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Metropolis Factory

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on August 20, 2012

Metropolis Factory torontoMetropolis Factory is like its original shop in the Junction, but on steroids. This warehouse totals 7,000 square feet, with ample room for Metropolis' oversized antique finds and custom salvage creations.

metropolis living factory store torontoThis is Metropolis' second go at a factory store, having previously occupied a space over on Ripley Avenue by the South Kingsway. But issues with the landlord, says owner Phil Freire, motivated him and business partner (and sister) Maggie Gattesco to look for a new factory space. But despite the name, this shop will host little of the actual production work, instead serving as a retail spot to show off Metropolis' largest items.

metropolis living factory store torontoOr, that's the plan in the long run. While this factory store on Edwin near Dupont and Dundas now fully up and running, it's still in a bit of a transitionary mode. The back room is waiting on some TLC and there are water issues that need to be addressed, and some of the odd sandblasting processes have been done on site.

metropolis living factory torontoNeedless to say, this space is "industrial" in the rawest sense of the word. No pretty finished hardwood floors or espresso bar right next door; this former generating facility resembles just that, and Phil shows off the incredible original power control board left over from its former days. It towers over the space, and in its shadow, Metropolis' finds seem to fit right in.

metropolis living factory store torontoMuch like the original store on Dundas, this shop offers a collection of vintage finds and custom creations using salvage materials. Phil takes me on a mini-tour of the space, pointing out a fantastic old Lyon & Healy harp case with tour dates printed on the side (late 1800's to 1921), and a collection of hanging lamps made from repurposed chicken feeders (turned upside down).

metropolis living factory store torontoSitting in the middle of the space is a 12-foot wood dining table with a salvage base from the 1920's, a piece Phil says weighs upwards of 800lbs. "We have to get this thing up stairs to get it to the client," he says. "Yeah, we haven't quite figured out how we're going to do that."

metropolis living factory store torontoFor a smaller taste of old industrial, Phil shows off his collection of reproduction antique workshop stools, priced at $175 each. "Basically all of our work is done here in Canada," he says. "We're working with a select few Mennonite communities, as well as individual craftsman."

metropolis living factory store torontoPhil says he hopes the space can serve double duty as a store, and event venue in the evenings. "I've love to put an coffee bar in there," he says, motioning toward the power board, "and use this area for art shows." In true Metropolis fashion, it's all about the repurposing.

Photos by Gloria Nieto

Discussion

12 Comments

Michelle / August 26, 2012 at 04:54 pm
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I live right down the street and had no idea this was open to the public. Hours?
Melissa / October 11, 2012 at 02:56 pm
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Fabulous! Nice going Phil!
Christine McFadden / November 30, 2012 at 03:40 pm
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We live directly across the street from 50 Edwin Avenue and the noise last evening was deafening and on a week night, no less. Didn't anyone consider that there are people in the neighbourhood who have to get up early for work, babies and people who need sleep - totally inconsiderate, no excuse and we don't want you in our neightbourhood - no room for people and businesses like yours. And they didn't even stop at 11:00 PM which is the bylaw. Get out of our neighbour hood and stay out! We don't want or need inconsiderate people like you!
No one cares replying to a comment from Christine McFadden / December 4, 2012 at 10:16 am
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Why are you bothering posting your complain to a site that is not affiliated with this business instead of CALLING THE NUMBER THAT IS LISTED?! Or calling the police with a noise complaint in the first place!! The problem with the world is that imbeciles like you are crawling all over it. Adults who can't even help themselves. Pathetic.
I'd have to agree / January 6, 2013 at 03:08 pm
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This is not the place to comment about noise - not only is it inappropriate but it is also ineffective in getting you what you want. On another note, I've heard great things about this place. Looking forward to checking it out!
avas replying to a comment from No one cares / January 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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why are you assuming they did call the owner ,the city and the police?
John Vietze / January 17, 2013 at 11:29 am
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Great looking store, unique Industrial items too, I am only a few hours away would love to stop in and check it out, ( I need a pass port first). Phil has a great eye for unique items, LET IT GO
hank mcoy / January 17, 2013 at 02:31 pm
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Why have I not visited this new location yet? I fell in love with metropolis the second I walked through the doors at the dundas location. Almost every piece had my name on it. I'm proud of my one of a kind metropolis collection and I'm especially proud of phil (and his staff) and the success he's had over the years. It shows in the honesty, hard work and care he has put into his showroom to truly make it a "one of a kind" space.

Now let me submit this comment so I can head down to the new location.
mitch cook / January 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm
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Just checked out their booth at the IDS show on Friday. Very cool booth and very original. They had a table there with what looked like a zipper going down the middle of it. That has to be the coolest table I have ever seen. Also the three street lights drew a lot of attention. That booth was one of my favorites at the show today.
Valerie and Jim / February 1, 2013 at 01:31 pm
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At the trade show last week we enjoyed your display and now have located Edwin Ave on the map...a definite visit on a warmer winter/spring weather day as it will be a cool cycling destination. What hours are you open? We love original vintage but are in the paper(posters) vintage as opposed to the large signage/furnishings. There was an amazing industrial warehouse in Wpg. until around 2006 with huge original vintage signs--neon and all--gone but not forgotten!
Ailsa / October 21, 2013 at 04:03 pm
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I saw this site when I was researching possibilities as an artisan for the Metropolis Factory monthly Artisan shows. If you are an artisan interested in paying them for their space, my advice is go check first when they have their next m=month;y artisan show.
I was there for the October Artisan at the Metropolis. There were way less than the merely 300 prospective customers the owners had "hoped" for and of those few attendees they almost all had cameras and were taking pictures of everything. Great news for the venue itself, not great for the artisans. I paid $100 and was told of the flyers and media etc but the owners want the place to be an event venue and it is fabulous but the artisans are a backdrop. If they offer the space for free to artisans until they are up and running as a regular monthly artisan venue then great. Otherwise, expect to enjoy the building, the friendly staff and the great industrial vibe but don't expect to sell a lot.

I am commenting here because they keep deleting my comments from their Facebook event page and I don't want other hard working artisans wasting their time and money.
Metropolis Factory / October 24, 2013 at 11:29 am
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Ailsa, we are sorry that you are unhappy with your success at the October Artisans of the Metropolis. We wish you better success for your future endeavors.

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