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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
Posts: 650
From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2010-03-13 12:51 pm   Permalink

My new art studio is in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The dream is to deck it out polynesian/tiki to the max like we ll know a great tiki lounge should be. Right now its definitely a work in progress.
When I moved in, the space was basically 2500 sq ft with 4 metal walls and a cement floor. Its in a large gray industrial warehouse just off our downtown!



I got to work building modular walls, and units that are not attached to the structure. I only rent here - so in the case of my demise or inability to 'make it work', I wanted the 'pieces' to be move-able and re-useable.

The bar corner

Looking toward the open, semi-professional kitchen....



I really need to find a windfall so I can afford to buy bamboo, thatch and matting so I can trick it out appropriately, but for now...


8'6" walls were constructed to somewhat hide the 18' metal walls loaded with electrical, gas and air fixtures nd pipes (the space was an automotive garage before my aquisition)

Many aquisitions from local defunct polynesian restaurants. Still have to build shelving and places for my tiki-mug collection and misc ephemera collection.

Looking towards the open concept kitchen - perfect for hosting events and parties for up to 50 people.


There was no kitchen here, so brought in all the equipment and built out the island, plumbing and electric.




Looking towards the lounge and stage area.

The stage

with a large open wall to show my 16mm film collection 'theater style' complete with a front row of theater seats!



Live band on the stage!

Thats the 'joint' so far - some how have to come up with about 5,000 bucks for necessary construction supplies, bamboo , thatch, etc. to really build out the dream. We will see how the next few months go.
If you're ever just north of Boston, I'm just off 95 in Amesbury, Mass. Stop in for a exotic cocktail and youre own private screening from my film collection! Always looking for someone to share the space with!

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DejaVoodoo
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Joined: Feb 07, 2008
Posts: 137
From: Woodbridge, NJ
Posted: 2010-03-13 1:28 pm   Permalink

WOW! That is AWESOME!

You do realize that you essentially built a movie set, don't you? You took a vast, vacant space (soundstage) and constructed a freestanding room, complete with loads of detail, additional doors, etc. with an open side through which a film crew can easily capture the action within said room.

But you took the whole idea tens of thousands of steps FURTHER and tricked out the rest of the space in ways I could only dream of! Your space is like the loft version of a Tiki bar!

It's incredibly cool and I only wish I lived closer. If I did, you can bet I'd be knocking on your door to take a peek inside.

Fantastic work!


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 332
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2010-03-13 3:31 pm   Permalink

Be----you----tee-----full!!!
What a fantastic looking place.


 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2298
From: SoMass
Posted: 2010-03-13 5:09 pm   Permalink

Uhhh, Jon? Can I move in?

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1248
From: Calgary
Posted: 2010-03-14 5:52 pm   Permalink

So cool. What a great space you have there. I'm very impressed.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11090
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-03-14 11:15 pm   Permalink

I am confused...is that a professional restaurant ??! It's AMAZING what some folks can build with their own hands! I would love to see the faces of folks arriving at a warehouse door and then being led inside. I dig that golden goddess on lava rock. A place like that must instantly convert the un-initiated. But how do you ever get them to leave? Congrats!

 
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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
Posts: 650
From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2010-03-15 08:23 am   Permalink

Mahalo for all the encouragement. The place is definitely a fun surprise for visitors to my warehouse. I have purposely left the exterior of the building completely industrial. The wow factor for visitors/guests to my art studio is big. Plans over the next few months include a airplane fuselage section just inside the doorway. visitors will have to slightly duck and pass through the seats and 'escape' out of the open end of the "plane" into the space.
Still to come - some thatch roofs over the stage, bar area and a storage room/computer room for my graphics work, and a couple of 15' palm trees in the center of the room. Would love to figure out a water feature somewhere in the room.
Its not a restaurant but have designed as a space where people can reserve the room for their own use, to hold events, meetings or parties. The bar is equipped with all glassware and ice machine and bar-sinks. All reserved room events are BYOB only. A host can choose to serve their own alcohol to their guests. The kitchen has serving ware for 50 and all kitchen equipment for guests to utilize. The idea of being able to host a potluck event and pour your own liquor, beer and wine certainly is a welcome choice with the crazy restaurant and bar prices in today's economy. The room is designed simply to supplement my artists income through the occasional events.
Dragon ware for up to 50 people and all the accessories



 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2010-03-15 3:38 pm   Permalink

Jon, the room is killer! Did you find those green tiles locally?

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5660
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-03-21 11:55 am   Permalink

Krist all mighty...that is insane. OK that third picture made me think "dumb dumb want gum gum." Looks like you have really invested a lot in that setup. I love the dishes and kitchen too. I look forward to seeing the aircraft addition, it sounds out of this world.
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rugbymatt
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Joined: Jun 03, 2005
Posts: 1202
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2010-03-21 12:25 pm   Permalink

Jon,

Now I know what happened to all that stuff you got when "New Tiki" closed down. The place looks great, best of luck all the way around. See you in June at Ohana if not sooner!


 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2079
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2010-03-21 8:39 pm   Permalink

That really is quite an amazing warehouse transformation. What an awesome space to create your own tiki environment!
If this is your artist studio...where do you do your work? the air just seems to scream creativity!

I'm looking forward to what else you have in store...
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The Granite Tiki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2005
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2010-03-21 9:56 pm   Permalink

Can't wait to see this in person.

Looks great Jon!


 
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Wayfarer
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Joined: Jun 03, 2009
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From: Italy, but not by choice
Posted: 2010-03-23 09:41 am   Permalink

That's really nice, how many does it seat?

 
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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
Posts: 650
From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2010-04-26 9:14 pm   Permalink

Aloha from Exotic Island-
a coupla new areas I've nearly completed - thought I would post.
Still, in desperate need of Bamboo and carved tikis - just havent won the lottery yet, so working with what I have! Its hard to finish 2500 sq ft on a piggybank budget!
The room can seat up to 40 people - had a paid event last saturday night with 60 people quite comfortably and plenty room left for more standing!

New Booth - Im working on (needs bamboo trim)



Looking towards the bar

Tiki Craps Table - Roll dem bones at Exotic Island (definitely in need of some bamboo top rails)

Another view of the stage (needs matting and bamboo)
Next project is two 15' palm trees and some large plywood ornamentation
Thanks for looking and come visit soon.

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suzanne
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Joined: Mar 31, 2005
Posts: 660
From: A Jet to Paradise
Posted: 2010-05-04 6:57 pm   Permalink

Wow, Jon, I am SO IMPRESSED! This has come so far since I saw it at the beginning... I can't wait to come back to MA and step behind your bar. Give a holler if you find yourself out west, and I'll see you at Ohana...

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