Collaborative Space, a new frontier.

Collaborative Space, a new frontier.

26th Jun 2016 Community

Written by Joe Rotondi

There has been a trend quickly moving across the globe. Collaborative spaces and makerspaces share resources in a way that makes them affordable to many who wouldn’t be able to access them otherwise. Sound like social capitalism…or capitalist socialism? Or could it be just a smart business model.

unnamed

A peek  inside Forge Greensboro; Photo by: Joe Rotondi

From  a macro perspective, these spaces are almost indiscernible from one another. They all promote open access, are made up of diverse and loyal communities which share the financial burden of resources that would be expensive for any one individual or business to bear alone.

Have a large conference space and and AV equipment, or a half ton Colchester machining lathe in the middle of a downtown, but only need to use them twice a week? Why not share that cost with a dozen or more others? Schedule to use it when you need to use it and only pay a fraction of the cost through a monthly subscription.That is just smart business.

More than just sharing the resources, these communities are about enabling each other. Exchanging ideas, networks, referring clients, bartering or sourcing skills or services are all added benefits of working in a diverse community that shares resources. “Water cooler” conversations happen throughout these, and go far beyond idle banter. These exchanges are leading to strong buzzwords: ideas, collaboration, and innovation.

7601fb21-fe0e-45ec-afb4-14e20c5cc5e6

Collaboration in progress; Photo by: Joe Rotondi

Greensboro has examples of all of these spaces. On a micro perspective, they do differ, even within the same category. Our coworking spaces include Naussbaum Center, Co/Lab, HQ Greensboro. As for makerspaces we have Forge GSO, SELF Design Studio, A&T Makerspace, Public Library Makerspace, among other school makerspaces.

I have the privilege of working at Forge Greensboro. Though I give tours describing collaborative space daily, I am continually surprised by how others come to interact and utilyze them. In my next few posts, I will explore our local spaces to find out what they mean to those who use them most.

-joe

Greensboro Close Up: Hudson’s Hill

Greensboro Close Up: Hudson’s Hill

24th May 2016 (Y)our Greensboro, Community

Written by: Carlee Dempsey

photo courtesy of Our State Magazine

Photo By:  Our State Magazine

Name: William Clayton

Company: Hudson’s Hill, President

Location: 527 S Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

Opened in: 2011 (Originally under the name Civic Threads. Transformed into Hudson’s Hill after merging with Gate City Dry Goods in 2014).

How did you get into the world of clothing / retail?
My family owns StitchFX, also located in Downtown Greensboro, which specializes in embroidery, screenprinting, and embellishments. So I got a taste of the industry, both on the buying and wholesale sides, through them. Throughout high school and college, I have always been enamored with the way people express themselves. After receiving my degree in Communication Studies from UNCG, I decided to open my own company with my dad and sister, Civic Threads. From there, it steadily transformed into Hudson’s Hill.

Why did you decide to open your business in Greensboro?
After living on the West Coast for 6 months after college, I learned how much the people and the unique shops affected the atmosphere and cities of the areas I visited. When I returned to Greensboro, I noticed a large lack of these niche markets and stores. I couldn’t help but feel Greensboro was missing out on great opportunities. The history of Greensboro and its impact on the world during the days of Cone Mills lent even further to the city’s overall potential. So I saw an opportunity to create something not only new and unique but also something that would be an ode of sorts to Greensboro’s rich history.

Why did you decide to open your business in downtown Greensboro?
Much like the city as a whole, downtown was brimming with potential. That, along with finding the perfect location in the Coe Grocery and Seed Company, made the decision to open in downtown an easy fit.

How long have you lived in GSO?
My entire life, except for the 6-month stint on the West Coast.

Why did you choose to stay in GSO?
Honestly, I had every intention of moving back to the West Coast but on whim, we opened Civic Threads and before I knew it we were merging with Evan Morrison of Gate City Dry Goods Co. and now, 2 years later here we are. Hudson’s Hill has transformed from a t-shirt company into clothing and goods market, where everything is sourced as local as possible. Along, with making jeans to order, we have also started lifetime warranty denim repairs.

What is your favorite part of living in GSO?
My favorite thing about GSO is that it’s a big city with a small town feel. I feel like I have only explored a fraction of what Greensboro has to offer but I run into people I know everywhere I go. Greensboro also has a ton of potential. We are the home to numerous businesses, colleges, and events. It’s the perfect city for young professionals and entrepreneurs and I’ve loved being a part of the process of building up GSO.

What’s your favorite local spot?
I have a few spots I frequent a lot! They’re mostly unique, hole in the wall spots (like my own shop). Sticks and Stones, The Table on Elm, Gibbs & Preyer, Yum Yums, Beef Burger (one of the original Burger Kings!), and College Hill are my go to’s.

Upcoming Events

Oct
13
Fri
6:00 pm First Friday on the Block Presen... @ Downtown Greensboro
First Friday on the Block Presen... @ Downtown Greensboro
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Friday on the Block Presented by Greensboro Swarm @ Downtown Greensboro
Join us for First Friday on the Block presented by Greensboro Swarm on the second Friday – October 13! Church Street, between Lindsay Street and Friendly Avenue will be closed for basketball, music, food, local brews and more entertainment!
Oct
14
Sat
6:00 pm LeBauer Live with Diali Cissokho... @ LeBauer Park
LeBauer Live with Diali Cissokho... @ LeBauer Park
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LeBauer Live with Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba @ LeBauer Park  | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
This summer, LeBauer Park will host three outdoor concerts on the Great Lawn in LeBauer Park. All shows begin at 8:00pm, with pre-show activities kicking off at 6:00pm. The concerts are FREE and open to the public. VIP tickets can ...

View Calendar