Married creatives, Monique and Kevin Douglas opened Studio 229, a 3,200-square-foot photography/videography studio at one of the last remaining buildings from Charlotte’s Brooklyn community just six weeks before COVID hit. Rather than throw in the towel due to the timing, they went big.
“We decided to multipurpose its use as we began seeing greater needs for its use,” said Monique Douglas, co-owner of Studio 229 and CBK Branding and Consulting with her husband.
Historic Importance; Modern Significance
It’s a special place in a special spot. And Douglas said they mean to honor its historic location at 229 S. Brevard St.
“We are located in what was the Black Wall Street of Charlotte in the 1900s,” she said. “We have a strong interest in humanitarianism. Our space is intentionally used for community forums and programming for enriching our youth and workforce development with a strong focus on entrepreneurship.”
In addition to photography, Studio 229 provides a forum for local musicians and visual artists to showcase their talents. “We are definitely not your ordinary studio,” Douglas said. “Our tagline says it all: Where History, Humanity & Artistry Intersect.”
They use the space for their photography and videography as well as for their branding consulting business. In addition, they host programming for youth through their nonprofit Grooming Greatness Foundation and other events and workshops.
Making Creatives Welcome
Douglas invites the creative community to enjoy the space. “We would love the community to join us in support of artists that perform at various live music events here and attend our art exhibits,” she said.
In addition, creatives can rent their “infinity wall” to shoot their own projects, and the whole venue can be rented for events that align with Studio 229’s mission and standards.
“If you have an idea you feel would benefit the community, feel free to present it,” she said. “We are open to discussions.”
- The studio offers the ability to simulcast/livestream an event.
- Some technical equipment is available, but Douglas advises bringing your own if your needs are extensive.
- Events must be over by 11 p.m. “We are not a club,” said Douglas.
- Masks are required unless eating or drinking.
Space is available only by advance reservation. Contact Monique Douglas at 980-428-4973 or Monique.Studio229onbrevard@gmail.com. Prices are customized according to the client and their needs. Check it out at www.studio229onbrevard.com.
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