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Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

Boss Lady MondaysBoss Lady Mondays is a relatively new monthly series in Ossington Village.

About Boss Lady Mondays

Boss Lady Mondays is a networking and lecture series for anyone in Toronto who identifies as a woman. This series is held every month on the last Monday of the month at Ossington’s own The Painted Lady.

Speaker Series

With a different set of speakers each month, Boss Lady Monday is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from other women.

Two different speakers talk each month, so the topics will change. I just attended my first Boss Lady Monday event, with two speakers of indigenous heritage and artistic leanings, and got inspiration and knowledge from both of their talks. I also met very friendly and interesting women of different pursuits in the audience, so it was a good night for me! Continue reading Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

121 Ossington Changes: The Well is Closed; Oak Island Moving In

The Well is closed

The Well, the bar and game cafe at 121 Ossington, is closed. We don’t know exactly when this happened, but the chill spot to drink and play old games with your friends which opened in April 2014 is now out of business.

It looks like a new bar is set to take over the space and the license.

Oak Island logoOak Island opening soon

Oak Island is going to be a new bar/restaurant in the space in between Buffer salon and 109 Ossington. The logo and artwork online are tropical themed which would stand out on the strip. On Facebook, the team describes Oak Island as pharmacy & soda fountain. The space should open on April 1. The owners plan to serve craft cocktails, handmade sodas and snacks and be open for lunch and dinner.

We’ll be following Oak Island’s social media and will keep you posted when it opens.

Oak Island Ossington

Oak Island exterior

 

Ride Cycle Club Opens: Go Spinning on Ossington

Ride Cycle ClubRide Cycle Club Ossington is officially open, so you can add spinning to the list of things to do in Ossington Village.

Located at 98 Ossington Avenue, Ride Cycle Club is the second location of Lululemon founder’s son’s spin studio. It is adjacent to the new Lululemon concept store The Local, and is another in a line of Vancouver-based businesses expanding to Ossington Avenue.

Outside of attending the actual spin classes, you can do most everything else at Ride through their website. According to the posted schedule, classes begin today. You can book your class in advance, but based on the sell-out levels right now, you’ll need to book early. You will pay $15 for the first class, and monthly and multi-class packages are also available for dedicated spinners.

We’ll let you know once we’ve been able to get in for a class! You do the same.

Retailer Play Closing After Less Than 6 Months on Ossington

I just found out on social media that retailer Play, which opened at 216 Ossington in November, is closing its doors this week.

The clothing store focused on unique fashion from European and Asian designers not commonly found in Toronto. Although Ossington is building daytime foot traffic, with lots of more established and even “chain” brands setting up shop here, it may be too difficult to create a name for a new indie brand.

Play is having a big sale until end of business Wednesday, March 22nd, on everything but shoes. If you didn’t check it out before, now is your last chance.

Sale

From Play’s Instagram Account

We’ll keep you posted when another tenant takes over the space at 216 Ossington Avenue.

Ossington Business Profile #20: Town Moto

Town Moto Ossington business profile

Town Moto looking out to Ossington

Ossington has some great independent retail stores, staffed by friendly folks who greet you warmly when you visit, and Town Moto is definitely one of the tops in this department. Since opening 5 years ago, Town Moto has hosted barbecues and ride-ins, welcoming motorcycle owners, fans and everybody else into their community. You do not need to know anything about motorcycles to feel welcome there, or to find something to buy at the shop. Check it out for yourself at 132 Ossington. We posed our business profile questions to Town Moto and the owner, Marika Thoms, obligingly responded. Here is the Town Moto Business Profile.

What’s your business?

We are one of the only places to buy motorcycle related items in Toronto. We carry brands that are hard to find, many exclusive in Canada, and we have an inclusive and knowledgable team when it comes to all styles of motorcycling.

How long have you been in business here?

We opened in May 2012.

 What drew you to be here on Ossington?

5 years ago Ossington was an affordable location that offered street traffic and had potential for retail. We all lived nearby and it was important we were located somewhere we wanted to spend time and felt connected to.

