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Ossington Business Profile #22: Anice Jewellery

 

#22 in our series of Ossington Business Profiles is Anice Jewellery. This lovely little retail shop opened almost exactly two years ago at 102 Ossington and has been selling custom jewellery and teaching people to make jewellery ever since. In our business profile, we ask questions about their business and their thoughts on Ossington. Today we hear from the owner of Anice, Brittany Hopkins, in our Anice Jewellery Business Profile.

What is your business?

Anice Jewellery is a custom jewellery store with heart. We make everything in house and by hand, all with love and a touch of grandma’s inspiration (we are named after my grandmother). We specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces and turning old treasures into new love. Bring us your old jewellery and we’ll help you turn it into something new.

How is your business unique?

No other jewellery store does repairs or can make custom pieces on the spot like we do. We work with you every step of the way to design and create a unique piece right in front of your eyes!

How long have you been in business here?

We have been at this location since July 2015.

What drew you to be here on Ossington?

Ossington is a place that is alive at all times of day: from amazing food, to fitness, to clothing, to bars and nightlife: Ossington has something for everyone and we felt it was the perfect neighbourhood to grow with. 

What changes have you seen on Ossington since your business has been here?

The sense of community has definitely heightened since we opened: from the opening of so many more shops to the new condo being built across the street from our store: Ossington is becoming such a special and buzzing neighbourhood and we are so happy to be a part of it!

How do you see your business and Ossington five years from now?

We are really focused right now on building our customer relationship program, increasing our workshops and expanding on all kinds of new designs and exciting projects! It has always been our goal to do what we do well and create lasting memories with our clients in the process. The goal for the next 5 years is to do what we do and do it so well. And of course continue to grow because of it!

What is your favorite spot on Ossington, other than your own, and why?

Where to begin?! The oysters at Boehmer are divine, the classes at RIDE Cycle Club and MISFIT Studios keep us sane outside of store hours and nothing says Ossington like an ice cream sandwich from Bang Bang! We love all the shops to be honest. All the business owners we have met have been awesome and we look forward to getting to know the neighbourhood more as it continues to grow.

Stop into 102 Ossington and browse the shop – when the weather’s nice, they often have displays set up on the front patio. Also, check out their schedule for upcoming workshops or schedule your own for a group of friends.

Saucy Pierogi Closing After This Weekend

Dundas West Polish restaurant The Saucy Pierogi is closing after this weekend.  The “pierogarnia” opened less than 2 years ago at 1282 Dundas Street West, which is a large restaurant space for this neighborhood. Before opening the restaurant, The Saucy Pierogi was a pop-up at festivals around Toronto. The restaurant made the announcement on social media yesterday:

Saucy Pierogi Closing

You can still get a sampling of their Polish comfort food through the weekend before they close up for good.

2017 Portugal Day Parade in Photos

Yesterday was a beautiful day for the annual Portugal Day Parade on Dundas West. The turnout was good for such good weather, and the streets were filled with musicians and Portuguese in lively costumes, plus local politicians currying favor. We took lots of photos.

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Ossington Village Food and Drink Updates: June 2017

Summer is coming and with it some fun events and changes at local restaurants! Here’s a list of upcoming Ossington Village food and drink events for June 2017.

Smoke Signals Patio Sundays, Sundays 12-8pm

Smoke Signals patio

They’ve already begun! Every Sunday this summer, Smoke Signals BBQ is utilizing the patio across the street on Dundas West for weekly outdoor patio parties, with their signature barbecue eats and Ace Hill brews. This event is Sundays all summer from 12n-8p, but make a reservation, because it’s going to be popular! Continue reading Ossington Village Food and Drink Updates: June 2017

A Live Concert at TA2

 

TA2 Sound and MusicTA2 Sound and Music is a booming local business, a post-production and recording studio with two Toronto locations, including one at 68 Ossington Avenue. TA2’s clients include advertisers and their agencies, musicians and labels, and often connects those groups together for campaigns. Sometimes, they even host a concert at TA2.

