Making Innovation

Angela & Randal Meraki


Angela & Randal Meraki, dressed in finery at their original The Worcshop location in 2017
Angela &Randal Meraki, owners of The Worcshop

Episode #30 ‘Making Innovation Scott & Cam interview SMG’s new partners Angela and Randal Meraki, owners of The Worcshop. Recently this successful industrial makerspace acquired a new complex, helping them to begin their next phase of realizing new live/work and zero waste export vision while becoming the east coast’s largest makerspace and business incubator. 

The Worcshop

Part of the industrial amenities in The Worcshop's new Rochdale (MA) locationPart of The Worcshop’s new Rochdale facility includes expanded industrial space for their forge and blacksmithing program.  The facility offers ample space for a new machine shop and other metal fabrication equipment and services.


A Sense of place for Artists & Engineers

Official Logo of The Worcshop, a colorful rondel of various tools surrounding the name in black block letters

The sense of community created by The Worcshop is unique among makerspaces.  Engineering faculty from WPI and the region’s top industrial artists collaborate on projects benefiting science, technology and consumer markets.  People searching then find a place for themselves and their avocation or vocation.  This is a place of possibilities where you’re amongst friends. 

Worc-It Business Lab

SMGraves Associates is bringing its full roster of business education courses to The Worcshop, its Incubator program and expanding both to meet the challenges faced by current and future members of The Worcshop.  

SMG's Business Triage

SMGraves Associates developed the Business Triage Program to serve small and medium-sized businesses who are struggling to re-define, seek new markets or successfully utilize this challenging time period to their benefit.  We’re here to help with immediate oppotunity available.   

Recently, our podcast parent company SMGraves Associates announced a partnership with The Worcshop.

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Founded by Angela and Randal Meraki in 2016, The Worcshop is the largest industrial makerspace on the east coast.  With a significant member base, a commitment to education and 52,000 square feet on which to build on, the Worcshop/SMG partnership is poised to play a significant role as a regional economic development driver.

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Angela and Randal are deeply commited to the culture that has been cultivated at Worcshop.  The region’s most progressive industrial artists work alongside faculty and students of New Englands top engineering schools.

Future plans for the Worcshop include developing a live/work  environment, fully realizing the Worc-It Business Labs education programming and Business Triage and proving out solutions as part of an effort to create the Worcshop as a zero exporter of waste by 2025.


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