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Creation Station in Tacoma

by NineInchNachos
on 7/5/2012 @ 8:15pm
as one of the newly 'under employed' creative/entrepreneur types, the wife and I have been thinking more and more about this idea we've had on the back-burner for sometime now. 
You know what Tacoma needs? 
an independent OR coop
like if 

had sex with... 

imagine this... with more scrap-hound tool stuff !
+ + +
I would be happy with a spaceworks-at-first storefront (custom designed cartoon signage of course)  and it could justify my craving for a funky delivery van.
how cool would that be?     

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 9:01pm
yeah!  other people are doing it, why can't we? 

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 9:03pm

by Maria on 7/6/2012 @ 12:27am
Very neat idea. Here's one in Portland (more focused on the high-end tools/fabrication side)

Another one

by NineInchNachos on 7/6/2012 @ 9:19am

by Chris.Tacoma on 7/6/2012 @ 10:27am
I really like this idea. If it could have science supplies as well like beakers and circuit boards even better.

by NineInchNachos on 7/6/2012 @ 11:02am
yeah!   magnets!  lenses !   tubes!  

by fredo on 7/6/2012 @ 5:50pm
Imagine the sense of fulfillment you will have when you put a big sign in the window of your new business that says:

"Help Wanted: We Pay Family Wage level and full benefits"

That's a great thing you and your wife are doing for Tacoma, and you're going to make a lot of poor people happy with your new employment opportunities.

by Non Sequitur on 7/6/2012 @ 8:03pm

by Welshman Novelty Account on 7/6/2012 @ 10:48pm
A gwynebu chan a troll makes 'm 'n amwyll!

by ChrisTopher on 7/7/2012 @ 11:24am
This is a great idea. 

by low bar on 7/7/2012 @ 1:03pm
@fredumbo nice passive personal attack..

filthy filthy hypocrites make the world a filthy place

by NineInchNachos on 7/7/2012 @ 4:44pm
Ms. Darcy and I would be employees No. 1 & No 2.   here is to family wage with full benefits!  

by fredo on 7/7/2012 @ 5:05pm

Well, you can start small with just 2 people but when things get established you're going to need some extra help. We all know that. 

by NineInchNachos on 7/7/2012 @ 5:19pm

I emailed the current owners of the Creation Station... looks like they're a husband and wife team who have been doing it forever. They have lots of secrets to making it a success, they'll be in Tacoma picking up materials and giving a live in-class demo... guess where?

mu ha ha!

by Jesse on 7/7/2012 @ 6:46pm
Where is there a "like" button when you need one?

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/7/2012 @ 8:50pm
Well, there is that "heart" button on top of the page.

by jenyum on 7/7/2012 @ 10:04pm
This place has been an East Bay landmark for decades: 

by NineInchNachos on 7/8/2012 @ 11:22am
Bates has a little known resource center that is filled with recycled material activity ideas for preschool educational programs...

ours would be open to everyone!

by NineInchNachos on 7/8/2012 @ 1:34pm
If Darcy and  I do this thing we're going to need one memorable delivery truck... 

by Jesse on 7/8/2012 @ 2:31pm
Electric Mayhem!  The Muppet Bus:

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 12:11pm
Hey Jesse are you available for a power coffee meeting sometime this week? 

by Jesse on 7/9/2012 @ 3:09pm
I am available after tomorrow.  Let me know via text.  You have my number?
I may only be good at getting a non-profit going.  A for-profit business venture might be better served by someone else.

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 4:37pm
understood. would like to explore and get educated with the non-profit option...  :)

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 5:22pm
did you know washington state has a program called

Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)

different non-profits offer training classes in this program.  Here are some I've found around Tacoma...

will keep you posted!

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 5:36pm
oh yeah this one too

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 5:36pm
oh yeah this one too

by fredo on 7/9/2012 @ 6:07pm

RR, theres a business class at UPS that does feasibility studies for new small businesses and so forth. That might be a good resource for you. If you are interested call UPS and get ahold of Lynnette Claire.

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 7:35pm
got it. we'll see what she says!

by NineInchNachos on 7/16/2012 @ 12:43pm
during our cousin-wedding-adventure weekend up in Leavenworth, WA  we had to stop by here for some storefront research...

too bad their website doesn't reflect the charms of their storefront!

by NineInchNachos on 7/16/2012 @ 12:45pm

by CassieInUP on 7/16/2012 @ 3:05pm
The more I think of it, the more I like this idea. There are SO many projects I want to do that would entail a hefty outlay for equipment/supplies that I just can't foot- or don't see needing after my current fancy for metalwork/glasswork/woodwork/whateverwork has passed and I'm on to the next thing. A place where I could buy a punchcard for so many hours and then get use of the cool machines and tools would be a playground!

by NineInchNachos on 7/19/2012 @ 8:37pm

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by NineInchNachos on 7/23/2012 @ 5:08pm

conclusion: kids love it!

by chairkicker on 7/23/2012 @ 7:00pm
@NineInchNachos -- $100 Startup is a really thought-provoking book. I think the worst thing about it is the title. (It does communicate something about labor and capital that's relevant to the book, just in a weirdly loaded way.)

by NineInchNachos on 7/23/2012 @ 9:08pm
well you sold me.  Appears to be available at the Tacoma Public Library!

by NineInchNachos on 7/24/2012 @ 8:00pm
here is an interesting idea...  an old classmate up in Juneau, Alaska rents a storefront in the historic downtown (massive foot traffic during cruise ship season) they're a web design company with a gift shop!

will be checking it out in August.

by MiguelTheSpaniard on 7/24/2012 @ 8:25pm
The Mystery Coconut Fund is available for any project that includes board game prototyping supplies, and games on the back at least one day a week *wink wink* 

by NineInchNachos on 7/24/2012 @ 9:10pm
Hot dog! Our first investor/shareholder !

