ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen is an affordable incubator for small businesses and home to those that love to cook and generate special talents in Arts & Culture. Focusing primarily on providing resources, lowering the barriers to entry and teach entrepreneurs in food what they need to know while building community wealth and creating jobs. ArtHouse is a multipurpose facility that create dreams for its residents and surrounding communities while inspiring healthier communities by connecting people to real food.


The re imagined space ArtHouse provides access to a commercial kitchen for local residents and emerging businesses, culinary business incubation program, rental space for events and meetings, a pop-up cafe shaped by chefs of commercial kitchen and a gallery/exhibition space for art. 

The culinary incubator is geared toward members of the community that may host dinners or serve food out of their own homes, but not sure how to get their products to the masses. It will assist culinary entrepreneurs on how to launch and succeed in food-related businesses. ArtHouse offers the only commercial kitchen in Lake County as a place for local chefs to experiment. We have multiple ovens, refrigeration units and spaces for dry goods, so participants need only bring their own ingredients. 

ArtHouse is focused on creating a space that positively reflects the city of Gary and provides a platform for economic and artistic activity in the downtown area. The site will evolve continuously through the work of partner organizations and creative individuals. It is a dynamic destination for food, culture, and art lovers to meet, gather, and learn. 

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Forming a Business
  • Business Plan Consulting

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Tax Services

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Economic Development

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Crowdfunding
  • Microloans

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Pollution Prevention

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning


  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Lab Space
  • Retail Space

Starting a Business

  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
LaShawn Brooks
411 East 5th Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46402