Come on in. It finally feels like home now that you're here. Can we get you anything? There's beer in the fridge and we're fixin' mojitos on the deck. I know you've been here before but it's hardly recognizable.
Here, grab a drink and let's go for a tour.
Remember the old place? It used to be called The Chinatown Experiment. That's where we moved into two years ago (can you believe it's been that long) when it was still an abandoned store, and opened it up to brands and artist as a temporary storefront. Well, after hosting 70 pop-up concepts it was time for a change. What we do today is so much more than what we started as, and we needed a new identity to capture it all.
You can call us thisopenspace. Yup, one word all lower-case. We don't need to take up room with uppercases and three words - it's all about what's in the space.
Let's start with our flagship storefront at 434 Columbia St. Did you see the front entrance? We painted the outside and got handmade signage of our new logo and brand name. Our very own Rachael Eckersley did the design and our good friends at Maker Labs did the build and instal. And the inside's come a long way too. Do you remember the way it looked just a few months ago? It's unrecognizable now. Let's walk to the back, there's a new bathroom and change room too.
Have you heard of our other temporary spaces? We have a few more around town right now, but they come and go. Our community's been really good at getting in touch with us whenever there's empty space and we help them fill it with pop-up shops - take a look at what we have upcoming and drop by for a visit at any of our locations.
But while you're still here, let me show you our blog. [FIRSTLOOK] is where we break news of new brands and artists coming into thisopenspace. We take a [RECESS] to chat with the good people behind the pop-up and share the conversations with you. And sometimes, we [THROWBACK] and catch up with old friends, folks who've had a pop-up with us. We'll add more here as we get settled in and we'll be sure to invite you over.
Speaking of invites, have you seen our coolkids newsletter? You should definitely join and never miss a party. Back to our tour...
Take a peek over to the right. Here, you can listen to our favourite tunes and find out who's on our not-so-secret crush list. We've also scribbled some of our favourite quotes from movies and tv shows. Before you leave, don't forget to check out the photo hanging on the wall - "through their lens" showcases our favourite photographers. Feel free to browse around, but if you stumble across our dream journal, promise not to read it - okay?
If you got some more time to stick around, let's grab another drink. We'd love to tell you more about why we changed things over here. If not, drop us a line anytime, we'd love to hear from you. And thanks again for coming.
Let's stay in touch? Find us @thisopenspace, you know all the places.