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Read on our local news link that the TechShop has filed for bankruptcy and closed all of its location doors across the country. They were a great source of tools for DIYers and offered some really nice classes. They also provided workshop space for people who didn't otherwise have a place to do their craft in this short-of-space area I live in. We took a few classes and had hubby had more free time on the weekend we would have taken more. The San Jose location while not super convenient for us was centrally located to a large population here in the south bay area. There were other locations across the country but the bay area was where it originated and had 3 locations. Everything from Electronics, 3D printing to more craft-type of classes. The foldable kyack that was featured on Shark Tank a number of years ago was fabricated there on their equipment from what I read.
 

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For a more journalistic reporting of the demise:

National/international perspective: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2017/11/15/techshop-shuts-down/#1158347a6c26

Local San Jose coverage: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/15/techshop-shuts-down-nationwide-declares-bankruptcy/

Bay area KTVU: http://www.ktvu.com/news/techshop-known-as-a-makerspace-closes-doors-for-good

Local Chandler, AZ coverage: https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2017/11/15/chandler-maker-space-closed-suddently-as-techshop.html



There is some good news for former TechShop people in St. Louis however: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/inventors-take-heart-jim-mckelvey-will-reopen-maker-space-after/article_31d842e2-4637-5948-b7d7-1f0b963554de.html


I really feel for all the workshop space renters who depend on TechShop for space and equipment to run their small businesses, particularly at this busy holiday season. I really hope more people/companies/organizations like the gentleman in St. Louis step forward and provide something comparable to what TechShop offered. Spaces like this for makers is so limited in urban areas due to high rents and is in ways akin to the art communities who look for space for their projects. I thought the location in Michigan was partially supported by the auto manufacturers so surprised it couldn't be saved. I just find this bankruptcy to be sad news from so many perspectives of what is lost. With all the money in Silicon Valley, I'm quite surprised that they couldn't have lined up some angels/benefactors to co-fund this enterprise, offer lower-cost building space, etc.
 
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