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




Ossington Shopping News: A Sale and an Opening

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.

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!

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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.

Ossington Businesses Awarded “Best in Toronto”

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!

Now Best of Toronto


Toronto Cityscape

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
  • Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor

Shopping and Services

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Barber & Co. Location Coming to Ossington

89 Ossington is being renovated into an outpost of Vancouver enterprise Barber & Co. The space on the east side of the street just south of Crywolf was formerly occupied by an art gallery which moved out earlier this fall.

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 License App

Barber & Co Liquor license application, 89 Ossington

89 Ossington exterior

89 Ossington exterior

Inside Sweet Addictions Candy Store

Sweet Addictions ExteriorOssington 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

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