* As seen in the March 2018 edition of the Windsor Independent*
We love hearing Windsorites buzzing about the on-going revitalization of Ford City – our very own, up-and-coming design district. Owners of the Edward Hayes Lighting Showroom, Tina and Richard Kennedy, chose to open up shop in Ford City after swooning over its industrial architecture and learning of its deep-rooted history. Their showroom is located in the former Long Manufacturing Company Building, a red bricked fortress on the corner of Wyandotte and Albert. The building’s louvered skylights and towering ceilings easily throw you back to 1904, when the Ford Motor Company bought the factory to make some of the first cars in Canada.
After being polished up, the ‘Long Building’ now houses Edward Hayes’ full-service showroom as well as Studio V Interiors, owned by Texan interior designer, Lisa Vardai. With Vardai as designer-in-residence Edward Hayes Lighting offers a symbiosis of exceptional service that allows for in-home consultations and custom orders. According to Tina, “most people come in with no idea of what they want yet, and that’s where we come in. No matter what style of home we’re working with, we see fantastic lighting as the icing on the cake!”
The Kennedy’s found themselves traveling back-and-forth to cities like Montreal for inspiration when designing their showroom – now a space that nods towards an art gallery or museum, displaying timeless pieces as well as what happens to be en vogue. Their enthusiastic commitment to design and aesthetics is what keeps the spirit of Ford City’s history alive for a new generation of Windsorites and Detroiters to enjoy, proving Ford City is the perfect breeding ground for makers and creatives to affordably take risks with their big ideas.