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Space + Community

The idea of bringing together a community of creatives and makers through the art of screen-print has been with us from Day 1. You see, we believe that a community is essential to personal and professional growth. 

Well, this winter we will finally be moving into a public space where we can really begin to cultivate this belief and see where it goes.

That's right, you won't have to slowly creep up into our driveway for a pick-up because you're not sure if you're at the correct address. And you won't have to face another 100º day to attend one of our print workshops. We'll have public parking and A/C to keep you confident and cool. 

But, that's not all we hope to offer.

We want to create a space that will facilitate your creative fever in the realm of design, print and everything in between. 

We plan to host workshops for print, design, illustration and more. We'll have screen print supplies, educational print + design materials, and locally-handmade made items from one of our featured local makers in partnership with our friends Made in DSM.

And while we're no barista, when you swing by we'll pour you a cup of coffee and chat design, print, and that thing that lights your soul on fire — because in this space is where where we feel like we can build upon the creative community that already exists here in Des Moines.



What we need:

  • Buildout materials

    • Flooring

    • Paint

    • Shelving + Storage

    • Staging + Display + Furniture

    • An Old Used Garage Door (You can take The Side Garage out of the garage, but you cant take the garage vibes out of TSG)

    • Plumbing for Wash out Booth

    • Electrical for Conveyor Dryer

  • Stationary Conveyor Dryer

  • Exposure Unit

  • Point of Sale System

Extra Mile Needs:

  • Verbal Encouragement
  • High Fives

  • Pizza

  • Occasional Beer



The Financial Goal


We don't have one – and here's why:

Us asking you for support, isn't just so we can build out our space. Yes, it is part of it and the first step, but what happens after is where some really cool stuff can begin to happen.

If we receive more than what we need to get the space up and running - we vow to re-invest leftover funds into the following areas:

  • Community Printing Events that support a Midwest based cause/organization
    • Learn more about this here.
  • Screen Print Education through Scholarships and Grants
  • After School Print Programs
  • Youth Screen Printing Summer/Winter Camps
  • Our fellow creative's projects and organizations who could use some funding, supplies and support

But if you really must know, we're anticipating the buildout and new equipment will cost us somewhere between $8,000 to $10,000 in total.