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Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

Boss Lady MondaysBoss Lady Mondays is a relatively new monthly series in Ossington Village.

About Boss Lady Mondays

Boss Lady Mondays is a networking and lecture series for anyone in Toronto who identifies as a woman. This series is held every month on the last Monday of the month at Ossington’s own The Painted Lady.

Speaker Series

With a different set of speakers each month, Boss Lady Monday is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from other women.

Two different speakers talk each month, so the topics will change. I just attended my first Boss Lady Monday event, with two speakers of indigenous heritage and artistic leanings, and got inspiration and knowledge from both of their talks. I also met very friendly and interesting women of different pursuits in the audience, so it was a good night for me! Continue reading Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

121 Ossington Changes: The Well is Closed; Oak Island Moving In

The Well is closed

The Well, the bar and game cafe at 121 Ossington, is closed. We don’t know exactly when this happened, but the chill spot to drink and play old games with your friends which opened in April 2014 is now out of business.

It looks like a new bar is set to take over the space and the license.

Oak Island logoOak Island opening soon

Oak Island is going to be a new bar/restaurant in the space in between Buffer salon and 109 Ossington. The logo and artwork online are tropical themed which would stand out on the strip. On Facebook, the team describes Oak Island as pharmacy & soda fountain. The space should open on April 1. The owners plan to serve craft cocktails, handmade sodas and snacks and be open for lunch and dinner.

We’ll be following Oak Island’s social media and will keep you posted when it opens.

Oak Island Ossington

Oak Island exterior

 

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.

Double D’s Bringing Deep Dish Pizza to Dundas West

There’s another pizza joint coming to our neighbourhood. East side newbie Double D’s Pizza is planning to take over the space recently vacated by Junked at Dundas and Dovercourt. For those who didn’t know, Junked recently moved downtown to Queen and Spadina.

Double D’s opened on Gerrard Street at the beginning of 2017 and Torontonians must like their Chicago style pies, because the restaurant is already expanding to the west end. Daily Hive reported on this expansion last week, but these guys move faster than expected and are planning to open very soon!

This new pizza joint should not be seen as direct competition to our two popular local pizza spots: Libretto and Superpoint. Chicago style pizza is a completely other breed; some refer to it as more like a cake versus a pizza pie. You’ll be able to try for yourself any day now. According to the latest post on the pizza parlour’s Instagram account, they are hoping to open at 1256 Dundas Street West tomorrow. Yes, that’s right. You may be able to try their pizza on Dundas West tomorrow, March 18th.

Double D's Pizza Dundas West

Double D’s Pizza opening on Dundas West – maybe as soon as tomorrow

I took some photos of the exterior today – and there were people working away inside the space too. Keep an eye out for their opening. Continue reading Double D’s Bringing Deep Dish Pizza to Dundas West

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.

 

The Best Places for Brunch in Ossington Village

This cold weather makes you want to relax over a hot meal in the middle of the day, cooked by someone else. Brunch is readily available at a variety of places in Ossington Village. Get out this weekend and enjoy at one – or more – of these excellent options for daytime food and drinks. Here are the best places for brunch in Ossington Village.


Union patioThe Classic Brunch: Union Restaurant

Union has been serving brunch for years, and people know about it. It’s the bistro brunch, with dishes ranging from poached eggs with thick cut bacon to pancakes and more. The brunch at Union is popular;  there are usually a few groups waiting at the door when it opens at 11am. In the summer, the capacity expands with the back patio, and it still gets full.

Good For: Holidays with Parents, couples; Basics: Union, 72 Ossington Ave. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11a-3pm


Té brunch

Kimchi and Pork Eggs Benny at Té

Asian Fusion Brunch: Té

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Ossington Businesses Expand Across the City

We recently posted about how many Vancouver businesses are expanding to Ossington. But the trend goes outward from Ossington, too, not as far as Vancovuer – yet. More and more Ossington-founded businesses are expanding across Toronto – maybe the rest of the country – and beyond – is coming next.

Pizza Libretto

The first and biggest, Toronto’s favorite pizzeria started expanding before any of these other guys. Now Pizzeria Libretto has 4 outposts across the city, and the Ossington location is still open for lunch and dinner.


JunkedJunked Social post

This epic snack shop/caterer opened almost 2 years ago in the small storefront at 1256 Dundas West near Dovercourt. The Junked team announced, via social media, their plans to open a downtown shop at 507 Queen Street West. Expect the opening to feature new combinations of your favorite “junk” foods sometime soon!

We are still hoping this is an expansion and not a move. A lot of people love this spot on Dundas West. With choices ranging from savory to sweet and combos of both, Junked offers it all, and soon downtown workers and residents will taste for themselves.


Mamakas

Ossington got its first Greek full-service restaurant when Mamakas opened 2 1/2 years ago at 80 Ossington. Soon, those of us who don’t plan ahead and can’t get into the often-booked restaurant will be able to try the fast-casual version when chef/owner Thanos Tripi opens his Queen West takeout outpost this year. The space, to be called Agora, was announced last fall and is pending.


Oddseoul

Oddseoul has been in business on Ossington 4 years, opened Hanmoto just around the corner in 2015, and are expanding again! From Korean snack food at Oddesoul to Japanese at Hanmoto, they will move to Vietnamese food with Pinkys Ca Phe at College and Clinton, opening soon.

Pinkys Instagram Post


Let’s hope 2017 brings more of this successful trend for Ossington restaurants.

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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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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The Weeknd Is Coming to Ossington

Starboy The Weeknd OssingtonExpect huge crowds on lower Ossington this Wednesday night/Thursday morning because music superstar The Weeknd is coming.

Special Pop-Up on Ossington

The Weeknd is having pop-up shops around the world this weekend to launch his new album. Toronto, his hometown, is getting a special pop-up and it’s on Ossington. Rally Ossington is hosting the entire event for the city. According to Universal Music Canada’s website, The Weeknd is coming on Thursday, November 24th to give away and sign merchandise. That’s right, not only will he be on Ossington, he’s giving away free stuff and autographing it. See what I mean about crowds?

If you want free stuff from The Weeknd

If you want free stuff, be in line in time to get a wristband on Thursday morning at 9am at Rally Ossington, which is located at 12 Ossington Avenue. The signing and giveaway will then take place the same day, November 24th, at 5PM at Rally.

Rally Ossington

Rally is an art gallery/event space at the bottom of Ossington Avenue, just north of Queen. Often host to pop-up shops, Rally had a big one with Kanye this past summer for his Pablo release. Line-ups were crazy then, as we posted on instagram, but Kanye wasn’t even there!

We’ll be sure to post some photos when The Weeknd comes to Ossington. Get ready!

Shopping The Pop-Up

Don’t worry if you can’t make it on Thursday. You won’t be able to meet The Weeknd, but stop by Rally on Friday or Saturday from 10a-7pm and Sunday from 10a-3pm. Merchandise related to the new Starboy album will be on sale while supplies last.