We are thrilled to feature The Baumans for our June member spotlight!
The Inc., Community Coworking + Playschool is excited to celebrate the opening of its second location with YOU and the local community on Wednesday, June 13th from 10:30am-12:30pm!!
Join us for our FREE fun, family-friendly event where you can learn more about our innovative nonprofit that's on a mission to create community-driven, neighborhood-centric workspaces for parents with onsite affordable, flexible childcare in the Puget Sound.
Our grand opening party will have food, coffee/drinks, a FREE tot music class by Mode Music Studios, awesome raffle prizes from a ton of West Seattle businesses, tours of the coworking/playschool area, and a vendor showcase of local family-friendly businesses! The showcase will include some of our very own INCers (Inc. members) who will be sharing their story and of course showing off their products and services!
Attendees will also get an opportunity to meet The Inc. Board of Directors and team members and learn about The Inc.'s growth plan in West Seattle and beyond.
Please RSVP to ensure that you receive all our updates for this event. There may be some last minute surprises:-) And feel free to share with friends!
A big THANK YOU to our participating vendors & local businesses that have donated raffle prizes so far:
Shop The Change
Fit4Mom West Seattle
The Little Gym of West Seattle
C & P Coffee Company
Uptown Espresso Seattle
Spilt Milk Nannies
Equippy - Equip Shield
Anchored Paper Co.
Kids on 45th
Beautycounter from Beth
Business Among Moms
Dream Dinners West Seattle
and many more!
*For any West Seattle or family-friendly businesses interested in being a part of our vendor showcase, please contact email@example.com for more details.
We look forward to celebrating wtih you!
Sincerely ~ The Inc. Team
Our Green Lake location is looking for Lead Preschool teachers ASAP and our West Seattle location is looking for Lead Preschool teachers by end of summer! These roles are able to be very part time and flexible. We love working with parents to help them balance work & parenting and that includes our staff! We are able to accommodate availability as little as 8 hours a week up to 25 hours per week.
Once you meet Carolyn, small business owner and calligrapher of Anchored Paper Co. you can’t help getting caught up in her lively dynamic drive. She has a bright, friendly personality and is enthusiastic about life! I had the pleasure of interviewing Carolyn on behalf of The Inc. to feature her as The Inc.'s May Member Spotlight and celebrate Small Business Week (April 30-May 5).
With 13 years of design expertise behind her, Carolyn, is a notable forerunner in her field. Her focus is in creating beautiful custom wedding suites, a package service that often includes handwritten materials customised for her clients. This includes everything from the save-the-date note to the wedding invitation and the wording on the table place cards at the reception.
She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design and lives in Seattle with her husband and two and half year old daughter.
Fluent in all areas of design, Carolyn has a specific passion for hand lettering, typography and print design. Her detail-oriented, unique and creative designs have been been recognised and featured in Seattle Bride magazine and other online and print publications.
Carolyn loves to share her skills and passion for her art with others and regularly hosts modern calligraphy workshops. She recently hosted a few workshops in collaboration with Glassybaby, where she taught the careful strokes of fine lettering on glassybaby votive candles.
Although she works from her office studio space in Ballard a few times a week she is a frequent member of the Inc. Greenlake. “The Inc. is wonderful,” Carolyn says. “I could get a nanny for my daughter but not only does the Inc. offer an affordable playschool option, my pretty independent daughter Lily, really thrives with social interactions and she is so excited as soon as we walk through the doors. I feel like The Inc. is helping me to be a better mom. And let’s be honest, working from home never works.”
As an outgoing creative, Carolyn sometimes struggles to feel motivated while she sits and works alone in her studio. The Inc. provides the social interaction she craves. “It energizes me and I feel less isolated.”
In her free time Carolyn enjoys connecting with friends and is the advertising coordinator for her daughter’s co-op preschool. Carolyn and her husband are overjoyed to be expecting a baby boy this Summer, and she is looking forward to being a working mom parenting an infant and a toddler. “After this baby comes I think the Inc. will be a great constant in my life.”
