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Second Thursday: Maker Mingle & Repair Cafe at NextFab
November 10 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pmFree
Join us for a special Second Thursday event for our Maker Mingle! As a pre-launch to our NextFab Holiday Gift Guide and Miracle on American Street Gift Market, get a chance to meet the makers behind the products you’ll see, and network with other creative professionals about your business and products. In the NextFab Gallery, we will be showcasing our most recent graduates of the Artisan Accelerator and welcoming a special Ray’s Reusables Pop-Up in our spaces! Ray’s Reusables owner Ray Daly will be offering her refill stations and biodegradable options for all of your sustainable home needs. Their mobile van makes green choices accessible throughout the city and they recently opened up a refill storefront in Northern Liberties!
We will also be welcoming the Philly Fixers Guild‘s Repair Cafe back to our spaces to help you fix and repair, fix, and assemble your tricky items. Why replace it when you can repair it? This urban volunteer repair outfit will help you fix your stuff, free of charge, and they’re ready for the challenge. Got tangled jewelry, IKEA furniture that needs assembling, or a vacuum cleaner that’s on the fritz? Sit down with one of their volunteers and they’ll help you hands-on with fixing it. While they do have some limits, they encourage a read of their ground rules before bringing in your items. Reserve a spot here.
Rolling tours of NextFab will be available, and light drinks and refreshments will be served.
What are Second Thursdays?
For 17 years, the Crane Arts Building has hosted monthly art exhibitions, performances, and openings on the Second Thursday of every month. Similar to First Fridays in Old City, but not wanting to compete, Second Thursdays was created to highlight the creative community of the North Philadelphia neighborhood – and well it stuck!
American St. is becoming a booming street for artists, makers, and creatives of all types, and we invite you to come out to be a part of this. Between the Crane Arts Building and the Clay Studio, the NextFab building at 1800 North houses eight businesses that will also be opening their doors on the second Thursday of every month. At 1800 N. American St. the creative work ranges from restoring historic neon, sourcing salvaged materials, empowering artists, building bicycles, supporting artisan businesses, a gorgeous floral market, and a restaurant mixing up amazing cocktails. All are welcome to this open house-style event!