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The Shop

Posted by Staff / Posted on April 30, 2014

the shop torontoThe Shop is a community-based maker space located in Brockton Village. The creative facility, based on the ground floor of a converted loft building at 1139 College St., presents a solution to the workspace woes of Toronto's space-skint DIY-ers. The facility is part of MakeWorks, a coworking space for tech startups, designers and other creators.

The Shop's founders, Marissa Maislin and Michelle Organ, opened the doors to the space just last month, but the project has been in the planning stages for nearly a year. The childhood friends and art-school grads wanted to create an inclusive environment for members to work on their projects, or, as Maislin puts it, "somewhere that any person can go, at any skill level and realize their creativity".

the shop torontoThe spacious workshop is fully equipped with everything you might need for a small to medium sized project, including four massive work surfaces and wall mounted benches that surround the room. They're fully stocked with new power and hand tools, drill presses - even a kiln. A fully-functioning metal shop is in the planning stages and is expected within a few weeks.

the shop torontoThe Shop seems to be aiming for clients with lighter grade projects (you probably wouldn't exactly find full-sized MIG welders anyhow, based on the space's ventilation and code requirements). Maislin and Organ's background in fine arts lends a multidisciplinary approach to their plans, incorporating ceramic, metal and woodworking facilities under one roof - something Organ claims is unique among Toronto's maker spaces.

the shop torontoAccess to The Shop is membership-based, set at $95 per month, with the option of a day pass for $25. The pitch: They provide the tools, tables, equipment and wi-fi, and members provide their own ideas and materials.

This rate is generally comparable, if slightly cheaper, than other maker spaces available in the city, but is optimized to appeal to those who might feel a bit intimidated in a workshop setting.

the shop torontoWorkshop tutorials have been a popular option for new makers, with diverse subjects taught throughout the spring. May is well-stocked with classes including wood letter cutting, linocut, and screen printing tutorials - an interesting combination of trades and arty handcraft. You don't have to be a member to join a workshop; they're quite inexpensive, and it's a great way to survey the space and its services.

the shop torontoEventually, the two founders hope to develop 'Shop The Shop,' a retail space that sells only handmade goods created by its members - like a kind of real-time Etsy.

the shop torontoThe real dream, though, is to foster an interactive community of collaboration within The Shop, where members of all skill sets support each others projects from conception to sale, in an inclusive and fun environment.

the shop torontoWriting by Tom Morgan. Photos by James C. Lee.



Cindy / April 30, 2014 at 02:55 pm
I think this is a great idea and welcome to the neighborhood!

The only concern for me personally is the $95 per month price or $25 a day, while I understand they supply all tools and some guidance and membership is what will pay the rent. It's slightly steep for those students and families on a budget it's not very flexible with just two options. For hardcore DIY'ers that sell what they make this could be a good option. But for those of us that are a little crafty and can only spare an hour or two a week, there is no option for me. Would be nice if there was an option for the casual DIY'er that doesn't want a full day at $25.

I know the new Artscape building at 180 Shaw doesn't offer tools but studio space for $5 an hour or $50 for 50 hours but must be used within 30 days.

WoodWorking Jummy / April 30, 2014 at 03:04 pm
YES!! Finally a DIY woodshop!!
The Shop / April 30, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Thanks for your feedback. In addition to the 2 membership prices listed we also have workshops and classes that hit a variety of price points including 'pay what you can'.
Please feel free to e-mail us if you have any other questions or concerns
The Shop replying to a comment from Cindy / April 30, 2014 at 03:14 pm
The Shop offers a full schedule of workshops and classes at a variety of price points including pay what you can, which are all posted on our website. This may be a good alternative for you to come get crafty with us!
Cindy replying to a comment from The Shop / April 30, 2014 at 03:15 pm
Great! Thank you for your response and welcome to the neighborhood. I did find more info after visiting your site which I didn't clearly see on first look at the article.
Steph / April 30, 2014 at 03:23 pm
Finally!!! This place is amazing- exactly what Toronto needs. As a recent arts grad myself, living on a budget, and in a small studio space, I don't have the funds or space to hold all the tools I need. I also just checked out their website- so many workshops!! Yet another great thing for this city :)
Tim Jones / April 30, 2014 at 03:47 pm
I am thrilled to be able to be apart of such an amazing workshop. I have attended many classes and have even spent a lot of my own personal time down at The Shop. There are amazing and useful tools, which came in handy when working on my projects.

Marissa and Michelle are such warm and energetic ladies, so eager to help! I highly recomend taking classes AND signing up with The Shop! You won't regret your decision ;)
clay_girl / April 30, 2014 at 04:16 pm
As a hobby-ceramicist, it is practically impossible to find a kiln where I can fire my work. Marissa and Michelle have been really accommodating with my schedule and getting my projects fired.
Thanks ladies!

I definitely recommend this place for any other ceramicists in the city.
Chris M. / April 30, 2014 at 06:15 pm
Kaitlin / April 30, 2014 at 07:42 pm
Finally an affordable DIY shop in TO! Just got my membership and can't wait to start classes. Very excited!!
Much / May 1, 2014 at 02:43 pm
Babe factory. I dig it.
Lara / May 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm
Just checked out your website, great stuff. Also, MakeWorks is offering yoga classes once a week ( Free for members and $10 for non members. Is this still the case?! $10 for a weekly yoga class in Toronto?? I'll definitely be there...
The Shop / May 4, 2014 at 02:51 pm
Yes, There is Yoga every Wednesday from 6-7pm starting May 14th. Come check it out!
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Why viewers still use to read news papers when
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Buck / June 16, 2014 at 05:43 am
I love it and now i plan to set up a shop like this style in my community. I think it's a way to creative new thins with new thought.

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