We Bought a Library
When we started Open Mind Interiors back in 2012, we knew we had to bring something new and different to the Thunder Bay market. In order to show potential clients how to create innovative workspace, we had to build a spectacular showroom to set the bar high.
Our first showroom was an adaptive re-use of an existing warehouse space on Montreal Street. I remember telling friends where our new office was going to be located and they said “are you crazy?”. The Plymouth Landing space at 600 Montreal Street offered a fantastic view of the river as well as amazing architectural details such as concrete mushroom columns, exposed brick and original poured concrete ceilings. These features are getting harder and harder to find in a City that often seems flooded with box-like buildings clad with aluminum siding. Not very inspiring.
The only downfall to our original location is that we didn’t own the building. We spent many days driving around the city looking for what might be a new home for OMI. Our goal was to find a building that “told a story”. We wanted wide open space that we could make our own, something unique that had local significance. Just when we were about to give up, our agent told us that the old Mary JHL Black Library was up for sale. Immediately many childhood memories came flooding back and when we toured the space, we could already see our new showroom starting to take shape in our minds. This was it!