FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1600 MEETING PROJECT ANNOUNCES OPENING PLANS + FIRST TENANTS
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) – The team behind the 1600 Meeting Project in the upper peninsula of downtown Charleston is thrilled to announce a proposed official opening in April. The 1600 Meeting Street project was fully leased before construction began and due in large part to the visionary tenants, which now include artists, creative design businesses, local entrepreneurs, non-profits and a restaurant. Described as a “Good Idea Center,” 1600 Meeting Street will be more than just a place to work. It is a commercial space where creative capital is exchanged, ideas and passions circulate from floor to ceiling, and all tenants are made better by the company they keep.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” can slow the spirit of the FARMBAR installation at 1600 Meeting Street. Tara has been the torchbearer for the project since the very beginning, signing on as the first tenant and evolving right along with us. We will be forever grateful to her, her pork burgers and her fine fine crew in maintaining the momentum of the project when construction delays were getting us all down. Not one to be stymied by setbacks, Tara popped up onsite for the first time on black Friday 2013 and has been hosting all day happenings ever since to the delight of happy bellies all over town.
The last big happening for awhile will happen this Valentine’s day. Come shop for your valentine, eat, drink, visit, linger and dance to keep warm. The FARMBAR’s free-from, mighty, creative spirit embodies the ethos of the 1600 Meeting Street project. Thanks for hanging in there with us.
Doors open to tenants in March and we anticipate many fun happenings and collaborations shortly after.
In the meantime, stop by for some delicious food and camaraderie and give dear Tara a big ol’ high five.
The main idea behind gathering like-minded individuals from many disciplines and industries is that the potential for collaboration seems to sky rocket – simply by just passing each other in the hallway. That was original concept behind 1600 Meeting Street – affordable + inspirational office space that welcomes a mix of people and becomes a petri dish of GOOD IDEAS!
Tenants have not yet moved in and the magic is already happening. Tara + Leighton Webb of The FARMBAR have teamed up with interior designer, Angie Hranowsky, among others, for a fall event at their Duex Puces farm. Good Done Great is working with Enough Pie to create a custom online application portal for their upcoming Community Project Grants program: a series of micro-grants designed to fund creatively-driven community projects for the upper peninsula. And many groups that have collaborated in the past will soon find themselves under the same roof.
It has been exciting to watch the construction and renovation of the building, but the real magic happens when all this creative energy collides!
Too much going on to keep up to speed on the blog…we need a real time video loop…but will settle for some Instagram pics (stay tuned!).
Construction is moving along so quickly that this photo is already incredibly outdated (but beautiful!).
The building opened its doors to over 1000+ people during the Awakening installation – and it has been a beehive ever since.
We’ll keep you updated on progress + pop-ups.
We’re just so happy things are finally rolling.
Up to 35 local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to work under the same roof with a new co-working space in downtown Charleston.
Lowcountry Local First — a Charleston nonprofit that supports local, independent businesses and promotes local goods — plans to open a co-working space in the first quarter of 2014.
The space will not be sector-specific. Lowcountry Local First Executive Director Jamee Haley anticipates local entrepreneurs, small business owners and creative types using the 3,100-square-foot space.
From Lindsay Nevin’s morning email to future 1600 Meeting tenants:
“I wanted to follow up and let you know that we have finally closed and started construction at 1600 Meeting St! After two years of ups and downs, we have prevailed. I’m thrilled to be underway and en route to making this incredible project a reality.”
As always, thanks for rolling along with us. Your amazing support and encouragement has made this long and rather arduous process a bit more enjoyable! We have certainly found inspiration in our community, neighbors and future tenants. To find out more about 1600 tenants, go pick up a copy of the new Art Mag. Olivia and crew did an awesome job highlighting the folks that will soon make 1600 their home (away from home)!
We hope 1600 Meeting will also be your home away from home!
But for now – short post…..need to go uncork the champagne!