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2016 In Review: Openings and Closings in Ossington Village

2016 is almost over, and we look back at all the new businesses we welcomed to the neighbourhood this year, and the ones that closed. Here is our 2016 in Review of the changes in Ossington Village this past year.


Ufficio Restaurant opened January 2016

At the very start of the new year, we welcomed new Italian fish focused restaurant Ufficio. Still serving dinner most nights, Ufficio is located at 1234 Dundas West.


Bridge + Bardot closed January 2016

Women’s fashion boutique Bridge + Bardot was open on Dundas West for 3 1/2 years. The shop closed in January to focus on their online store, which is still operating.


Rock Lobster Closed, Baby Huey Moved Into the Space, March 2016

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Ossington In The News

There’s lots happening in Ossington Village in both retail and food, and the press is noticing. Here’s a roundup of some recent local news stories.

Ossington Becoming a Fashion Destination

We’ve said it before, and now others are saying the same thing. With the influx of more and more retail stores, Ossington Avenue is becoming a destination for shoppers. And thanks to multiple building owner Hullmark Developments, more big name retailers are coming next year: We already knew about Lululemon, and now we know about the spin studio Ride Cycle Club also coming in 2017.


Superpoint Pizza Is Getting Good Reviews

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Retail Shop Play Open at 216 Ossington

216 Ossington has a new main floor tenant – a clothing and shoe store for men and women called Play.

The space was formerly home to hair salon Hero Heroine, which has recently moved upstairs at the same address. Play fills the space with some new brands including a variety of European designers of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and bags.

Play has jackets from Welter Shelter, which will keep you warm and dry this winter in style. The store also sells fashions from Avelon and bags from Ucon Acrobatics.

When you come to Ossington to shop, definitely add Play to your itinerary.

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Ossington Shopping News: A Sale and an Opening

Two more reasons to come shopping on Ossington this weekend! We have a new Canadian retail store that just opened, and another hot store is having a big sale.

Jonathan + Olivia Sale

Fashionable retailer Jonathan + Olivia, at 49 Ossington, is having a blowout sale this weekend. Expect line-ups of fashionistas for this big sale. Items will be up to 90% off and includes merchandise from previous seasons and product samples. The sale will begin at 10am on Saturday, but, as I mentioned, there will probably be a line for people who want first pick of the merchandise.

Reigning Champ is Now Open

As of yesterday, Ossington has a new clothing store. Reigning Champ just opened in the main floor retail space of Motif Lofts at 41 Ossington. The brand new space looks great, with lots of light and high ceilings. The personnel are all really friendly and helpful. Reigning Champ is a Canadian business, founded in Vancouver, and this is the first Toronto branch of the company. The product line consists of very comfortable sweats, tees, hats and other related casual garments. The products are unisex clothing: for men and women. Sizes start at XS.  Below are some photos, but definitely stop in and shop for yourself!

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This year has been a big year for Ossington retail, with Reigning Champ another new destination on the fashion crawl. Ossington shopping keeps getting better.

Ossington Businesses Awarded “Best in Toronto”

Now Toronto released their annual readers’ choice lists of top businesses in Toronto, and lots of local businesses ranked high. Here’s a recap of the bars, stores, restaurants and people to be voted best by Toronto locals. Congratulations to all!

Now Best of Toronto

 

Toronto Cityscape

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
  • Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor

Shopping and Services

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Ossington Businesses in The News

Multiple Ossington businesses are in the news, so it’s time for a round-up of this press coverage.  As always, there’s a lot going on and Toronto is watching – and talking about it!

Superpoint is open and people are excited about the new pizza place

When Superpoint opened, we tried it out and liked it. Guess what? We weren’t the only ones! Toronto Life also likes the new Ossington restaurant, and got some great food photos. And the takeout window is open, just in time for the cold weather.

