Five South Sound furniture makers will open a showroom this month in a newly renovated historic building in the Tacoma Dome district.
Revive, at 323A Puyallup Ave., is the latest entrepreneurial effort launched by Spaceworks Tacoma, a program designed to liven up empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma while giving artists a business boost. The collective of furniture makers will have a grand opening for Revive on Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to a news release. To attend, RSVP by emailing the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.
Property owners Jori Adkins and Rick Semple, well-known advocates for the Dome district, are providing the 2,500-square-foot showroom on the corner of Puyallup Avenue and D Street. It’s one of several buildings the pair owns on the block. In 2012, they renovated the 323 Puyallup Ave. building and raised it to street level.
Through their partnership with Spaceworks, the furniture collective will have four months of free rent.
Here are the five businesses who will be part of the Revive showroom:
• Alchemy Concrete: Chris Barone and Mike Carpenter use concrete, steel, wood and reclaimed materials to create distinctive, artful and functional fixtures and furnishings, sinks, counter tops, furniture, outdoor pieces and more.
• Birdloft: Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks make minimalist furniture, including tables and bookshelves, from salvaged wood and other material.
• rePly Furniture: Steve Lawler builds earth-friendly furniture from discarded plywood scraps.
• Spring Fever Upholstery: Spring Fever takes well-worn vintage pieces and not only restores them, but brings them up to today’s design and comfort standards.