Setting the vibe for a creative new design space in downtown San Leandro

Once upon a time Shannon had a dream…a dream for creating a design space in San Leandro.  And with a little luck and a lot of determination, she found a place perfectly situated in Downtown San Leandro. 

Now that the shock of having bought a building is wearing off, we are starting the process of creating a vibrant design hub to share with Shannon Leigh, and the San Leandro community, which is our home town. 

We planned a party to thank contributors and ignite our creative team to help build the vision for a new design center in San Leandro before interior demolition started.

 Architect Nathaniel from WIT Studio discussing options with Kellie from DIRTT

Architect Nathaniel from WIT Studio discussing options with Kellie from DIRTT

 Former intern checking out the new plans

Former intern checking out the new plans

 Garry and Terry join the fun

Garry and Terry join the fun

 Pizza for everyone!

Pizza for everyone!

 Angele looking at the concepts for the space

Angele looking at the concepts for the space

Of course, there was also food and music and a lot of laughter

We wanted to do something a little different than the usual ground breaking ceremony. Because creativity is a passion, we knew we needed to do something that let the creative juices flow.

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Remember when you were a little kid and were told to not draw on the walls? 

 Tom Limon (Great Commercial Broker), his fabulous wife Christy Johnson-Limon and genius daughter got to draw on the walls!  

Tom Limon (Great Commercial Broker), his fabulous wife Christy Johnson-Limon and genius daughter got to draw on the walls!  

The party guests were armed with paints and markers and spray cans…

 Ren leaving her mark

Ren leaving her mark

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 Nicole from Chamber of Commerce joined the fun.

Nicole from Chamber of Commerce joined the fun.

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 Jake joined the designs

Jake joined the designs

 Brett Ellis!  Designer Ninja

Brett Ellis!

Designer Ninja

 Ren Ellis-  Illustrator joined the free form and set a higher bar.

Ren Ellis-  Illustrator joined the free form and set a higher bar.

 We had a sacrificial office space for sledgehammering… Shannon took the first swing

We had a sacrificial office space for sledgehammering… Shannon took the first swing

 Mickey showing girls have power

Mickey showing girls have power

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 Beth taking a swing

Beth taking a swing

 Luis making contact

Luis making contact

 Margo having too much fun

Margo having too much fun

 Chris Fato - Designer and Demo Warrior

Chris Fato - Designer and Demo Warrior

We also encouraged our guests to be painted! We hired Barbara from Hennahappens.com to paint our guests...Wow, it was a hit!

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 Barbara applying henna to Shereen

Barbara applying henna to Shereen

 Beth's glitter and henna

Beth's glitter and henna

 

We want to thank our friends and supporters who have played a part in make this dream a reality.  We wouldn’t be here without you!

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