After embracing graphic design roles in the advertising world, Canadian fashion industry, and a gourmet bakery, thisopenspace community member, Tammy founded SQUAB in 2009. Tammy and her team work out of a co-working space in historic Liberty Village and it’s one of the newest Toronto addition on thisopenspace.
Lovingly situated in a converted carpet factory, with all the requisite original finishings you might expect, 8Space’s open studio features a central communal space with a meeting table, vintage chairs and a couch for your workspace meeting and brainstorming sessions. This space is in the Toronto Carpet Factory with original brick and beam features and is perfect for events, meetings, and photo shoots. Notable perks include a shared record player, good company, and a pretty swanky vending machine.
We spoke with Tammy about listing her co-working space on thisopenspace, her love for Toronto, and more.
Here's what she had to say:
You have the words “This is the age of unreason” on the wall at your space - why did you pick this quote?
This is an exciting time for entrepreneurs and freelancers – people are becoming more and more receptive to ways of doing things that were once considered far-fetched (for example, renting out one’s studio online), and there is so much room for new ideas. The “unreasonable” is now not so unreasonable, and I see this as an encouraging notion to work by. As well, as a designer, it serves as a reminder to think creatively and outside of the norm.
What are your favorite spaces in the city?
I love discovering new places where people can gather (it’s one of the perks of living in a metropolitan area) – coffee shops, parks, patios. Some of my go-tos right now are Bandit Brewery on Dundas West, Fika in Kensington Market, and Union’s back patio on Ossington, but to be honest, my favourite place is my home. Throw in some freshly brewed coffee, CBC Radio, and a good magazine, and I’m all smiles.
You created an amazing Toronto city guide - what inspired this? What’s your top three favorite spots on this list?
This is tough! It changes with the seasons, and a handful of the spots have closed or changed in the last little while (an inevitable reality in the city). However, a couple of my favourites in the guide include Rose & Sons on Dupont, North Standard Trading Post in Parkdale, and the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles.
Why do you rent out your space on thisopenspace?
My studio is great and I love being here, but as my business changed, I realized it was too big for just one person, and there was an opportunity to share the space with others to help with the rent. When I started out, I dreaded the “work from home / out of a coffee shop” set-up, and when I started working out of a “proper” creative space again, it really improved the momentum of my day. The studio I ended up with is a great space, and it makes me happy to share it with more folks who would appreciate it! It’s also nice to switch up the monotony of my work surroundings. Being an independent worker is great, but it’s also nice to interact with members of the human race once in a while. Sometimes.
What do you do with the money you earn on thisopenspace?
I put it towards rent and some of the other expenses the go along with running 8Space. It’s a bonus source of income, and gives me a little bit more room to work with my new start-up venture.
Within the first few months of hosting on thisopenspace, many other hosts have earned as much as $10,000 by renting out their space. It’s a great way to connect with people while earning some extra cash on the side. Plus, it's absolutely free to list your space and the price you charge for your listing is completely up to you.
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