Our good neighbor – The Widget Factory
The Widget Factory is an old factory complex that during the Soviet times was used for manufacturing refrigeration equipment, secret submarine parts, and, in order to mislead the public, also non-functioning umbrellas and zippers. At its heyday in the middle of 1970s, the factory provided employment for almost 1,500 people, it had its own health centre with a sauna and a pool, a canteen and enough administrative premises to occupy several buildings.
In 2006, the complex of the Widget Factory was purchased by new owners, and since 2014, the 14,000 m2 centre has been developed into a culture factory.
By today, the Widget Factory and its surrounding city block have become one of the most rapidly developing areas in Tartu. This universal culture factory brings together creative entrepreneurs, artist and designer studios, commerce and entertainment. Currently it hosts three restaurants and two cafeterias, it is the home for the Müürilille flea market, and the even more historic Printing Museum, and provides rooms for numerous small and exciting design shops.
See you at the factory!