Make Your Own Kombucha and Jun at Home!

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Are you wanting to try adding fermented foods into your diet? Kombucha is a great way to start. Known as a gateway food to a healthy life style, kombucha is easy to make, tasty and refreshing.

Junita Lapp, of Lapp It Up Kombucha will teach you how to make your own kombucha and jun (kombucha made with honey), sample a variety of different flavors, and learn about a few things that kombucha may do for you. This class will teach you the basics about home brewing and it’s benefits and you will go home with a choice of your own kombucha or jun scoby to begin your journey into the exciting world of fermented foods.

For this class, participants will be going home with their choice of a jun or kombucha SCOBY with which they can then start brewing at home.

Class fee is $35.  Space is limited so please register through paypal below.





Sew a lap duvet!

Get ready for those chilly winter evenings!  On November 10th from 6pm to 9pm, Melissa Pauquette will guide you to make Purl Soho’s simple lap duvet (https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2011/05/25/mollys-sketchbook-lap-duvet/).  You must provide your own machine and a very general understanding of how to work it. The rest of the sewing will be step by step with help provided along the way.
 
The cost for this class is $12. You provide your own materials for this class (supply list is below).
 
Supply List:
 
2- 1 ¾ pieces of fabric. Feel free to use linens, cottons, wool or flannels and don’t be afraid to change up the type of fabrics for the front and back of the blanket. You can get creative here! Whatever feels nice will make a nice blanket!
 
1 crib sized batting
 
2 spools of thread- one to match each fabric
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Register for the class through the paypal link below.  Space is limited!




July 23rd Putnam Hop Marketplace

We will be hosting an indoor marketplace for artists, artisans and micro-entrepreneurs during the Putnam Hop on July 23, 2016.

We have a limited number of 10×10 spots available, which we’ll fill on a first-come, first-served basis.  The fee to reserve your spot is $10.

Reserve your spot by paying with the following PayPal link:





-You may begin setting up your booth at 5:00p.m.  If you do not arrive by 5:30, your reservation may be cancelled (without refund) and provided to another vendor. Vendors must stay setup for the duration of the event (8:00 p.m.) and must vacate the premises with all belongings by 9:00 p.m.

-No tables or chairs will be provided, you bring everything.  Electric is available for most booths.  Booths will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

-No refunds will be provided.  Each vendor may reserve and occupy only one 10×10 booth.

-Unless specific permission is provided, the booth is only for items produced, created or invented by you.  Reproductions of the vendor’s own work are fine (books, photographs, prints, etc).  All items displayed must be appropriate for all audiences.  Upon request by the management of The Narrows, any items deemed inappropriate for general audiences must be removed from sight.  PAs and speaker systems are not permitted.

-Vendors conduct their own sales.  Wifi is available.

-There are stairs to get into the space.  Sorry, but load-in and load-out help will not be provided. Bring a helper if you need one.

New Member Prices Effective May 1

With great pleasure we announce that we are able to lower our membership prices for coworking and artist members!  The new monthly rate will be only $75, which will include a locker.

We believe the space can pay for itself.  The Narrows is a sustainable organization because, in theory, the members’ payments cover the cost of the resources that the organization provides.  While Melissa and Brad technically own it, our objective isn’t to make a living, but just for the resources and opportunities to sustain and perpetuate themselves.

When we set our prices last year, we were making some guesses about what our sustained costs would be.  After keeping the doors open for a year, as it turns out, some of our estimates were too high.

Don’t worry, most of our time last year was spent developing the space, with very few members and very little income.  We actually spent over $10,000 of our personal funds to make the space and these resources available to the community.  Jesus life and words inspire us to give our lives for our community, and we think that includes our money too, so we’re happy to do that. But not being rich people ourselves, we’re looking forward to transitioning into the long term sustainable model which we envisioned.

