An eclipse is an astronomical event. It is a process that develops slowly across time.
The eclipse is when one object in the sky moves into the shadow of another such object.
: to cause an eclipse of (the sun or moon)
: to make (something) less important or popular
: to do or be much better than (someone or something)
synonyms: outshine, overshadow, surpass, exceed, outclass, outstrip, outdo, top, trump, transcend, upstage
use: Coworking has eclipsed the home office and coffee shops as the preferred place to work in today's economy.
If you're curious about whether or not coworking is a good option for you, stop by and for a tour Monday Morning and then stay to watch the Solar eclipse! We will be giving tours starting at 9:30 the eclipse is at about 10:20 a.m., the eclipse will reach its maximum, which in Tacoma and most of Pierce County will be a partial eclipse of about 94% of the total.
This is the view of the sun from the Union Club at 10:20 on Friday, let's hope for no clouds on Monday! We have a few pair of solar glasses by try to bring your own. they have free pairs available at the Tacoma Visitor Information Center in downtown Tacoma on Saturday, August 19 for a free pair (limited number available; one per person).
Call (253) 304-8415 or visit us online at www.unionclubtacoma.com to book a tour and join our eclipse party!
To find out more about the eclipse and other spots in Tacoma to view the eclipse check out this post http://www.traveltacoma.com/2017-solar-eclipse-in-tacoma/
Remember... Don't look at the eclipse without special eclipse glasses!!!
Every month, we feature the work of one of our members. Our members range from business owners to nonprofit leaders, and this month's feature is both. Here is our interview with Robert Boyle and his non-profit Alchemy Skate and business Grit City Grindhouse.
Tell us how you/the venture got started.
My business partner and I started Grit City Grindhouse, a retail skate shop, which is at the front of the Alchemy Skateboarding, partially because we didn't see a skate shop that supported youth and a community, which Tacoma really needed. We got our business up and running through Spaceworks. Alchemy Skateboarding was a small group of volunteers that were meeting in the extra 2,000 square feet. The vision was to develop an indoor skatepark that had services for youth. A year after that we had the opportunity to start the skateboarding class with Science and Math Institute and School of the Arts high schools. Six months ago I transitioned to be executive director of Alchemy. The retails store and the nonprofit works with one another to make one another stronger.
Who are your customers/community and how do they find you?
Alchemy has a wide variety of participants. The skate class are filled by local high school students. They participate in the class and get high school credit to learn how to skate, as well as learn about the history of skateboarding such as the history of marginalization in the 1990's so they understand the context of their skating.
We also sponsor an Alchemy Youth Leadership Team (SALT), which is a cohort of youth who get extra curricular credit to be more engaged leaders in the skateboard community. They do a lot of community service and speak to local entrepreneurs and business people, as well as advocate with local elected officials on behalf of skateboarding. Engaging them in advocacy gives them agency. They also get to be mentors to younger kids through our skate camps, which we offer the third week of July through August for ages 5-12. They are a fun way to learn to skate and teach kids determination, grit, and creativity.
[Our Skate Camps] are a fun way to learn to skate and teach kids determination, grit, and creativity.
We've been doing the skate camps for three years and have had a great success record with both safety and fun. We actually serve 150 youth a month. We also partner with the Pierce County Juvenile Court on a program called METALS (Mentoring, Educating, Transforming, and Leading, through Skateboarding) to provide active mentors and a positive environment.
Our secret is how we engage youth. Taylor (my partner) is an incredibly masterful teacher. He can take a group of kids that are not excited about anything and after two weeks have them deeply passionate, and use skateboarding as a compass to better their lives. That's almost literally what they said to us. They've said, "I never knew I could learn so much from one object."
We use skateboarding as a metaphor for everything. That's what powerful about it. It's not just a sport, it's an art form, it's a culture, and touches so many aspects of daily culture that a lot of people can engage with. We also have drop in hours, that is a chance for anyone in the community to come and skate at the park. It's $5 but we don't turn anyone away. Scholarships are easy to sign up for. We're all about providing a positive space.
We use skateboarding as a metaphor for everything. That's what powerful about it. It's not just a sport, it's an art form, it's a culture...
Tell us about one of the biggest obstacles you have faced in your work and how you overcame it.
We're a very young nonprofit. Capacity is our biggest struggle, as well as making time for the staff to have self care. It's all about the mission for us. We're so dedicated to serving youth in Tacoma, but we have to find that down time too, for ourselves. We'd like to grow and with greater capacity we could deepen our impact. That comes down to community support.
Where do you see the work/venture five years from now?
We'd really like to serve more youth, to be in more schools, and we would like to see skaters recognized in the city as an integral part of the Tacoma community. To see skaters thanked for their contributions to the city.
What do you love about Tacoma?
I think that Tacoma really has a lot of grit. Tacoma has seen a lot and there's so many people who are dedicated to making the city better for all of the people in it. Alchemy is a small piece of that.
What made you choose Union Club? What has your experience been like and who would you recommend it for?
It happens to be a block away from Alchemy. Part of my role is to be incredibly connected to hear from the community around me. Union Club is an opportunity for us. It's a great way to connect with folks. I'd recommend it for anybody who's looking for comfortable furniture, great internet, and an opportunity to network.
Where can people go to support your business/organization?
Visit us at alchemyskateboarding.org and check out our summer skate camps running now alchemyskateboarding.org/skatecamps. You can also come check out our skate shop gritcitygrindhouse.com at 311 S. 7th St (around the corner from Union Club) Tuesday through Sunday 11A-6P.
Great news! We have partnered up with some of our favorite local and national businesses to help our members grow their businesses (and stay healthy while doing it)! Now members get exclusive discounts to everything from marketing support to bookkeeping expertise and from art supplies to gym memberships. Here is our growing list of partners.
If you are a business that would like to partner with us on our member discount program, it's a great way to connect with ideal clients and get the word out about your business. Contact us!
Thanks to Marguerite Giguere from www.movetotacoma.com for having us on the podcast! We talk about entrepreneurship and small business in Tacoma, our take on a growing town, and how NOT to get stuck working at home with your cat on your keyboard. Click below to listen!