In 2015, a group visited Industry City in Brooklyn. Brooklyn has a super creative vibe going on right now and Industry City is the hub. Seven old Navy office buildings on the waterfront have been transformed into small batch manufacturing spaces and associated industries to market and distribute the products they are creating. The Brooklyn Flea Market sets up there on weekends in the winter months. New food vendors set up a food court there every weekend. Open studio tours happen once a month. And there are so many private events and networking opportunities! An 18 year old, who was experiencing NYC for the first time, said Industry City was the highlight of her trip. Young people love that sharing vibe and support system that is evident. It is the total package – with lots of JOBS!
If you have spent any time at Scotts Antiques, you know that everyone knows everyone, even though they are from all over the east coast. Once a month networking has created some awesome products through collaboration. From shipping assistance, raw materials ‘picking’, “buying for a friend”, and sharing warehouses during the rest of the month, those folks have created a whole sharing economy ecosphere.
This is a huge category of possibilities. Tires, food, art, music, students, golf courses, houses, streets, and parks are all Made in Aiken County.