The day to celebrate your mother is May 11th and there are lots of options to treat her right in Ossington Village. You can take mom out for some entertainment, a meal, or both. There are also a few places to pamper her and lots of great shopping!
Buy Mom a Present!:
Ossington is a great street to shop, with a mix of old and new and lots of original choices you won’t find elsewhere in the city.
Your stylish mom (or wife – if your kids are too young to shop, it’s on you!) will love the hip European threads from either Tiger of Sweden (think Claire from House of Cards) or Annie Aime, for lots of colour!
Delux Restaurant‘s Cuban brunch is always a hit. They are also open for dinner with their Oyster Sunday, meaning oysters are $1 starting at 5PM until they run out.
The Saint Tavern offers a very popular brunch – thanks to maple bourbon bacon, scones, devilled eggs and more! – and a special Sunday roast if you want to go the dinner route.
Quinta on Dundas West is taking reservations for two different brunch seatings at 11am and 1pm. Their brunch is fairly traditional with highlights including Eggs Benedict, Pork Belly and French toast.
Another great spot for Sunday dinner is Union – get some meat!
An alternate option is the live improv jazz from A Little Rambunctious at Bellwoods Brewery. The beer is award winning, the food is tasty and the entertainment is fun. Again, this place gets crowded and doesn’t take reservations, so get there early or be prepared to wait.
Take mom for a mani-pedi or other beauty service, or buy her a gift certificate for later! Lush and Lavish spa offers all that and more. Or, for an alternative, try the newer Buffer Salon at 123 Ossington.
The Lower Ossington Theatre offers high quality entertainment with Broadway musicals in an intimate setting. Currently running shows are Hedwig And The Angry Inch (for the hip edgy Mom), Rent (for the mom who thinks she’s edgy but is more traditional), and the ever-popular Avenue Q. If she can’t go on Sunday, buy her tickets as a gift and let her go with a friend!
There is no way for us to include every option on Ossington, there are many more great restaurants and retailers. Click through the links on the side of this page for more ideas. It’s a good time to start planning for Father’s Day too!
Still looking for that great gift for your friend or relative? We’ve been showcasing some of the local retailers and the unique gifts they sell and we last visited Telegramme Prints at 194 Ossington. Telegramme sells graphic posters and offers custom framing.
One of our favorite things about Telegramme is the prevalence of Toronto-centric art and artists. Talk about shop local!
We really enjoyed the series of prints from Tom Chitty, covering local landmarks like Trinity Bellwoods, Honest Eds and Sam The Record Man. These prints are going for $65 and they are very popular.
We also suggest you look at prints by Dave Murray – his type maps cover some of the most popular parts of Toronto, including Ossington. Your hockey loving friends and family will love his hockey print, Puck Pals.
Philip Sparks has his retail shop just off Ossington on Foxley and, while there are plenty of stylish clothes to deck yourself this holiday, there are also some gift ideas in their collection.
Buy your man one of his famous bow ties in a range of colours and patterns for $60. Complement that purchase with a $30 pocket square so he can look really dashing, or get him a gift certificate so he can really splurge and show off his good taste!
Don’t forget – Philip also designs beautiful clothing for women and I am sure your lady friends would love gift certificates of their own.
Bellwoods Brewery is a great alternative to commercial beer, and very convenient for picking up a few beers after hours, but you may not know about all the other items they sell in their retail store. Yes, your beer loving friends will love all of it, but their t-shirts, beer glasses, posters and pins are great gifts for anyone who likes the cool style Bellwoods uses in their graphic design.
Prints are $30, T-shirts $25 and hoodies $55. Patches $5. The retail store at 124 Ossington is open daily from 11-11, and beer is always a good gift, especially when it’s good beer!
The holidays are fast approaching, and chances are, you still have gifts to buy. All week we have been profiling local stores and showcasing some of the great unique gifts you can get your family and friends – and maybe a little one for yourself! Next up is Town Moto, the motorcycle lifestyle shop at 132 Ossington.
