BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Shrewd. Astute. Sage. These are all words that could describe Richard Spandlick, a property owner whose many businesses have occupied local spaces for the last two decades. But they may also apply to his new architectural salvage company SAVVY, which has people turning their heads northward as they drive along Grey Road 4, just east of Highway 10 in Flesherton.
Richard Spandlick poses beside a very auspicious brass cappuccino machine.
The business opened it's doors in early August and offers interesting recycled items rescued from a variety of old buildings in the area. "I have the fridge doors from the Dundalk Creamery and multiple things from Knight's Flooring in Meaford," said Spandlick who continued his list of salvaged goods, "...materials from people's barns and old mills, hooked rugs from Quebec, army cots, lots of factory windows, screens and many other things from my days of collecting."
A willow chair beckons for someone to relax in.
The prefabricated steel building where SAVVY has sprung up, is situated next to The Hair Garage in a parking lot next to the corner of Collingwood (Grey Road 4) and Victoria Streets. A new cement pad at the front of the prefabricated steel building has made it wheelchair accessible. Another one of Spandlick's co-owned businesses, a metalwork shop named Two Rusty Goats once made this spot it's home in days gone by.
Solid wooden doors of all shapes and sizes are waiting for a new life.
A metallic human sculpture stands guard near the door while many shabby-chic finds are displayed inside.
A pair of industrial-style lights sit amongst wooden boxes and crates.
Spandlick also owns the historic building where the Bicycle Café now operates and he has seen numerous entrepreneurs put their mark on that property over the years. His own interest in old places, interesting materials and fascinating equipment has always been on full display there. An earlier manifestation of his collecting prowess, Soup to Surplus occupied the same Bicycle Café space many years ago.
Back at SAVVY, Chris Reid serves gourmet coffee, cappuccino and latte behind a counter faced by the recycled side of an old grove wagon.
The beverage bar is just one more eclectic feature of Spandlick's latest venture. SAVVY is a place to putz around in, while you sip on a hot cup and sort through old and interesting things well-worth re-purposing. The shop is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am - 4 pm.
Drop by and say, "Hi!"
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