March 2016

A beautiful flowery creation by Veruschka

Greetings,

Spring is a joyful time of year; a time we eagerly look forward to each winter—and, this year is no exception. We can’t wait for the fabulous blooming of our weeping cherry tree in the courtyard, which is truly a sight to behold.

With Spring comes a desire to move forward with an eye towards the future. And, that is what we are doing….we are looking ahead … excited about all of our new tenants, anticipating great upcoming events, and planning to spruce up around the factory with a community Spring Cleaning event and potluck.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Pajama Factory yet, why not stop by to meet some great folks, wander our halls, sign up for a class or enjoy one of our very special events. If you’ve visited already, thanks for coming … you are always welcome!

Cheers,

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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November 2015

Blimp over the Pajama Factory

Greetings,

Excitement. Exhilaration. Inspiration. All happening at the Pajama Factory right now fueled by the ever growing list of events, classes, theater shows, exhibitions, and community gatherings.

There is so much going on these days that it’s been hard to keep Facebook and our website up-to-date! There are often last minute events—impromptu performances (emergency disco parties 1 and 2, for instance), tenants offering free classes (“How to start a website”), and so much more that we barely have time to register it all ourselves, let alone alert our ever-growing community. In addition to First Fridays and ongoing classes, the hallways buzz with events like movie nights at Way Cool Beans, “Pasties, Pencils, and Pints” live-drawing classes, stand-up comedy performances, weekly old-time music jams, portfolio reviews for students and even a “who are you?” identity writing workshop.

The first ever Williamsport Music Summit, which included a diverse mix of supporters of music from the Williamsport community, was also hosted here by one of our tenants. Notable musicians, recording studio owners, the Philharmonic director, and radio station reps all in one room sharing ideas & starting a dialogue—a pioneering event with so many possibilities!

We’ve seen a lot of activity, excitement, and energy in the last few months and are confident that it will continue and offer warmth during the cold months ahead.

We wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year if not before. Thank you for your support now and into the future.

Cheers,

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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June 2015

A bit of spring from the Pajama Factory courtyard garden.

Greetings,

Spring has finally sprung! The warm weather is certainly welcome after along winter. The flowering weeping cherry tree in the courtyard was a thingof beauty to behold, and we are now enjoying our garden coming to life inthe courtyard.

The garden isn’t the only thing that continues to grow at the PajamaFactory—partnerships between our community members do as well. Part of ourbusiness mission has been to “build something bigger than ourselves” and atthe Pajama Factory, we make efforts to promote this idea. Through thecross-pollination of ideas and businesses, we all grow stronger, moreinspired, more energized, and more connected.

We watch this happen every day between so many folks in our community, andwe would like to dedicate this newsletter to those wonderful partnerships.

And, of course, we continue to value and appreciate your ongoing partnership with our endeavor. It makes us stronger and more energized as we continue to expand.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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February 2015

With Winter, the coming of Spring can’t be too far behin

Greetings,

With the snow of the past few weeks winter has arrived in full force. But inspired by the Pajama Factory slogan – ‘Dream it. See it. Do it’ – we dream of sunny days and warmer weather in the not too distant future.

Our slogan inspires optimism, creativity, and possibilities in us all. At the Pajama Factory we see all of these in action in the many start-ups and small businesses that come here to get on their feet. As we celebrate our 100th tenant we would like to dedicate this newsletter to small businesses, new businesses, and those willing to travel from afar to be a part of our community, our dream. After all, these businesses not only ‘dreamed it’, but are working everyday to ‘do it’ as well.

On our front, we are continuing to ‘do’ what we can to grow the Pajama Factory community and, as always, thank all of you for your ongoing interest in, and support of, these efforts.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

P.S. Don’t forget to follow the Pajama Factory on Instagram

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November 2014

the “Zombie Outbreak Response Team” truck

Greetings,

As we head into the holidays, many of us will be busy handcrafting gifts for our friends and family, which brings to mind a new and exciting cultural movement—both in and outside the Pajama Factory—called the Maker Movement. It’s a DIY movement that celebrates self-reliance and hands-on solutions. While much of the Maker Movement culture is technology based, it also extends to traditional arts and crafts. It’s grounded in invention with an emphasis on applying practical skills to pressing problems or challenges and then hacking and tinkering to come up with creative solutions.

Since our Pajama Factory community lives and breathes the DIY spirit every day, we decided to devote this newsletter to the Maker Movement, with a focus on just a few of our many makers.

We are hoping you will join us for the 5th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market on December’s First Friday—to see what we are making here at the Factory, and meet the many artists and artisans exhibiting their work. We also invite you to our 3rd annual Blues Festival on December 30th with a line-up of four great bands making their own great music. Tickets can be purchased online at pajamafactory.net/bluesbash – order your tickets early, as they sell out fairly quickly—and let us know if you need a place to stay!

Mark and I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and we are thankful for your continued support.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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August 2014

New website design

Friends,

Summer harkens a time of courtyard BBQs, ice coffee from Way Cool Beans, downtime spent relaxing in the colorful Adirondack chairs adorning the courtyard (made at the Community Woodshop at the factory), and fresh vegetables and herbs grown by tenants in the building gardens.

