Change is good, which means things are incredible here. We're growing our number of members, adding events and reworking our space. Here's a update on our growth.
Our Creative Spaces:
- The Atelier opens this week. We installed additional plumbing and electrical to accommodate a new member - a florist who is moving out of her home and into The Mix! There is now a nice deep double stainless sink to wash out brushes, etc. Plus a comfy lounge area to relax or meet with 6 - 8 people. The space is bathed in natural light and decorated in cool blues and greens. It also usually smells like a panoply of essential oils from the previous night's classes!
- The Textiles Workshop is underway, hosted by Ronda VanDyk. New development in Uptown forced the closure of her popular boutique, The Shabby Sheep. She's been doing pop-ups and markets with her Ewe Haul, but has finally found a home with us. Her first series of classes,Beginning Knitting, starts in April. She plans to teach a wide range of fiber arts classes including spinning, weaving, dyeing as well as knitting and crochet for all skill levels.
- The Dance Studio . . . wait, what Dance Studio? We are so happy to welcome Epiphany Dance Arts as a full-time occupant of one of our spaces. The professional company is now in residence and we are helping them accelerate a social enterprise - offering adaptive dance for special needs children and young adults.
- The Sewing Lab has expanded hours as The Ahadi Collective produces upcycled goods for spring and summer markets, as well as clergy garments for this summer's annual conferences for the United Methodist Church
- The Classroom serves as a "ssshhh" zone for quiet coworking when it's not booked as a conference room. We anticipate outfitting it for Video Conferencing later this summer.Plans for The Kitchen are still making their way through the City's zoning process and are moving apace. We are optimistic for a summer open and we have been overwhelmed with interest from bakers, confectioners, caterers and more.Our coworking membership now comprises the kind of diversity we never dared hope for. It is worth noting that in the coworking world, we have an unusually high ratio of women to men. It's a common critique that coworking spaces tend to be dominated by men, literally and figuratively.In addition to our creatives, here are a few highlights:
- an urban farmer/food justice activist
- an employment attorney
- a mobile app developer
- an Austin-based lobbying firm
- a real estate company
- multiple marketing communications consultants who are now collaborating on larger projects<<Oh, hey! Just confirmed another new member! Operations Director for a publishing company.>>Finally, we have become unexpectedly in demand as a venue for a jaw-dropping variety of public and private events! Each weekend finds dozens to hundreds of visitors attending parties, performances, workshops and classes.