MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing and scanning, is scheduled to open a new retail store for the holiday season on Greenwich Avenue.
According to the firm, whose president is former Greenwich businesswoman Jenny Lawton, the Greenwich MakerBot store is one of two that will open before the holidays. In Greenwich, the store will be located at 72 Greenwich Ave. The second new store will be in Boston. The company’s flagship MakerBot Store is at 298 Mulberry St., the NoHo district of New York City. MakerBot also sells online and through a global network of resellers throughout the world.
The new store will feature MakerBot’s innovative 3D printers and scanner and will feature the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, workshops and unique 3D printed gifts. The store is hiring staff and applications can be filed online at makerbot.com/careers.
MakerBot is a Brooklyn-based 3D printing company and its
award-winning MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer was named as Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012,
Popular Mechanics’ Editor’s Choice
Award for Overall Winner - Best 3D Printer, received a TechCrunch Crunchies award for Best Hardware Startup, a Popular Mechanics’ Product of the Year
designation, a Gold Edison Award for Best Design, and was a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award
Winner 2012. The MakerBot® Digitizer™
Desktop 3D Scanner, released this fall, was just named a Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough awardee.
“Boston and Greenwich are great retail environments and we are excited to bring the MakerBot Store to both cities,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “This is also a homecoming of sorts for some of our employees as many attended schools in the area; our president, Jenny Lawton, has also been a retail fixture in Greenwich, and ran her own tech company in the Boston area.”
Lawton is a long-time tech industry executive and is one of the top women in technology. A few years ago, she took a break from the high tech world and ran two successful independent bookstores, Just Books in Greenwich and Old Greenwich, as well as owning Arcadia Coffee in Old Greenwich. In Boston, Lawton was founder of an information technology-consulting firm that was recognized on the 1998 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held U.S. companies and on the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists for 1997 and 1998.
“Boston and Greenwich are both terrific, tech-savvy communities, so it seemed natural to expand the MakerBot Store presence in these two areas,” Lawton said.
When scouting for a new location, Lawton stated that she believed Boston and Greenwich would make great retail markets for the company. “We considered locations all around the world, but knew these two neighborhoods offered vibrant retail communities,” she said.
Visitors to the MakerBot Store in Boston and Greenwich, as well as the New York MakerBot Store, will be able to see MakerBot 3D printing technology, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.
Other attractions scheduled to be installed at the Greenwich store, include a MakerBot Gum Ball machine, demonstrations by MakerBot 3D Design staff, 3D project installations and window displays made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers and a MakerBot Photo Booth.
The Greenwich MakerBot Store will be at 72 Greenwich Ave. with scheduled hours of noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The website: makerbot.com/retail-store.