Tour of the Salt Fish Factory
Yesterday morning, the group took part in a tour of the old salt fish processing plant which is now partially occupied by Iceberg Vodka (only for plastic-bottle processing, no group sampling here yet!). We were lucky enough to have one of the employees, Sean, give us a personal tour of the plastic bottle manufacturing process and answer all of our questions. Restored and reopened in 2010, Iceberg originally moved in with 3 employees, and now have the demand for a second shift, adding 3 more to their team.
Beyond the bottle plant, which is located on the lower level, are three additional floors of warehouse space, constructed from heavy timber posts and beams. Our friends Bruce and Harold, who both once held jobs at the market and department store within the building, took us through the remaining floors where renovations and restoration are in progress. These spaces once housed a cooperage, electric dryers, cold storage, a large fish press and office space. The space is now unoccupied, but could be great for any range of uses, perhaps loft apartments with a view across the harbour or space for other manufacturers? If this were Toronto we’d be moving in!
Before heading back to the studio, we also climbed to the roof to capture a great view of Catalina Harbour. Perhaps we’ll come back at night to capture the lights.