Woodworkers won’t take sawdust home

Tom and Theresa Lendway.

After three years on the market, the Zappa’s building has sold in White Bear Township. Fred Zappa closed his sporting goods store at 5966 Hwy. 61 (behind Holiday) in 2015. The new owners, Theresa and Tom Lendway of Vadnais Heights, are turning the 10,000-square-feet of space into a do-it-yourself workshop called White Bear Makerspace. Described as a shared woodworking shop for the community, it’s the first of its kind in the White Bear Lake area. It will be members only, similar to a gym membership. There will be classes and a member kitchen and lounge, in addition to a huge woodworking shop with power tools, 3-D printer, laser cutter and CND machine, a sanding room, finishing room and storage space for projects. “Eventually, members will be able to make anything here,” Tom said. For information on membership options, see whitebearmakerspace.com. A soft opening is planned Jan. 19 and a grand opening Feb. 19.

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