All stories relating to pop-up shop

The Goods

Shopping

Comments

Christmas Gift Ideas: a week-long pop-up shop on Ossington that’s stacked with designer labels

rac-pop-upAround this time of year, holiday shoppers start flocking to craft fairs—and to their hipster equivalents, pop-up shops. Today marks the start of a temporary shop on Ossington from Yorkville’s RAC Boutique and relaunched e-tailer LAB Consignment, two stores that share an affinity for both designer labels and capital letters. RAC’s stock includes Vivenne Westwood, Rachel Comey, Sass & Bide and Mara Hoffman, while LAB is selling consigned items by Elizabeth + James, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Chloe and more. The pop-up closes Sunday, but we’d recommend heading down before the weekend to snag the choicest pieces.

November 19–24. T–Sa 12–8, Su 12–6. AWOL Gallery, 78 Ossington Ave.

The Goods

Stores

Comments

Brika—a curated, Toronto-based version of Etsy—opens a pop-up at Hudson’s Bay

brika-hudsons-bay-pop-up

(Image: George Pimentel/WireImage)

Even the most ardent advocate of handmade goods sometimes gets overwhelmed by the dizzying realm of Etsy. Enter Brika (“bree-ka”), a Toronto-based e-retailer offering a curated selection of modern crafts, along with information about the artisans who make them. The company’s brand new pop-up shop in the Queen Street Hudson’s Bay is full of Canadian-made home decor goods, stationery and jewellery, all with a quirky-cute aesthetic reminiscent of Anthropologie. (We’re jonesing for the knitted metal jewellery from Golden Designs and the whimsical tea towels from Freshly Printed.) The Canadian creations will be at The Bay through the holidays, and are also available online alongside a larger selection of crafts from U.S.-based makers.

Brika, Hudson’s Bay, 176 Yonge St., brika.com

The Goods

Stores

3 Comments

A rotating pop-up shop opens on Ossington

Ossington’s cadre of hip boutiques keeps growing, most recently with the launch of Pop-Up 120, a wholesale-retail hybrid from fashion distributor Agency One. Each season, the revolving pop-up store in the front of the agency’s head office will feature one of the international brands that it also distributes to stores like Barneys, Holt Renfrew and TNT. First up: rocker clothing label Religion, whose hard-edged, East London roots are reflected in goth chandeliers, paintings of British monarchs and silver skulls. Starting in August, the space will be pared down for Ganni, a line out of Copenhagen with a clean, modern aesthetic, followed by artsy Australian brand Something Else.

Open W-Su 11– 7. 120 Ossington Avenue, 416-703-2916, Facebook

The Goods

Stores

Comments

Five pop-up shops land on the east end of Danforth Avenue for the summer

Inside the Krystle Lee pop-up (Image: Krystle Lee)

Residents of the East Danforth—an area long euphemistically dubbed “in transition”—are banking on a series of pop-up shops to help increase its vibrancy. Copying a model that has proved successful in Newcastle, Australia, the local community association convinced four clothing stores and a bakery to take on summer-long leases in previously empty storefronts, with the possibility of staying permanently. Over the weekend, all five pop-ups launched on the stretch between Monarch Park Avenue and Woodbine: Krystle Lee, a clothing store with image consulting services; In This Closet, a women’s apparel thrift store; e-closeta women’s accessories and apparel shop; Cheap Thrills, a shop selling samples and seconds for men, women, and kids; and Yummy Stuff, a bakery specialising in cookies, cakes and cupcakes.

Krystle Lee, 1517 Danforth Ave., 1 647 284 5154, krystle.ca
In This Closet, 1765 Danforth Ave.
E-closet, 1801 Danforth Ave., 647-207-0494, ecloset.ca
Cheap Thrills, 1811 Danforth Ave.
Yummy Stuff, 1938 Danforth Ave.,  416 531 9732, yummystuff.ca

The Goods

Shopping

Comments

Gallery: over 30 designer collaborations created in honour of Holt Renfrew’s 175th anniversary

Holt Renfrew turns 175 this September, and instead of a birthday cake (so ho-hum), the retailer is celebrating with a whole bunch of limited-edition products featuring its trademark magenta hue and produced by designer brands like Manolo Blahnik, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Alice and Olivia, Ferragamo and Canada Goose. (Our favourites are this classic Pendleton throwthis adorable Alice and Olivia peplum dress and this blazer by Kate Middleton-approved brand Smythe). For those who aren’t into pink—and are into being cozy—there are also six limited-edition sweatshirts designed by local and international graphic artists, which will be on sale at a travelling pop-up shop at Trinity Bellwoods Park on September 7.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Goods

Stores

3 Comments

A One Direction pop-up shop is coming to Toronto

(Image: Eva Rinaldi)

