There are a couple of non-food developments are worth noting. SPUN ARTS & APPAREL, at 543 Congress Street, opened its doors last Saturday. Inside, you can find "clothes that you can't get anywhere else in Maine," says co-owner Zach Broda — clothes that celebrate "underground" hip-hop and rave cultures. The store hopes to sponsor breakdance, MC, and DJ competitions at venues around town, and will soon be selling its own clothing line.
Down the street, at the fire-ravaged site of the old Binga's Wingas, developer Peter Bass is working on a new "CO-WORKING" BUILDING — one that will accommodate "people who typically work at home on their computer . . . young creatives," who want to move beyond their kitchen table or the coffee shop, but who aren't ready to rent a whole office for themselves. While Bass hasn't yet settled on a pricing structure, he envisions a system with "almost the same nature as a gym membership," where people will pay by the week or month to use common conference and desk work space (coffee will be provided!). Higher prices will get you a dedicated desk or reserve an office on the second floor. While another developer's attempts at something similar (remember the Old Port Technology Center, which catered to computer folk?) closed a few years back, less formal efforts here have been popular. Bass says co-working projects have been successful in other cities, and he thinks Portland is "the perfect place for it."
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