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Just a short stroll from the Northside Tavern and Shake It Records is a 118-year-old building that was once home to the Parks Woodworking Machine Co., now christened simply The Factory. This wedding and event space was previously used for production purposes until the late 1980s, when it was converted into a shared artist studio space by the late Maureen Wood. Jump-cut to 2016: Sarah Thomas and Chris Pohlar — both halves of Grey Rock Property Development — set out on a three-year renovation and conversion process of the property. Dubbed as a “love letter to historic preservation,” the space is designed with modernity in mind and, like its industrial roots, minimalism. “We carefully restored the exterior to original glory via custom production and installation of cedar shake siding and trim. The modern aesthetic is carried forward in custom steel garden beds, sleek window boxes and trim, and a wall of glass doors adjoining the cascading deck,” says Thomas. “Utilizing the unique shape of the building and the existing tree canopy we have created a ‘room’ for guests to enjoy the lush courtyard that offers an intimate setting within Northside’s bustling business district.” The Factory is now booking weddings and private parties.

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1. Tiny Needle

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2. Clifton Cultural Arts Center

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1. Jake Sweeney Automotive

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1. Tire Discounters

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