Artists and a food scene are essential to adding vitality to a city, and a space that would attract artists and chefs to live and work in New Rochelle would be an asset to downtown. This vibrant mixed use space building would consist of the following:
- A vibrant area for artisan food entrepreneurs, chefs and artists to be able to have commercial kitchens or studios to create, but also be able to retail their creations to the public within the building.
- Separate area for art classes for children and adults
- An event space with cooking facilities that can be rented out to the public.
- The event space could be used for cooking classes or rented for private parties.
- An anchor tenant could be a large coffee shop with free highspeed wifi access, an outside covered patio and an indoor/outdoor fireplace. Local musicians could be invited to perform in the public spaces and near/in the cafe. In the DC surburban coffee shops, some child-focused performers have events at local coffee shops so fulltime mothers can take their children to fun, stimulating activities and meet other community members.
It would be a mix between Union Market in Washington, D.C, the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, and Art Work Space in Boulder, CO - with a coffee shop. See descriptions of these below:
- Washington DC's Union Market positions itself as a gourmet food hall. Small artisan food vendors that rent space and serve customers on site and in other venues (restaurants, food trucks, etc.) http://unionmarketdc.com/
- At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, artists rent space, teach classes, and can sell art directly from their studios. http://torpedofactory.org/
- Art Work Space is a group studio featuring over 36 artists from various disciplines and styles. Artists' studios are open most days. The public is welcome to see the artists working. http://www.artworkspaceboulder.com