Barber & Co has been renovating the space at 89 Ossington for the last month and is now open and ready to groom! The renovations are not 100% complete, but they are taking appointments and serving men’s hair needs, with high quality cocktails to go along.
About Barber & Co
Barber & Co is a Canadian business, like many on Ossington, originally from Vancouver. You’ll learn that the concept is bigger than a barber shop.
For one, each Barber & Co location (there are 6: 5 in Vancouver, plus this new one) offers enough amenities to make men want to spend time there aside from just getting a hair cut and/or shave. For example, drinks and/or games, so men will go with a friend and stay and hang out after their service.
On top of that, they make a lot of their own products, after careful testing, which they use in-house and sell from the shop. These products cover men’s heads, beards and moustaches.
In one of the Vancouver locations, they offer workshops and more comprehensive barbering training
Barber & Co Ossington
Barber Ossington is located on the east side of Ossington, south of Crywolf and north of the alleyway next to House of Horvath, The Ossington location is inspired by the art studio it replaced, so the decor includes paint spatters to mimic that vibe. At this time, you can already book appointments and buy product. The team also plans to implement a high-end cocktail bar, bringing in mixologists from around the city to make some killer drinks for pre- or post- haircut.
Ossington is bringing more and more men to the strip, with new additions of clothing stores like Reigning Champ and Peace Collective, and a men’s grooming salon – with drinks – seems to be a suitable complement. The owners are back and forth between here and Vancouver to get the place up and running and happy to welcome clients.
Below are a few of our photos of the space, but feel free to check it out for yourself!
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.
Today is Black Friday and we recommend you shop local. There are so many great retailers in our neighborhood, and many of them are offering special deals today, in store, online or both. Get your holiday shopping done early, or buy something for yourself. We don’t judge, as long as you shop local!
Anice Jewellery, 102 Ossington Ave
The more you buy today, the more you get back. This local jewellery store is offering you gift cards when you spend $50 or more: with a $50 spend, receive a $25 gift card, with $75 you’ll get $35, and for a $100 purchase, you’ll get back a $45 gift card. You can buy jewellery for multiple people with that deal!
The prime retail space on the ground floor of Abacus Lofts at 1239 Dundas West is going to be a general store/cafe called Dundas General Store. A general store and gourmet food market is much more welcome than a previous tenant: the short-lived dispensary Twisted Smoke, one of several dispensaries in the area.
The sign on the door at 1239 Dundas West, and a website, both which aim for an opening in March 2017.
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.
J+O Warehouse Sale sign
J&O set up for warehouse sale – are those chairs the first people in line?
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!
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.
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!
Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor
The original Barber & Co is based in Yaletown in Vancouver, with several other branches in that city. This would be the first outpost in Toronto. This continues the trend of Vancouver retailers opening stores on Ossington: Gravity Pope was the first, and Lululemon is coming soon too!
This is a barber shop meant for spending time in. Barber & Co locations in Vancouver have activities like darts, pinball and pool tables, depending on the space.
What to expect from the Ossington location?
We know for sure that they are applying for a liquor license, so gentlemen will be able to consume some alcoholic beverages while relaxing and getting a beard trim and/or haircut.
According to the company website, the Ossington location will be opening sometime this fall and they are currently hiring. We’ve got some photos and will keep you posted as we hear more.
Barber & Co Liquor license application, 89 Ossington
Ossington and Dundas has a new and unique Candy Store!
Sweet Addictions opened earlier this month at 1134 Dundas Street West, just east of Ossington. This is not your average candy store. In fact, when we stopped in to check it out, we saw a lot of products we had never heard of before, let alone seen.
As I said, this is not your typical candy store. For one, the inventory goes well beyond candy to cover a variety of snack foods. Cookies, chips, breakfast cereals, gum, peanut butter, and candy are on offer at this new shop.
Sweet Addictions sells different flavours of your favourite brands
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.