Saturday, April 30, 2011

Downtown Welcomes the new "Met"!

Today was not only the nicest day weather-wise we have had in a while, but it was also the Grand Opening of the new Metropolitan weekend Artisans Market, at 140 Dundas Street, between Richmond and Talbot St.   Either one of these things would have brightened my day, but both together were just awesome.  The Met is a great space, built in 1912, and from 1920 - 1960 was the Metropolitan Store.  The building is now owned by Chris Kirwin, and managed by two entrepreneurial women, Savanah Sewell and Katie Wilhelm.  Their goal was to provide a space for local artisans to display and sell their wares.   Today's opening had a wonderful social atmosphere that reminded me of the Farmer's Market at the Fairgrounds.  I gave up counting how many people I ran into that I knew.    There was an impressive mix of goods for sale from the approximately 30 vendors:  prints, paintings, jewellery, clothing, and metal work.  There's a place to grab a coffee, and a large open space at the rear of the building that could easily be used for workshops, etc.  It will be interesting to see how the market shapes itself in the next few months--it is the perfect addition to downtown, in a great location, and I think London has needed something like this for years, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for their success.   If you couldn't get out today, you've still got an opportunity to go tomorrow.  The market will be open on weekends, 9 am - 5 pm on Saturdays and 12 noon - 5 pm on Sundays.  For more information, visit their website. Below are some photos of some of the stylish vendors and customers from today, Part two will follow!
 Rescued letters from the original "Metropolitan" sign fill the front window
Justin Bardawill, owner of Alchemy Junk Service, had a table at the market.  He's wearing a t-shirt designed by another vendor, John Sewell
These two women were part of the crowd of browsers/customers.  I loved the combination of leopard print tights with the white lacy dress.
Scott McKay of "Strong Arm Forge" stood out against his impressive metal sculptures in his yellow and black bowling shirt and matching hat.  Check out his work here


  1. This is such a great idea... I wish The Met success. Thanks for capturing the spirit of the place through its fashions :)

  2. Thanks shelly I truly appreciate the support and photos, you can find me on blogger as well