Fashionistas are thrilled to borrow dresses from Studio Fitzroy

After moving into their permanent space around the corner on Dundas, Studio Fitzroy changed focus to dress rentals. As a result, the boutique is getting deserved attention for their unique to Toronto designer gown borrowing options. With the holidays and all the accompanying parties and events approaching, an outfit from Fitzroy is worth trying!

Music Fans are celebrating Rotate This on its 25th Anniversary

Rotate This in the news 25 Years

We’ve only had Rotate This on Ossington for a few months, but the shop has been a Toronto music staple for 25 years. They’re celebrating with a party this Saturday, and Now has a great profile/interview looking back at some of the store’s high points.

Motif has leased their main floor to menswear store Reigning Champ

People are living in the building at 41 Ossington, and now we know what retailer will take over the main floor of Motif Lofts. It’s Vancouver menswear company Reigning Champ, which will add to the draw of Ossington to shoppers.

Ossington Closures and Changes

We have news of some more changes on Ossington: A beloved, albeit short-lived, pop-up is closing up shop, and another one is moving to more permanent digs, just around the corner.

HD Cafe To Close

HD Cafe Closing

The opening of the HD Cafe made news all over town and beyond at the beginning of the summer. We knew from the start this cafe at 96 Ossington was only a pop-up shop. But people fell in love with the vibe, the great coffee, and the free wifi, not to mention the vintage motorcycles. So this Saturday is the last day to enjoy all of it. Get out today or sometime this week, or you’ll have to head east to get the coffee itself at Fahrenheit Coffee.

Fitzroy Boutique Opening a Permanent Shop on Dundas West

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Fashion “pop-up” Fitzroy Boutique has been located at 98 Ossington (right next to HD Cafe) for a few months. They started with cute clothes and candles, and soon branched out into renting dresses for special occasions. This great idea seems to have taken off and now the ladies behind Fitzroy are moving around the corner with a permanent space for dress rentals!  1227 Dundas Street West, 2nd floor, is the new spot for trying on a dress for that party, wedding or night on the town. It looks like it’s on the south side of the street between Ossington and Dovercourt, so they are definitely staying in the hood. Look for the new opening on October 3rd.

Peace Collective Now Open at 131 Ossington

Peace Collective OssingtonOssington is now home to another of Toronto’s iconic brands.  Peace Collective opened it’s flagship store at 131 Ossington this week. They have been renovating the space which formerly housed art galleryO’Born Contemporary and are open just in time for fall shopping.

You’ve been able to buy their garments online and at various independent shops around the city, but this is the first stand-alone store for the t-shirt company.

 

Peace Collective Ossington

Inside the Peace Collective Store on Ossington

While a large part of the shop is devoted to their signature clothing, the retailer will also offer “Peace Treats,” gourmet milkshakes and desserts from the front of the store. Peace Treats will be donating to local charities each month, which is in line with the brand’s corporate philanthropic messaging.

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A Sample of the “peace treats”

The store is now open 7 days a week. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 11am-8pm, Friday to Saturday 12pm-9pm, and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.

 

 

 

Peace Collective Opening on Ossington

Peace Collective Logo
You’ll soon be able to purchase from some of the brand’s iconic leisurewear with sayings like “Home is Canada” or “Toronto vs. Everybody” when Peace Collective makes its new home on Ossington. That’s right. Peace Collective is opening a bricks and mortar store at 131 Ossington. The space they will occupy is formerly home to O’Born Contemporary art gallery and is a big, modern and well-maintained location for the popular Toronto clothing company.

Peace Collective is a Toronto success story.  Founded and based here, without a doubt the brand’s Toronto and Canada-centric sayings emblazoned on shirts and jackets made a mark at home. The brand blew up last fall when Jose Bautista and other Blue Jays wore the “Toronto vs. Everybody” clothing they sell.

Toronto vs Everybody Clothes

Blue Jays wearing Peace Collective clothing

After operating solely as an online shop, with supplies in bigger stores like Hudson’s Bay, the merchant is ready to open it’s own retail space, and the first stop is Ossington.

