Long Post Alert – #thesidehustleseries.
What most people don’t know about Eight Seven Central is that it really started as a side hustle for us (Owners Zach and Ben), where we worked half days at the shop without drawing a paycheck for the first two years. We wanted to build a workplace that would attract and develop great people, with the primary goal of making Des Moines a more beautiful place to live. Within our four walls, we do that by embracing fundamental design and screen printing principals, not taking shortcuts day in and day out, and hiring the most creative people we can find.
We lived the side hustle and it’s become a main-hustle; this is us drinking beer and relaxing because we have made it.
One of the best (and worst) things about great creative people is that after their day-job, they don’t shut off. When they aren’t here they can be found outside of our walls creating art, music, leather goods, small businesses, podcasts, baked goods, furniture, and various other things that make the world worth living in. Like most mid-westerners, they tend not to be very self-promoting but a lot of this stuff is too good to keep quiet. Follow along for #thesidehustleseries.