When we opened bricolage in march of this year, we did so without much planning – only knowing that we both wanted to create a place not only to sell the things we make, but also to create the kind of space that we thought this community needed. By sheer luck we found an affordable spot to launch this venture, and it since then we have been on a trajectory of the learning curve variety. The day we opened, our 300 square feet were so sparse, we had a hard time imagining filling them up.
Fast forward four months and a million hours of really hard work later, here we are with stocked shelves, a long list of awesome things that have already happened, and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
Our exciting news is that Bricolage is moving – but not too far – into a much bigger and more accessible space! We call this “biggification” and it’s the idea that we’re growing in every possible way – not just in size, but in scope and our commitment to really seeing how much our modest little shop can really become a mainstay.
You might have heard of Gallery Alexa Rose – which opened late last year – and has hosted a bunch of really neat art events. The space is left largely vacant, save for their fantastic First Thursday events and the occasional middle of the month opening. Alexa, the gallery’s proprietress and namesake has graciously given us the opportunity to operate Bricolage from within the walls of the gallery – utilizing its 1400 square feet to expand into a studio, children’s art room and community classroom space. Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect opportunity to really turn bricolage into what it really wants to be.
We’re also excited that we’re still going to be in the basement, as weird as that sounds. We’ve grown fond of our subterranean existence, and we definitely appreciate our neighbors at the 8th Street Micro Mall, Superb Sushi, the Eclectic Art Store – and all the other Idaho Building tenants and businesses. We’re happy to not be leaving the awesomeness that is burgeoning here. That said, our little space will be available as of September 1st, and I would highly recommend it – if you or someone you know has been considering starting a business – this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Also, an important item is that we’ll be popping OUT of the gallery spot a few times between now and December – as there were a few shows that were scheduled out prior to this new partnership. For some of them we will remain fully operational, and for others we will be disappearing completely. Stay tuned for more details. We do know that April Vandegrift is curating a show for August, and we can not WAIT to see what she comes up with.
So we’d just like to say THANK YOU to all of our friends and supporters and fans and followers and customers and passers by. We’re feeling the love, big time. Right back atchya.
chelsea + jules