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Double D’s Bringing Deep Dish Pizza to Dundas West

There’s another pizza joint coming to our neighbourhood. East side newbie Double D’s Pizza is planning to take over the space recently vacated by Junked at Dundas and Dovercourt. For those who didn’t know, Junked recently moved downtown to Queen and Spadina.

Double D’s opened on Gerrard Street at the beginning of 2017 and Torontonians must like their Chicago style pies, because the restaurant is already expanding to the west end. Daily Hive reported on this expansion last week, but these guys move faster than expected and are planning to open very soon!

This new pizza joint should not be seen as direct competition to our two popular local pizza spots: Libretto and Superpoint. Chicago style pizza is a completely other breed; some refer to it as more like a cake versus a pizza pie. You’ll be able to try for yourself any day now. According to the latest post on the pizza parlour’s Instagram account, they are hoping to open at 1256 Dundas Street West tomorrow. Yes, that’s right. You may be able to try their pizza on Dundas West tomorrow, March 18th.

Double D's Pizza Dundas West

Double D’s Pizza opening on Dundas West – maybe as soon as tomorrow

I took some photos of the exterior today – and there were people working away inside the space too. Keep an eye out for their opening. Continue reading Double D’s Bringing Deep Dish Pizza to Dundas West

Rally Hosts Big Sean Popup Launch

This weekend local gallery and often artspace Rally plays host to another album drop pop-up launch where Detroit hip hop artist Big Sean will be offering some limited edition merchandise including hats, tees, hoodies and Bomber jackets. The pop up will be held simultaneously in his home city of Detroit, LA and New York also – so we think it’s unlikely that he’ll stop by. Given the popularity of these events in the past, including the recent launch of The Weeknd’s album Starboy, we expect that part of Ossington to have lines up the street. See his instagram for more details.

 

Unleashed in the City moves North

Our favourite doggie daycare and pet supply shop, Unleashed in the City, has moved north from their old location just north of Rebecca street up to a new location at 211 Ossington. The 211 Ossington space was the old location of Di Nardo Kitchen, which was being used until about a year ago, and then was put up for lease. Right now it’s a little hard to spot from the street, but they are open and you can stop in and drop your dog off for walks, or pick up supplies. They have a small dispay going on in the window.

The old location now has a for lease sign on it so we’ll be looking to see who the new tenants will be who take over the south location.

 

Toronto Offsite Design Festival in Ossington Village

Toronto Design Offsite Festival logoThe annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings design to untraditional spaces across the city, including places right here in Ossington Village. The festival runs from January 16-22 with events and exhibitions. Here’s what to do at TO DO Ossington Village.

Local events are detailed below.

 

 


ALMA at Toronto Offsite Design Fest Ossington VillageAlma at Saudade

Dundas West Portuguese design shop Saudade gets involved in TO DO with authentic handmade needlepoint in the Portuguese historic style. The wall coverings will decorate Saudade as of Tuesday, January 17 through the end of the festival, Sunday the 22nd.

Information: Saudade, 1191 Dundas Street West. Opening Reception: January 17 at 7pm, RSVP here

 

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The Best Places for Brunch in Ossington Village

This cold weather makes you want to relax over a hot meal in the middle of the day, cooked by someone else. Brunch is readily available at a variety of places in Ossington Village. Get out this weekend and enjoy at one – or more – of these excellent options for daytime food and drinks. Here are the best places for brunch in Ossington Village.


Union patioThe Classic Brunch: Union Restaurant

Union has been serving brunch for years, and people know about it. It’s the bistro brunch, with dishes ranging from poached eggs with thick cut bacon to pancakes and more. The brunch at Union is popular;  there are usually a few groups waiting at the door when it opens at 11am. In the summer, the capacity expands with the back patio, and it still gets full.

Good For: Holidays with Parents, couples; Basics: Union, 72 Ossington Ave. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11a-3pm


Té brunch

Kimchi and Pork Eggs Benny at Té

Asian Fusion Brunch: Té

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