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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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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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The Blue Octopus on Pearl Grand Opening

9 Sep

The Blue Octopus

Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce the latest Spaceworks Creative Enterprise to open its doors, The Blue Octopus on Pearl. Grand opening festivities are set for Friday, September 12 from 11am – 6pm, plus a reception from 6 – 8pm, at 5013 N. Pearl Street in Ruston.

Nationally recognized artist Kerry Cole, owner of The Blue Octopus, offers painting parties, an art gallery, and a painting studio at her new location. Since early 2010, The Blue Octopus has been located in downtown Tacoma, first at Sanford & Sons, then at a co-operative space called The Saint Helens Ave Mercantile, where four women-owned businesses operate under one roof. Cole needed more space for her sought-after painting parties and has been working with Spaceworks since early in the year to find a larger home for her business. Regarding her new spot, Cole says, “This location has a lux, relaxed, beachy vibe which more accurately reflects the feeling you would have while painting in a cottage by the sea.”

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