Elope 253 Offers Tiny Tacoma Weddings

27 Apr
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photo courtesy of Elope 253

you're invited

Open House Grand Opening Event
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
1 – 4pm

700 Court A
Tacoma, WA 98402

After 17 years of daydreaming, a Tacoma entrepreneur decided to take the plunge and open a small-scale wedding chapel that offers couples a stress-free, intimate experience. Owner and wedding officiant Rochelle Bergstrom hopes that Elope 253, with the support of the community, gives couples the courage to marry who and how they wish.

The elopement chapel is adjacent to Fireman’s Park in downtown, surrounded by iconic and historic Tacoma buildings. The location merges urban and natural environments with a view of Commencement Bay. Visit Elope 253 for an open house during their grand opening, Saturday, April 29th, 1-4pm.

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Owner and wedding officiant Rochelle Bergstrom loves bringing joy to couples

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Toast to Blue Octopus Grand Opening at Point Ruston with Champagne Bar and Art

3 Feb
The Blue Octopus painting party with Kerry Cole. Photography by Patrick Hagerty.

The Blue Octopus painting party with Kerry Cole. Photography by Patrick Hagerty.

A self-starter brings original experience to a new location at Point Ruston with the grand opening of art gallery and champagne bar The Blue Octopus. Six years ago, owner Kerry Cole was the first to offer Tacoma a unique idea, pairing wine with a painting class when she opened her doors at Sanford and Son. You are invited to

The Blue Octopus – Grand Opening

February 10th, 2017 | 21+ | 5-11pm
The Blue Octopus Art Gallery and Champagne Bar
Free and open to the public
free tastings • specials • live music • food by Wild Fin • art

Since opening in 2010, The Blue Octopus moved locations a few times, first to St. Helens in downtown Tacoma and later on Pearl Street in Ruston. In 2014 Cole participated in SpaceworksCreative Enterprise program where she received additional entrepreneur training and support.

Even though she had owned an art business for over 15 years she says the experience was worth it even if a space never came available. However, Spaceworks was able to find and negotiate a studio location for The Blue Octopus on Pearl, close to the neighborhood Cole wanted to reach: “I was afforded the opportunity to grow my business in a way that wouldn’t have happened without this program.”

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Kerry Cole in front of her previous location on Pearl St. This location was secured in partnership with property owners John & Karen Trueman. Photo by Patrick Hagerty

Now Cole is excited to bring the party to the vibrant new neighborhood at Point Ruston. In their two-story space, The Blue Octopus will host weekly painting parties and offer home décor including fine art by Cole. Their first and only Champagne bar in the region will also feature European-style beer and wine as well as weekly live music sessions.

The Blue Octopus painting party and toast. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.

The Blue Octopus painting party and toast. Photo by Patrick Hagerty.

Art classes at Blue Octopus start at $35 ($25 Sunday Fun Day) and included with the cost is your first glass of wine or beer, a 12×12 or 16×20 canvas, paint brushes to use, a 2-hour interactive painting class, paint and inspirational images.

Cole hopes that with this move The Blue Octopus will find a permanent home on Tacoma’s waterfront.  The studio is open regular hours Monday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday at 10am-11pm, and Sundays 11am-7pm.

Book a party for yourself and friends (TIP: groups of 6+ friends get a discount)

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The Blue Octopus
5111 Grand Loop Suite 1A
Tacoma, WA 98407


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First Lettuce Event Introduces Live Art Making

10 Jan

Lettuce is an Interactive Live Art Event in Tacoma

Lettuce is an innovative 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.

We invite you to come enjoy this creative experience at their first incredible event:

Lettuce Part 1

January 27th, 2017 | 7 PM – 10 PM
Feast Arts Center – 1402 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405 (MAP)
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ROTATOR Creative invites you to Grand Opening of their new design studio.

2 Dec

Designers of ROTATOR Creative Lance Kagey, Scott Varga, and Mark Alvis
ROTATOR Creative – Grand Opening

7 PM – 10 PM, December 3, 2016
1730 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

(Includes Beautiful Angle Annual Christmas Party and Poster Sale)

In the Summer of 2016 three leading artist/designers joined together to create the ROTATOR studio and applied for the Creative Enterprise Tier II program to help them find studio space. Lance Kagey, Scott Varga, and Mark Alvis sought to partner with Spaceworks in finding a location that would serve as an epicenter for these artists and designers specializing in placemaking and community building through art. Continue reading

Have Not Films Hosts Grand Opening, Promotes Film Networking

6 Sep


Through a partnership of three enterprising creatives, a new company set a firm foothold in the City of Destiny creative scene. Erik Bernard, Sean Patrick Burke, and Wayne Robinson founded Have Not Films in 2014 partnering with international collaborators to deliver thought-provoking entertainment that attracts A-list talent. They established the company using combined backgrounds with skills in everything from award-winning screenplay writing to business strategizing. Together with their network of industry professionals, they aim to lend a voice to powerful, globally-conscious stories by producing, packaging and distributing films. Drawing talent from major cities like Portland and Seattle, they want to make Tacoma a film hub in the Northwest. Continue reading

Spaceworks Announces Stocklist Grand Opening

13 Jul


Stocklist Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, July 30th, 2016, 11am-5pm
1936 Pacific Ave.
Event on Facebook

Spaceworks is excited to announce the grand opening of Tacoma’s newest gift store, Stocklist, opening on July 30th. Located on the University of Washington’s campus in the heart of Downtown Tacoma, Stocklist promises to delight Tacoma residents and visitors alike with a unique mix of stationery, jewelry, accessories, home décor, & souvenirs.

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Spaceworks Presents Pop Up Coffee GRAND OPENING

8 Oct

Photo by Sarah Beth Smith Photography (a Spaceworks Artscapes alumni!)

Pop Up Coffee
Locations and hours:

Inside Children’s Museum, 1501 Pacific Ave, Daily 8AM-Noon
Inside Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Thursdays 8AM-2PM
Inside Tacoma Mountaineers, 2302 N 30th St, M, W, Th, F 6:30AM-11:30AM

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Sound Movement Arts Center GRAND OPENING week!

14 Sep

booth, SMAC, kids with letters

Sound Movement Arts Center (SMAC), Tacoma’s newest—and only—dance, cheer and modeling studio, is celebrating its grand opening all week and fall registration is now open (see the fall class schedule)!

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Kiddos and Kin GRAND OPENING

1 Sep


Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 9 am-4 pm
751 St. Helens Avenue, Downtown Tacoma
Event on the Kiddos and Kin website
Event on Facebook

Kiddos and Kin—the music, movement and ‘magination studio in downtown Tacoma—is hosting a grand opening celebration on Sept. 12 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Kiddos and Kin provides music and movement classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids ages 0 to 7 years old, and is owned and operated by Creative Enterprise alum Shay Ryan.

During their grand opening,the studio is offering free classes all day. All you have to do is register on their website for one or more of the following: Continue reading

Crimson Wraps and Graphics GRAND OPENING

3 Aug

Spaceworks participants Crimson Wraps & Graphics have been providing vinyl wraps, graphic design, tshirts, artwork, murals, and more in Tacoma since 2011. We are proud to announce they are moving into a new space, right downtown, next to The Swiss Restaurant & Pub in the UWT district! We highly encourage you all to stop by the opening party.

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