Atlas Insider: Little Hut on the Campus
I’ve decided to start calling MDK World HQ the “MDK Campus,” because “campus” is the word Apple and Google use to describe their headquarters—and if there’s any company on earth that should take its rightful place next to Apple and Google, it’s MDK. So: the MDK Campus.
The first thing you see when you approach the MDK Campus (sounds good so far!)—aside from the foreboding gate (that you can totally climb over like I did seven months ago when it was iced shut)—is a snug little outbuilding that once doubled as living quarters for the people who occupied this joint before us. It has a couple of nice tight, clean little rooms and a bathroom—everything you’d need to live except a kitchen, but since it’s in the middle of the Delicious District, that wouldn’t really be a problem if you decided to take up residence.
When Kay went to France recently, I developed a theory that she wasn’t in France at all but instead secretly slung up in the hut out front, eating croissants and faking online missives from Provence juste sous notre nez.
The thing is: we don’t know what to do with it. In the year since we’ve been in this space, I’ve heard several ideas bandied about: coffee shop (an idea nixed because the building is nestled just a touch too deeply in an industrial area to really get good foot traffic), independent dye studio, and the occasional pop-up shop.
At the rate we’re filling up the warehouse, it’ll most likely end up in the short term as storage space—that we’ll no doubt immediately forget we put stuff in, so if 2020-style bath tissue/paper towel shortages ever start up again, don’t come a’knockin’. We’ll deny everything.
Help us think up a raison d’être for the little hut/outbuilding/place. The prize? A skein of Barnyard Knits Sock/Fingering in Lemongrass Tea, plus a copy of our Socks 101 primer, Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust.
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: Leave a comment letting us know how you would use that little building. (N.B. DG forbids “MDK retail shop” as an answer.)
Deadline for entries: Sunday, September 26, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.
Knit Night in Nashville!
Get a little peek at the whole MDK Campus at our first event since moving in a year ago! At 3:30 on Saturday, October 2, the whole place turns into a hangout with snacks and bevs and shopping and time spent in the company of knitters.
It’s shaping up to be a lot of fun, so if you’re in the area, or want to come to Nashville for the weekend and make Knit Night a stop in between boot shopping and hot chicken, come on! Sign up here. We’ll be wearing masks and asking everybody to show their vaccination cards.