“If you didn’t grow up in a house where you got to learn this kind of stuff, where else are you going to learn it?” posits Kellie Phelan of The Works.
The “DIY hands-on community” its expansion earlier this month at 12th and Fir just above the busy with construction and redevelopment Yesler Terrace.
The expanded, flagship studio, class space, and retail shop is also home to “zero waste” grocer Scoop Marketplace.
The mixed ethos of sustainability and DIY fit together nicely. “We teach a little bit of everything. We can teach you how to grow a garden, turn that garden into pickles,” Phelan says.
Home to a busy schedule of classes and workshops, The Works also features sessions with local experts including chefs, artists, and more. Most of the sessions have a small fee for a small format, close contact teaching experience, usually around $50 per person.
A lot of what The Works teaches is “how to be an adult,” Phelan says. But much of it also a lot of fun even as you add grown-up level knowledge. It’s also a good way to live a more sustainable and, yes, affordable lifestyle with a focus on keeping things simple.
“We’re not really a cooking school but we’re looking to share those essential skills,” Phelan says.
The Work is located at 151 12th Ave. You can learn more and see a full schedule of classes and events at theworksseattle.com.
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