Creative Reuse Center Opens In Keene

By Sierra Hubbard
The Keene Sentinel, N.H.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) From beads to fedoras, Debbie Tawse is offering a variety of materials and resources for creative types at her recently launched “Big Ideas Warehouse.” Her goal is to inspire artists and crafters by recycling material.

The Keene Sentinel, N.H.

Crafters, artists and creative personalities have a new place to shop in Keene.

Debra “Debbie” Tawse of Walpole launched Big Ideas Warehouse this month, based in a shared space at 12 Norway Ave. Tawse originally pitched the concept at last year’s CONNECT event, a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators in the Monadnock Region.

“I had this idea for a creative reuse center,” Tawse said. “… They’re places where people can bring or donate materials — craft, art, things that can be repurposed for creative things — and then they resell them for a very low price.”

Her idea was well-received, but she didn’t know what to do with it.

Meanwhile, Tawse worked with Tracy Gunn — owner of Life is Sweet, The Flight Deck and the soon-to-open eatery Willie McCoy’s — to launch Team Keene earlier this year. The goal of that initiative is to promote the city outside of the region, and the pair use office space at 12 Norway Ave.

Then, Tawse realized she could use that same space to open her creative reuse center, and thus Big Ideas Warehouse was born.

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