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2014 Creative Enterprises

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Pointline / Isaac Martinez
1120 Creative House / pointline.co

Designer Isaac Martinez has over 12 years of professional experience. His company, Pointline, is a full-service design and sign company that specializes in creating brand identities for small to mid-size businesses through design of the complete image which includes but is not limited to logos, stationery, in-store graphics and storefront signage.

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Pop-Up Coffee / Jason Atherton
several locations / www.popupcoffee.co
grand opening: October 2015

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Pop Up Coffee artfully crafts brewed black coffee drinks through a variety of unique brew methods, including pour-over and aeropress. You won’t find traditional espresso drinks on the menu. Pop Up Coffee prides itself in honoring the craft and health benefits of high-end brew methods, focusing on drinks that do not include milk or sugar. Located inside the Children’s Museum, 1501 Pacific Ave; inside Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway; inside Tacoma Mountaineers, 2302 N 30th St.
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Northern Pacific Digital / Andrew Bacon
110 S. 9th, Suite 200 / www.northernpacificdigital.com
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

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Development means conscious thought, applied to a problem or goal. Northern Pacific Digital can help you build the best set of tools to accomplish your goals, no matter what they might be. Managing customer data. Communications. Demographics. Sales and visitor tracking. Marketing and communications. Strategy consulting. Stand out and get more effective and efficient with a custom developed website or application built for you, and only you. Understand clearly where you are, what you’re doing, and what you need to do next. What do you need to build today? Let’s build it together.
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Crimson Wraps & Graphics / Travis Selin
1910 Jefferson Ave. / www.crimson-graphics.com
grand opening August 7, 2015

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Crimson Wraps & Graphics is a design-based business that specializes in vehicle and commercial graphics, as well as art and signage. Travis Selin (owner) has been in the signage and graphics industry for over a decade and has been operating Crimson Wraps & Graphics since 2011. The new space, next to The Swiss, includes a garage workspace for installs and graphic production equipment, as well as a retail storefront and art gallery.
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The Arts & Crafts Press / Yoshiko Yamamoto & Bruce Smith
2515B South Tacoma Way / www.artsandcraftspress.com
grand opening November 22, 2014

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Founded by Yoshiko Yamamoto & Bruce Smith,  The Arts & Crafts Press is a small letterpress printing studio. Begun as a publishing house concerned with the historic Arts and Crafts movement, all the publications of The Arts and Crafts Press have been letterpress printed and bound by hand. Today the Press produces greeting cards and limited-edition blockprints that are letterpress printed from hand cut blocks inspired by the turn-of-the-century movement. All current note cards and prints are designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto. The Arts & Crafts Press are Spaceworks Alumni that identified and leased their own space in November 2014.
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Destiny City Comics / Michael Fitzgerald
218 Saint Helens Avenue / DestinyCityComics.com
grand opening: October 1, 2014

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A fun place to get comics in Tacoma.  Come to Destiny City Comics for traditional comics, critically-acclaimed graphic novels at discount price, independent comics, and works by local artists. Destiny City Comics are Spaceworks Alumni that identified and leased their own space in September, 2014.
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SPUN Clay Art Studio & Gallery / April Sander & Jennifer English
923A MLK Jr. Way / SPUNtacoma.com
grand opening: August 1, 2014

For the beginner or advanced potter, or just those who enjoy getting messy. SPUN provides a patient, casual, and creative environment for pottery classes, open studio (‘Free Spin’), and the option to sell your work in the SPUN Gallery. Think of it as the dive bar for artists, where you are comfortable going in any attire, any time of day, at any age.  SPUN moved into 923 A MLK June 1, 2014. They began a two month renovation of the old office space into a new and improved space to house their clay arts studio and gallery. They opened their doors at the Quadruple Grand Opening event on August 1, 2014 and are still going strong!

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The Nearsighted Narwhal / Christina Wheeler & Ossain Avila Cardenas
2610B 6th Ave. / www.thenearsightednarwhal.com
grand opening June 28, 2014

A consignment store for self-publishers, artists, and musicians. Their mission is to bring all things self-made to the general public and promote the DIY and creative community. They carry books, zines, comics, art, CD’s, jewelry, art & photography prints, buttons, patches, wall art, locally made edible goodies, coffee, and much more.  While they and Spaceworks searched for a site for their business, they identified the perfect spot on 6th Avenue and were able to lease it on their own. After many many hours of transforming the space for their business, they opened in early June and have been going gangbusters ever since and recently got a nice writeup in The Weekly Volcano.

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The Blue Octopus on Pearl / Kerry Cole
5013 N. Pearl St. / www.theblueoctopus.com
grand opening September 12, 2014

The Blue Octopus is an art gallery, painting studio, and overall destination for peerless hand crafted gift items (not to mention, they host fantastic painting party events). It’s not exactly one-stop shopping…but definitely a most diverse and satisfying afternoon! Kerry moved into 5013 N. Pearl St. on July 11, spruced it up a bit, opened her doors September 12, and is open 12:00 PM-6:00 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

The Blue Octopus on Pearl Grand Opening -Spaceworks

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eTc Clothing Boutique / Perris Wright & Umi Wagoner
907 Pacific Ave. / www.etctacoma.com
grand opening July 19, 2014

ETC Tacoma is a locally grown clothing line representing Tacoma Washington! For more than seven years working in the streetwear industry, helping dominant brands establish their position – the eTc team is hung up on establishing streetwear roots and building local brand culture and support in Tacoma.  eTcTacoma was accepted into the Spaceworks Creative Enterprise program in February 2014, then participated in the Creative Enterprise Training Program and while they and Spaceworks searched for a site for their business, they identified the perfect spot downtown and were able to lease it themselves. On July 17 The Weekly Volcano noticed eTc Tacoma in their article “Fashion Forward Tacoma.”

