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It may be colder than it’s supposed to for mid-November, but that’s no reason to miss out on walking our amazing neighbourhood.

Yesterday I was on a little stroll running errands and I saw so many nearly-open new businesses and other fun things that this blog post practically wrote itself.

Coming Soon…

My Sewing Studio

1898 Danforth (formerly The Handwork Dept)

The door says “alterations and repairs”. Since the hem just fell out of my favourite pencil skirt, (and I have zero interest in learning to fix it myself) this is great news!

Little Ones Closet

1854 Danforth (formerly Merrily, Merrily)

Looks like it’s a kids consignment store selling new clothes too – great news!

Cumin Fine Indian Kitchen

1820 Danforth (formerly Forth Ave Kitchen & Bar)

When they open up, their website will be: http://www.cuminkitchen.com

Flourishing Sprouts

2039 Danforth (formerly Caketown Coffee)

It’s a child’s activity centre – here’s the website to follow for more info.


…And more!

Other recently-opened businesses you want to know about:

The Workaround, 2080 Danforth (formerly TD Bank)

A parent-friendly co-working space. For membership and other info, visit https://theworkaround.ca

The Ellery, 1870 Danforth

(formerly Melanie’s Bistro)

A great new restaurant with lunch, dinner, and brunch. http://www.theelleryto.com

Common Threads, 2026 Danforth

(formerly condo sales office and before that an abandoned jewellery store)

“We teach life skills – sewing, cooking, organization and money management – in a fun environment.”


Gyoko Sushi, 2143 Danforth

(formerly Happy Sushi)

This may be in the same genre as it’s predecessor, but it’s an entirely different place owned by a local family. It has been nicely renovated and everyone raves about the delicious and reasonably priced food.


Virtual Experience (VX), 2069 Danforth (upstairs)

Virtual Reality Arcade & Lounge, family and kid-friendly.


Although the Handwork Dept https://torontovintage.ca just moved a few stores to the west, the new space is amazing. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but definitely go downstairs. Their basement is brimming with treasures from yesteryear and will make you strangely nostalgic for your parents’ basement. I snapped a few pics but you really have to see for yourself. (Yes, that’s a pinball machine and yes all those records are for sale.)

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Want to make the most of this unexpected summery weather? Here are some suggestions!

Danforth East Arts Fair, East Lynn Park, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm

I know you know but here’s the poster again anyway because honestly, our 100% volunteer-run, juried (meaning the vendors were selected as the cream of the crop among many applicants) arts fair is such an amazing event. You must go.

While you’re there, don’t forget to post some pics to social media using #DECAF17

Rikki Nicks Concert, Stephenson Park, Sat 7-9:30pm

How fun is this? Awesome Fleetwood Mac cover band, plus food, wine and beer available for purchase from Sauce, Hooked and Tuana!?!

Stephenson Park is by Main and Danforth, more or less behind Sobey’s. Kudos to Councillor McMahon and Friends of Stephenson Park for organizing.

If you live in the area and want to help our with Friends of Stephenson Park, email us and we will put you in touch or contact them via their Facebook page. They really need volunteers, especially for the winter ice rink effort.

August Kinn Grand Opening, Sat 10am-6pm, 1374 Danforth

A lovely new store for baby things has opened between Coxwell & Greenwood. Visit them today for their grand opening event! They will have door prizes and other fun stuff so check it out.

Other DECA Events

Okay fine, we *just* posted yesterday about our scavenger hunt and the impressive prizes available, plus our two fun #DECAde birthday parties happening on Thursday (Sept 21) and on Saturday (Sept 23) so here’s a link to that post in case you missed it.

Do you love what DECA does? Support us by buying a $10/household membership. Click here! We are also looking for volunteers for events, our Board and for whatever your great idea is!

Even more events later this week!


A collection of recent encaustic and acrylic artworks by Victoria Wallace and Deanna Hutton. September 22-27, 2017 at STUDIO by the Nooks – 1912 Danforth Ave, 1 1/2 blocks west of Woodbine

OPENING NIGHT PARTY – Friday, September 22 from 6-9pm.

For those that can’t make it to the Opening, the Gallery will be open the following days/times.
Friday, Sept 22.……….6pm-9pm – Opening Night Party
Saturday, Sept 23.…..11am-7pm – encaustic demonstrations
Sunday, Sept 24.…….11am-5pm – acrylic demonstrations
Monday, Sept 25.…… 11am-5pm – gallery open
1pm-4pm – *Acrylic Transfer Workshop by Victoria
Tuesday, Sept 26.……11am-7pm – artists painting in the gallery
Wednesday, Sept 27..11am-5pm – artists painting in the gallery

*Acrylic Transfer Workshop – $75 includes all materials – max 8 participants.  To register, please contact Victoria at victoriawallaceartist@gmail.com.