In celebration of the terrific summer we have been having, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate those ‘partnerships’ that have become so valuable to our ever growing community at the Pajama Factory. Partnerships at the factory are formed every day; creative partnerships, business/government partnerships, community partnerships and wonderful friendships amongst our diverse building tenants.

And of course, we would be neglectful if we didn’t acknowledge the importance of the partnership we have with each and every person who supports our efforts at the Pajama Factory by reading our newsletter and continuing to champion our endeavors.

Thank you all.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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March 2014

Friends,

It has been a snowy and cold winter – and, like the rest of the country, we are doing what we can to stay ahead of the weather – keeping heat going, pipes from freezing and paths and parking lots clear. A huge call-out to our dedicated staff who have been working overtime on this front. What is warming our hearts, though, are some new activities that are happening in Building 6 at the Pajama Factory.

Hurray for Jennifer Eisner (at Celebrations Cakes and Confections) who is baking up a storm and Todd Foresman (of Way Cool Beans) who has recently opened with a mission to serve up some great tasting coffee – he roasts and fresh grinds his own coffee beans! And then there is the new Saturday Market at the end of the hall with local artists and many vendors who have joined us for the winter months from the Williamsport summer farmer’s market.

Whether hot coffee, a warm cupcake or some great food/craft items to brighten even the darkest winter day, this part of the building has become a new hub of activity. In fact, Mark heads down to Karen at Roots Hair Studio for his regular haircut – drop Karen an email to set up an appointment. And with all this activity, we’ve given the hallways a fresh coat of paint (and plan to get some artwork up on the walls!). In any case, on your next trip to the building, check out Building 6.

As always, thanks for your support. Spring is almost here – in the meantime, stay warm!

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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November 2013

Friends,

We recently returned from a lovely bike ride up Mosquito Valley Road, where the leaves were ablaze in all their fall splendor! It was an easy (albeit uphill!) ride from the Pajama Factory and, thankfully, a relaxing coast home. October was not only perfect for enjoying the colorful foliage, but a great time for weddings at the Factory; we had three of them last month alone. It’s such fun having these young couples make the Factory a part of their special memories.

While we were lucky enough to enjoy a bit of Indian Summer this year, colder days have recently arrived so we’re continuing our winterizing efforts at the building. And with the cold weather, we are looking forward to celebrating our 4th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market for December’s First Friday—featuring fabulous arts and crafts for the holidays. We will also be hosting the nonprofit Center for Creativity’s (CFC) 2nd Annual Blues Bash fundraiser right before New Year’s Eve. Both events are worth putting on your calendar!

Hoping everyone enjoys the very last of the Fall days and, as always, thanks for your ongoing support.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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July 2013

Friends,

So far it’s been a hot, humid and wet summer and we hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool.

Nevertheless we’ve been busy with construction and the long-awaited completion of an additional 28 new studio/office/work spaces in building 7. Twenty-one of the studios are pre-rented to existing small businesses, new startup businesses, as personal hobby and art studios, and one large loft residence. The new tenants will be joining nearly 60 current tenants including Equinox, an outdoor gear manufacturing company; Boulder Design Group, a software design company; becker.s photography, a professional photography studio; Eric’s Edibles, specializing in handcrafted pickles, peppers, and canned vegetables; and Tanya’s, a large bridal and formal wear store.

The Pajama Factory continues to grow and attract companies and jobs to Williamsport. Presently, there are about 100 people who work at the factory and the buildings are only about 25% occupied. The new studios will add 30 to 40 more jobs and bring occupancy to about 33%.

In preparation for the opening of the studios, we brought in 2000 amps/3-phase underground power service (quite an undertaking!) and are working at restoring the metal framed windows to minimize heat loss in the winter. We’ve also had some nice additions to the courtyard – Eric (of Eric’s Edibles) and many of our other tenants have replanted the garden and we’ve added some dining tables and chairs which come in handy for the impromptu grill nights with tenants. We are also building some colorful Adirondack chairs (right in our own community wood working shop) that will provide a place to laze away a not-to-hot afternoon.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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April 2013

Friends,

It was a mild but long winter and, until just today, we’ve been bundled up with heaters going strong at the Pajama Factory. Yet, as we sat on our studio couch this morning with the warm sun streaming in, we actually opened a window! The solar powered ‘sun catcher’ we have stuck on one of the window panes was busy rotating and casting rainbows around our studio space—a pretty nice place to sit with our morning coffee!

There are also a few signs in the courtyard that spring is really here; the crocuses and daffodils are beginning to bloom, and there are more people hanging out in the courtyard—catching up, eating their lunches, enjoying the sun.

Spring, with the promise of new beginnings, also harkens to the official opening of our new 3rd and 4th floor studios in the next month. And we are continuing to seek out ways to maintain momentum with improvements and ongoing new beginnings at the building. As such, we are reaching out to friends of the factory with a great opportunity to invest in this wonderful cause while earning a significant return on investment. Just reach out to Mark if you’d like more details and, whether or not you choose to invest, we continue to thank everyone for your ongoing support.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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