YORK-A new makerspace and co-merchandising retail boutique is opening soon in Greater Williamsburg.
Make ‘Ur Merch is slated to open in mid-August at 410-E Lightfoot Rd. in the space formerly occupied by Studio South yoga studio. The new establishment is owned by Ti’Juana A. Gholson, a speaker, author, and business coach who also operates the creative co-working spaces Work Nimbly and Maximum Building.
The goal of Make ‘Ur Merch is to enable aspiring entrepreneurs to get their feet wet as well as provide a space for creativity. One portion of the business will be devoted to small business owners for selling products while another section will be a makerspace where business owners can utilize tools to make their products.
Gholson said she came up with the idea during the pandemic after speaking with struggling minority business owners.
“We felt they needed a place where they can incubate and learn, and get help with the process,” she said.
Entrepreneurs can sign up for a space where they can sell their items to test the market and their products before venturing out on their own. So far, 20 small business owners are in training to be a part of Make ‘Ur Merch, which has space to accommodate up to 50 businesses. Business owners include those who make apparel, jewelry, hair and skin care products, arts and crafts, and other products.
“I’m looking forward to these entrepreneurs having a space that they can tell their friends and family about, and seeing them sell their products,” Gholson said.
In addition, Make ‘Ur Merch will have available a variety of tools that business owners can use such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, label machines, sewing machines, embroidery machines, heat presses, and other equipment.
“I’m excited for them to be able to create, and to see just what they can do,” Gholson said.
The new makerspace and co-merchandising retail boutique will also offer opportunities for networking and collaboration. An exact opening date has not been announced. For more details, visit the Make ‘Ur Merch Facebook page.