The Patchwerks Story
Our first activities began in late 2015 with a series of synthesizer meetups in the Seattle area. We were overwhelmed with how successful they were, and from that moment we knew we had to open a store. In November 2016, we opened our first location in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood. The old synth shack was originally nothing more than a bedroom with some synths in it, up a flight of stairs once you were able to locate the somewhat-hidden door. What our location lacked in size was made up for in character!
We gradually expanded our equipment offerings and began hosting our events, which ranged across bi-weekly soldering nights, gear demos, artist performances and talks, Max/MSP and Ableton meetups, and much more. We were eventually able to rent the entire ground-level floor and had a proper front door directly off the sidewalk. But in 2021, we had completely outgrown this little synth shack and needed a much bigger space. We knew that to keep expanding our offerings for events, educational programs, and more gear we would need to leave Eastlake behind and find a new place for Patchwerks 2.0. Plus, we knew our customers would love air-conditioning in the summer and some heat during the winter while visiting.
In July 2021, Patchwerks took a huge leap forward with the opening of our Stone Way location in the historic Fremont neighborhood of Seattle (locals call it “the center of the universe”). Our new space allows us to grow in all directions. We’re here to serve more of what you want, which means more selection of gear, more opportunities for learning, and more ways to get involved!
Thanks to all our great customers who keep this engine pumping. We can’t do it without you.