Home is Canada image

Home is Canada, another big part of the Peace Collective line.

The company has had some positive and negative attention. The positive is their corporate pledge to donate some of their profits to feed hungry schoolchildren through Breakfast for Learning. They did not get out without some negativity, when a Detroit brand blamed them for stealing the idea for Toronto vs. Everybody. Peace Collective has a Canadian copyright on the slogan, so all ended well.

Peace Collective will be joining recent newcomers V de V and Shinola to the Ossington section between Dundas and Queen. After this trifecta of Montreal, Detroit and Toronto retailers, Ossington is without a doubt a destination for shopping.

Peace Collective Ossington storefront

The Peace Collective signs at 131 Ossington

We spoke to a representative from the company, and the team is excited to open their first retail store on Ossington. In addition to all the great clothing and gear you’d expect from Peace Collective, they’re launching a milkshake shop called Peace Treats! The front of the store will be given over to selling delicious and creative milkshakes.

We’ll let you know when we hear of the official opening, when they start selling a “Home is Ossington” apparel line, and if any Blue Jays visit!

What To Expect During Ossfest

ossfest logoOssfest is this Saturday. From 11a-11p, Ossington Avenue will be closed for a music fest and bike race and more. We’ve already detailed those schedules and provided links here. So, what is the “more” I speak of that will be happening on the street? As the big day approaches, we have information on what the local businesses are doing to make Ossfest a one-of-a-kind Toronto street festival.

Sidewalk Shopping and Sales at Ossfest

Food and Drink at Ossfest

  • Boehmer’s front patio will be busy serving special dishes and a view of Ossington Crit
  • BQM already has a great patio, so expect some drink specials like beer or caesars and enjoy the sun!
  • Cote De Bouef is having a front patio where you can get some of their delicious sandwiches and a Pimms or cold beer to go with it; The butcher shop will also co-host oysters and Cava from the patio further down the street at Tiger of Sweden
  • Crafted Coffee is bringing their chilled delivery bike to the sidewalk for some cold brews
  • Golden Turtle – the pho spot’s patio will be even larger for Ossfest and they’ll serve fresh rolls and spring rolls to go on the sidewalk
  • Ideal Coffee – enjoy the smell of roasting coffee beans as you watch the Crit from the patio at Ossington and Foxley
  • Indian Grill – the family run restaurant will have a new location outside Lola Salon this Saturday.  Serving a few of their choice dishes from the sidewalk patio at 200 Ossington, just south of Rolyat
  • La Cubana will be serving hot cubanos and cold drinks on this hot summer day
  • Mamakas Taverna is going all out with a 100 person extended patio on the side alley featuring meats grilled outside on the spit for a real summer barbecue vibe
  • Moliceiro‘s special front patio will be open with full menu and a Portuguese sandwich special
  • Rashers is going to be busy with $5 hogtown sandwiches and free bacon samples this Saturday
  • Reposado will expand next door with seating and drink specials at the Ossington Tire parking lot. Stop by for some buckets of beer in the Sol and Tecate beer tent and expect mezcal specials and a performance by Led Zep cover band Zeppelinesque
  • Salt Wine Bar will make you your choice of a special veggie or chicken chorizo paella and cinnamon churros from their special front patio for Ossfest
  • Union Restaurant is having a special front patio and will feature the usual favorites from one of Toronto’s top kitchens

Art and Kids at Ossfest

  • Stylegarage will feature some custom designed art pieces and a silent auction for CAMH this Saturday
  • Telegramme Prints stands out for parents with their plans for a kids art workshop for 12 and unders! Sounds fun!
  • William’s Craig is setting up a vintage bicycle lounge – fitting for the Crit and likely very instagrammable

Ossfest is tomorrow, Saturday July 23 from 11a-11pm. Shop local and Meet Me on Ossington