'Community vibe': Space 417 draws entrepreneurs to downtown Bloomington
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‘Community vibe’: Space 417 draws entrepreneurs to downtown Bloomington

Jennifer McDade opened up a vintage market and art hive business, Elemental Market and Art Hive, as part of Space 417 in downtown Bloomington. Space 417 is a development from Mike Manna where eight upper-level boutique offices are for rent; seven already are taken. BLOOMINGTON — Jennifer McDade had been selling vintage items online and monthly at the Third Sunday Market at the Interstate Center as a hobby business. But in November, she opened Elemental Market & Art Hive in two of eight newly created boutique office spaces in unused second-story spaces re-engineered by downtown property owner Mike Manna. "When I came up here and I saw the spaces that Mike had put together, they just welcomed this idea of a vintage market," said McDade. "These objects have their own stories and they’re kind of living their second or third lives up here." Manna created the collection of small offices, which he calls Space 417, by knocking through a second-floor wall that separated the historic buildings he owns at 415 and 417 N. Main St. He learned from the McLean County Historical Society that it had been at least 100 years since the second floors were occupied. Viewed from […]

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