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Grand Opening eTcTacoma Streetwear Boutique -Spaceworks

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The TShirt Men Company / Willie & David Combs
919 MLK Jr. Way / www.thetshirtmen.com
grand opening May 1, 2014

The TShirt Men make your t-shirts. Custom made. All day. Their shop also includes custom apparel, streetwear, and a sneaker showcase.  The Tshirt Men moved into 919 MLK April 1, 2014. They spruced up the place with new flooring and a coat of paint, opened their doors May 1, and are open 6 days a week to serve you! They also had a grand opening party at the Quadruple Grand Opening event on August 1, 2014.

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New Video Close Up: The T Shirt Men -Spaceworks

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Concrete Market / Duncan Susag
917 MLK Jr. Way / www.soundconcretecountertops.com
grand opening May 1, 2014

Sound Concrete Countertops offers artisan concrete designs for residential and commercial spaces.  Owner Duncan Susag has created custom sinks, kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, furniture, and large commercial installments for individuals and businesses throughout the Puget Sound. He joined Spaceworks in order to further his business by securing a location to have a showcase room, gallery, and office called the “Concrete Market”.  Duncan moved into his current space on March 1, renovated for one month, and opened his doors April 30, 2014.

Concrete Market GRAND OPENING! -Spaceworks

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Turtledust Media / Nick Butler
717 Tacoma Avenue South, Suite C / www.turtledustmedia.com
February 1 – July 31, 2014

In February, 2014, Nick Butler launched Turtledust Media as an animation studio focused on fostering new industry in Tacoma by providing education and opportunities in the field of animation production. Nick Butler worled on his Peanut Butter Jelly Jam project that had been 10 years in the making. Originally developed for JIFFY Peanut Butter Bars the idea took on a life of its own. In 2013 Turtledust Media won “Best Use of Prop” for their animation the Flashlight Princess at the Grand Cinema’s 72 Hour Film Festival. In the same year they were nominated for best visual effects at the Buffalo Dreams Film Festival for their work on the feature film Imago. Peanut Butter Jelly Jam will be Turtledust Media’s first fully computer generated animated short. See what happens when Milo and i4 are left home alone with a collection of delicious jellies and bump’n jams,  Nick continues to work on it from his home studio.

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Do The Extraordinary / Justin Kercher
1936 Pacific Ave. / www.dotheextraordinary.com
grand opening June 13, 2014
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Where is the intersection between form and function, style and substance, fashion and sport?…and can a for-profit company exist to benefit the greater good? Do The Extraordinary is an athletic apparel line that seeks to DO just that…Workout gear that doubles as cutting edge fashion…a company that shouts “Be great!” and leads by example. Giving back, and partnering with charities and nonprofits around the world. DTE was created in 2005, and became a Spaceworks participant in May 2014.  DTE has been and Etsy featured seller, as well as featured on The International News Aggregate and Huffington Post.

Grand Opening: Do The Extraordinary -Spaceworks

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Alana T Photography Studio / Alana Tamminga
Project: Women: Raw. Honest. Loved.
Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A St., Suite 412 / alanatphotography.com
October 1, 2014 – Summer 2015

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The Raw.Honest.Loved. Project is a project that is primarily about working through insecurity through community.  The idea is to come together in groups to discuss insecurities with peers while being encouraged by words of loved ones. Done in an uplifting environment, all the while being made aware of commonalities between us and others we would have never thought.  Tamminga will use her studio for photography shoots and to host her RHL Project sessions.
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Mod Curio / Jon & Heather Almeda
313 S. 9th St. / www.modcurio.com
July 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015
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Mod Curio was a gallery space and storefront curated by Jon & Heather Almeda.  The married pair work in a variety of mediums ranging from photography to pottery and recycled mixed media pieces. At Mod Curio they offered classic vintage radios retrofitted with modern components, miniature hand-thrown ceramic vases and bowls, cardboard sculptures, a gallery of photography, along with a variety of other artistically designed curiosities.

Mod Curio GRAND OPENING -Spaceworks

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PolyRev / Alexander Schelhammer
1102 A Street, Tacoma Post Office Building, Suite 202D / www.polyrev.com
April 11 – October 11, 2014
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Alexander Schelhammer requested space from Spaceworks to help him expand his company PolyRev, short for “Polychromatic Revolution”. From his application, Alex said, “I have been screen printing clothing for many years and finally started my own company. It has been very successful so far and in order to keep up the success I need more space, that my home doesn’t allow. This place will allow me the freedom to concentrate on silkscreening but also allow me to explore other mediums. This space would serve as Polyrev HQ for the upcoming spring and summer festival season. The plan is to have a working studio that would act as a foundation for my brand.”  Schelhammer operated at The Post Office Building for six months, participated in three Spaceworks Post Office events, and then recently relocated to an awesome live/work space in South Tacoma! His products  can be found at Bleach and online at their website.

Spaceworks Enterprises at Stadium Fare -Spaceworks

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