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This summer has been busy here in Ossington Village with openings, events, and the controversy that seems to accompany change of any kind. We’ve got a round up of the press coverage of all of this and more. Maybe you’ve read some of it, but hopefully some is news to you!

Just this past weekend, a new comedy bar opened on Ossington. The Lot Stand Up Comedy Club is located in the downstairs cabaret space of the Lower Ossington Theatre at 99 Ossington. The articles we’ve read say it is going to be serving up live comedy Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Ossington has become known as a great spot for vintage shopping, and two new independent retailers are enhancing that image. Rescue Vintage, which opened this past June selling a mix of high-end vintage and cool contemporary styles, is drawing fashionistas and the press in equal measure. Even newer to the neighborhood is Bridge + Bardot at 1138 Dundas West, which is also attracting attention to our hood.

Also newsworthy in our neighborhood is the Graffiti Art Project in an Ossington laneway which we covered a couple of weeks ago. With local artists and community members working together to clean up and beautify the laneway, it’s no wonder it became a popular topic in the press.

Newly opened ART BikeGallery, a pop-up hybrid gallery-cum-bicycle shop, is attracting press and people to its corner space at 127 Ossington Avenue. 127 Ossington is the former home of MKG127, which moved up and around the corner to Dundas St West.

And finally, a new sign popped up last week in the base of the new apartment building on the northwest corner of Queen and Ossington – “Opening Soon” and the ubiquitous Starbucks logo, which caused a lot of tweets and commentary. As long as we keep going to Crafted and I Deal Coffee, they should survive, so do your part, Toronto!