- Lauren Watkins, readtowriteblog.com, Instagram: @readtowriteblog
After a successful first year at our first location in Green Lake, we have brought our coworking and onsite playschool model to West Seattle to help more Seattle families! The Inc. West Seattle is located inside St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church on California Ave next door to West Seattle High School & Hiawatha Park.
BOOK A TOUR for The Inc. West Seattle by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Buying a membership bundle today helps us grow sustainably and quickly! The more funding & interest we receive, the faster we can expand our services!
Below is the phased growth plan for The Inc. West Seattle at St. John the Baptist.
The Inc. West Seattle: Phase 1
- Drop-in playcare for mixed ages 1-5 years old, ratio of 1 caregiver to 5 kids
- Parent-only coworking room
- Nursing-friendly space
- Open Monday-Friday 9am-1pm
Phase 2 (dependent upon funding + market needs)
- Additional care for infants
- Additional parent-only coworking room
- Meeting room/phone call space
- Workshops & events
Phase 3 (dependent upon funding + market needs)
- Flexible preschool room with curriculum
- Additional flex space potential for makerspace
- Workshops & events
- Potential to open afternoons
I am excited to share the deeper conversation I had with Inc. member Elise Worthy, the new CEO of the well-loved Wallingford children’s consignment store - Kids on 45th and our April Inc. Member Spotlight! (If you are an Inc. newsletter reader, you may recall that we mentioned Elise in our last one.) I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to chat with Elise and share her insights as a mom, wife, entrepreneur and software developer with you just in time for National Small Business week which is this week, April 30-May 5. So let's dive right in and meet Elise and learn more about her business!
Since graduating with an MBA from the University of California at 25, Elise set out to acquire the marketing and project management experience that has laid the foundation for her current work. In June 2017, she purchased Kids on 45th and is using it as a platform for innovation in children’s resale and recycling. With a keen awareness of the limited time moms have to shop for their children’s clothes, she is placing an emphasis on online sales, subscriptions and mail-based recycling.
She jokingly comments, “As an owner of a children’s clothing store, I don’t have time to buy pants for my son, Isaac. It’s a running joke in the family.” Kids on 45th have recently launched an online subscription service that will hopefully make the shopping experience an easy, convenient and affordable option for busy parents. As part of the service, every season's high-quality used clothing will be delivered to your doorstep. Outgrown or unworn clothing can be returned for credit towards your next box. As a mom to two children under the age of 4 she recognizes time is a limiting factor. “I don’t have much time to shop recreationally these days and shopping with toddlers is not easy.”
The team at Kids on 45th works hard to create a sustainable business with an affirming environment for their customers where parents and caregivers feel validated. “We want to meet moms where they are at. Parenting is hard. Our goal is to be approachable and to offer personable service. We want it to be a laid-back and fun experience. You won’t need to put on a false pretense while you shop with your little ones. Every child has a tantrum or an accident. It’s cool. We’re all in this together.” she says.
Elise helped rescue a business that was about to close down. Last year, Elise, was a consigner at Kids on 45th. When she missed her consignment appointment she called to reschedule and was told the business was closing down. Now she is an owner of a 30 year old neighborhood business, and she’s making waves in the children’s consignment world.
What does a typical day look like in the life of Elise Worthy, I ask her. “Every day is different. In the morning I try to write down a 5-point to-do list for the day, to get those top of the mind things done. And every morning I begin my day with a cup of pour over coffee that I make. I feel very lucky. I lean very heavily on my parents and my mother in law lives with us. So many things wouldn’t be possible without them.” Elise also relies on The Inc. Greenlake as a reliable and flexible option for her son when his preschool is closed for breaks and vacations. “The Inc truly is an innovative business concept, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
Her advice for those in marketing or just starting out in business —”Marketing is about a drum beat. Just keep going- even if it feels like it’s not happening, that’s how your customers will remember you.”
For news and updates on sales check their Facebook page. They have a one year anniversary celebration coming up at the beginning of June. Now is a perfect time to spring clean and clean out the closets because they are currently accepting open drop offs in the store every week from Sunday to Wednesday. Bring in two bags of clothing for $10 of instant credit per bag. They will accept any size and season of clothing, aside from heavy winter snow gear.
- Lauren Watkins, readtowriteblog.com, Instagram: @readtowriteblog