THE Mission

ShopSpace is a dynamic community that offers access to tools, space, and the knowledge necessary to build, create, learn, and play. ShopSpace will be a multi-faceted organization with a physical space that celebrates and supports hands-on experiences with crafts that require resources, especially machinery, that are too large or costly to be readily available. We envision a space and culture that embraces all levels of expertise, encourages exploration, and builds connections within the community. 




Initial facilities feature a comprehensive metal shop, with a focus in forging and fabricating. Along with the public shop and workspace, classes and private consultation will be offered for all skill levels. 

ShopSpace will be a staffed, state-of-the-art, well-maintained public workshop. A welcoming and safe environment for its members, ShopSpace will encourage access for all, regardless of skill level. 

Flexibility and functionality will characterize the physical space, which will include workstations, teaching space, project storage and a tool resource area. Trained staff will be on hand during all open hours: greeting, supervising, supporting and teaching users as needed. 

As future growth allows, ShopSpace will offer private studio space for people seeking ongoing access to the shop and community it creates.

THE culture

ShopSpace is the brainchild of people who love crafts, especially metal and wood work, and who want to share that passion with others. Empowering individuals to envision and create is the foundation of our approach. This will be a safe, supportive, and creative and accessible environment. 

ShopSpace programming will start with a focus on metalworking and evolve based on the needs and wants of the community we serve and will be focused on creating a dynamic, self-supporting organization with diverse income streams and ever-changing opportunities for the community to build, create, learn and play. Future programming may include expanded capacity for woodworking, textiles and other crafts that utilize costly infrastructure, machinery and tools. 

All participants will be required to complete training on safety and use of tools.

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Nuts & bolts

Group Classes: Initially metalworking classes for 2-5 people at a time.
Private Classes: One-on-one time with professional metal workers.
Meeting Space: Access to facilities for appropriate professional gatherings (example: ABANA meetings).
Consultation: Professional consultation and support on individualized/customized projects.
Group Coaching: Negotiable offsite work with groups of students, co-workers or others as team-building exercises.

ShopSpace Policies

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the location

We are Located at 1505 Capital Blvd, Suite 18, Raleigh, NC 27603

Click here for a map to the shop.

Raleigh has earned national recognition as a center of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Our population is increasingly divers, and our culture reflects national trends toward "do-it-yourself," a focus on locally-made and handcrafted goods, and an appreciation for arts, crafts and design. 

The NCSU College of Design has long been a creative center, and graduates of the program are remaining in the area as young professionals and key influencers. Similar ventures have succeeded in other highly-educated, creative regions of the country; ShopSpace has a high potential for success since there is a distinct lack of such flexible space in the Triangle.

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