Spaceworks Tacoma has added its third downtown success story during the past six months – Poppy & Co, a co-op of local furniture painters, including Nest, Mod Century, The Modern Cottage Co. with Bride on a Bike, and Euphemeral Designs with Restoration House Interiors.

“Spaceworks gave us the opportunity to test out our business model and tweak it so that it works,” said. Alison Bryan, owner of the Modern Cottage Co. and co-founder of Poppy & Co. “Sales are up 50 percent and we’re here to stay.”

Poppy & Co. will celebrate a grand opening Sept. 14 at 765 Broadway.

“Poppy & Co. is the first business that has transitioned out of a Spaceworks location to lease and fill another empty storefront in downtown,” said Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts administrator.  “We’re investing in the next generation of startup businesses and organizations, and laying the groundwork for a sustainable, creative economy in Tacoma.”

Since starting in 2010, Spaceworks has supported 26 active projects, exhibited 54 large-scale art installations, incubated three new businesses into previously vacant locations, activated 22 underused spaces in the downtown footprint, and supported over 100 events and performances.

Spaceworks Tacoma is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and Shunpike designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space in downtown Tacoma. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space available to artists, fledgling creative entrepreneurs, organizations and community groups.