Cou­ple find their niche in Kitch­ener space that is both an art bou­tique and a photo stu­dio

Grand Magazine - - FEATURE - By San­dra Wal­neck Photography Hannah Yoon

A 100-YEAR-OLD store­front in down­town Kitch­ener has been trans­formed into an artsy space sell­ing artsy in­ven­tory.

The Ar­ti­san Zone, which opened in Novem­ber 2013, show­cases one-of-a-kind cre­ations by Canadian artists and ar­ti­sans in an ap­peal­ing, bright store com­plete with a soar­ing ceil­ing and an open-con­cept de­sign.

“When you come in here, the cre­ative side of your brain starts go­ing,” says Martin Ko­cak who owns the busi­ness along with his wife, Aimee. “It is a va­ca­tion for your mind from the real world with all of the art­work and ev­ery­thing else that is in here.”

The shop is the cou­ple’s first re­tail ven­ture, but they had long dreamed of bring­ing their pas­sion for art and photography to­gether un­der one roof. Their dream took shape when Aimee was look­ing to set up a stu­dio for her Pure Photography busi­ness >>

Martin and Aimee Ko­cak are shown in Ar­ti­san Zone, a down­town Kitch­ener shop sell­ing ev­ery­thing from can­dles and cloth­ing to fur­ni­ture and art­works.

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