Have you wandered down to Vacancy Hall yet? It’s a rad, semi-hidden gem located in the Mercer Warehouse on 104 Street and 104 Avenue (across the street from the Edmonton’s neon sign “museum”). There are some really cool spaces down there run by small business owners/creatives/entrepreneurs, Clo’s Custom Leather was the first one to catch my eye. Kyle Closen, owner of Clo’s Custom Leather, makes leather goods that are probably going to last someone a lifetime. (I actually got my camera strap custom made by him, complete with my name stamped on it!) I recently reached out to Kyle to be featured on Edmonton Spaces, when I was starting the project I knew his space was one I definitely needed to include.
Check out my interview with Kyle after the photos!
“I like to work with metal, leather and wood. I started to build tables, benches and created this showcase wall.”
What were your plans on this space when you first opened it in Vacancy Hall?
To create a custom leather shop for Edmonton people and surrounding areas to come in and request custom leather pieces. Since I hired Dan we’ve been able to produce a line of leather goods. My goal is to keep creating custom leather goods.
Did you plan out and design this space?
I just had a dream that I wanted to create this shop. I like to work with metal, leather and wood. I started to build tables, benches and created this showcase wall.
Why did you decide on Vacancy Hall?
Because of the location, the affordability and the community vibe in the Mercer Warehouse.
Do you find you get a lot of visitors to Vacancy Hall?
It’s kind of a hidden gem. it’s not an overly popular space just for random traffic. People who find the space love the space and carry the word on through friends and family. It’s a great space to be part of, it’s a community feel down here. Slowly but surely the space will take off, we’re not trying to create something that it’s not. In time we’ll have the right tenants down here to create the space we want.
Do you think you’ll stay here for a long time?
I hope to. I don’t think I need to go anywhere anytime soon. The only thing for me would be growing out of the space as far as needing more tools, employees to help me keep up with demand for the leather goods I make.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I want to encourage people to follow their dreams and fulfill their passions through whatever it is that they love doing. Don’t look back, keep pushing through the hard times.
To learn more about Kyle’s studio and shop, visit his website. Clo’s Custom Leather is open 10am to 6pm during weekdays and 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays (closed Sundays)… You might also run into his adorable dog Frank.
Next Thursday come back and see the amazing workshop and showroom space for MK Baba Designs.