"Pairing cross-fit trainers with local design aficionados in one space might not seem like the most obvious retail mashup, but it works in the Academy of Lions General Store.
Created in collaboration with Dufferin Grove-based collective Tinsel and Sawdust (tinselandsawdust.com) as a kind of multi-purpose community centre, the Ossington address combines a café outfitted with for-sale furniture by Toronto makers like Nico Soule, Karcass and C.R. Fieldhouse and a boutique selling exercise and vintage game gear including New Balance sneakers and retro croquet sets. Theres also a two-storey workout area in the back where young and old, fit and could-be-fitter alike gather to hang off gymnastic rings and lift mammoth tires.
The design buys rotate in and out of the space in four-month cycles and are all available by special order, with relatively quick turnaround."
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