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Before moving to 1301 Lafayette, I was co-working. (They didn’t call it that, then.) My co-working space started as my kitchen at 936 1/2 Columbia Avenue, which I split with Jackson. Jackson had four legs and spoke by barking.
My next co-working space was a small room in our house on Randallia, and Jackson and I were joined by a four-month old baby, who happened to be in a baby carrier strapped to my chest. This baby would stare at the screen, lending an eye with proofreading, critiquing the work, and helping curate the playlist.
In the early days, I just freelanced for agencies, often at their place, and then had a few of my own clients—almost all out of town, music folks. But then I started having clients in town, and they were real businesses. A hair salon. A clothing company. A law firm. A cardiology group. A client would want to meet, and I’d say, “Oh, well, I just happen to be at Firefly at that time! Isn’t that serendipitous? Maybe let’s just meet there?”
I was exhibiting the characteristics of a business that had an office, but not being a business that had an office.
An office meant something. Legitimacy, I guess? To be a real agency, OLG needed a real office.
Around the same time, my buddy Tim Brumbeloe was leaving his long-time gig with Galliher Photography and starting his own business. To be a real commercial photographer, Tim needed a real studio.
Tim called and asked if I wanted to look at splitting space; his studio taking up the bulk of it, and me in the corner with my iMac. And we got really close to doing it! But just as we were about to pull the trigger, a little ~225-square foot office opened up on the second floor of the same building Tim and I were looking at—and we both signed our own leases, for our own spaces, and moved in the same weekend in September 2004.
1301 Lafayette, on the corner of Douglas Avenue.
The other thing that having an office meant was, there was no more co-working—I could have coworkers (who weren’t babies and dogs). And so soon enough I started working with Paige, and then Nate, and Amy, and Tommy, and now I blink and am so lucky to work with Jake and Michelle and Jonathan and Olivia and Shane and Beth and Annie and Chelsea and Zach and Caity.