Here We Grow AgainMay/01/2017
Today we start the next chapter of the Pointer adventure in our fresh new digs at 62 York Street and our team could not be more excited. It’s been a journey to get to this point - from our modest beginnings in a tiny office for two, to a basement office on St. Patrick Street, we’ve seen it all. When we eventually outgrew that space we migrated uptown to the Byward Market which we called home for the past two years. Our new space, across the street from where Shopify first put roots down, is smack dab in the center of the same historic neighbourhood.
While we’ve experienced a lot of change over the past six years, one thing has remained constant and that is our presence in the heart of Ottawa’s Byward Market. This area is a central part of Ottawa’s rich history, with York Street having been the main hub for small business, and the Shouldice Hotel building at 62 York is very much entrenched in this history. Constructed in 1844 by George Shouldice, it was here that residents took shelter during the 1849 Stony Monday Riot, an event that saw Protestant Conservatives and Roman Catholic Reformers clash during a town meeting in Market Square. For the greater part of the twentieth century it housed the Richelieu Hotel, and in more recent years the famed Fat Tuesday’s restaurant that is now the new Starbucks Roastery.
The space is almost unrecognizable as what was, until recently, the Velvet Room (oh, if these walls could talk!). We’ve opened up the windows to let the incredible natural light in, added a fresh coat of paint, and polished years of god-knows-what off the floors – now all that’s left to do is unpack.
Stay tuned for the official housewarming festivities!