2015 Incubator Participants

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Tacoma Actors Repertory Theater / Jen Tidwell

715 S. 11th Street / www.tacomarep.org

Doors opened: October 7, 2015

Artistic Director Jen Tidwell and her team have polished and painted a space inside the Historic Tacoma Armory where they will present extraordinary theater in an intimate space, emphasizing the use of classical techniques, in rotating repertory with a resident company of local and regional artists.

Tacoma Actors Repertory Theater Opens Doors in Armory -Spaceworks

Sound Movement Arts Center / Giselle Lorenz-Brock & Raven West

902 Market Street (third floor of Urban Grace: The Downtown Church) / www.smactac.com

grand opening: September 14, 2015

SMAC offers classes for ages 2+ and ranging in style from Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop Dance to Acro, Tumbling, Cheer and Modeling. SMAC’s mission is to deliver high quality dance, cheer and performing arts to the community by providing a positive studio environment with educated and gifted instructors who focus both on technique and the individuality of each child. SMAC offers a nurturing yet challenging atmosphere that propels students to reach their potential as performing artists and individuals.

kiddos and kin: the music, movement & ‘magination studio / Shay Ryan

751 St. Helens Avenue / www.kmwithshay.com

grand opening: September 12, 2015

Passionate about the inclusive nature of early childhood activities, Shay welcomes children of all developmental abilities to experience the amazing bonding, social, and whole-child learning experience Kiddos and Kin provides. The studio offers many types of early childhood enrichment activities geared towards ages 0 to 7 years old and their caregivers, including music, creative movement, art exploration, sign language, family yoga, storytelling, drama and more.

kiddos and kin grand opening –Spaceworks

Side x Side Creative / Mary Holste & Erik Hanberg

Tacoma Post Office Building (2nd floor), 1102 A Street / sidexsidecreative.com
grand open house August 20, 2015

Side x Side is a boutique marketing firm specializing in medium-size businesses and nonprofits. Side x Side Creative is named for the type of working relationship the firm strives to have with their clients, wanting the process to be as rewarding for clients as the final product.

1120 Creative House / Spaceworks Tacoma

1120 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200

grand opening March 19, 2015

A creative co-working space has opened in downtown Tacoma filled with artists, creatives, events & community. Click here to learn more about the project and the tenants of the space.

Shroom Brothers Studio / Carrie Foster and Bob Jewell

available in various stores in Tacoma, WA / shroombrothers.com

Shroom Brothers is an art duo based in Tacoma WA, USA. Bob Jewell is a self taught screen printer who brings Carrie Foster’s designs and art to life, creating wearable art. Carrie Foster is a life long artist who is expanding her skills at every chance. Combining their super powers, they created Shroom Brothers, and fun, unique art followed. Constant trial and error, research and the willingness to learn and make mistakes on the way to success have propelled Shroom Brothers on to becoming known purveyors of the sweetest hand-designed tees in the area!

Read South Sound Magazine Article about Shroom Brothers.

Feral Kitchen Co. / Julie and Topher Farrell

610 N 1st St, Tacoma, WA / teasechocolates.com

Julie and Topher Farrell create small batch, artisan confections from bean to bar.
They are working with Spaceworks to identify a space in Tacoma to open a commissary kitchen. Feral Kitchen will be new parent company encompassing, Tease Chocolates, Dark Arts Chocolate and Sugar Island Caramels brands and will serve to develop new products and expand into new markets. The kitchen will also be available for lease by other food artisans and businesses.

Read Spaceworks Spotlight – Tease Chocolates for back story.

Tim + April / Tim & April Norris


Tim + April make art and design objects for individuals and families who live a lifestyle of adventure. Their philosophy is to bring that spirit of adventure into your home. Whether you move around a lot or have lived in the same town your whole life, they strive to make things that are meaningful for you.

Pepper Pot Cosmetics / Mackenzie Putscher


LiftPort / Michael Laine


In 2001, NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program (NIAC) began researching the feasibility of a Space Elevator. In 2003 they published a report outlining exactly how one could be built, saying that indeed a Space Elevator was possible to build and there were many reasons to build one. LiftPort was founded in 2003 after that study as a spinoff from NIAC.

Seattle Sound Live / Christian Hamilton


Destiny City Music Collective / Ken Jacobsen


Blue Melon Productions / Terese Cuff


Inamorata Studio / Jayme Lillie and Lija Silvers


Mecene International Art Gallery / Kimberly Swetland


Nuart Media Group / Hans and Shunte Fleurimont


MountainHouse Recordings / Jesse Goodrum & Andrew Nalty


Bellini Folk School / Tawni Bell


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