Now Magazine Readers’ Poll

It’s a big deal for our locals to win these “best of” awards so take time to vote and show everyone in this city what #DanforthEast has to offer. Voting closes this Thursday (September 21) at 11pm so do not delay.

To make it easy, our friends at Moberly consolidated all of our local nominees here:


That’s all for now!

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Thanks to guest blogger Gay Stephenson, Community Economic Development Coordinator at Woodgreen who is also a DECA Volunteer Extraordinaire. Follow Gay on twitter at @gaystephenson for a master class in community-building and loving your neighbourhood.

Our little neighbourhood is part of the friendliest, most welcoming commercial strip in Toronto, and we love our shops and businesses more than any other neighbourhood in the city. Heck, our little pocket has given birth to 32 pop-up shops in 3 years, helped launch a SWAP Alternative Gift pop-up for the holidays, AND turned out in droves to support refugees through the ETF4Syria Pop-up Hub! We understand that most small biz owners work long hours, pouring their heart and soul into creating a delightful place for us to shop, eat or play. So when a local business closes, we miss them and wonder what went wrong. Some stories are happy, some are sad.

This ebb and flow along Danforth East gives rise to some incredible opportunities for businesses ready to take the plunge. Our past wish lists have included a fish market (did you know we can buy fish at Stock-in-Trade?) Other requests included book store, more coffee shops (and now we have Press), and more restaurants/pubs (in 2015 Local 1794 & Fourth Avenue Kitchen and Bar, and The Shore Leave tiki bar opened). Our neighbourhood is coming of age! What more could we ask for? You tell us… as you read on, think about what else you dream of, then send us a tweet or post to our Facebook page. The pop-up shop team would love to hear from you!

used appliances

Congratulations and best wishes to Gus who closed his used appliance shop and retired after more than 30 years in business. He sold the building at 1841 Danforth and the store is currently available for lease. It’s just one door away from the new Fresh Paint Studio & Cafe and an opportunity for some lucky business owner.


Farewell to Justin and Hannah of Signature Sushi at 1524 Danforth who sold their business in December to another young couple. The new owners have added a stunning new sign. This was a much loved local spot, and the new owners are receiving rave reviews. Have you tried it yet?! A warm welcome to Yanagi Sushi.


This year we also said goodbye to much loved, Danforth Sandwich, Almanqal Shawarma, East Lynn Antiques, Kind Exchange and Bellalite. We’ll miss you! (Although, a new sign up at Danforth Sandwich says it is under new management and will reopen soon! Stay tuned.)

On the other hand, if you know a business looking to move east, these are super locations: 1989 Danforth is currently for sale and 1912, 2116, & 2038 Danforth are available for lease. Who knows what spring will bring to #DanforthEast.

New Store Alert! We love sharing these messages on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate the new additions. Every new business opening causes a stir of excitement in our neighbourhood.


coal mine

In December we welcomed the fabulous new Hollandaise Diner to 2321 Danforth Ave between Woodbine and Main.

We can now add theatre, yes THEATRE to the list of fabulous things to do in our ‘hood! Welcome to the Coal Mine Theatre at 1454 Danforth near Monarch Park. Tickets to A Winter’s Tale are on sale until Feb. 20th, $25-35, or on Sundays pay what you can.

Fresh Paint Studio and Cafe’s opening on Feb 6th was a great success! Find them at 1849 Danforth Ave, Tues – Saturday, 11am-9pm and Sunday, 12-5pm.


Broad, a new lingerie and swimsuit shop is a specialty shop for women with fuller busts is set to open in March at 1763 Danforth beside In This Closet. Sam Conover, owner of Broad says that she always knew she wanted to be in the east end. Why bras? “It’s something most women wear every day. I want to make sure people have access to something that fits and feels good”. With ten years experience as a bra fitter at In My Sister’s Closet, Sam plans to keep prices as accessible as she can with a good selection under $100.



Vilnes Aveda Salon is now open. Located at 1436 Danforth Ave beside The Pillow Shoppe. Dalia moved east from Pape and Danforth and her customers are following her here! A new sign is on the way and you can reach her at 416-421-1932.