British boy-band sensation and global tween heartthrobs One Direction are opening up their first-ever pop-up shop in North America, and it’s going to be in Toronto (to think people even question Toronto’s status as a world-class city!). The launch of the 1D World store this Saturday at 680 Yonge Street just happens to coincide with the end of summer vacation, meaning the most ardent Directioners can score their sunglasses, T-shirts and iPhone covers in time for the first day of school. Anyone planning to head down, be warned: the Australian store saw line-ups of fans numbering in the thousands camped out hours in advance of the store opening, belting out catchy One Direction tunes. Alas, the opportunity to purchase a shirt adorned with the expertly coiffed band members is only temporary, as the shop is set to close September 2. Phew. [h/t Toronto Star]

The Goods

Stores

Comments

A pop-up shop with terrariums, homemade Sam James coffee ice cream bars and Canadian-designed clothing

Pop-ups are typically small, boutique operations, but this week’s Mutts and Co. summer shop at 94 Ossington is a big to-do: there’s jewellery, clothing, housewares, terrariums, beard balm, preserves, men’s underwear and worm bins for sale (yes, worm bins). This temporary boutique will also be hosting a photo gallery at the back of the store featuring works by Toronto-based photographers Matthew Crisp and Beau Partlow, and since there’s so much to see and potentially buy, Brandon Olson from The Black Hoof is making homemade ice cream bars with Sam James coffee to keep people refreshed. And if for some reason this isn’t enough, there’ll be gin and Mexican beer on opening night (July 5 from 6 to 11 p.m.).

The Goods

Shopping

Comments

Glory Box’s pop-up project is back, ditching clothes and pots for patio furniture

The sweltering and humid Toronto summer is coming, and the promise of getting post-work drunk sitting outdoors is becoming mighty appealing. (It’s true, it is.) Back in December, a couple of local girls, Natalie Petozzi and Abigail Van Den Broek, threw together a Glory Box pop-up shop with 70 per cent off Le Creuset pots and designer denim. Now, they’re moving on, selling patio furniture from Andrew Richards Designs, Sunbrella, Enclover, Cana-Foam, Cabana Coast by Actiwin and more. All items will be on sale for 50 to 70 per cent off, which means you might not have to buy this season’s modular wicker chaise lounge from Restoration Hardware. (You still can, but you don’t have to.)

Glory Box, 99 Sudbury St., May 26 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and May 27 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

The Goods

Shopping

Comments

It isn’t the holiday season, but Fitzroy Boutique is having a spring pop-up shop

When we think of pop-up shops, we first think of Philip Sparks (who is now out of the pop-up game) and the holidays (seriously, there is one every other day). But to shake things up a little bit, Fitzroy Boutique is having a spring shop inside Queen West’s BYOB until April 5 for any ladies looking to update their wardrobes (we know it is freezing outside today, but remember how it was unseasonably warm last week?). Fans (if there are any left) of Whitney Eve Port can pick over the Whitney Eve collection, grab a tote by the ever-popular Fieldguided and check out hard-to-find labels like BB Dakota, Greylin, Society for Scarves, Species (sp.) by Sarah Donofrio, Wolf and Moon and more. Or, you could walk around bitter about how seasonably cold it is for March (the choice is yours).

The Goods

Stores

3 Comments

Jason Wu for Target pop-up store comes to Toronto for one day only (elbows out, chin up)

Jason Wu for Target (Image: Target)

Even though Toronto is still a year away from getting its first Target store, Torontonians who love designer collabs and bargains will get a one-day shot at snagging a few pieces from the Jason Wu for Target collection next week. Target will be selling 2,500 garments from the highly coveted collection at a pop-up store at 363 King Street West on February 23—and word is that Wu himself will show up. The line sold out ridiculously quickly across the U.S. (even Michelle Obama got in on the action), so get ready to battle some sharp-elbowed ladies and gents for the goods—there’s a three-item maximum (sorry, eBay resellers), so we recommend a pre-game perusal of the collection online. The best bit (besides the cheap designer duds, of course) is that the proceeds from the sale will go to United Way Toronto. Everyone wins (except for the people who wait a long time in line and miss out on the things they actually wanted).

