|Us celebrating at Torchy's Tacos the day we signed!|
Second most impt (though, Rick might say it's a close second): The honor of being our first tool purchase goes to the Shapeoko 2! It is sitting on my front porch as I type, but I'll get there before you. Maybe we will do an unboxing tomorrow, as our first tool purchase it deserves a special showcasing. I am more excited about our second purchase, which we get tomorrow. It's an Industrial Sawstop, because we believe in only the best for your perfectly attached appendages :) I tell ya, it's more exciting than Christmas.
Thirdly, we have finalized everything with the landlord, have finished plans in hand and wait only for the MEP to give us a lovely copy to take to the city planners for approval. The floor plan is only minimally changed from the one posted a few weeks ago. A few sizes have changed and we've taken out the stove. We are opting instead for inset, stow-able induction burners for craft needs. There will still be an oven (yea) but taking the stove out solved some issues.
Fourthly, and maybe the most pressing, is we are calling all able-bodied makers to send in a list of classes that they would love to teach in the space. From beginner to intermediate, we have the tools and space to teach them all. So if you like to make soap, teach leather crafting, build a birdhouse or weld a sign (and you like to teach :), send us an email. We have matched the most competitive standard in the industry for pay. And, we really want this place to be for Waco. Maker's Edge was created so those who have a desire to teach can find those who are thirsty to learn. We would love to get your class ideas in our system, start advertising, and give plenty of lead time for students to sign up. We hope to start offering safety tool tests October 1 (even if doors are not officially open). But, opening day is really dependent on construction times and the city giving us a Cert of Occupancy.
And for you organizational tool nerds, look up MindBody, our new membership system. I'm nerding out all the time about it...though, that could be due to the many hours a week I am working on it to get it set up and running by Sep 15. I will let you all know when it goes live, which will allow you to join, sign up for classes and ask for a one-on-one mentor session with a specific tool expert.
Lastly, if you made it this far, you deserve a prize. It's been a doozy. Now that the ball is rolling, these should come faster, and with a little more brevity.