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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

NextFab studio on Washington Ave throwing opening party

Washington Avenue is about to become a lot more high tech. (OK. We know that an abacus is pretty advanced when it comes to the industrial wasteland that is West Washington, but seriously, this is pretty cool.)


The new home of NextFab Studio, a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center, is nearly ready at 2025 Washington Avenue in a refurbished warehouse, and everyone is invited to the grand opening party on Jan. 17.

Started at 3711 Market St. in 2010, NextFab offers its members co-working space (like another South Philly co-working shop), tools, printers, computer-controlled machine tools, electronics workbenches, tech support, education and software to support just about any artist, mechanical project. Aptly dubbed a “gym for innovators,” some the highlights of NextFab’s new 21,000 square foot digs include:

- Private studios with 24/7 access
- Executive conference rooms,
- Classroom with 12 PCs and A/V system
- Drive in loading and unloading dock with a forklift for giant projects, or maybe King of Jeans signs
- Dedicated paint booth and wet lab
- Super high-def 3D printer
- Cafe L’Aube creperie cafe with on-site coffee roasting

(NextFab Partner Evan Malone also knows a thing or two about restaurant service, considering his involvement in Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 on South Street.)

From a couple weeks ago

Check out the new project for yourself at the grand opening party on Thursday Jan. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $16.37 and can be purchased here. The event offers an opportunity for anyone to tour to new facility, while attending demos of the new capabilities, and cash in on special membership offers. Here’s to Washington Avenue becoming the new epicenter of modern Bohemia in Philadelphia.

And an old panoramic shot of the inside from NextFab’s website

- Anthony Sica, @Anthony_Sica

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

South Philly’s 1st coworking space opens this week

Forget what the sign outside says, the South Philadelphia Co-Op Workspace was scheduled to open this week in a former corner store at 11th and Peirce streets. The shared office space is targeting all those homebound freelance workers in the neighborhood who miss daily small-talk with coworkers (or semi-regular, depending on the membership level).

Co-founder and architect Ian Toner, Say hi to your potential coworkers, Ian

The office is about 700 square feet on the first floor and has six desks (may expand to eight), plus it offers a conference area, kitchenette, basement storage and free Wifi and utilities.

Co-founders Ian Toner, an architect from the hood who will work full time there, and Terence Buckley, a bookkeeper who will pop by occasionally, sunk about $7,000 into sprucing up the rented storefront. The tables, storage shelves and kitchen counter were made out of wood reclaimed from a relative’s barn. They will also install a keypad so members can access the space 24/7.

The website is still an early version, but it lists these rates: $300/month for full-time use; $200/month for three days a week; $85/month for one day a week; $25/day drop-in rate. The rates are month-to-month, so no lease, and there’s no deposit. Toner said they’ve gotten interest from about 10 people, though all were waiting for the final approvals to commit.

Bustling workforce to come
The conference area and kitchenette
The main workspace. Chairs have since arrived.

So far as the sign goes, they’re in the process of determining whether the existing one was fully permitted to begin with. If it was, changing it will be easy. If it was slapped up there in the dead of night, then changing it will be a longer, costlier process. Either way, Toner says they hope to use the time in between to settle on an official name. They might even wait to find out what members end up calling it (SouCo? SoCOW?). Maybe someone with branding experience can barter for a month’s membership.

Hey, that’s not the 11th Street Food Market

The utilitarian space lacks the flash of the more well-known Independents Hall in Old City and the upcoming 3rd Ward on 4th Street just above Girard. But it is the first to open in South Philly, joining a growing sector across the city that also includes Venturf0rth near 8th and Callowhill and Benjamin’s Desk at 17th and Walnut. SPCOW’s rates are about on par with the others, or even about 20 percent less in some cases.

This development is great news for the neighborhood, which has been experiencing a nice little boomlet in office spaces, which we noted last week. Now we just have to get them to take care of that ungainly name. Anyone have any suggestions?

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