The Studium creative hub heading to East Austin's 501 Studios

Aug 26, 2014
Austin Business Journal

The Studium, an art space that will be a home to local publishers and makers of handmade goods, will open in a 2,500-square-foot space at the 501 Studios property in East Austin

The business will also serve as event space for readings, concerts and lectures and will be anchored by the Byron And Blue boutique and Punctum Records, a local imprint of New York-based Punctum Books

Other companies set to take part include leather workers Stowe Provisions and record label Attendance Records

Dan Rudmann, director of Punctum Records and co-founder of The Studium, said his goal is to provide a space for independent arts-focused businesses to collaborate on events and other projects in a retail setting that wouldn’t be affordable if the assorted businesses were operating on their own

“You don’t know how big you can succeed if you’re doing it on your own, so it’s great to have people there who are working with you and have your back,” said Rudmann, a Washington, D.C., native who is working toward a Ph.D. at the University of Texas. “When I moved here I was struck by how supportive and collaborative people are without a moment’s hesitation. This sort of thing never happens on the east coast.”

The space is set to open in mid-September, and the Wright Bros. Brew and Brew coffee shop next door will partner to steer its overflow customers there. A Kickstarter campaign is underway to help cover the cost of the build-out and furnishings

Rudmann said he and his partners spent several months searching for a walkable retail location, with East Austin and North Loop as the most desirable neighborhoods. The creative-focused 501 Studios development proved to be the most accommodating for The Studium’s concept and helped Rudmann and his partners negotiate a four-year lease

While the participants in The Studium are small startups, Rudmann said the space isn’t intended to serve as an incubator because they’ll rely on each other to grow and all the businesses will pitch in on event production and promotion

The collaborative spirit has made East Austin a real estate hotbed in recent years, as evidenced by the under-construction Corazon apartment complex with 256 units across the street from where The Studium will open its doors

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