Preview: the mosaic district

Get an inside look at downtown Fargo’s new women-focused arts district

The Mosaic District was started by Melanie Iverson, owner and co-founder of Mosaic Design and Build. The space vision is for female entrepreneurs and creatives, seeking community and inspiration while growing their small businesses. As co-founder of She Overcomes, Melanie knew that small business owners needed a community to encourage and support their work. Online groups and other networking events are great, but they don’t address the daily loneliness that most entrepreneurs feel. No one should be on an island. When the opportunity arose to purchase the building, Melanie jumped at the chance to create the community she dreamed of and got to work with her team. Melanie labeled the new Arts District an “unofficial women’s coworking space”, which is not restricted to women only, but rather only women have applied to occupy the space, making it an unofficial hub. official for an underserved community in Fargo.

Meet Laura Rettig and Kate Baldock, first members of the Mosaic District

Currently, Melanie operates her interior design studio out of space with local artists Kate Baldock and Laura Rettig. Although the two artists go back a long way, they really started to connect creatively when Melanie approached them both at the Fargo-Moorhead She Overcomes Masquerade Ball in 2021 with a vision to create The Mosaic District. “I thought it would be really cool to have a group of women in one place and create an atmosphere where it would be really good to invite a group of other people,” Melanie said. And because of the intentional layout of The Mosaic District space, this concept is truly able to come to life; it’s a giant coworking space.

Growing the Mosaic family tree

Kate Baldock and Laura Rettig collaborative creative space at the new Mosaic District

In March, a new hot yoga studio, model agency, photography studio, wellness coaching and notary will also operate in the Mosaic district. And all of them are women business owners, committed to supporting each other and our community. There are two more places open for women entrepreneurs to join the vision of supporting women virtually, every day, while joining a community invested in each other’s success.

With the Drekker expansion just in the fourth quarter and the apartment complex being built across the street by Century Builders, downtown Fargo is quickly moving west and Iverson couldn’t be happier. .

“As a designer, I spend a lot of my time alone,” Iverson said. “It can get lonely. While I’m adding to the Mosaic Design team, I’m also sure other creatives and business owners feel the same way. I love surrounding myself with like-minded women who know the challenges of owning a small business. If I can create an atmosphere conducive to creativity, ideas, and good work, I would say the space will have succeeded. »

You could be part of the mosaic district
Two positions are available in the brand new Mosaic Art District. This space is “for women (or anyone else – all are welcome) who want to join a community and support other small businesses, and also want to be part of a really fun collaborative space.”

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