Today we're virtually stopping by a cute little shop here in Vancouver (in the West End), called Production Road. Annie (whom you may also know as the designer behind the locally handmade collection, Lemonni, along with her partner Hubert, a documentary/commercial photographer run this multifunctional space – a studio with a retail component. Annie tells us a bit about their space.
"The space where Production Road is right now was empty for quite a long time. We had an opportunity to take over the space in late 2012. At that time, we weren't quite sure how exactly we were going to use the space, but we knew we need a studio space to work in. So we spent the next few months designing and renovating the space. Since I was developing Lemonni products during that time, we thought, "Why don't we use it as a show room?" I could showcase my stuff, and Hubert could showcase his photography. And that's how the idea of combining studio and retail came by.Let's take a closer look:
In the end, we don't just sell Lemonni products, but also other unique products made by local and international artisans, mostly independent. Our space is small, but well curated. We thought it would be neat to bring a creative space like this to the West End neighbourhood. The space is meant to be a place of possibilities; the retail space doesn't need to be just retail. In the future, we're also open to ideas of having workshops, pop-up shops, or short-term exhibitions. For now, the shop is enough to keep us busy! Also, meeting our lovely neighbours everyday has been a blast for both of us!
If you're wondering how we got the name Production Road... it's a name of the road where I grew up in Taiwan. There are coconut trees along both sides of the road. Over the past few decades, the coconut trees were threatened many times to be cut down due to road expansion. The local community has fought so hard to keep those 80-year-old trees there. I think this is the spirit that we'd like to have. The word Production also describes what we do as a designer and photographer – we create"
Production Road is located at 990 Nicola St., Vancouver, B.C.
and online at: www.productionroad.ca