, grassroots promotions.

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Tacoma Thrift and Consignment / Jessica Prindel
2612 6th Ave Tacoma | www.tacomathrift.com
Grand Opening: August 17, 2016

Tacoma Thrift & Consignment is a unique second hand store which features a curated selection of thrift, vintage and locally made goods. This store is very organized and creates a peaceful atmosphere for shopping. They carry a wide variety of items like housewares, decor, books, electronics, craft supplies, dishware, hobby, clothing, shoes, accessories, artwork, wood crafts, pottery, and more.

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Erika Ray
erika-ray.com

Erika Ray creates eco-conscious art on paper and textiles, working both in her studio and in front of audiences. She produces events that pair live art making with music and performance.

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Brown Betty / Kellie Richardson
brownbetty253.com

Brown Betty provides armor and inspiration for real life by offering everyday luxury with products that feed your soul, your body and your style. Face and body products are all natural and boast 10 ingredients or less. These hand-made products are prepared in small batches to treat your skin with the same loving care that you do. Kellie Richardson is also a blogger and writer.

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Tacoma Arts On-Air / Sebastian Levy-Aldrete

Tacoma Arts On-Air is dedicated to bringing the world of Tacoma’s classical performing arts scene to a wider audience. Connecting via podcasts of artist interviews, live streaming of performances, events information and other original content, Tacoma Arts On-Air aims to grow the local performing arts scene at live music events, and enhance awareness in the South Sound’s wealth of professional music organizations.

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Stocklist / Liz Van Dyke
1936 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA | www.stocklistgoods.com
Doors Opened: July 28, 2016

Stocklist is a gift and lifestyle store in downtown Tacoma. We love this city, and are working hard to bring you the best Tacoma has to offer. Fabulous gifts for everyone, souvenirs for folks near and far, beautiful jewelry and fantastic customer service. We promise to provide a well curated gift shopping experience, to show you things you have not seen before and to wrap it all up in a beautiful package.


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