The Goods

Shopping

Comments

The brand new Glory Box pop-up shop boasts massive discounts on Le Creuset, Versace and more

There are many reasons to get excited about the holidays, but elbowing a mom for an iron skillet during a sale at Williams-Sonoma is not one of them. Seriously, people get crazy during the holiday rush, but pop-up shops—those here today, gone tomorrow stores that have been popular for years—get us away from malls and big-box retailers, and there’s a new kid on the block: Glory Box. Local girls Natalie Petozzi and Abigail Van Den Broek have sourced housewares from Le Creuset, Staub, Breville and Pottery Barn Kids, and clothing from Versace, Tiger of Sweden and more. The pop-up shop will be bursting at the seams with stuff, and everything is marked up to 75 per cent off. This means that you’ll seem like you broke the bank on people when in reality you paid pennies on the dollar (not really in line with the consumerism of the season, but we’ll never tell). Glory Box’s pop-up hours are Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Glory Box pop-up shop, 37 Bulwer St. (just north of Queen St. W.)

The Goods

Stores

1 Comment

It is pop-up shop season, and Bustle is taking over Yorkville for four days

Yesterday, Shawn Hewson of Bustle announced that the brand would be hosting its first ever pop-up shop, but there’s a catch: it is a very limited engagement of four days (a true pop-up shop; can it be real?). Evidently, you get 20 per cent off if you use a Mastercard, but the real value of this temporary boutique is being able to actually find Bustle clothing, because it is scarcely found anywhere in Toronto (as of now, consumers can purchase a few pieces at Jacflash, GotStyle and Anti-Hero, and the whole collection is at the by-appointment-only Bustle showroom). Now that the collection can be stockpiled conveniently at 162 Cumberland Street, there’s really no excuse for a Toronto boy wishing he was in Cape Cod (or in the movie Wall Street) to feel naked this holiday season.

The Bustle pop-up shop hours are Friday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 18 from 12 to 6 p.m.; and Monday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Goods

Stores

Comments

Pop Pop Shoppe at Paramour to feature a slew of Toronto-based designers

A Muttonhead knit cap will come in handy very soon (Image: Muttonhead)

’Tis the season to pop-up shop, and keeping with that spirit, Toronto-based brands Muttonhead and Label are hosting their very own at 94 Ossington (formerly Paramour) from October 19 to October 23. In case last weekend’s weather had everyone fooled, it is in fact October, which means winter is just around the corner. Pop Pop Shoppe is the perfect place to pick up unique items for the changing season, as a number of brands will be showcasing their fall/winter 2011 collections: Metsa and Chloé Comme Parris will be selling their collections, and expect to find handcrafted accessories by Stars and Perfect Tens, Cuchara, Headmistress and the Leather Atelier, and vintage eyewear by Aeroplane. Shopping can sometimes make us feel peckish, so we intend to eat the baked goodies and drink the espresso-based drinks on offer. We’ll of course be going to browse the merchandise, but mostly to verify if the shop’s title is an Arrested Development reference in any way shape or form. Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

The Goods

Stores

Comments

Inside Out pop-up shop brings Montreal flavour to Toronto

Vintage fur and hats (Image: Inside Out)

In a shocking twist, pop-up shop season has already kicked off, long before the holidays: first Philip Sparks launched his first trunk shop in the Junction earlier this week, and now Torontonians craving some unique vintage can head over to Inside Out, a pop-up from Montreal that opens on October 4 at 1040 Queen St. W. (formerly A2Zane, which we’re told has packed up and moved east) next week. Members of PETA should steer clear, since Inside Out specializes in vintage furs, but what we’re most drawn to is the assortment of vintage coats and women’s hats that may—we’re hoping—give our fall wardrobe a certain je ne sais quoi. In addition to selling one-off vintage finds from La Belle Province, the store will act as an informal gallery space to exhibit work by young Toronto artists. But like most pop-up shops, Inside Out is a limited-time offer: all pieces were hand-picked in Montreal and are one-of-a-kind, which means once they’re gone, vintage seekers are out of luck.

The Goods

Shopping

Comments

A pop-up shop isn’t really an exciting concept anymore, but this one is (we know!)

There aren’t many reasons to get excited about the words “pop up” anymore, unless they’re followed by book, or video, but the shop concept, though painfully ubiquitous (and often insincere in its claim of being temporary, since these shops tend to either stick around forever or at least stay open for longer than they claimed they would), is getting a new lease on life with Field and Market’s latest here-today-gone-tomorrow shop at Camp 4 at 1173 Dundas St. W.

This weekend, shoppers will have the chance to browse issues of Apartamento’s “everyday life interior’s magazine” while eating s’mores from San Francisco’s Local Mission Eatery. After consumers have wiped melted marshmallow on their silk gaucho pants, they’ll have a lot to see from Chief Salvage Co., and lots to drink (see: spiked lemonade and iced tea). We think no one should ever drive drunk, or bike for that matter, but a little shopping? The worst that could happen is buying too many niche magazines, being a little too affectionate with a clothing vendor or eating too many campfire treats. What happens at Field and Market, stays at Field and Market.

Field and Market, 1173 Dundas St. W., July 7 – 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement