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Cody Deane Cochrane in Little Portugal

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Toronto mostly, lived most of my early school years in Oakville, and spent a big chunk of my early 20s in Glasgow, Scotland.

What brought you (back) to Toronto?

The incredible people, especially the ladies. Never had a more solid group of lady friends in my life.

What do you do for a living?

I was doing art freelance before gathering up all my goods and opening The Chief Salvage Co. We sell all kinds of things, from little bits of taxidermy and antlers, to old horse show ribbons, skulls, jewelry bits of furniture, cabinetry, and everything in between!

How did you get started?

I started collecting when I was living in Glasgow. There was a really incredible junk shop there down an old cobblestone alley called Relics. Can barely move in there, but I always found something amazing. I would say that’s where the seed was planted that would eventually become The Chief.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

Watching everything change and blossom over the last few years. Its really inspiring to see all these new businesses opening up run by amazing people. Great community vibe.

What’s the last treasure you found?

I wouldn’t even know where to start!

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

Ethiopian. I know most people would say Nazareth, but I’m going to be a shit disturber and say Nunu on Queen street.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

My little sister, Evanne.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Cody, Cody, by the Flying Burrito Brothers. Obviously.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

Well, I know that some of my friends would really appreciate a bike rack outside of the Beer Store at Dufferin Mall, so I’m gonna go with that. That, or more community garden projects, which would be lovely too! Always room for improvement, ya know?

Visit The Chief Salvage Co. at 1493 Dundas Street West (Dundas + Dufferin) in person, take a look at their Tumblr, and follow The Chief on Instagram @thechiefsalvage

© 2012 Arden Wray