We are starting to develop some of those revenue streams, and our hope is that this price decrease will further cement our membership base.  If we have 12 solid members paying that membership rate, in addition to our private studios, The Narrows can keep the bills paid and thrive.  Any additional members or special event income can be used to develop new tools and resources, and to reinvest in the community.

Our goal is for the members to pay the total cost of what they’re receiving, as a group.  So we’ll re-evaluate these figures again in the future and adjust accordingly.  But these rates will be in effect at least through December 31, 2016.

If you’re interested in becoming a coworking or artist member of our community, please contact us.  We’d love to show you the space and answer your questions.  We believe that this solution provides all of the benefits of a private office or studio, and much more, at a fraction of the cost.  All of our coworking and artist members have 24/7 access to the workspace.

Learn more about coworking memberships »

Learn more about our artist memberships »

We also presently have one private studio membership available for $150 per month.  Contact us for details or to take a look.

Zanesville Coworking
A little coworking.

Free Coworking Thursdays Begin Today

We’re excited to begin offering free workspace every Thursday, beginning today, April 28!

The doors will be open every Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm for the indefinite future.  You’re free to come and go as you please during that time, it’s your space to use as you’d like.

We’ll provide free coffee/tea, Wi-Fi and deskspace.  You bring yourself and your work with you.

At least once a month, we’ll invite a small business expert to come in and share their insights into running a small business at lunch time.  On 4/28, on our opening day, we’ll be joined by Kasey Kelly, of Kelly Creative Tech, at noon.  Kasey will share his expertise on design and web marketing, as well as growing a design and development firm.  Details »

We believe that Zanesville is ripe for independent professionals, and that creative professionals are a big part of our changing world.  We’re happy to provide this resource to the community, to make Zanesville a great place to work for folks who don’t fit into a conventional 9-5 workspace.

Coworking memberships are available for just $75 per month, which includes 24/7 access to the space.  Learn more about coworking here.

Coworking Workspace Zanesville
We’ve got your desk waiting for you.

What Is a Putnam Hop? What Can I Do There?

What Is a Putnam Hop?

The Putnam Hop is an agreement among the businesses and organizations of Zanesville’s Historic District to open their doors to the public with special events, unique menus, happy hours, and entertainment for a few hours on Saturday evening, April 16.

The Putnam Historic District is a vibrant, safe community on the west side of the Muskingum River, adjacent to downtown Zanesville.  The neighborhood is home to restaurants, art galleries, retail spaces and non-profit organizations, as well as a myriad of historical sites and museums.

The event is inspired by Columbus’s Short North Gallery Hop, but tailored to the unique personalities of the Putnam area.

Most of the businesses that will be open for the Putnam Hop are within walking distance of each other on Muskingum Avenue, right along the river, but the event will also extend to businesses and museums down Putnam Avenue.

What Do I Do There?

The Putnam Hop is your opportunity to check out the businesses in Zanesville’s Historic Putnam neighborhood.  The businesses and organizations will have their doors open with specials events and entertainment.

You can visit all of the open establishments, or if you find one you like, you can sit down and stay a while.

Among other venues, Weasel Boy Brewing will have live entertainment at night.  The Narrows will be hosting an artisan marketplace, with 20 vendors including farms, artisans, artists and micro-entrepreneurs open to the public in their gallery space.  Other spots like Girl Upcycled, Dan Towning Art Pottery and Muddy Misers’ will be open with cool stuff going on.

Learn more about Putnam Hop on Facebook here.  We’ll see you on April 16!

Putnam Hop

 

April 16 Putnam Hop Marketplace

We will be hosting an indoor marketplace for artists, artisans and micro-entrepreneurs during the Putnam Hop on April 16, 2016.

We have a limited number of 10×10 spots available, which we’ll fill on a first-come, first-served basis.  The fee to reserve your spot is $10.

