Moving Day

Moving Day

Good news: Shopify has a new PixelPlex!

Today seems very far from the days when the Shopify team used the local Bridgehead coffee shop as their virtual office. After several months of bribing the baristas to look the other way as they took up tables for hours on end, Scott, Tobi and Daniel moved into a charming office space in late 2005. The office was conveniently located on Elgin street in Ottawa, the right price, and perfect for three people – you can see the original “moving in” pictures here. And when jaded Pixel grew, the space was even perfect for four. Then five. But when we hit nine, well, things got a little tight:

Moving Day
Tobi and Cody at close quarters

A day wasn’t complete without blowing a fuse from using too much power, without pushing your chair back and knocking the person behind you over, or without having to make your phone calls in the hallway (much to our neighbours’ dismay!) We were bursting at the seams and definitely ready for a change. We’ve been searching for new office space for several months now and finally, as of yesterday, we’ve moved in! Our new digs are at 185 Rideau Street in Ottawa – right in the heart of the ByWard Market. Our new space is about four times the size of the old one, with lovely exposed stone walls, shiny polished concrete floors and best of all, plenty of room for everyone without having to trip over each other.

Chairs to distribute and desks to assemble

Working around the ladders

First things first – set up the TV

Wide open spaces til we get the new walls in

We’re still putting on the finishing touches – such as installing cool, funky Starwalls to create a boardroom and meeting room, finishing the light fixtures, getting some new furniture in and getting everyone settled into their new roomy spots. We’ll be uploading more photos to the Flickr stream as work progresses, so keep checking. Once we’re finished, we’ll definitely be celebrating and inviting everyone – so stay tuned for the details!


  • Kelly Rusk
    Kelly Rusk
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Wow! New space looks great so far! Congrats on the space and the growth.

  • Gwen Bell
    Gwen Bell
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Congratulations, guys + gals! Looks like a great space. Good luck.

  • Melany Gallant
    Melany Gallant
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Congrats on the new digs!

  • Matt Beck
    Matt Beck
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Looking good guys, congrats!

  • Douglas Neiner
    Douglas Neiner
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Awesome, guys! Congrats on the new space. The floors and walls are really cool, as are the glass desks.

    Hope this means more and more shopify goodness in the coming months!

  • Austin McCool
    Austin McCool
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    I think you should give the writer of these impeccably punctuated paragraphs her own Blogging Cone of Silence.

  • Damien Buckley
    Damien Buckley
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Wow, those are nice offices – great to see JP going up in the world – and to see the same Ikea desks we use on the other side of the world ; ) Very cool indeed.

  • Felicia from sweetgeorgia
    Felicia from sweetgeorgia
    April 08 2008, 03:12PM

    Congratulations on the new space! Looks fantastic!

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