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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: 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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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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Ossington News and Reviews: January 2017

newsThe latest Ossington news ranges from new business coverage, local restaurants making some top rankings, and a local robbery.

Recent Toronto Best Of Rankings Include Local Restaurants

This time of year features some restaurant rankings, including local restaurants receiving praise from the press.

Toronto’s Best American style restaurants

Toronto Life just released a list of the 12 best spots in Toronto to get American food like burger, fried chicken and bbq, and Omaw and Smoke Signals both made the list.

Best New Restaurants of 2016

Joanne Kates ranked the top 10 new restaurants of last year, and Dundas West’s Ufficio made her list for their seafood focused Italian menu.

Last Ossington Marijuana Dispensary May Have Been Robbed

A customer of Canna Clinic on Ossington claims he was there when the shop was robbed by masked gunman before Christmas. While the owners and employees of the clinic have not spoken at all, this customer has spoken to press and called the police. The dispensary likely does not feel safe contacting police since the police are constantly raiding and causing problems for these businesses in Toronto. The customer does not feel the dispensary is safe to have in the neighborhood.

Ossington News on New Businesses

We noted the openings of both Barber & Co and The Local from Lululemon before year end. Others have noticed and are giving both new businesses some good press.

 

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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Ride Cycle Club Coming to Ossington

ride cycle club logoRide Cycle Club, another Vancouver chain, is coming to Ossington.

Vancouver Chains Currently on Ossington

Ossington has become almost a Vancouver east, with all the chain stores that have opened on the street recently:

About Ride Cycle Club

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Ossington Dispensary is Closed

Ossington Dispensary ClosedAnother pot dispensary in the neighborhood appears to have bitten the dust. This week, Ossington Dispensary shut down for good. One of the first dispensaries in the area, it opened last April at 198 Ossington, but now Ossington Dispensary is closed.

The “closed” sign has been on the door all week long, and the business’ instagram account hasn’t been active in 2 weeks. Confirmation on the closure comes from Reddit, however.

According to employees of the dispensary writing on Reddit, the landlord was pressured by police and eventually had to shut the business down. They cannot stay in that location, but provided contact information so as to keep customers informed of their next steps.

It’s been a crazy year for the dispensary business. Ossington Village has had a number of openings and closings since April, and Canna Clinic appears to be the last one standing.


UPDATE:

A friendly reader sent us a photo of the sign posted on the side door of Ossington Dispensary. they really appreciated the great neighbors and customers and explained that with the government not properly addressing the regulations, it became untenable to remain in the business. The photo is a little blurry but you can get the sentiment:

 

Ossington Dispensary note

The note posted on the side door of the Ossington Dispensary

 

Lululemon Ossington Opening Friday

Lululemon OssingtonLululemon Store to be called The Local Is Opening Tomorrow

Lululemon is opening a retail concept store called The Local on Ossington this week. We heard the news of this opening back in September, and it’s been confirmed by Lululemon that the concept store will open this Friday, December 16th at 96 Ossington.

Expected to be a Men’s Concept Store

From everything we’ve read, this new Lululemon store will focus on men’s apparel and lifestyle. According to a video posted on the company’s social media, the store will involve collaboration and be a “breeding ground for innovation”.  Perhaps some of the collaboration will occur with other local Ossington businesses. The Local team has already engaged with Academy of Lions founder Dhani Oaks, who is being labelled a “The Local ambassador” on Lululemon’s Facebook account. This is a good partnership for Lululemon, because they want to outfit all of the athletes at the crossfit gym.

96 Ossington

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