A downtown Boulder space previously home to turntables, LPs and cassettes soon will serve as the headquarters for a local creative firm known for its 2-D animation and graphic design.

Boulder-based Mighty Fudge Studios Inc. plans to move its operations to the second floor of 1015 Pearl St., the former location of Bart's CD Cellar, which closed earlier this year.

The 3,000-square-foot downtown space is triple the size of Mighty Fudge's suite at 4700 Sterling Drive in Boulder, said Patrick Mallek, who founded Mighty Fudge in 1999.

Mighty Fudge hopes to occupy the space by May 1, he said.

Since Mallek hired his wife, Kimberly, Mighty Fudge's graphic design business has boomed, he said. She worked for Wild Oats and has expertise in the packaging sector and helped Mighty Fudge land business with a couple of the big industry players such as Celestial Seasonings.

"We're bursting at the seams," Patrick Mallek said.

Mighty Fudge has six employees and a contractor that works in-office. The hope is to grow the staff to about 10 to 12 people in the next couple years, he said.

That growth could come from both the branding and animation areas, he said, noting the latter appears to be emerging from a lull. Mighty Fudge's 2-D animation projects included shorts played at festivals such as Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation; the series "Magnetic Squirrel;" and -- fittingly for the company's new space -- videos for indie rock outfit Dressy Bessy.

The bottom level of the 1015 Pearl St. property remains vacant; however, Dryden Dunsmore, a broker for Dean Callan & Co., said he is optimistic about having a leased signed within a couple weeks.

"The activity's been great for the first floor ... a lot of interested parties," said Dunsmore, who represented the property's owner on the Mighty Fudge lease.

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