If you are shopping for someone with a bike, you are in luck here, but even if you aren’t, there are lots of original gifts here for anyone.
There are an assortment of stylish and colourful pennants for $19.95 and silk-screened posters for $29.95. Town Moto also sells their own coffee mugs for $10. To ward off the cold this winter, they sell hats for $25 and biking gloves starting at $95. For your hipster friends, trucker hats are $38. They also have books, t-shirts and more to find a gift for everyone on your list. They’re open all weekend!
Ossington is now a retail destination, and we are focusing your attention on great places to shop for unique gifts. Rescue Vintage, at 102 Ossington, offers a mix of vintage and modern designer clothes and accessories that you will not easily find elsewhere. Stop in this small boutique store, meet lovely owner Renee, and before you know it, you’ll find some gifts for your fashionista friends and a gorgeous dress to wear on New Year’s Eve!
Some of the highlights of original and fashionable gifts include Ted Baker iPad cases of different colors and sizes, ranging from $68-$100; books about fashion and style, from $20-$28, and $108 for One Fated Knight, Vancouver original, clutch wallets, in a wide assortment of colors.
Most everything in the store is original and designed locally, by the owners or other Toronto creators. We are big fans of all of it, and there are affordable, funky and fun options for anyone on your shopping list!
You can start with one of their signature t-shirts, soft, comfortable and great fitting! The Mr. Fox design is so popular it’s been ripped off by Urban Outfitters, but you can get the original here (and support local designers!) for $28.
Crywolf also has necklaces featuring their quirky and adorable animal characters for $25, leather gloves from Hides in Hand for $68, Canadiana candles (with names like Toronto Smoke and Saskatoon wheat) for $28-$48, cash pouches for $10, and patterned scarves for $20.
This year for the holiday shopping season, we are profiling local shops with unique gift offerings. This neighborhood is growing as a retail destination, and since opening last March, Tiger of Sweden brought more high-end European fashion to the street.
Tiger of Sweden, at 56 Ossington sells well tailored clothes for both men and women. When you are looking for a nice outfit, you can’t go wrong here!
For women, there are beautiful sweaters, scarves and more.
If you are looking for a nice gift for your favorite man, Tiger of Sweden has a great selection of top quality merchandise:
Silver Cuff Links, $55; Leather Billfolds and Wallets, $89; Ties, ranging from $69 -$119; Leather Belts, $129; Warm winter Gloves $119, and leather attaches $299
As the mad rush for shopping for family and friends hits it’s pace, we are grateful for our lucky proximity to one of the city’s retail destinations. It used to be we went to Queen West, but now Ossington and Dundas West is a prime spot for shopping. As we all have someone to buy something for, we toured some of the local shops to show you unique gift ideas.
Annie Aimemoved to Ossington last spring, and has loads of cute and cheerful gifts for adults and children. Many of the merchandise is top quality design imported from Europe, and not commonly found in Toronto, but there is also some local goods on sale. Once you start looking, you’ll probably be tempted to buy something for yourself!
Looking for a unique and durable gift? Try the line of paper (yes paper) bags from Italian company Essent-ial. These range from $28 for the small, up to $75 for large tote bags. Environmentally friendly, stylish and affordable!
Another unique gift is the All My Lov organic tea. Annie Aime has a variety of packages, from individual loose tea tins for $18, and boxes of assorted flavored teas for $27.
Interested in locally made body products? Try Crawford Street Skin Care – it’s all natural, and with products ranging from lip balm for $5 to body oils and lotions topping out at $45, a great gift for anyone!
Boxers in fun patterns from Mc Alson are a nice gift for a male friend. These are a European brand that you don’t see often in these parts, and will set you back approximately $59 a pair.
Don’t forget the children! There’s cute hats, socks and more for the tots. We were taken by the lovely gift set from French design firm Evelyn Prelonge for new additions, with super soft cotton-fur booties, pillow and blanket, that’s machine washable!
There is lots more for sale at Annie Aime, and they are having a holiday open house party next Saturday with 20% off clothes. Check it out for yourself at 42 Ossington.