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Creation Station in Tacoma
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
ART SCIENCE IMAGINATION DIY INVENTOR MAKER-TOOLHOBBY INDUSTRIAL SURPLUS
like if this:www.creationstationinc.com/
had sex with...
imagine this... tacomaartplace.org/but 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)|
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? ntmontessori.com/
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: muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Electric_Mayhe...|
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...
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. www.pugetsound.edu/faculty-pages/lclaire... 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... prospectorsplus.com/|
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
The $100 StartupIn the economic downturn, old jobs have disappeared and new jobs for
graduates have never materialized. That's forced many to rethink how
they make a living. Chris Guillebeau documents the stories of people who
have figured out how to live their dreams in "The $100 Startup."
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. . .plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1094613652254...|
by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2012 @ 8:46pm
by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2012 @ 8:54pm
|so beautiful.... seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/317035819...
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.
RENT IS 2 DAMN HIGH!
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
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"
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
|SECRET SILENT SITE LAUNCH!|
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..