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Self-Walbrick: New businesses help you create

Some new businesses in town aim to help you create. Whether you want to make a new fuzzy friend or a new business is up to you.


Build-A-Bear Workshop and Hub City Workspace recently opened with an aim to help you explore your creative side.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Build-A-Bear Workshop opened a location in the center hall of the South Plains Mall on June 7.

The stuffed animal store allows customers to pick an animal, stuff it themselves and then pick clothes and accessories for it. The store offers traditional animal options, like bears and bunnies, and often partners with movie and TV franchises to offer characters as well.

The Lubbock location is a new concourse concept for the company, said South Plains Mall marketing manager Ashley Knox. The oversized kiosk offers the same experience as traditonal stores, including hosting birthday parties. Knox said the concourse locations allow the company to switch out animal skins and accessories more frequently, giving customers a wider range of options.

“We were super excited to be chosen for one of the new concepts, especially to join the market and just bring another family-friendly concept to the mall,” Knox said. “It’s something different – an experiential outing.”

Knox said the mall is excited to add another kid-friendly attraction. The mall has multiple kid’s clothing stores and activities, but has not had many toy store options since K B Toys closed in 2007.

“We’ve got a great kid-friendly mix, but this is something else for them to do and experience,” Knox said. “Kids like to do and experience. Sometimes shopping isn’t at the top of their list.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop has more than 400 locations worldwide.

Hub City Workspace

Hub City Workspace is a new co-working facility in town.

Owner Jacob Hubik said when he was looking to rent an office space, he could not find exactly what he was looking for. He said he had been to co-working spaces in other cities, and was surprised to learn Lubbock did not already have one.

“I just thought, ‘I can’t be the only person,’” Hubik said. “There are 200,000 plus people here. There’s got to be other people who have this same problem.”

Instead of renting a single office, he decided to buy a bigger building and create what he was looking for.

Located at 1614 Ave. M in downtown Lubbock, Hub City Workspace has private offices and communal spaces available for monthly rent. Those looking for a temporary space solution can also use the facility on a daily basis. Members get access to office and kitchen equipment, as well as a conference room.

Hubik said he is open to working with members in any line of business. Current tennants include those in financing, ministry and leasing. Hubik, who is a credit union consultant, also works in the space.

“I just want to work with people who are fun,” Hubik said.

The Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the new location. Learn more about Hub City Workspace in the July issue of Lubbock Business Inc. magazine, out July 17.

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the business reporter for the A-J. Contact her at sarah.selfwalbrick@lubbockonline.com.

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