George Brown College grads set up shop in new Stackt Market

Stackt Market Open New Browser Window, designed entirely from shipping containers, will soon be opening its minimalist doors at Front and Bathurst streets. Stackt will house a roster of revolving local artisans, designers, brewers, bakers and artists — some of whom got their start at George Brown College.

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Two of the 26 current vendors have George Brown ties. (Additional George Brown graduates and startGBC enterprises will take residency later in the year.) Lesley Hampton Open New Browser Window and Erin Williams Open New Browser Window (pictured right) will be selling their unique apparel at Stackt. Hampton, who focuses on diversity and inclusion in her designs and production, is showcasing her new athletic (or "athleisure") clothing line. Williams, founder of Poco Mono, is selling gender-neutral, organic cotton kids’ clothing in an array of eye-catching colours. 

“This initiative gives our vendors an opportunity to showcase their brands and build visibility,” says Neal Lilliott, Manager of startGBC. “It provides our entrepreneurs a real, live learning lab where they can experience what it’s like to run a physical retail space.” 

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Lilliott has been working with Stackt from the market’s earliest stages of development. In February 2018, representatives from startGBC, Business in the Streets Open New Browser Window, and the REMIX Project Open New Browser Window met with StartUp Here Toronto Open New Browser Window (a major development initiative that supports growing, local startups) to discuss Stackt partnership — and tenancy — opportunities. 

“We were the first to sign up,” reveals Lilliott, who says StartUp Here Toronto has generously provided our startGBC entrepreneurs with the funds to cover their shipping container rents. 

While the Stackt units are quite compact, the marketplace takes up an entire city block. The organizers say the space will serve as a community hub, and will play host to a number of events over the upcoming year.  

Visit startgbc.com/stackt-market/ Open New Browser Window for more information on George Brown-connected vendors that will be showcased at the Stackt Market.