**This just in: The Firkin On Danforth opened yesterday in the condo at Woodbine & Danforth!**


Check out our list of extraordinary past and present pop-up shops here. We’re proud of our contributions to the revitalization of Danforth East. In 2015, three of our pop-ups became permanent fixtures and the vacancy rate on our strip has gone from 17% down to less than 9% since we started this project. Yippee! (By the way, not only does this make our strip more appealing for shopping/dining, it also increases safety in our neighbourhood by increasing foot traffic.)

And that’s not all… the Danforth Mosaic BIA is rolling out their marketing plans for local businesses, with the theme: “You’ll love what you find here!”

We sure do. Don’t be shy, why not recommend some of our local businesses to your friends? Word of mouth and social media will help our small, original locals grow & flourish, in a digital world.



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Have you seen our latest pop-up shop, East Toronto Families for Syria Hub? It’s a place where the community can gather and be a part of welcoming families to Danforth East. It also operates as a donation drop off/pick up location for household goods. The Hub is located at 1803 Danforth Avenue above the Tool Library. Their Grand Opening Event is on Saturday January 23, 12-6pm and everyone is welcome!  The Hub will be popping up in the neighbourhood until March 31 and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm, or by appointment during the week.

How can you help?

They are accepting donations of household goods and small furniture in good to excellent condition. Please note that due to the large number of items already donated, The Hub is only accepting donations for specific items. Please check their Facebook page to see what items they are looking for.

How can you help even more?

The Hub is a grassroots volunteer effort and is counting on volunteers to help staff the space. Right now they need volunteers through March 31st on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-6pm. Volunteering will likely involve some sorting, organizing and display of donations, and children and babies are welcome and encouraged to come along. Use the links below to get in touch with them if you can spare some of your time to help.

Volunteers at the hub are also creating welcome baskets and organizing activities to connect sponsoring families. Everyone is welcome at the Grand Opening Event on January 23, noon to 6pm. The following Saturday, January 30, they are hosting a Syrian Refugee Sponsor Group Mixer.


ET4Syria Hub wishes to thank Remax Hallmark Realty for their generosity with this initiative, and is thrilled to be part of DECA/ WoodGreen’s Pop-Up Shop program.

If you want to get in touch with questions, please email info.easttorontofamilies4syria@gmail.com
You can also check them out online at:
Twitter: @eastTO4Syria

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Our newest pop-up shop is a collaboration with the Tool Library! Thanks to Ryan Dyment, Executive Director of the Tool Library, for this post with all the details.

The Holiday Season has arrived which means lots of parties, Christmas carols and of course, a massive dose of consumerism whose hangover will only be felt in January when your credit card bill arrives. A closer look at this bill will reveal purchases of gifts that George Monbiot describes as “amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For 30 seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.”

How often have you received a gift that you didn’t need or didn’t even want? How many plastic trinkets have you found in your stocking that give you a fleeting 3-second laugh only to be discarded and left to decompose over the next 1,000 years?

For the past two years the Toronto Tool Library has been proud to host Toronto’s only ‘Alternative Gift Fair’ at our Danforth location. The Fair is a community swap event where anyone can come and swap giftable items with their community rather than buying more stuff that often has no practical purpose whatsoever. Hundreds of lightly used or new items have been exchanged, the media has covered the story and credit card debt has been cut down for those who’ve come out. This event represents a distinct anomaly in our society: money is not permitted and existing abundance in our community is shared.

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This year’s event will be even bigger. After some fortunate negotiations with our landlord and support from DECA, Woodgreen, community organizer Stephanie Nakitsas and the team at the Tool Library, we are excited to announce Toronto’s first ever ‘Alternative Gift Shop‘. This storefront shop at 1803 Danforth will be the only gift shop in Toronto where money is not accepted; just bring any lightly used or new items, or even an item like a cooking or ukulele lesson and swap up to 10 of these items with others.  The shop will kick off with a Grand Opening on Thursday December 17th from 7-10pm with free beverages provided by Left Field Brewery and snacks from the Toronto Tool Library. The Alternative Gift Shop will also be open to all from FridaySunday for the following hours:

Friday, December 18th: 12pm-8pm

Saturday, December 19th: 10am-5pm

Sunday, December 20th: 10am-5pm

You can help us spread the word by inviting your friends to our Facebook event 

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How can you participate?

We’ll begin accepting items for early donation on Sunday Dec. 13th between noon and 5pm. You can gift items to the shop or get a ticket for each item you bring (up to 10). Tickets can then be exchanged for another item when the shop opens. If you’d like to lend a hand, we’re also looking for volunteers to set up and help run the shop. We’re meeting on Dec. 9 at 7:30pm – please email Stephanie to join the team effort! stephanie.nakitsas@gmail.com.




