We started out with a passion for technology and making and a desire to share that knowledge with other like-minded folks.
It was a difficult row to hoe but we managed to find a location at a reasonable cost that let us get set up and going.
We had a core group of stalwart members and volunteers that began the journey to having a place where people could come, work on projects, and share in the joy of making. Some folks moved on, others stayed, and we made headway to making the 'space a permanent fixture. As Roo always liked to say we were the 'scrappy, little makerspace.'
Other larger makerspaces came and went in the Houston area but we held on.
We forged ahead and built a nice small community. Ultimately, community is what it is all about. Making connections among people with a diverse set of skills and knowledge and sharing a common bond and love for creating new things.
We were getting our feet under us and about to start making ProtoMX a permanent fixture in the Houston landscape when we got blind-sided by our landlord. To make that very long part of this story shorter, we had irreconcilable differences and had to move out of our location. And we managed to do it in the span of 48 hours. Yes, we packed up the whole thing, and moved it all to Roo and Nancy's house.
(Shout out to the folks that helped us with that – you know who you are. We literally couldn't have done it without you!)
Actually, we moved just about everything except for the comfy couch. We had some very good naps on that couch. We still feel sad that we had to abandon it. It served us well and didn't deserve that fate.
As one door closes another one opens, or so the saying goes.We found a new home at the Esprit International School. We didn't have as much room as our previous location and could only bring a few of the machines over but we still had plenty to offer.
Regrettably, we just couldn't get enough interest in the new 'space to sustain it. We had some loyal, die-hard members follow us to Esprit International. (thanks to everyone that came with us!) and we had some students for the classes.
But in the end, it just wasn't enough.
Due to economic reasons we will be closing down ProtoMX.
We have exhausted all options for keeping the place going. And short of an angel sponsor coming in to help out there does not seem to be anything we can do to continue.
We will still be open to our current paid members until the end of May 2017, as well as to the students of the Esprit International School.
But we will be closed to the general public, effective immediately, with no plans at this time to re-open.
It has been a great journey and we have been honored to share it with all of you.
On behalf of all of us at ProtoMX, We wish you a good journey and hope that you have a wonderful life making cool stuff.
Evaristo & Nancy Ramos