We’re moving to the Old Mader’s Wharf building. Until recently, the space was occupied by The Emporium, a consignment antique store, but the store has now closed, and the space is almost empty. With Tim recently back from his long trip to the US and Costa Rica, and a bitter wind blowing through town, the three of us got together on Saturday to talk about the move, the space, and the future. As you can see from the picture, it was a bit cold on Saturday, and the heating has been off for a fortnight!
The HUB has been ticking along nicely recently, but Saturday was a throw-back to the winter of 2012–13, when we spent many evenings hashing out what The HUB South Shore could or should become. Now it exists, so the conversation is different — less uncertain, more based in evidence — but the feeling of starting something new is back again. It’s a good feeling.
The next two or three months will be a joyride of planning, designing, renovating, and moving. HUB member Meg Craig of Skysail will be doing refresh of the HUB’s visual identity (not the name though!). Dave’s wife Hailey Thomson (check out her awesome blog) will be designing the physical space. And you dear reader, are welcome to send any tips or thoughts about the new space our way! We’re all ears.
You may have heard.
2014 was a quiet year for the HUB. Early in the year we reached a kind of equilibrium. We had about 20 members, and our room at the Mahone Bay Centre usually had about half a dozen people in it. The prevailing atmosphere was one of industriousness. With enough people, we largely stopped looking for new members. And with a lot of community activity around NOW Lunenburg County, Mashup Lab, Awesome South Shore, and everything else that’s going on around here these days, we’ve ramped down on events too.
It felt like in 2012 we saw this need, in 2013 we figured it out, and in 2014 we met it. Awesome!
But the community is still small — still only about 20 people. We’re sure there are more out there, but haven’t been able to accommodate more people — until now. Or rather, until about April, when we’ll move down to the ground floor of the Mader’s Wharf building on Main Street. Classic South Shore: on the shore of the bay, on a busy rural high street, under a great pub, in an old wharf warehouse. About 2000 square feet of it. It’s going to be amazing.
There’s a bit of work to do before we can move. We’ll try to get back on the blogging wagon with updates on progress. There will be a party. Watch this space.