The Spot, a multipurpose creative space, was developed by seven creatives. From left: Alex Tucker, James Crump, Derrick Iwuamadi, Brian Iwuamadi, Tyler Chong. Not pictured: Duane Doku and Cam Hadnot. Photos by Queon “Q” Martin.
“Be a staple of creativity.”
The owners of The Spot, located in the Arts District of Richmond, Virginia, met through a mutual friend and came together to “curate” a multipurpose creative space for the city. James Crump, Tyler Chong, Brian and Derrick Iwuamadi, Alex Tucker, Duane Doku, and Cameron Hadnot make up the seven-member business partnership. They are artists, photographers, screen printers, designers, and creative directors. “We all had a vision for a space that allowed collaboration and the development of creative talents across different avenues,” says James. “We are all tapped into different areas of the creative realm which allows us to be a diverse group of talent.” The Spot is located in an open space with high ceilings, perfect for ideas to flourish. Merchandise that promotes black pride and calls back to the summer of Black Lives Matter protests line the walls. Art from Rain Spann and Xavier Roberts are on display throughout the space. A custom-built, circular wooden counter with hand sanitizer and business cards greet customers and works as a place for checkout. Some of the members work from a long wooden table to the side.
The Spot is located at 7 West Broad Street in Richmond’s Arts District. The Spot opened in early November 2020.
Current merchandise at The Spot promotes black pride and calls back to the summer of Black Lives Matter protests.
James says they would like The Spot to be a “staple of creativity” and put Virginia on the map as a place that should be recognized by creatives nationwide. Their biggest goal for 2021 is to be active in the community and be a leader in community outreach. Before the end of 2020, they created a virtual program called Home School Creative Club. The program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to understand what it takes to get their brand out there. They will create a design for a shirt, pitch the idea, and the winner will have their design printed and featured in a photoshoot. “We thought this was a great opportunity to be able to connect with younger creatives and artists who may have aspirations to do the things that we have and give them early guidance into the process,” James says.
Some members of The Spot working and chopping it up.
As The Spot continues to be recognized by those in the community, they are looking to partner with local small businesses to push their vision forward and eventually expand throughout Virginia and into other cities. “We look to keep creating dope concepts, developing other brands, and becoming an inspiration to the younger generation,” James says. “This year or so, we are looking to open our retail doors to other local brands so they may have a space to produce and sell products of their own in a real store with support from other creatives.”