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Shop Tacoma-Made Gifts and Pop-Up Mall At 2nd Annual Downtown Holiday Haul Crawl

6 Dec

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Once again, Tacoma’s Downtown Holiday Haul Crawl invites one and all to its 2nd Annual event. This day will be full of events, giveaways and holiday specials at local boutiques and restaurants. The museum district event draws dozens of local vendors and Tacoma-based artisans with one-day deals.

Haul Crawl Pop-Up Mall

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In addition to resident businesses, Stocklist Goods and Satori partnered up once again to bring additional vendors to their Pop-Up Mall:

Free Haul Crawl Parking

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South Sound Together Awards $10,000 Grant to Spaceworks to Fund Small Business Microgrants

1 Aug
Mihael Blikshteyn - fish tank spaceworks business pitch

Photographer Mihael Blikshteyn presents his business plan for review at Spaceworks’ small business pitch event in November 2016 upon completing Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise training program. In 2017, Mihael Blikshteyn Photography was one of 13 businesses accepted to Spaceworks’ accelerator program. (photo Kris Crews)

Spaceworks expands its support for creative entrepreneurs in Tacoma by offering expert coaching and small business microgrants through its Creative Enterprise business accelerator program thanks to a $10,000 grant from South Sound Together*.

Spaceworks’ pilot accelerator program was developed in 2016 for its Creative Enterprise alumni businesses who are poised for growth. In 2017 the program continues with the second cohort selected from past participants. Thirteen applications were accepted to the accelerator program which provides strategic planning, one-on-one coaching, financial coaching, content-specific workshops, peer mentorship, and a $500 microgrant per Creative Enterprise. Continue reading

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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Spaceworks Spotlight – Tinkertopia

11 Oct


“I love this place!” exclaims a jubilant child returning to the vibrant store where scraps and junk are offered as low-cost art supplies. In this joyous space, entrepreneurs RR and Darcy Anderson encourage creative re-use and artistic economy. Collecting assorted plastic tubes, wood shapes, and colorful wires, the youthful inventor gathers materials for a still undefined project. In their shop, Tinkertopia, RR and Ms. Darcy offer everyone an opportunity to engage their imagination. Continue reading

Tinkertopia Nominated for Tahoma Business Environmental Award

31 Mar

Spaceworks would like to congratulate our alumni Tinkertopia on their nomination for this annual award given by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Below you can see a list of all the nominees, plus find registration information to attend the award ceremony luncheon:



Friday, April 8, 2016
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Pacific Grill Events Center

Each month the Chamber hosts a luncheon where you can come and receive updates on the Chamber and the community. The Chamber provides 80-100 attendees with the opportunity to become informed whether it’s through candidate forums, seasonal updates, or award ceremonies. Join the Chamber over lunch to recognize those members who have made a commitment to environmental stewardship through business.

Also, hear the latest news regarding the City of Tacoma’s Plastic Bag Ban Initiative.

Congratulations to the 2016 Nominees!

Cartridge World
Downtown on the Go!
Feed Commodities
Northwest Etch Technologies
Pacific Container Corporation
Point Ruston
Tacoma Public Utilities

Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $30.00

Click here to register

2014 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Sep

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma


Thursday, October 2, 6-9pm
Tacoma Post Office Building
Awards start 7:45, Post Hall (4th floor)

Get out and have some fun while helping us kick off Tacoma Arts Month in style. Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment, art exhibitions, appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar. Help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!  RSVP here, find it on Facebook, or just show on up.


Experience this giant line-up of happening in the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building and help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients.

The night’s arts and entertainment includes:
• Music by Speed Queen
• Exhibits of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award honorees
• Pop-up exhibits of work by Beautiful Angle, Isaac Olsen, Alice Di Certo, Kristin Giordano, The C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev
• Okinawa Taiko Drums
• Tintype photo booth by Kyle Dillehay
• Mini-theater performances by Working Class Theater
• Open studios of Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner
• Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends
• Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
• Screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema

2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards, starts at 7:45 in Post Hall (4th floor):

Arts Patron – ArtsFund
Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

2014 Tacoma Arts Commission funding recipients:
Arts Anchor Fund
The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

Arts Projects
Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Monkeyshines, MLKBallet, Northwest Repertory Singers, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister City Council of Tacoma, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, the BareFoot Collective, University of Puget Sound, Washington State Historical Society

Tacoma Artist Initiative Program
Sean Alexander, Carla Barragan, Bill Colby, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, David Domkoski, Oliver Doriss, Josie Emmons Turner, Sarah Gilbert, Erin Guinup, Meghan Mitchell, Mark Monlux, Kat Ogden, Scott Scoggin, Erik Steighner, Noah Struthers

Event Sponsors
Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, Exit133

Questions? Inquiries? 
Call Naomi Strom-Avila 253.591.5191

New Graduates: the Spaceworks Training Program

9 Jul

The latest round of Spaceworks participants in conversation with a panel of Spaceworks alumni including (from left) Darcy Anderson of Tinkertopia, Alison Bryan of Modern Cottage Company, JD Elquist of The Elquists, Dion Thomas of the Gallery of Ambition, and Taylor Woodruff of Grit City Grindhouse.

There was electricity in the air on the final night of the Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Training Program!

First, the latest round of participants to join Spaceworks presented their innovative project ideas.  In lighting fast 3 minute presentations they each gave an overview of their business model, strategy, and philosophy.  Great ideas were resonating throughout the room.  Many participants had exciting news about their store’s GRAND OPENINGS, lease signings, potential leads on spaces, plus two projects that were able to lease their own space without Spaceworks’ help.

Next, Spaceworks steering committee member David Schroedel facilitated a panel discussion withSpaceworks alumni including Darcy Anderson of Continue reading

Spaceworks on KING5 News

28 May

SpaceworksKING5 KING 5 featured Spaceworks and two of its projects tonight on the news! Justin Kercher, owner of Do The Extraordinary located at 1936 Pacific Avenue, and RR & Darcy Anderson, owners of Tinkertopia located at 1914 Pacific, shared a little about their businesses and experience with Spaceworks.

It’s true Spaceworks participants pay just $1/month for rent, plus they pay  for utilities, insurance and tenant improvements, and they work their tails off going through Spaceworks’ business training program and fixing up vacant storefronts around the city. And most of them are turning into lease-paying tenants after their Spaceworks term, which makes it worthwhile for the property owners to work with us.

The exciting projects of  Spaceworks are making Tacoma an awesome place to live and work!

Special thanks goes out to the University of Washington Tacoma for making these two spaces available to the Spaceworks program in an effort to build community in Tacoma. //

The Gift of Tinkertopia

18 Dec
Perfect for handmade holiday gifts or creating your own tags, boxes, cards or wrapping... the tinkerspace is a fully stocked workshop with gobs of materials and tools.  Follow guided craft projects or create just about anything you can imagine!

Perfect for handmade holiday gifts or creating your own tags, boxes, cards or wrapping… the tinkerspace is a fully stocked workshop with gobs of materials and tools.  Follow guided craft projects or create just about anything you can imagine!

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Folk Singers in Hell at Tinkertopia

16 Sep
A must see during the September art walk.

A must see during the September art walk.

During this 3rd Thursday artwalk stop by Tinkertopia for a first time musical performance from “Folk SIngers in Hell” 6-9pm.

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