by NineInchNachos on 7/24/2012 @ 9:18pm
meanwhile the storefront scouting party continues!

by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2012 @ 8:35pm
more field research... this time pictures of the original Creation Station in Lynnwood. .

by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2012 @ 8:46pm

by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2012 @ 8:54pm
so beautiful....

by Maria on 8/7/2012 @ 2:35pm
Interesting spin on this concept:

by NineInchNachos on 8/14/2012 @ 4:53pm
so the old sunshine liquidators space is 4000 square ft for about $2500 a month. 

the old Herban Cafe units are 1750 square ft for about the same price.

but the empty Blockbuster Video storefront is about the same size at the Herban, but at $3600 a month. 


by CassieInUP on 8/15/2012 @ 10:17am
All I'm sayin' is this:
Retrofitted RV. Gut it and go mobile!!
Or ArtBus! Very Partridge-esque...

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2012 @ 10:28am

by CassieInUP on 8/15/2012 @ 10:38am
I know, right? It would be cool at fairs and festivals, like last weekend's Wright Park thing, or the 6th Ave Art thing a few weeks ago. Kids' parties, corporate team building events, tie-ins with local businesses for launches or parties... wow, my head is spinning with ideas!
Oh, and your labels are printed. Just waiting to be trimmed down now. Kiddo and I will bring them to you at Chalk Off on Friday!

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2012 @ 10:51am
hot dog!  think of this thread as a scrap book to capture all ideas. :)

by KevinFreitas on 8/15/2012 @ 11:13am
I love the mobile idea! Yeah, 6th Ave. is ridiculous rent-wise. No wonder businesses are leaving in droves. Downtown isn't much better -- we can do better Tacoma!

by CassieInUP on 8/15/2012 @ 11:31am
BTW, I call dibs on the super cool '68 Cardinal I just found on CL. (not sharing that link w/ you, it's got AQUA BLUE PLEATHER SEATING!!!)

by cisserosmiley on 8/15/2012 @ 11:48am
how much would a "fair" rent on 6th ave be ???

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2012 @ 11:56am
my inside contact up in lynnwood said he'd kill for a 2k monthly rent 

by KevinFreitas on 8/15/2012 @ 1:15pm
Good perspective, thx @RR. I'd love to see more innovative leases that include tiered pricing for starters. Start at a discounted rate then go up from there. Anything to help a small biz get a reasonable start.

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2012 @ 2:18pm
Indeed!  Let's get Spaceworks fired up along 6th ave!

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2012 @ 4:33pm
memory hole....

by NineInchNachos on 8/15/2012 @ 6:47pm

by NineInchNachos on 8/19/2012 @ 8:04pm

by fredo on 8/20/2012 @ 8:02am
I'll bet a lot of commercial property owners would entertain an innovative lease like Kevin describes. It's up to the prospective tenant to come up with a plan that will work for him and then make an offer.

But there better be some cash to go with the offer. Doubt if the property owner is going to allow Grandma's Crocheted Toaster Covers to hang up a sign unless she pays first and last months rent.

by NineInchNachos on 8/20/2012 @ 1:15pm

also our venture has a name!

by CassieInUP on 8/21/2012 @ 9:56am
Yay for a name! But maybe too similar to the Bead Factory's logo with the gears?

by NineInchNachos on 8/21/2012 @ 10:00am
doh !

by CassieInUP on 8/21/2012 @ 10:04am
Sorry, didn't want to burst your bubble. :-(

by NineInchNachos on 8/21/2012 @ 10:13am
its cool. probably had some residual beadfactory ectoplasm sloshing around upstairs.  maybe instead of gears it can be belt driven!

by CassieInUP on 8/21/2012 @ 10:29am
Belts are cool. And make the "t" at the end into an Edison light, so that the gears power the light!

by NineInchNachos on 8/21/2012 @ 9:07pm


by Redorblack on 8/22/2012 @ 9:18am
Leather belt driven logo with a Tesla coil... Edison is so DC...

by CassieInUP on 8/23/2012 @ 9:06am
Tesla was the electric Jesus.

by NineInchNachos on 8/26/2012 @ 7:01pm
ok  ReWorksDepot  is our working default...

but we're shopping around for something more playful... 

seeing a cartoon mascot as a t-rex sea captain...  "Rerun"

Rerun's   Tinkertopia?
Tinker Works? 
Tinker Barge?

by NineInchNachos on 9/10/2012 @ 8:24pm
did you hear that our application was accepted into the Tacoma Spaceworks program?

by CassieInUP on 9/11/2012 @ 9:39am

by Maria on 9/12/2012 @ 4:32pm
Good news RR. Here's another link, to a new maker place opening in Seattle:

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2012 @ 7:21pm

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2012 @ 8:20am
she. is... so... beautiful...

by CassieInUP on 9/13/2012 @ 10:11am
If you're not already halfway to Lynnwood, what are you waiting for? It's perfect. And I owe you an email about the other stuff we're working on, sorry for the delay.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2012 @ 8:45pm

sketch of logo in production!

by NineInchNachos on 9/19/2012 @ 2:05pm

Vectorized color test!

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2012 @ 8:23am
inspirational story of the year

funding non-traditional creative endeavors !

by NineInchNachos on 10/1/2012 @ 11:33am

sweet addition to the UW Tacoma area

by NineInchNachos on 10/9/2012 @ 8:32pm

let me know what you folks think.

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2012 @ 1:42pm
Moving progress updates to FB page!

if you're not a FB person you can see our fb module updates bottom of the page here:

right now we're ramping up our collection of materials..

thanks everyone!