FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 POINT STUDIOS & THE BORO SCHOOL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY
February 9, 2017
Two months ago, 7 Point Studios announced that it was making plans to move to a new facility this spring. However, today the Studio announces that it and The Boro School will temporarily shut down operations on February 28th before it moves out of its current facility at the end of March. The organizations’ owners and founder, Nathan Aweida, has made the following statement:
“We regret to inform our community that we are temporarily shutting down operations for both 7 Point Studios and The Boro School at the end of this month. We have not found a proper building to move to and as more tenants continue to relocate, there is no possibility of affording rent on the current building.
“We will operate normally through February 28th. Hours will remain the same (Monday - Friday 10am to 7pm, and weekends 12pm to 6pm) and the front office will remain staffed. On Wednesday, March 1st, the studio will close to the public in order to dismantle, pack, and store our equipment prior to March 31st, our official last day in the building. We are seeking low cost storage space in Seattle or nearby – about 1500 sq. ft. altogether – and welcome suggestions emailed to us. Contact information is below.
“The Boro School is also hosting several classes this month and we host our last Community Day, a free day featuring borosilicate glassblowing demos and torch time, this Saturday, February 11th from 12pm to 6pm. You can search our course offerings at www.theboroschool.com.
“For the last two years, The Studio has struggled financially primarily because we have been unable to host public events. Unfortunately, after an initial approval, the City of Seattle requested we make expensive and significant building usage and permit changes in order for us to continue this portion of our business. We were not financially able to make these changes on a building we don’t own, and the owners of the building are not interested in selling at this time. Because of all this, we lost a major income stream we relied on in order to cover overhead costs like rent, utilities, and staffing.
“We are making this difficult decision at this time to protect enough resources to be able to reopen in the future. The business is going to pause, evaluate its assets, and navigate its course so that when we reopen, it is with a mission-driven nonprofit model, and in a space that is both more affordable and more suitable to our focus of borosilicate glass.
“We would like to express our gratitude for our supportive community. It has been a pleasure to work with so many artists, partners, and students the past five years and we look forward to being back in your lives soon. ”
7 Point Studios