Potentially great news for our friends from TechShop Allen Park. On 12/3/2017, TechShop announced that all the assets of TechShop have been acquired by a new owner, and “the new entity, TechShop 2.0, LLC, plans to re-open as many stores as possible, as soon as possible.” We hope Allen Park is among the stores re-opened, and that this happens as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, see below for some of the makerspace options in southeast Michigan.
Feels like we’ve lost a friend…
We all at Maker Works were saddened to hear about TechShop closing. More people know about makerspaces and the opportunities they make possible because of TechShop. They moved us closer to they day when the question isn’t “what is a makerspace” but is instead “why don’t we have a makerspace in our community”. They were a remarkable resource to the people of Allen Park and the larger metro area.
We hope the members of the Allen Park TechShop can find a new makerspace home at one of the many makerspaces in southeast Michigan. These include:
i3 Detroit, Ferndale, https://www.i3detroit.org/
OmniCorp Detroit, http://omnicorpdetroit.com/
The Village Workshop, Northville, http://www.thevillageworkshop.
The Work Shop, Westland, http://cantonworkshop.com/
All Hands Active, Ann Arbor, http://www.allhandsactive.org/
Factory Two, Flint, https://factorytwo.org/
in addition to local makerspaces in libraries and in universities and colleges
… and Maker Works, 30 minutes from the Allen Park TechShop, in Ann Arbor.
We can’t make the drive from Allen Park shorter, and we can’t postpone the holiday season, but if we’re in your driving range, we’d like to give former TechShop members and staff a $25 discount off any one class. (That would make our laser class free, for example.) And for the remainder of November, TechShop members can receive the family discount on a 30-day membership, just $45.
To our members, please welcome new folks from TechShop and help them feel at home here. With the holidays coming up, this is certainly a difficult time for them to have lost such a great resource.