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DOJO Creative Settles Into New Downtown Mishawaka Office

MISHAWAKA — Seats are now filled inside DOJO Creative’s recently renovated downtown office.

Team members of the Mishawaka-based creative agency gathered Monday morning for the company’s first production meeting at its new location, 119 S. Main St. 

DOJO Creative’s three-phase renovation and rehabilitation of the former Gene’s Camera Store is one of the latest contributions to beautification and modernization at the city’s center.

“DOJO Creative is excited to join the downtown Mishawaka community, restoring vitality to a long-struggling structure while ushering new, skilled jobs into northern Indiana — and keeping them here,” co-owner Douglas Elder said. 

Previously based in Edwardsburg, Michigan, and Eddy Street Commons in South Bend, the company is finishing final touches on the first-floor remodel of its historic, 2,983-square-foot office building, constructed in 1880 and purchased by the company in May 2021. 

The project required a complete overhaul of the outdated space, including framing new offices, installing new front-facing windows and flooring, relocating a now-ADA-accessible bathroom, updating electrical wiring, removing asbestos tile, painting the interior and exploratory demolition of the building’s facade to assess potential preservation of the existing brick. 

Redevelopment of the DOJO Creative facade at 119 S. Main St. is currently underway.

Tuvia Poliskin of T2 Design + Architecture holds the vision behind the redevelopment effort. Poliskin is noted regionally for his contemporary, urban-scale design of River Rock Apartments, situated just north of the St. Joseph River and city’s downtown district. 

About Us

DOJO Creative was established in 2018 by Doug. Elder and Josh Harmon, Michiana natives with a shared background in web development, marketing and advertising. 

The company serves local and regional organizations, including nonprofits, educational institutions, medical groups, small businesses and more, assisting clients in website design, implementation and maintenance, as well as devising digital-first marketing and advertising solutions. 

DOJO Creative’s community reach also extends beyond clients and the online realm; Elder serves on four regional nonprofit boards, devoting hundreds of hours annually to fostering local philanthropy, commerce and community engagement. DOJO Creative has also partnered with several regional not-for-profit groups, offering services and event sponsorship at a substantial discount.

“Choosing to base our operations in Mishawaka brings us closer to the clients and communities we serve,” Elder said. “Our relocation is part product of our continued growth and a commitment to joining the city’s ongoing push for economic development.”

Are you mulling over a website redesign for your business or starting from scratch on a new marketing initiative? Have a question about enhancing your current site’s performance but not sure where to start? We want to hear about it.

Contact DOJO Creative partner Doug Elder today at 574-276-4998 or to schedule a consultation and learn more about our services!