Leon's rocks the Roundhouse
Went downtown yesterday to visit the newest Leon’s Furniture store in Toronto’s John Street Roundhouse (255 Bremner Blvd. - just behind the CN tower), a semi-circular structure built in the late 1920s and used by Canadian Pacific to service locomotives. Part of a $25 million rejuvenation of the Roundhouse area, this 40,000-square foot retail space is gorgeous, featuring original ceilings (32 feet!), Douglas fir wooden beams, brick walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let light come flooding in. Contemporary touches will include an in-store café, celebrity chef demonstrations and interior design and home entertainment seminars. Designed to attract urban shoppers, the store showcases signature pieces exclusive to this location, and has two living room vignettes that approximate the size of an average downtown living space. While the site is accessible by TTC and delivery is free, there’s also underground parking. The store is also in the process of getting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its sustainable design, which includes district steam heat and deep water cooling. Even if you don’t feel like shopping, you should get yourself down there, if only to see this beautifully restored building. And see my blog entry below for more on Leon’s, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.