Before and After: Goods at 201 Dalhousie - goods
We knew for a while that eventually we'd want to get Goods going on its own, but we never expected it to be so soon. We figured we could start working on a two year plan for the business within Victoire and that we'd slowly make steps towards becoming a separate store - we weren't in a hurry but it was definitely on our radar. One morning Regine Paquette of Victoire and I were doing some work on the side for a friend and she mentioned that two spaces were coming up for rent on Dalhousie, the owners of Argosy Books were retiring and the Barber Shop was moving down the street - all at the same time that Victoire's lease was up at their location at the corner of St. Patrick and Dalhousie. This meant we could be neighbours with our pals at Victoire and that we could have a space under 1000sqft (ideal for us, because we weren't sure we'd be able to stock a large space). Shortly after, the wheels were set in motion and we began talking to the Real Estate broker. When I finally got a chance to get into the space (I was familiar with it already, from when it was 5cent tattoo) I was a little bit alarmed with wild the paint job was.
This is what it looked like once all the furniture was removed, along with the drop ceiling. It wouldn't take a seasoned designer to see the potential with the little space; there is a ton of light and its easy to imagine re-painted and with new flooring. Not to discredit how much work it was sanding down the walls and repainting them, or laying the new floor but it was a pretty fun and superficial makeover.
First, we started with the walls:
tearing down the wall paper, patching the holes... pretty tedious. On the drive home that night I was uncontrollably patching cracks in the roads in my mind.
pre-new floors, post 8 layers of paint.
Floors done, lights going up.
Our secret weapon, Josie's Pa, built it all - including this amazing triangle shelf.
The final product came together way faster than anticipated and one month in, we're still happy to be spending so much time at 201 Dalhousie St.