Why is your motto “Start Somewhere”?
The Ground Floor is a small, creativity inspiring space in the Union Street area of the most beautiful street in downtown Aiken – Park Avenue. The small size has allowed us to experiment with finding the energy and right partners in Aiken. Our hope has been that this concept would grow and become a real movement in Aiken where creative people inspire other creative people, help each other, and grow jobs in our community.
Since 2015, we have utilized different input methods to generate ideas. We have experimented with several different types of “creators and makers” and learned who needs a quiet environment and who works best in an active and open enviroment. We brainstormed with a small group and helped implement the #Aiken4Aiken movement in time for Small Business Saturday. We conducted a focus group to create a #MadeinAikenCounty movement which kicked off last year with the unveiling of the winner of a logo contest at the Aiken Center for the Arts annual “A Taste of Wine and Art” event. We learned about the need for a Coaches Council to help herd people toward success and manage the small interpersonal challenges that arise – especially in small towns!
We decided to start small, experiment and determine where it would go. #Startsomewhere… We happen to see a perfect storm right now to let it really “GoSomewhere”!