Invizij Architects.

The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery Renovations


This project included renovating an existing 4,000ft2 building into a grocery store for Hamilton’s new co-operative grocery store called The Mustard Seed. The project included new cladding made of salvaged lumber, a teaching kitchen, a coffee counter, washroom upgrades, all new shelving and refrigeration equipment, office space, new energy-efficient lighting, and electrical and mechanical upgrades. The main goal of the design was to create a welcoming atmosphere with good retail flow that aligned with the co-op’s values.


Much of the renovation work was done by volunteers during weekend “work bees”. One of the primary requirements of the co-op was using low-impact materials such as salvaged lumber and old refrigerator doors. Another priority was locally-sourced and energy efficient materials, such as locally-manufactured linear pendant lights and LED spotlights. The wall quotes from leaders in the local food movement, barn doors, and large-format farmer photos highlight the co-op’s sourcing priorities for local, wholesome food.

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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Completion: 2014
Client: The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery
Cost: $120,000
Architect: Invizij Architects
Project Lead: Emma Cubitt (Associate)

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