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5 Creative Ideas For a Romantic Date in Tacoma

9 Feb
Tim + April Norris, Tacoma Heart Map

Tacoma Heart Map by Tim + April (Available in their Etsy Shop)

We know that Tacoma is full of talent and quirky places where you can have fun with friends. However, there are also many sweet spots where you can get creative with a special someone.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 businesses in Tacoma that can offer a new way of connecting with each other. These Spaceworks participants all have a creative spin on activities from card making, to pottery, to the classic gift of chocolate candy.

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Photos from High Five!

15 Sep

Photo: Spaceworks Tacoma

Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for High Five!, Spaceworks’ fifth anniversary community celebration!

Artists, creative entrepreneurs and community members like you have made Spaceworks possible over the last five years—and we are truly grateful! Thank you, too, to everyone who pitched in to make High Five! possible: Spaceworks’ alums, volunteers, steering committee members and attendees! High five to you!

The following is a series of photographs of the event from Kris Crews of Crews Creative.

If you attended and took photos, we’d love to see them! Tag Spaceworks on Facebook and Instagram or send them via email to gabrielb@tacomachamber.org or heatherj@tacomachamber.org.

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Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

9 Sep

We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

During High Five!, you'll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People's Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party space during last year's Quadruple Grand Opening.)

During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)

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Performances + Activities at High Five! on Sept. 12

2 Sep

Our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop is coming up fast, and we’ve got more details to share about the fabulous lineup of performances and activities.

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

Image: Video still from Crews Photography & Video,

High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration will take place in People’s Park and the 900-block of MLK Jr. Way. Image: Video still from “Spaceworks Tacoma, new building on MLK” by Crews Photography & Video, Sculpture: “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum

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High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration on Sept. 12

13 Aug

Spaceworks is turning five years old, and we’re throwing a community celebration on Hilltop!


September 12, 2015, 4-11pm
People’s Park & 900 Block MLK

Also… unlimited high fives!


Since its founding in 2010, Spaceworks has been busy transforming empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma—activating 43 underused properties, assisting 73 creative businesses, and exhibiting 106 large-scale art installations.

“The artists and creative businesses that participate in Spaceworks often tell us that what they’ve done wouldn’t be possible without us,” says Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. “But we know that without their incredible talent and commitment, plus the support of our community, Spaceworks itself wouldn’t be possible. This party is a chance for us all to celebrate the creativity that makes Tacoma great.”

Here’s how the party will play out:

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Thank you, Compass Rose, and happy birthday!

24 Jul

A big “Thank You!” goes to Compass Rose for inviting us to be part of their 2nd birthday party last Saturday!

We had a fabulous time, met new folks and got to talk about what Spaceworks is doing in the community. Plus, Compass Rose generously gave us 10% of the day’s sales!

Here’s a photo recap of some of the fun that was had:


Party out back! Bean bag toss, arts and crafts, hot eats, cool treats!

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Shop for Spaceworks this Saturday

17 Jul

We can’t wait to celebrate Compass Rose’s birthday on Saturday, and you should join us!

Even though it’s their party, Compass Rose Tacoma is generously giving us a gift: 10% of the day’s sales will go to Spaceworks! Wow—thank you!

Party Details

What: Compass Rose Tacoma’s Second Birthday Party

Where: 3815 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98407

When: Saturday, July 18 from 10 am – 4 pm

CR birthday simple flyer

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The Monkeys are Out! Well, Goats Rather… and Sheep!

20 Feb
a kiln full of monkey shines! Made by SPUN

A kiln full of Monkey Shines made by Spaceworks participants SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

The monkeys are out!

This year (year of the Goat/Sheep) the infamous, super-secretive, coveted, and competitive Monkey Shines project included over 3,000 art pieces of many mediums hidden all over Tacoma for anyone to find. In the past, a majority of the pieces were handmade glass, and letterpress posters. This year saw the addition of  numerous other mediums from various groups around town. Spaceworks is at liberty to share at least one of those… SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery. SPUN made vibrant, glazed ceramic pieces embossed with a ram’s head (pictured above). Look for these around town, tucked away in nooks and crannies. Many already have been discovered, but no doubt some still remain at large.


Two examples of what you might find, and where you might find them.

Because the project has existed for twelve years, and gone through all the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, it just may be the final year. However, rumors already are spreading of similar projects popping up.

For instance, if I were you, I would look along the 6th Ave. business district this Saturday (2/21/15) for some very interesting, locally made buttons…

Yo! Spaceworks Holiday Sales!

25 Nov

While shopping this Thanksgiving weekend check out some of the most dynamic small businesses in town! Here are some special sales this weekend offered by Spaceworks’ participating creative enterprises:



At GRIT CITY GRINDHOUSE on small business Saturday, get a free t shirt when you buy a complete skateboard of any kind.




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: facebook.com/events/748011078596247/

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

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