entrepreneurs with the means and convenience of starting their dream business from the ground up. A Live/Work unit, as defined by the municipal code, is “a single unit – studio, loft, or one bedroom – consisting of both a commercial/office component and a residential component that is occupied by the same resident.” These ground-floor units offer many amenities such as storefront visibility, onsite signage, and access to thousands of potential clienteles. Signage must clearly state “By appointment only.” Occupants of these units must primarily reside in the Live/Work unit and hold one of the occupations listed below or otherwise approved by the owner of the property.
Artists and artisans
Computer software and multimedia related professionals
Fashion, graphic, interior, and other designers
Home-based office workers
Insurance, real estate, and travel agents
Live/Work units are perfect for small business prospects who have been limited by busy schedules, inadequate or undefined workspaces, or lack of a consistent location. The 101 Center Apartments is centrally located in Downtown Arlington, minutes from UTA’s campus, dining, and entertainment. With so many students, residents, and visitors at your disposal, these new units provide great exposure and experience in your respective field without ever leaving your home. Live/Work units are the first step in your entrepreneurial journey from a budding business to a successful career.
Downtown Arlington fosters the creative ventures of its people by supplying them with the opportunities, means, and audience necessary to accomplish their goals. Entrepreneurship is the glue connecting downtown and UTA, which anchors the south side of our district and inspires the minds behind many of our iconic destinations. Several of UTA’s alumni have crafted a unique identity for Downtown Arlington by turning their hobbies into thriving destinations, from Randy Ford at J. Gilligan’s to Wally Hardin at The Man’s Shop to Heidi Allison at Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery.
These homegrown leaders came from humble beginnings and through the support of the downtown community, built a name for themselves. Brandon Hurtado, owner of the award-winning Hurtado BBQ, started his journey by traveling between different breweries around the metroplex and serving the infamous barbecue plates to customers from his food truck. When demand increased significantly, the Hurtados knew it was time to open their very own restaurant right here in the heart of Downtown Arlington. Since then, Hurtado has grown to become a top 50 barbecue joint according to Texas Monthly and expanded to include a new location in Fort Worth and a permanent spot in Globe Life Field.
The success of Hurtado BBQ and other UTA alumni-owned businesses – such as On Tap, Hooligan’s Pub, Camp Tuf, The Sanford House, Inspirations Catering, Curnutt and Hafer, LLP, Inclusion Coffee, and Grease Monkey – is a testament to the benefits of starting your business in Downtown Arlington. The people of downtown are filled with hometown pride for their city and show it with their money, time, and constant support of locally owned establishments. 101 Center’s new Live/Work units are the perfect introduction to entrepreneurship, awarding you the chance to get your foot in the door and start down the path to seeing your dreams and goals come to fruition. Units are available now, visit 101center.com for more information. Follow Downtown on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for updates on these units and the businesses that call them home.