This three story studio space, with a rooftop deck, also serves as a great event space for the company, and they use it well for parties for their clients. Last night, we attended their exclusive event featuring BMG Music artist LP. It was a great event with, not surprisingly, excellent audio! It helps that LP has a gorgeous voice, but the experts at TA2 can’t be denied either.

We took photos and videos of the space and the LP show, so check it out for yourself!

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Dundas West Fest 2017 In Photos

The weather was fabulous for the 5th annual Dundas West Fest, and so was everything else.

Crowds of people hit the street from morning to midnight, and there was something for everyone on Dundas West: food, drinks, music, comedy, activities for kids, a big gay patio, sports, a Harry Potter themed patio, a mural painted in a day, and more.  A recap in photos below.

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5th Annual Dundas West Fest is This Saturday, June 3

Dundas West FestThe 5th annual Dundas West Fest is back again for another Saturday of fun-filled events. The festival encompasses Dundas West for 1.5km west to Landsdowne, and features something for everyone, with most of the local businesses participating.

 

About Dundas West Fest

This is the 5th year of this street festival, and it has always been a big success! So many local businesses participate that it really feels community focused. Not just businesses, either, the community centres, retirement homes and churches also get involved. The event starts at 10am and runs until midnight. Expect crowds and some food and drink line-ups in the afternoon and evening, especially if the weather is good!

The festival includes music, comedy, dance, art, shopping, eating, drinking, and activities for kids. While we don’t have the whole schedule of events, here’s an overview.


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Ossington Food Specials By Day

Ossington Village is full of restaurants and cafés serving delicious food every day of the week. Many of these eateries offer specials and you don’t want to miss some of these deals! We’ve got a roundup of the Ossington food (and drink) specials by day of the week.

Monday

Union Restaurant: 1/2 price bottles of wine

That’s right. Union Restaurant offers all their wine at 1/2 price every Monday night. They have a good wine list, too, so if that doesn’t get you out on a Monday, what will?


Tuesday

Salt Wine Bar: 1/2 price wine

The Portuguese restaurant and wine bar just announced this new weekly deal on social media. Another restaurant with a good wine list offering 1/2 price on all their bottles? Enjoy! Continue reading Ossington Food Specials By Day

Rally Ossington is Closed

Rally Ossington logoRally Ossington, the hybrid gallery/event space at 12 Ossington, is closed. I received an email this morning detailing the news.

A unique place

Rally was created by Hermann & Audrey, a media agency representing fashion brands and artists. Rally Ossington was a unique “experiment” formed in late 2015 by the agency with support from Hullmark Development. According to today’s release from Hermann & Audrey, the experiment was a success! Their goal of nourishing a creative identity and community in Toronto and the Ossington Village neighborhood was achieved through more than 62 events including pop-up sales, mural projects and art exhibitions.

12 Ossington

Now that Rally is closed, there is no word on what will take over the space which has been an art gallery for years. Before Rally, Angell Gallery filled the room. Probably Hullmark already has a tenant in mind. As soon as we know, we’ll post here!

Dundas General Open Now at 1239 Dundas West

There’s a new general store, and a new place for coffee and snacks, in our neighborhood. Dundas General Store just opened today at 1239 Dundas Street West, and it’s half-cafe/half store.

1239 Dundas Street West

The new coffee shop/store is located on the south side of Dundas Street between Grove and Dovercourt. 1239 Dundas West is a new condo building called Abacus Lofts. This streetfront space used to be a dispensary, and is next door to Lust for Lashes, and across the street from the LCBO.

Dundas General Store

Dundas General

Dundas General Store exterior

Now open everyday except Mondays, this new retailer will provide a multitude of services. A café with coffee and espresso beverages – they also sell Toronto based Hale Coffee to go. In the morning, you can complement that coffee with pastries and croissant sandwiches. On weekends, they’ll be serving up cinnamon rolls and sticky dulce de leche rolls, so keep that in mind this Saturday. Continue reading Dundas General Open Now at 1239 Dundas West