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Looking for a gorgeous, hand crafted dining room table? How about a one-of-kind chair? Drop by our newest pop-up during the month of December and meet owner, designer, craftsman Philip Brown of Pab Furniture. Our pop-up shop team asked Philip to tells us a little bit about his craft – read to the end grand opening info! (Spoiler alert: it’s this weekend)

How long have you been designing custom furniture and how did you get started?

I was always been interested in creating things but was given an opportunity to start designing and building furniture for a local retailer in 2010 at which time I established the pab brand.

Do you have favourite materials to work with?

My background was in automotive design so my first pieces were created primarily in metal. I could not resist the allure of wood and eventually incorporated that into my work.

Do you take custom orders to fit a certain sized room?

There are currently 26 pieces of mine on display and for sale at the popup store. I also do custom work that is client directed and made to fit any space. I do work for architects, interior designers both residential and commercial.

Tell us a bit about this unique coffee table. 

My Soundwave coffee table was featured in the 2014 Mercedes Benz magazine. It is constructed from 1/8 x 3 inch cold rolled steel and can be finished in a variety of platings (shown in antique bronze).  It can be purchased through my shop at pabfurniture.com or in my pop-up shop at a special low price.

What attracted you to pop-up on Danforth East?

I have a work shop and studio just above the airport in Mississauga but have chosen to open a store in the east end. I have been living in the Danforth area for just over a year and have fallen in love with its fresh vibe, friendliness and feel. We all know this area is a really vibrant and I would love to become a part of it.

Do you enjoy watching the reactions of people who visit your shop?

I have always enjoyed people’s reaction to my work. I do a broad range of work but I especially love the whimsical. I have gold leaf bench that is cut to look like 188 gold ingots stacked together and a dining room table with legs and an apron that looks like curtains, great for kids to present puppet shows and plays from underneath!

What are you planning for the grand opening this weekend?

We opened in time for the “Shop the Neighbourhood” event this past weekend but intend to have our grand opening this Saturday, December 5th. We will have snacks and warm drinks with a draw to win a “live edge” maple side table.



Pab Furniture | 1801 Danforth Avenue | Tues. 11am-4pm, Wed – Fri 11-7pm, Sat 11-6pm, Sun 11-6pm

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You should follow us on Facebook and Twitter because that’s where we post news as we hear it, but a few highlights warranted a blog post!

City Ward Boundary Review

This is really important. The City is looking at redrawing ward boundaries. There is a report and a chance to provide input via a survey – please do this! Here is the info from Councillor Davis’ e-newsletter:

The City of Toronto is conducting a Ward Boundary Review to examine the size and shape of Toronto’s municipal wards. The primary consideration of the Review is to make sure that ward populations are similar so that each resident can be fairly represented. The Review will also look at communities of interest and neighbourhoods within the city, while making sure not to split up well-established communities. Other factors such as a ward’s history and physical or natural features will also be part of the Review process.
The first stage of the review is complete, and options have been proposed for Ward boundaries and resident representation. Some options could significantly change the level of representation and neighbourhood composition for our current Wards.  Please take the time to look at the report here and let the City know what you think by completing the survey. Council will be considering a final report on potential Ward changes in May 2016.

New in the Hood

We don’t blog about every new business opening (because there are too many to keep up with!) but we couldn’t resist…

Press Cafe, Books, Vinyl, 2442 Danforth Ave (west of Main)

Damon (producer of DECA’s world-famous podcasts!) is the proud new owner of this great spot – part used book shop, part used record shop, and all coffee shop! You can swing by for a latte, a $3 DVD, and a selection of locally baked muffins, scones and cookies.
They recently added seating so now you can go, stay and enjoy. Look for the very witty sign board out front! (Which you can read from the comfort of your own home if click here to like them on Facebook) This place is awesome. Go there.

Forth Avenue Kitchen and Bar, 1820 Danforth Ave 

This gorgeous restaurant recently opened a bit west of East Lynn Park on the north side of Danforth. I’m not a restaurant reviewer so will just stick to the facts: great food that is deliberately reasonably priced and high quality, lovely atmosphere, great service, kids menu, classy bar area with a TV behind the bar and lots of beer on tap, and a beautiful dining room with an open kitchen. Even the bathrooms are gorgeous. Go there.

Check them out on Facebook. Here’s a pic they posted of their menu!




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