ReFIND, a new artists studio at 17 Main St. in Penn Yan opened its doors May 16 to offer co-working, workshops, events, and select retail items for the Finger Lakes Region.

ReFIND is an open studio promoting the creative exchange of ideas. Behind the 1920s storefront and colorful window display, the studio is a flexible space that hosts their design consultancy and transforms from a co-working environment to a maker space for workshops and private events. 

Co-owners Carrie Van Valkenburg and Claudia Milroy are designers who create visual concepts and experiences to communicate ideas intended to inspire, inform, and captivate. With the motto, “We do what we love — we listen, we inspire, we create, we refine,” their co-work space studio is a flexible workspace for the community, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and students to come together and share ideas. Daily, weekly, and monthly memberships are available.

Evenings and weekends, the studio is a place for hands-on learning and engaging experiences through instructor-led workshops. The flexible design of the space allows for a variety of activities and programing, including those focused on art, craft, and lifestyle.

ReFIND also has retail space, offering locally made and found items that showcase the Finger Lakes in creative and innovative ways such as jewelry, soaps, and art. 

They also offer rental of the studio as an event venue. With designer appointed furnishings, 12 foot ceilings, original hardwood floors, and a period storefront, ReFind is an excellent venue to host private gatherings. Claudia says, “ReFIND’s pop-up shop will be ever-evolving to bring our community and its visitors a place to work, play, and shop.” 

Co-owners of ReFIND, Carrie and Claudia are designers with diverse backgrounds in architecture, landscape architecture, marketing, graphic and exhibit design.  

A graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Cornell University, Carrie Van Valkenburg brings over a decade of experience in landscape architecture, urban design and visual representation to ReFIND.

Claudia Milroy graduated from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, and has a diverse portfolio of architectural work that merges the built environment with her love of storytelling and experience making.