GCP 46: Brick and Mortar Gallery
Episode 47 – Brick and Mortar Gallery
On this episode we talk to Laura and Marty from the Brick and Mortar Gallery located at 811 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. Brick and Mortar Gallery opened in 2001, after purchasing the building in 1999. The building has two commercial spots in addition to two rental condos. The discussion starts with the downtown scene in Tacoma in the 90’s and how it is much different from what Tacoma downtown is now.
The conversation then turns to what they did after renovating the building and the types of business they brought in. In the beginning, in addition to opening the gallery and wine bar, they would hosting city council and Tacoma Actors Guild meetings to bring people in.
Next we talk about them renting one of their commercial spaces to a medical marijuana store. After getting clearance with the city council and police department, the store was there for two years. It had a short life after the city came back and forced them to close due to being too close to a “park”.
We then discuss ideas on bringing business into their empty space, including setting up a Liquid Space, and the success it’s had in other places in Tacoma.
Half way through the conversation, we turn to art, the type of art they have at their studio, the need to have beginner to advanced art involved with the art walk, pricing, and the rewarding feeling it is when someone truly loves your art.
Many thanks to Laura and Marty for joining us on the podcast!!
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