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Syracuse CoWorks and SALT Makerspace to Hold Open House During Downtown Living Tour

Monday, May 4, 2015

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Syracuse, NY –
With more than 2,000 visitors expected to descend on Downtown Syracuse to walk through some of the most sought after examples of urban living for the Downtown Committee’s Ninth Annual Downtown Living Tour, Syracuse CoWorks and SALT Makerspace are partnering to invite visitors to check out one of downtown’s coolest, most creative offices. On Saturday, May 16 between 11 am and 4 pm, Syracuse CoWorks, located at 201 East Jefferson Street, will host an Open House featuring furniture and jewelry displays made by local talents from SALT Makerspace.

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Both Syracuse CoWorks and SALT Makerspace cater to creative, like-minded individuals who are looking for a unique venue to help them see their ideas through to fruition. Syracuse CoWorks inspires networking through collaboration among independent workers, entrepreneurs and freelancers in a shared space. SALT Makerspace provides a setting where makers can learn, create, and share their designs using tools available in its Metal Shop, Wood Shop and 3D Prototyping Center.

“We are very fortunate to have such creative organizations as part of our Downtown community,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “One of the goals of the Downtown Living Tour is to provide visitors with inside access to the many projects that are transforming Downtown Syracuse. Syracuse CoWorks is a great example of how a creative concept can contribute to the culture of our center city. We really hope visitors have a chance to check out the space, and learn more about the exciting new developments happening downtown.” 

Open House visitors will have the opportunity to walk through Syracuse CoWorks on the second floor of 201 East Jefferson Street – just two blocks away from Living Tour Headquarters at the Pike Block, and one block away from the Official Tour Rest Stop at Dey’s Plaza. Visitors will see a café-like open office space with productivity enhancing features designed to inspire local freelancers and entrepreneurs. The space’s industrial modern design includes custom-built workstations and comfortable lounge areas. There are conference rooms which may be reserved for client or group meetings, a large “arena” space for trainings and larger events, phone booths for private conversations and a large kitchenette area.  Reclaimed wood floors, steel framed glass walls, large windows and included amenities – such as free high-speed WiFi and locally roasted gourmet coffee – add to the experience. The motivated individuals who populate the space make Syracuse CoWorks an exciting addition to the energy of Downtown Syracuse.

SALT Makerspace provides tools, materials, and the space for downtown residents to create and build items for their apartments and condos. It also offers workshops where guests may actually build pieces of furniture for their homes.

“We at SALT Makerspace hope that the tools, technology, expertise will encourage creativity and collaboration right in the heart of Syracuse,” said Michael Giannattasio, executive director of SALT Makerspace.

The Makerspace’s display at Syracuse CoWorks will include a 3D printer, as well as furniture made in its wood and metal shops. There will also be jewelry on hand, including metallic rings made from keys by JoJo Rings, which are sold in various locations in Downtown Syracuse. 

The Open House is free to the public, and runs from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, May 16. 

Advance-sale tickets for the Downtown Living Tour are available for $12 through May 14. They may be purchased in person at 115 West Fayette Street in Downtown Syracuse, or online. On May 16, the day of the Downtown Living Tour, tickets may be purchased for $15 (cash or check only), at Tour Headquarters between Noon and 4 pm. This year, Tour Headquarters will be located at the Pike Block at 320 South Salina Street.

Parking for the Living Tour and Open House is available for $3.00 in the Clinton Street Garage, at 409 South Clinton Street. On-street parking will be free throughout the Central Business District that day.

About Syracuse CoWorks: Syracuse CoWorks is a network of independent workers, entrepreneurs and freelancers that encourages organic collaboration to spark ideas and develop new business ventures. Co-working allows networking with like-minded professionals in a professional office setting, while also offering flexible arrangements and unique amenities for emerging entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.SyracuseCoWorks.com.

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