Makerspace sister company & tenant, Top Shelf Distillers, trades moonshine for hand sanitizer
What’s been cooking at Makerspace North since Ottawa declared a state of emergency?
Well, it goes without saying that we closed to the public and all of our tenants are doing what’s necessary to keep our community safe and healthy—in most cases, working from home.
Perhaps most notably, our mixed-use space has been temporarily reorganized to house and support our sister company and tenant, Top Shelf Distillers. They’re answering the Canadian government’s call on businesses to mobilize in the face of immediate shortages of protective clothing, hand sanitizer, and medical equipment due to COVID-19.
The Perth-based distillery (whose talented Ottawa team works out our City Centre location) is well known for its award-winning gin and vodka. They launched an Indiegogo campaign last month to purchase equipment and tools that would enable them to pivot their production to the manufacturing of a new sanitizing handwash.
Thanks to the incredible support of the community, a committed team, crowdfunding backers and pre-order funding from organizations including the City of Ottawa, the campaign was successfully funded in less than 24 hours. Orders have since migrated to topshelfdistillers.com for those who missed out on the campaign and still want to support this great initiative.
Today, Top Shelf’s augmented production line is producing 20,000 units of hand sanitizer per week and their team is working around the clock to get orders & donations shipped and ready for pickup.
We want to thank Top Shelf Distillers and the many other Canadian businesses that are rallying to provide essential services to front-line workers during this difficult time.👏