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Ossington Tire Is Closing on August 4th

Ossington TireOssington Tire announced yesterday that they are closing the business as of August 4th.

Ossington Tire Is Closing

Ossington Tire’s Facebook announcement

 

About Ossington Tire

Ossington Tire covers a big chunk of real estate at 146 Ossington, on the west side between Foxley and Argyle. The garage is between YogaSpace to the north and Reposado to the south. The family-run business has been in operation since 1946, and it’s presence harkens back to the industrial history of Ossington Avenue.  It had no shortage of customers from what we could tell, and was especially busy in late fall when cars would line up around the block to change to winter tires each year at Ossington Tire.

Ossington Tire Is Closing

Now the owner is retiring and so, Ossington Tire is closing. The announcement comes with a week and a half to go – your last chance to get your tires replaced on Ossington is next Friday, August 4, 2017. We wish the owner and his employees the best of luck!

So, what’s next for 146 Ossington? It’s a big lot with a lot of potential in a prime neighborhood. Your guess is probably similar to mine. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, and please do the same! Share in our comments or through social.

Ossington Now Has a Pop-Up For Naps

Casper Cottage logoThere is an Ossington nap pop-up. That’s right, Casper sleepware company just opened a retail store/marketing opportunity where you can take a nap in a bed on Ossington.

The Casper Cottage

Casper mattresses just opened “The Casper Cottage” this weekend at 45 Ossington. The pop-up occupies the space formerly home to Unleashed in the City before it moved to 211 Ossington in January. The marketing team for the mattress brand has transformed the space into what looks like a home decór store in the front, and a row of beds in the back. I walked by this morning but it wasn’t open yet – probably because people don’t need naps right after waking up!

How it works

According to the Casper press release, 45 Ossington is The Casper Cottage, your Toronto summer home. All you need to do to visit the Ossington nap pop-up is either book a bed in advance (maybe via email?) or just swing by on the chance one will be available. Then you can lie down on a Casper bed outifitted with Casper pillows and sheets and sleep in the store. The store/bed rental spot is open until August 20th. Hours are Tuesday – Wednesday 12-8p; Thursday – Friday 12-9p; and Saturday – Sunday 12-8p. If you get tired on a Monday, you’ll have to go home for a nap, or pull a Costanza and sleep under your desk at work. Continue reading Ossington Now Has a Pop-Up For Naps

Ossington Business Profile #22: Anice Jewellery

 

#22 in our series of Ossington Business Profiles is Anice Jewellery. This lovely little retail shop opened almost exactly two years ago at 102 Ossington and has been selling custom jewellery and teaching people to make jewellery ever since. In our business profile, we ask questions about their business and their thoughts on Ossington. Today we hear from the owner of Anice, Brittany Hopkins, in our Anice Jewellery Business Profile.

What is your business?

Anice Jewellery is a custom jewellery store with heart. We make everything in house and by hand, all with love and a touch of grandma’s inspiration (we are named after my grandmother). We specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces and turning old treasures into new love. Bring us your old jewellery and we’ll help you turn it into something new.

How is your business unique?

No other jewellery store does repairs or can make custom pieces on the spot like we do. We work with you every step of the way to design and create a unique piece right in front of your eyes!

How long have you been in business here?

We have been at this location since July 2015.

What drew you to be here on Ossington?

Ossington is a place that is alive at all times of day: from amazing food, to fitness, to clothing, to bars and nightlife: Ossington has something for everyone and we felt it was the perfect neighbourhood to grow with. 

What changes have you seen on Ossington since your business has been here?

The sense of community has definitely heightened since we opened: from the opening of so many more shops to the new condo being built across the street from our store: Ossington is becoming such a special and buzzing neighbourhood and we are so happy to be a part of it!

How do you see your business and Ossington five years from now?

We are really focused right now on building our customer relationship program, increasing our workshops and expanding on all kinds of new designs and exciting projects! It has always been our goal to do what we do well and create lasting memories with our clients in the process. The goal for the next 5 years is to do what we do and do it so well. And of course continue to grow because of it!

What is your favorite spot on Ossington, other than your own, and why?

Where to begin?! The oysters at Boehmer are divine, the classes at RIDE Cycle Club and MISFIT Studios keep us sane outside of store hours and nothing says Ossington like an ice cream sandwich from Bang Bang! We love all the shops to be honest. All the business owners we have met have been awesome and we look forward to getting to know the neighbourhood more as it continues to grow.

Stop into 102 Ossington and browse the shop – when the weather’s nice, they often have displays set up on the front patio. Also, check out their schedule for upcoming workshops or schedule your own for a group of friends.

Dundas West Fest 2017 In Photos

The weather was fabulous for the 5th annual Dundas West Fest, and so was everything else.

Crowds of people hit the street from morning to midnight, and there was something for everyone on Dundas West: food, drinks, music, comedy, activities for kids, a big gay patio, sports, a Harry Potter themed patio, a mural painted in a day, and more.  A recap in photos below.

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What’s Going On at 198 Ossington?

A Restaurant Called Roy Woods May Be Coming to 198 Ossington

198 Ossington is covered with posters promoting a new restaurant which may be opening soon called Roy Woods.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington is a commercial space on the west side of Ossington, a block and a half south of Dundas. Last occupied by The Ossington Dispensary, which opened in April 2016, the previous long-term tenant of 198 Ossington was Portugal Drapery and Textiles.  Since the dispensary’s closure in December of last year, the space north of Telegramme Prints has been empty.

A quick peek into the space today shows there’s some furniture inside but it doesn’t look like there’s any activity, certainly no renovations. And renovations would be needed to convert the retailer into a restaurant.

Signage up at 198 Ossington

The exterior of 198 Ossington is papered with signs proclaiming a new restaurant opening soon.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington exterior

198 Ossington Roy Woods

Close-up of the sign on 198 Ossington

Roy Woods Resto and Bake

We have no idea what Roy Woods Resto and Bake is! Is this a fun hoax referring to the previous tenant with the use of the word “bake”? Elaborate graffiti art? Or maybe a new restaurant coming to Ossington?

Online searches are no help. There is already a Roywoods restaurant in Toronto, a jerk chicken joint in City Place, but the name is one word in that case and graphics are completely different so this seems unlikely.

Another Roy Woods is a young Canadian rapper who replaces the S with a dollar sign (Roy Wood$), but that road leads nowhere.

If Roy Woods 198 Ossington is an upcoming restaurant, we’ll let you know when we find out! Until then, post a comment if you have any information to share about these posters or what’s happening at 198 Ossington.

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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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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