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Friends, meet Ascender. PHOTOS: Ryan Neeven

Friends. Here are some things we’ve learned about Pittsburgh:

–       People are kind

–       Parking is a stressful activity

–       Old things are not thrown away; they are repurposed

–       Cultural heartbeats can be felt across the city (in varying rhythms)

–       There is a focus, not just on glamor, but on the nitty gritty of business

 

Recently, a friend approached us to talk about creating a partnership. We listened as he became excited about Pittsburgh’s change from a departure to a destination. About creating a home for productivity and for people to connect. About engaging the community and keeping in touch.

As you might know, our friend is Bobby Zappala of Ascender (formerly Thrill Mill). We are excited to begin sharing details around Beauty Shoppe’s partnership with Bobby.

It is a partnership built on thoughtful energy and diversity.

It makes us feel more whole knowing Bobby is involved.

Below are some photographs of our new workspace.

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Ascender is a place to service all businesses. In the spirit of collaboration, Bobby leaned on Beauty Shoppe to do what we do. We aim to run the spaces that deliver openness, diversity and leverage a collaborative community where work gets done.

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There is a sense of authenticity [to Pittsburgh] that the building speaks to as a raw manufacturing space.

We are in an old drapery manufacturing plant on Penn Ave, tightening the gap between East Liberty and Bakery Square.

 

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Starting with this massive blank slate was a really intimidating process. But we saw this location as a perfect fit.

 

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There are breathtaking corners with light that pours in to highlight the work happening inside.

 

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People in Pittsburgh are into a good challenge. They say, ‘HEY this thing has value. I put my heart and soul into it and I want you to have it too.’

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Our choice to work as partners resides in the belief that there is a cultural consistency present between our organizations as well as the community of business we’re looking to serve.

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The use of the space is defined by the users of the space.

 

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This is a space for individuals and entities to coexist. They will breathe with the city.

 

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We are a landing point for anybody who’s heard that Pittsburgh is the place to be and for folks ready to explore the city’s potential.

 

ASCENDER IS A CURATED WORKSPACE COMBINING STARTUP SERVICES AND RESOURCES, PROGRAMMING, AND COMMUNITY, WITH A SOPHISTICATED, THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED ELEMENT OF COWORKING.

 

IT IS AN 11,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY LOCATED AT 6401 PENN AVE, DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM GOOGLE.
ASCENDER WILL SOFT LAUNCH IN DECEMBER 2016.

 

CONNECT WITH ASCENDER ONLINE TO LEARN MORE:
ASCENDERPGH.COM

 

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