SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The moment you step inside The Creators Lounge, you can feel a shift in the atmosphere.
“The energy in here I feel like is young, fresh. I wanted it to be vibrant, that’s why we had pops of yellow and orange,” said Indaria Jones, owner of The Creators Lounge.
And vivid portraits on the wall of what she defines as success.
Exposure to iconic moments and young creatives who are breaking barriers and changing the landscape of entrepreneurship.
Indaria Jones is the think-tank behind The Creators Lounge. It’s a members-only work space that’s building the next generation of innovators in Syracuse.
“It’s rare that people can be all that they are in one space,” Jones said. “You can be a creative, entrepreneur and executive all in one space.>
The idea emerged from an online community she created called the Likeminded, a haven for more than 2,700 young visionaries to develop their brands.
Jones said, “We have people from New Jersey, DC, Atlanta, NYC, Maryland, Endicott, all over the place, just because I made that one choice to step out.”
That leap of faith manifested into this building which opened in July, allowing people like Maurisha Stenson to expand her business, Mahima’s Closet.
“Just having the resources and the people in one room. It’s so refreshing. We get to network with each other,” Stenson said.
She recently traveled with Jones to Detroit for Forbes under 30, which Jones is a part of.
“It was a great experience,” Jones said. “We made it to Forbes from Syracuse Boys and Girls Club Southwest.”
“This is just the beginning,” Stenson said. “This is a really big thing for Syracuse and we needed it.”
“I do think that there is change coming as far as young talent rising. I also feel like we’ve already been here, so it could be on the flipside that everyone is focusing on us for once,” Jones said.
Putting Syracuse on the map, one creative at a time.
The Creators Lounge also has a curation team, which is part of their marketing agency that does a lot of work with non-profits. The lounge also offers social and international travel experiences. To learn more, click here.
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