Known as one of the most prominent eyelash-extension-experts in Bloomington, Gigi Rodriguez has been utilizing the Twisted Cowork space to build her brand, business, and clientele. She does professional eyelash extensions for anyone, open to the public today! Originally from Puerto Rico, Gigi spent much of her childhood in the outskirts of Chicago. During her middle school years, Gigi and her family decided to relocate to Bloomington, IN. Not quick to settle down after school, she traveled all over the country and lived in places such as California, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. While Gigi was residing in Atlanta, she had an unforgettable lash extension experience and desired to share this with the Bloomington community. After discovering her passion for lash extensions in Georgia, Gigi’s Lash Extensions was born in 2018.
While other lash experts constantly publish their outstanding work online, Gigi says it does not make her more competitive.
“When I see something really advanced or creative someone else has done, I am inspired to try the technique out and put my own twist on it,”
When asked about daily life in the business, the work itself truly comes from the heart for Gigi. “I like making other women feel beautiful inside and out,” Gigi said. Located on 804 W. Kirkwood, Gigi loves working out of the Twisted Cowork space. As business picks up at the studio, she is looking to personally brand products and train future employees. Gigi wants to wholesale her own products to other lash estheticians, as well as make products available for clients.
Check out Gigi’s business here!
Currently operating out of Twisted Cowork, Indiana native Grace Schafstall is a professional photographer and the owner of Fitzie’s Plant Boutique. Grace studied nonprofits at IU, then began honing her skills in photography to become a full-time photographer. Although she resides in Bloomington, she has traveled to many places in the State of Indiana, including her favorite venue for wedding photoshoots––The Barn at Timber Ridge in Morgan County. Along with wedding photography, Grace also does family and boudoir photoshoots, including mini sessions which you can check out on her site!
Combined with the photography business is Fitzie’s Plant Boutique, which is a new endeavor Grace is particularly excited about. The plant obsession began 2 years ago, and she now sells multiple types of plants of all sizes at the Twisted Cowork location. You can find more details about her products and plant business here!
Twisted – Lounge is Bloomington’s new art lounge and gamer hub. With board games, cards, a TV, and digital games in a comfortable lounge environment, Twisted is the perfect spot to game all day.
The Nocturnes Gaming Guild has started a Miniatures Workshop Miniatures Workshop to be held every Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. This is an open environment where miniatures enthusiasts and gamers can get together and share in the most rewarding and creative aspects of their hobby.
Come with a project and whatever tools and paints you want to bring. There will be work stations, tools, brushes, and experienced hobbyists there assembling and painting kits for Warhammer, D&D, and other games.
If you are new to tabletop gaming and need some pointers for building or painting your models, the Wizard of Trash can demonstrate the basic techniques that are essential to the hobby. If you experienced and just want some company while you work on your latest project, bring it in and hobby with your fellow gamers.
The event is free and open to the public, but a small donation for Artisan Alley and Twisted for the space would be appreciated. Paper Towels, Printer Paper, or even Toilet Paper would be helpful.
Artisan Alley is very excited to announce that we will be changing things up in the new year! We have received word from the IRS that we will be getting our federal nonprofit status very soon. With this status change comes other changes to our organization.
The IRS has let us know that we will no longer be able to do consignment for local artists. While this changes things, we can now focus our efforts toward our mission as an educational nonprofit by providing local artists with resources and space to co-work, teach classes, etc.
Twisted- Alt Art Shop will now be known as the Twisted Art Lounge. We will have our members’ art on display. People will be able to purchase work through the artist themselves as opposed to Artisan Alley being the middle man between artist and customer. Our lounge will have tables and chairs, computers, craft resources, and more! To find out more about renting the space, click here.