Holiday Maker Faire!

Calling all makers and Loop Business–we’re hosting a Holiday Maker Market on Sunday, December 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and we’d love to have you there showcasing your wares. You can sell your goods, host a makers demonstration, or simply display your products and take orders. For details, please […]

We’re an Etsy Maker City!

Jabberwocky Studios and the Loop Community Improvement District (CID) are proud to announce their selection as one of five Etsy Maker Cities in the nation. Each Maker City grantee is receiving $40,000 in direct program support along with customized training and a year-long learning community provided by ​Recast City​, along […]

COMO Cooks

You may have heard that we have completed another step in our path to a shared commercial kitchen on The Loop. We still have plenty of work to do but we’ll be updating everyone as we get further into the project, on this website and our COMO MAKES site. In […]

Small-Scale Manufacturing Report

The Business Loop CID was one of six organizations in the nation to receive a Smart Growth America grant designed to encourage local, small-scale manufacturing as a way to revitalize an underperforming area of the city and create new economic opportunities. A critical part of this plan was to find […]

Spaces for Local Makers

A team of experts from Smart Growth America, Recast City, and the Economic Development Administration just spent three days here in Columbia touring small manufacturing sites, holding roundtables with makers, and hosting a Makers Town Hall that had more than 150 Columbians in attendance. They loved our city and were […]

Join us for a Makers Town Hall

You’re invited to participate in a special community town hall on the evening of March 12 at Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Rm. 241. The Loop CID is partnering with REDI on a new initiative to strengthen the Business Loop, reinvest in our spaces, and support more small-scale […]

Shared Kitchens and Food Incubators

It was a foodie heaven. A large commercial kitchen full of chefs bottling sauces and packaging meals. Across the way was a row of small restaurant spaces with local offerings ranging from vegetarian to Asian fusion to Mexican. People were eating lunch at shared tables or grabbing a cup of […]