The House is a brand new social experiment in Windsor created by four local entrepreneurs. Combining graphic design with food, social media with unique Windsor apparel, The House opened its doors last night to media and friends.
Billed as sort of a creative collective, the House, at 131 Elliott, is somewhat modeled around Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation. A place for ideas.
When you first walk in, on the right is graphic designer Shane Potvin’s “ON Windsor” store, a line of apparel centered around what’s called the momentum rose, a symbol for Windsor.
On left side of the main floor you’ll find Rino’s Kitchen, a place to go for soup and a sandwich, freshly prepared by Rino Bortolin. Rino’s kitchen opens next Wednesday.
The House’s proprietors have partnered with Nancy Johns’ Gallery to present a show of local works on the walls.
The attic is a multipurpose room, rentable by the hour or day, and the host of Made in Windsor crafting classes, a yoga session and a new “After 5 Club” (coming soon) where people can get together and share ideas about Windsor’s future.
Potvin, Bortolin, Tom Lucier and Toby Leftly bill The House as a “thought factory” and encourage Windsorites to stop by, grab a bite to eat and discuss, plan, create and innovate.
They want their house to be your house.
The House is officially open to the public on Sunday during the Made in Windsor Crafters’ Market.