Gary Moore, president of Modaliti Product Design, was instantly attracted to Rockwood's location. "It's right here in the center of things, in terms of restaurants and shops," says Moore, who makes products ranging from dog toys to ski pole grips. "But we also needed a little seclusion to focus on our work."
Connie Borup has exhibited professionally for almost 30 years and attributes the consistency of her output to her longevity at Rockwood. "The exchange is terrific," says the painter, whose collections are exhibited across the state, including at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art. "You know the people you're going to see every day, and we have shared interests. It's a great atmosphere."
Dave Hall began painting after a 20-year teaching career at Rowland Hall. Now represented by Tierney Fine Art in Bozeman, Mont., he credits Rockwood with affording him the opportunity to make painting a serious career. "There's a great social aspect," he says, "but we're there to work, so distractions are pretty minimal."
John Newell and Kenton Peters of Peters + Newell, P.C. Architects chose Sugar House which they felt offered greater vitality than their previous downtown location, for their architectural firm. "There's so much going on here in terms of restaurants, cafés and retail," Peter says. "It offers more of a 'downtown' feel." Notes Newell, "We also have a street presence and can exhibit projects in our window, which is good for business."