The Future is Beautiful

For whatever reason, “The Future” has always been a fixation at Eight Seven Central. Almost all of our interactions with clients revolve around their vision for the future. We get to sit and listen to clients as they plan out their brand or their large gathering of people or their cause that is fighting for something great and noble.

The one common thread that seems to carry through a majority of our clients is an extreme optimism about the future. Our clients are all extremely creative in their own field, and are working relentlessly to create a better future for themselves, the community, or humanity as a whole.

I’ve dealt with a lot of clients, employees, and people in general over the last 10 years at this business. I’ve found that there is some deep yearning inside all humans to arrive at a Beautiful Future.

However, the last few months has caught almost all of us off guard.

At a personal level, I am an extremely optimistic person. It’s probably a defense-mechanism-gone-wrong, but when my life gets overwhelming, I find myself floating away to think about my own Beautiful Future.  

I haven’t quite figured out what this COVID business means. I can’t really make sense of how this pushes us toward the Beautiful Future. I can’t understand the suffering, or why it necessary, or if it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s fair to say there is some greater reason that the Universe is making it happen. 

But I do know that humanity is a creative bunch that aspires to solve problems. 

And in the most optimistic way, this pandemic is a really great pause button where that creative bunch can take a breath and identify and solve problems that need to be solved. 

Over the last few months, when I start to get overwhelmed by terrible news, my self defense mechanism kicks in and I think about all of the great advancements that are probably going to come out of this pandemic. The phrase “The Future is Beautiful” has been my mantra over the last few months.

When this is all over, we will hopefully have a deeper understanding of the natural world at the microscopic level. We’ve have a deeper understanding of how humans interact when life makes it hard to interact.

I don’t know it for sure, but I think that we will also have a deeper understanding for what it means to live a fulfilling life. We will understand how to appreciate the beauty of nature just by sitting and observing. We will hopefully understand how much of our time we spend simply doing busy work. Hopefully we get those precious hours of our life back.

I also hope we can learn how to be more responsible as businesses to be better stewards of our communities and environments where we operate.

I’ve had the idea of a sustainable t-shirts tugging at my conscience for a while now, I’ve just been too busy to actually take the time to make it happen. COVID has given me the time to make it happen, so here it is.

I finally sat down and found a great shirt that is made from recycled water bottles. We’ve found some water based inks that make excellent prints. And MOST of the shipping material will be made from recycled materials.

It’s a small project where I dedicated some time to figure out a better way to conduct our business. But it’s a big step toward my own Beautiful Future.

And when I think all of the creative people are working toward getting this whole mess figured out, I get back to being optimistic about the future. It’s a big scary mess right now, but I know humanity, and I know that there is immense beauty that blossoms from the chaos.

We’ll get there together, and it’ll be beautiful when we arrive.


The New Old Space

If you’ve been following Eight Seven Central for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard us repeat the phrase “Make Des Moines a more beautiful and livable city.”

That has been the dream for Zach and I for the last 10 years as we have operated this business. We have wanted to build a haven where creative people can thrive and do meaningful work for clients who are passionate about their own interpretation of that similar goal.

A few years ago, we purchased the Presto Cleaners building on the north end of the Shops at Roosevelt, with the intent of rehabbing the building to make a new beautiful space for Eight Seven Central. 

Here are some photos of the space when we purchased the building:  

Fun Fact: This building has been an operational dry cleaners, consistently, since the 1930’s.

As you can see, it was a slight variation from our East Village Space. Over the last few years, we have gutted most of the space, and it has changed a lot since these pictures. We plan to apply our same design approach to this building, and put the same love into turning it into a beautiful and livable haven where good things happen. 

While we have loved the East Village, our new location on 42nd Street in Des Moines is going to be much better suited for our needs as a company. We still are in a retail location, we feel that by scaling back on foot traffic, we will be able to spend more time working toward some pretty lofty company goals. We still feel that our space is a public space, so feel free to drop in and say hi (at a safe distance, you know).  

COVID has thrown a pretty big wrench in our timeline for the buildout of the building, but we have found a ways to slowly improve the space. It still looks like an ongoing construction zone, but we are here, we are printing shirts, and we are extremely thankful for that.

We will keep posting pictures as we make progress, but thanks for coming along on the journey with us.