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Three micro-businesses have recently opened studios in the Fay Street Lofts, a historic warehouse at the corner of Fay and Hinkson streets that was converted into apartment, studio and commercial space. Operators of all three businesses have said the location will enable them to bounce ideas and concepts off of one another, and they hope to collaborate on their various projects.

LightSum, Suite 210, 505 Fay St.

Chris Ellingsworth, chris@lightsum.com


The Web design firm owned and operated by Ellingsworth specializes in creating interactive experiences for commercial Web sites. As Ellingsworth puts it, the whole idea of his company is to take an existing concept and make it more interactive and enjoyable. He uses video and motion graphics but also designs games and applications for Web sites. He’s also preparing to release his own software product later this year.

Sharing the studio with LightSum is:

Blueroot Studios, Jamie Stephens

www.blueroot.com, Jamie@blueroot.com


Blueroot is a software design and marketing firm that specializes in Web site design and appearance. Stephens has operated Blueroot Studios since June 2007 but decided to move to the Fay Street Lofts for the interaction with other artists that the space provides.

Slaughter House Studios, Suite 201, 505 Fay St.

DJ Smoke, proprieter



Brandon West, production manager


The audio production and mixing firm works with all genres of music, from gospel to rock to hip-hop. Their forte is rap and hip-hop, but “whatever you can think of, we can do it,” West said. The two have been mixing for years, but Smoke said the location at Fay Street will provide opportunities for collaborative projects with other artists.

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