About

Acme works best in King West!

229 Niagara Street was initially home to Acme Textiles in 1922. In 2013, Acme Works transformed this former industrial building into a comfortable and welcoming shared workplace, making Acme one of the first coworking spaces in Toronto. In the intervening years the Acme community has grown, creating a vibrant environment where ideas flourish in a spirit of collaboration.

Popular lore has it that ACME is actually an acronym for A Company that Makes Everything so it’s only fitting that we welcome entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals of all disciplines under the Acme roof. We believe our diverse community drives our collective productivity and creativity, enhancing everyone’s opportunity for success.

Like all coworking spaces we offer a variety of convenient, flexible membership packages and space where you can work privately, collaboratively and socially but the secret sauce that makes Acme Works unique among coworking spaces in Toronto is the friendly, relaxed vibe of our members and staff.

In addition to our supportive work environment, Acme Works members can enjoy a variety of activities and events. From summer BBQ’s on our rooftop patio, to beer Fridays, member mix & mingles, ping pong, pool and board games, there’s always something fun to do at Acme. But we’re not just about fun and games. We are a place of work so we share information on government grants, human resources, tax structures and insurance, for example to help you setup, grow and manage your business. The Acme Anvil is our annual pitch competition where Acme members pitch to win the coveted Anvil trophy, $10,000 in funding and bragging rights.

If this sounds like the kind of place you’d like to work, book a free trial day. We’d love to meet you.





Global Connection

Acme is a proud member of:

GCUC is a game-changing organization at the intersection of real estate, technology, wellness and the future of work.

COHIP is the world’s first coworking health insurance plan, offering health and dental coverage to coworkers across Canada.

The Coworking Visa allows active members of Acme Works to use other coworking spaces around the world for up to three days.

The Global Workspace Association (GWA) is the connection-based resource for the shared workspace industry to stay connected, current and competitive.

Coworking Toronto is an innovative collective of independent coworking spaces from the GTA who work together to spread the word about coworking.

Women Who Cowork provides support, resources and mentorship for entrepreneurial women who are thought-leaders in the coworking movement

The Acme workspace

Our building at 229 Niagara Street, built in the early 1900’s served as home to a textile factory, Acme Textiles, before being transformed into an industrial space housing a commercial printer until it emerged in 2013 to host the Acme Works coworking space.

The renovation breathed new life into the 10,000 ft² space, but the building has history and we wanted to pay homage to that. A repurposed Victorian vestibule creates a meeting room wall, antique leaded windows pull light into the space and metal wash basins function as bathroom sinks. A combination of original open wood and corrugated steel ceilings, and metal railings in the loading dock reflect the building’s industrial heritage.

We want you to feel comfortable at Acme. We designed our space to support and aid you while you focus on the business of your business. You can work in a traditional way or mix it up and stretch your legs at a standing desk or jump onto a comfy, leather sofa and put your feet up. You can pull your team together for a huddle on soft stools with a mobile white board, gather around a shared table or book one of our three meeting rooms. You can make a phone call at your seat, in a private corner or in one of our phone booths. In the summer, you can take your meeting to the rooftop patio and soak up the sun in a Muskoka chair. We’ve designed our space to accommodate all the ways you need and want to work: privately, collaboratively and socially.

You spend more time at work than anywhere else so your workspace should make you happy. We think that a space without greenery is unnatural. Biophillia is central to the Acme workspace, including our member-built plant wall and in the summer our patio is filled with colorful blooms. Our plants help clean the air, reduce noise levels and boost creativity.

We are dog people and studies show that dogs in the workplace help lower stress. Dealing with a tight timeline? At Acme you can take a deep breath, pat a dog, smile and get to it! We welcome friendly, well behaved dogs and even keep a jar of treats handy for our canine members.

We think that design elements and furniture with character and history, rather than from a factory overseas, create warmth. Our feature walls are finished in black ash rescued from demolished buildings, and we have a floor clad in pine reclaimed from a storm-damaged forest, much of our furniture is antique including a mid century modern desk set from the original Kodak factory and we have dozens of pieces of art created by local artists on our walls.

Games are an important part of the Acme culture. We have a games room with a ping pong and pool table (we take ping pong very seriously). We also have a selection of board games including chess and game nights are held regularly. Every year we form a running group and participate in the Toronto Corporate Run. We crush it!

Our shared kitchen, with it’s butcher block counter and antique metal stools includes coffee, a selection of herbal and black teas, fruit water and an unlimited supply of gumballs.

FAQS

Acme Works became a glint in the eye of founder Christine Andrews in the summer of 2012. Through the fall she hammered out the business plan. In January of 2013 the renovation on our space began and we opened for business in April of 2013.

Our community is comprised of almost every type of business you can imagine including creative, cultural, digital marketing, AI and machine learning, blockchain, social media, game and application development, public relations, sports and event management, philanthropic and a whole bunch of independent workers, including mobile, contract, temporary or entrepreneurial.

Our space operates on mutual respect between our members. While taking a quick call at your desk is cool, if you need privacy you can use a phone booth or book a boardroom for an extended or group call. Informal meetings are part of coworking. We have mobile white boards to make them easier but if you’re hosting a formal meeting or need a screen to share top secret information then the kitchen, lounge or your desk might not be the right location. You can book one of our three meeting rooms.

Nope, you must bring your own computer. We offer desks, shared tables or a range of private offices able to accommodate 1-8 people. Everyone gets to use the kitchen, shared lounge spaces, rooftop patio, standing desks and games room. Wifi, coffee, tea and water are included and we have lockers where you can stash your stuff if you’re at the shared tables. Meeting rooms are available to book and meeting room credits are included in some packages.

No, but we strongly encourage you to come and visit, spend some time and get a feel for the space. Every coworking space is different and you should pick the one that feels right to you. Honestly, it works best for you and for us if we meet face to face before you commit to the space.

No way. We offer a variety of packages to give you the greatest flexibility. If you are comfortable sharing a table you can buy packages on a daily basis. If you select one of our private desk packages you can roll month to month. However, if you want a private office we will require a six month commitment.

So much awesomeness we can’t begin to list it all. Book a trial day and check it out for yourself!

Still have a question? Send us an email and we’ll do our best to answer.

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