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Makerhaus powers down

October 12th, 2014 by master

Makerhaus, a creative space open to the community for fabrication, design, and other pursuits closed it doors last month. Founded in 2012, the unique “sandbox of inspirational studio” offered classes, workspaces and a variety of professional design and fabrication equipment not often easily accessible to the public. Makerhaus’ 10,000 square foot location on N 36th Street formerly housed Evo before the retailers development of a new flagship store on Stone Way.

Founders Mike and Ellie Kemery shared this statement on the Makerhaus website, blog, and Facebook:

Dear Makerhaus members, students, educators, and creative community,

Over the last eighteen months you have helped cultivate an amazing HAUS of learning, making, and connection by attending events, classes, workshops, joining our membership programs, and supporting us through social media and word of mouth. Our goal to empower creative minds and make a meaningful contribution to our community would not have been possible without your involvement and interest. We sincerely thank you for your support.

While there has been great love for our mission, customer demand has fallen short of what is needed to continue to run the business. That said, it is with extreme regret that we are announcing Makerhaus will be closing its doors on September 16th.

Makerhaus has been home to some amazingly talented people. Many of which have directly contributed their time to building the space and cultivating a uniquely creative culture. Without their shared belief in our mission and passion for our goals none of this would have been possible. We are also extremely grateful and fortunate to have been backed by a team of forward thinkers who believe in our mission and shared our vision of helping our society move ahead.

We still believe in the makers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and curious minds who have come to visit us over the past eighteen months. Some came by for a day, some have stayed with us for over a year. Many built new personal and business relationships resulting in Kickstarter campaigns, jobs, new found awareness for their skills & services, and the incubation of their own companies. We are glad to have been able to help others bridge the gap in their lives and realize their dreams.

Our immediate goal is to ensure our members and stakeholders are properly taken care of during this transition. We will continue to operate under our regular business hours during our final days. If you have any questions please contact us at and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for an amazing experience. We which you all the very best!

Sincerely, Mike & Ellie Kemery


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evo Named Shop of the Year and Hardgoods Retailer of the Year

January 24th, 2012 by master

Transworld Business has named Fremont-based evo Shop of the Year and Hardgoods Retailer of the Year. The results came from feedback from brands and reps in the outdoors goods industry.

They also spoke with President Atsuko Tamura to hear about the strategies and business philosophies that earned them these prestigious awards.

What’s really exciting to us is this national recognition.  Wow. Our whole team had a similar reaction: a humble but stoked “wow!”   This recognition means a ton to us – we’ve worked really hard to build our brand in a way that could have the broadest reach to action sports enthusiasts – everywhere.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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evo Anniversary Party Celebrates 10 Years Of Forward Movement

September 14th, 2011 by master

Fremont-based Evolución Innovations, otherwise known as evo, was founded in 2002 by Bryce Phillips. What began as an online retailer has now grown from a two employee operation into a business with more than 100 employees today.

It’s time for evo to celebrate and they’ll do just that on October 21 in the newly-renovated Fremont Collective:

evo’s 10-year anniversary event will be held in the recently renovated Fremont Collective, one of many restoration projects Phillips has undertaken through his real estate venture. Events will include evo’s second winter outerwear fashion show, USNAPS photobooth, silent auction, gift bags, red carpet, free-skate at Innerspace and a special musical guest. Benefits from this years event will be offered to The Service Board, a youth focused non-profit that engages kids through skateboard and snowboard mentorships, another continuing focus for Phillips and evo.

“Passion for building community is a driving force; both on a national level and locally in Seattle,” said Phillips. “We are excited about the opportunity to become community anchors in urban settings with diverse groups of people who share common interests. Music events, movie premiers, art exhibitions, benefits to help children in need, partnerships and simply providing a great place in a central location are all ways that we work to build and strengthen community.”

A lot more details to come, including the musical headliner for the event, which remains under wraps for now. However, considering evo has hosted artists such as Common Market, Snow Patrol and Talib Kweli, it could be a pretty notable name.

For more on the event and evo, head over to their site and watch here for updates.

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evo Unveils Obey/Shepard Fairy Art Wall

July 21st, 2011 by master

The folks at evo wrote in to let us know their artist just completed the Obey façade on the west side of their  retail/office building at 122 NW 36th St.

Those of you familiar with Shepard Fairy will recognize the “Obey” message. The Fremont company considers it “quite a privilege for evo to be able to host his work.”

For the past couple years, evo hosted artwork from various local artist and vendor sponsored artists and have been working towards drawing more and more legit and recognized artists to help anchor evo and the Fremont neighborhood as an attraction for locals and visitors to Seattle.

H/T: Anton & Molly

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Fremont News, Notes, Happenings & Whatnot 12/17

December 17th, 2010 by master

Some news and notes of interest for Fremonsters…

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