That’s So Salmon Bay!

On the advice of Jacob at Office Nomads, this week Daniel and I went to Ballard (in Seattle) to meet Ruby, who has created a soul-satisfying work space in the often less-than-soul-satisfying world of home loan lending and mortgages. Could this elusive thing be real? Was Jacob crazy? As we approached Salmon Bay Community Lending, we were curious to find out…

Small, Fun, Flexible

A few months back we interviewed hand-craft bicycle bag maker Martina of Swift Industries. As we wrapped up, she recommended several of her neighbors who had also created soul-satisfying work spaces, saying “I would go to Northwest Peaks, which is a brewery. He calls himself a nano-brewery. He’s just vending out of a garage, right around the corner here too.” As she said this Daniel, my sweetie + photographer’s eyes lit up, and I knew there was no question about it. At some point soon, we would be going to that nanobrewery…

Always in Flux

Fisher and Sean (called the amazingly-energetic-20-something duo, or AE20D, by my collective name-giving brain) told me that we should talk to Martina of Swift Industries, because she and her husband Jason have created a soul-satisfying work space for themselves designing and making bike bags and accessories in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.

A few days later, Daniel and I pulled up in front of a deep gray (concrete?) old warehouse building that was kind of ugly and not very inviting from a distance. But we’ve learned that it’s pointless to judge a space by its cover, like people, and, well, books. And as we walked up toward the building, we began to see interesting architectural details emerge—the building’s lovely features doing a pretty good job at overcoming their painfully uniform and gray paint job for those close enough to notice.

We weren’t exactly sure where to enter the building at first, and then–after we found the door–whether to knock or just go in. But we were fresh off our time with Haulin’ Colin, and I wasn’t feeling at all worried this time. Colin had taught us a new truth: makers rock, especially creative-every-day, bikes and bike-related accessories, makers. Thanks to Colin, we’d fallen a little in love with Martina before we’d even met, and I couldn’t wait to meet her. I bounced up the gray steps with a big grin on my face. A little initial awkwardness would not stop Daniel and I—the amazingly-energetic-for-40-somethings duo.