Reserve your spot by paying with the following PayPal link:

By paying the $10 reservation fee, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

-You may begin setting up your booth at 5:00p.m.  If you do not arrive by 5:30, your reservation may be cancelled (without refund) and provided to another vendor. Vendors must stay setup for the duration of the event (8:00 p.m.) and must vacate the premises with all belongings by 9:00 p.m.

-No tables or chairs will be provided, you bring everything.  Electric is available for most booths.  Booths will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

-No refunds will be provided.  Each vendor may reserve and occupy only one 10×10 booth.

-Unless specific permission is provided, the booth is only for items produced, created or invented by you.  Reproductions of the vendor’s own work are fine (books, photographs, prints, etc).  All items displayed must be appropriate for all audiences.  Upon request by the management of The Narrows, any items deemed inappropriate for general audiences must be removed from sight.  PAs and speaker systems are not permitted.

-Vendors conduct their own sales.  Wifi is available.

-There are stairs to get into the space.  Sorry, but load-in and load-out help will not be provided. Bring a helper if you need one.

A Walk On The Wild Side – Weeds Are Your Best Medicine!

Please join us for an herbal medicine class with Dr. Connie Schroder, D.C.!  This class will take place on March 23rd from 7-8 pm at The Narrows, 126 Muskingum Ave. Zanesville, OH 43701.

You will learn about the abundant plants and weeds we have in our own lawns and gardens and how we can use them for not only food, but also medicine.

Connie will share recipes, plant knowledge and the benefits that herbs can have on our bodies.

The cost for this class is $8 and it will last one hour. Please contact melissa@narrows.life if you would like to pre-register or with any questions.

Upcycling

This post is reposted from SimplyOneLife.org (March 18, 2015) with permission from the author (Brad Pauquette).

As the sun filters pink through the trees outside of their bedroom window, I listen to my son pray and reflect on what he told me earlier.

“God makes the seed grow into a tree. It’s like the seed is trash, and God makes it into something new again.” he said that evening while they played outside. “God is like upcycling.”

Upcycling—the process of taking something old and useless and giving it new purpose.

Isn’t that what it’s all about? God taking our lives, once rubbish and useless, and turning them into something new. God taking a planet, a world that was broken, fractured and terrible, and slowly redeeming it—transforming it into a new creation.

And the process that binds it all together is hope.

When you upcycle an old sock into a hand puppet, it’s senseless to do any one step. What’s the good of sewing one button onto the end of an old sock? Should I believe that a second one will help? What’s the purpose of a tassle of yarn at the top? Individually these things are meaningless, but because the creator has hope, the object transforms and gains its purpose.

When we lived in Columbus, hope is what sustained me. The hope that someday people would drive by that old neighborhood, once full of criminals and brokenness, and say, “You see, God is there. What once was lost has been found. What once was broken has been restored.”

There’s a Hebrew phrase in the old testament, Jehovah Shammah, which means “The Lord is there.” It both means that God exists in a general way, and that God is specifically in this place. Listening, hoping for us.

God is with us. Hoping for us. Working step by step for a better creation in each of us, and for all of us.

We can’t upcycle by fire. Nothing explodes and suddenly turns into something new and better. Things change through the patient expression of each step, day-by-day, each seemingly inconsequential step sustained by hope.

Now I sit outside in this spacious place I get to stay for a while, watching a sunset with oranges so vibrant and pinks so deep that I’ve melted into my lawn chair. What will God make of me next?

I will wait, and I will hope for His kingdom come.

May the hope of the Lord sustain you.

Zanesville Winter Farmers Market

Have you been missing the farmers’ market as much as we have? Join us on February 27 from 10am to 1pm to see some of your favorite area farmers, and get stocked up until summer on your favorite local goods. This will be an indoor farmers market, which will also feature handmade goods from local artisans.

We had so much fun at our Makers Market in November and we’re excited to bring the same energy back in February.

You can find it at 126 Muskingum Ave. (The Carl Mitzel Building) in the lower level.  We’ll have plenty of market signs out direction you where to go!