The Shirt Factory

Wander the halls, Discover our history, Buy a gift, Treat yourself, Learn something new…

Experience the Shirt Factory!

The Shirt Factory, located at 71 Lawrence Street | 21 Cooper Street, was built in 1902 to house a new shirt factory that would operate here until 1996.

Since (re)opening in 1999 this has become an organic space, continually growing and evolving. Behind the brick walls, you will find locally owned shops and service related businesses that complement the artistic vibe that imbues the building. As you wander through you’ll find odds and ends that will add a little bit of awesomeness to your day!  

The building is open daily from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, for the best experience we recommend visiting Thurs-Sat between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm or check the hours of individual studios for their availability.

Contact the Shirt Factory

71 Lawrence St | 21 Cooper St, Studio 213

Phone: 518.502.1450

Contact The Shirt Factory Gallery

71 Lawrence Street, Studio 120

Phone: 518.636.5939

Web: Find out about the latest show

Try Something New

There are classes & events at The Shirt Factory year round.

More Classes & Events
The Shirt Factory Instructors
Nov 01


November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Joan Reid 71 Lawrence St. | 21 Cooper St., Studio 311 Organizer: Joan Reid 518-744-0641
Nov 03


November 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Joan Reid 71 Lawrence St. | 21 Cooper St., Studio 311 Organizer: Joan Reid 518-744-0641
Nov 03

OIl Painting Class

November 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Joan Reid 71 Lawrence St. | 21 Cooper St., Studio 311 Organizer: Joan Reid 518-744-0641


Recent Changes at The Shirt Factory

Yarn Angel

Jodie Powers has closed Yarn Angel for good and is off enjoying her retirement with her husband at their lake cabin!

Ron Zita

Ron and Donna Zitta are opening a variety shop at 118F offering sport memorabilia and an eclectic assortment of goods that will be updated regularly.

Jeremy Stipano

Jeremy Stimpano has closed his art space in Studio 118D.

Vivienn’s Marquette

It’s a sad time saying goodbye to friends as Vivienne’s Marquette has closed their doors!

Swallow’s Nest

Swallow’s Nest has moved from studio 117 to studio G08 to allow more time for family.

Cathy’s Country Cottage & Gift Shop LLC

For health reasons Cathy has closed her doors, but we are happy to report that she is doing better and hope we’ll see her in the building again soon!

Hodge Podge

We are so sad to say Hodge Podge has left the building! Wishing Sharon and Dori all the best.

K Fanciullo Photography

Kim is moving on to bigger & better things…right here at The Shirt Factory. She’s moved from 201C to 306. Her new space is amazing!

Stirring Creations

What a great start to the new year, an Open House is opening a gallery space on the third floor to showcase their products. Keep an eye out for updates on Tiffany and Matthew Gregson’s progress on they prepare for a Grand Opening Celebration!

Adirondack Custom Longboards

Sadly Adirondack Custom Longboards is no longer at the building. We’ve enjoyed getting to know them and will miss having Randy here.

Green Tree Fiber Arts

Susan Rivers has opened Green Tree Fiber Arts in Studio 304. A visit to her studio is a real treat, she has made some amazing pieces for you! Check out her list of classes too!

Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams no longer has a studio at the building, luckily she’s still making murals in the community so we can see her work when we’re out and about!


You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

Can I rent space for an event/meeting?

Please contact the Shirt Factory Gallery Director, Dave Francis to discuss your proposed meeting or event. He will let you know if the Gallery is able to accommodate you and what fees may be associated with holding it there.

Shirt Factory Gallery

Phone: (518) 636-5939

The former Perkins building, next to the Shirt Factory, is in the process of being renovated. The first space completed will be a meeting room/classroom  space that, in the Spring of 2016, will be available to rent by the hour. 

Love this place! Can I take pictures/Shoot a video here?

We understand the feeling, we love this place too! 

You’re welcome to walk through and grab a casual picture as you go.

When taking pictures of tenants or their work, please ask first.

If you’re interested in taking more formal pictures here or filming a video, please send us a message with details about what you’re planning and where on the property you would like to work. We will try our best to work with you, but preference is given to individuals with studios here and for the sake of safety certain areas may not be used. Please do not make plans to use our property without contacting us at least two weeks prior and receiving written permission to do so.

Is the building handicap accessible/stroller friendly?

The entire first floor of the building is handicap accessible/stroller friendly. Park in the loading dock parking lot (reached from Lawrence Street), there is a handicap ramp at this entrance. There are two handicap accessible restrooms on this floor and a baby change table is available in the restroom across from Dickinson’s Delights.

There is a freight elevator at the building, it is not intended for use as passenger elevator. We hope to put in a passenger elevator soon.

Check out our tips and suggestions for more useful tidbits to help you get the most out of your visit to the building!

When is the building open?

The building is open daily from 8am-5pm. You are welcome to walk around and view displays in the halls during this time, please be aware though that not all studios will be open.

For the best experience we recommend visiting Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 5pm. 

If you would like to visit a specific studio, please view their description in our directory to find their availability and contact information.

I love it here! How can I get my own studio?

Applications are accepted continuously. You never know what may happen, even if we don’t have something right now, get us your application to find out about opening before anyone else! 

Find the application here.

Studios range in size from 150 sq ft to 1,600 sq ft, it helps us to know how much space you need! 

Please be aware, this is an old building, soundproofing is very minimal. Due to this we generally do not rent to musicians and only offer studio for fitness classes on the Garden Level.