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Carrie Motamedi
carrie@techshop.ws
(415) 244-2204

TechShop Gears Up to Inspire San Francisco
Do-it-yourself creative workspace sponsors Bazaar Bizarre and finalizes new SF location
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , December 7, 2010 -- TechShop, the first membership-based do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, is sponsoring Bazaar Bizarre, San Francisco's favorite craft fair happening December 11-12 at Fort Mason. At the show, TechShop will demonstrate a selection of advanced machines, tools, and technology that enable crafters and others to make almost anything they can imagine. The display will be just a sample of what TechShop's new downtown San Francisco location at 926 Howard offers hobbyists, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and students.

"TechShop is a welcome addition to this year's Bazaar Bizarre and a natural addition to San Francisco's creative scene," said Jamie Chan, Bazaar Bizarre founder and owner of Urban Fauna Studio. "Bazaar Bizarre celebrates the creative spirit in all of us. TechShop makes that goal all the more accessible for Bay Area residents who are looking for ways to get back to the art of MAKING THINGS."

"When we started TechShop in 2006, San Francisco was at the top of our wish list for additional locations," said Jim Newton, founder of TechShop. "Our mission at TechShop is to engage, encourage and empower everyone by providing sophisticated machines and tools in 15,000-square-foot workshops. Bazaar Bizarre is exciting to us because it is a community of highly creative people, and TechShop lowers the barrier to creativity by making tools and classes available to everyone."

TechShop at Bazaar Bizarre
As part of the San Francisco Bazaar Bizarre, TechShop will exhibit in spaces 98-99 and 125-126. The booth presents a glimpse of the broad array of machines, tools and instruction that will soon be available to San Francisco area hobbyists, artists, start-ups and others who want to make things but lack the tools, space or skills to do so. TechShop will demo the laser cutter, vinyl cutter and CNC embroidery machine, and host two additional workshops in which participants will make something they can take away with them.

Special Offer:  Holiday Gift Sampler
For a limited time, first-time TechShop members can purchase a one month of membership and two classes from a select list for just $49!

This special Holiday Gift Sampler will be available at Bazaar Bizarre and also at the TechShop San Francisco Open House on December 18 from 1 PM-6 PM at the 926 Howard location. All TechShop holiday promotions can be found at https://secure.techshop.ws/holiday_specials-2010.cfm?step=select_offer

Where: Fort Mason Center (Herbst Pavilion), San Francisco

General Admission: FREE to the public during the day; *$10 for exclusive evening Cocktails & Crafts Party (limited ticket sales)*

When: December 11-12, 2010. Saturday: 12-5 PM plus **NEW** Cocktail & Crafts Party 7-10 PM. Sunday: 12-6 PM

See http://www.bazaarbizarre.org/sanfrancisco/ for more information.

About Bazaar Bizarre
Bazaar Bizarre is a community event. Local residents run Bazaar Bizarre SF for San Franciscans!

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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