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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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Barber & Co Now Open on Ossington

Barber Ossington exteriorBarber & 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!

 

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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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Black Friday Deals in Ossington Village

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

Anice Jewellery logoThe 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!

 

Crywolf, 91 Ossington Ave

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Dundas General Store Coming March 2017

Dundas General Store logoThe 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.

Dundas General Store

Dundas General Store exterior at 1239 Dundas West

Dundas General Sign

Sign Announcing Dundas General