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Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from June 2013

Sock boutique Floorplay opened on Queen West (Image: Kayla Rocca)

The city’s newest stores include: a shop devoted entirely to socks, two online vintage boutiques and new locations from Kate Spade and the Drake General Store. Below, the full list, divided into west, central, east and online, plus the latest gossip on upcoming openings.

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Hudson’s Bay opens the largest women’s shoe store in Canada at its Queen Street flagship

Hudson’s Bay flagship shoe storeHBC president Bonnie Brooks has brought a couture boutique, a new logo and several buzzy partnerships to Hudson’s Bay since taking over in 2008. The latest step in the dumpy department store’s transformation into a trendy retailer: a gleaming 50,000-square-foot ladies shoe department in its downtown flagship. The vast space—reportedly the country’s largest women’s shoe store—occupies the entire west side of the ground floor and has Hudson Bay’s mid-range brands grouped in shop-like bays. The high-end shoes formerly displayed in The Room have also moved downstairs to an expanded boutique at the Bay Street entrance, offering shoppers a wider selection from the likes of Christian Louboutin, Azzedine Alaïa, Charlotte Olympia and Pierre Hardy. The men’s footwear, meanwhile, remains relegated to the second floor. Sorry, guys.

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Burger’s Priest at Queen and Spadina is now open

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The Tower of Babel (Image: Lucas Richarz)

The third location of the owner Shant Mardirosian’s crazy popular griddle-smashed burger chain opened its doors on Saturday to a line up that stretched a solid city block. Like Burger’s Priest’s other always-stuffed shops on Yonge and Queen Street East, the new Queen and Spadina location serves fast-food classics, Mardirosian’s unique burger bombs, like the soaring Tower of Babel or the Vatican City (the latter items are on the Priest’s “secret” online-only menu) and a new California Classic burger that’s still in the works. Also in the works: another location, this one at 986 The Queensway in Etobicoke.

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Condo of the Week: $850,000 for a two-level unit in the Boiler Factory Lofts on Queen Street East

Condo of the Week: 189 Queen Street East, Unit 2

Address: 189 Queen Street East, Unit 2
Neighbourhood: Moss Park
Agent: Erica Reddy, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Brokerage
Price: $849,000

The Place: A one-bedroom unit on two levels with original oak floors, brick walls and exposed wooden beams. It’s one of 11 condos in the Boiler Factory Lofts on Queen Street East.

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A new boutique hotel and restaurant is coming to Queen Street West 

Before Toronto became all about big-name luxury hotel chains, the The Drake and The Gladstone were emblems of the city’s love for almost painfully hip boutique lodgings. Now, a new 18-room hotel is set to open in the heart of the Queen West shopping strip, potentially signalling that boutique is back. The Beverley will occupy the narrow, Foot Locker-adjacent space at 335 Queen Street West and will include a restaurant helmed by chef Eric Wood (formerly of Hawthorne Food and Drink). Further details remain scarce, though a disapproving letter from councillor Adam Vaughan from September suggests the restaurant might have a lounge, a rooftop patio and room for 160 diners. The opening date is rumoured to be later this month.

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Upscale vintage shop Magwood moves to Queen Street West

After two years on Dundas near Dufferin, luxury vintage boutique Magwood relocated to Queen West over the weekend. The new store, right next to Trinity Bellwoods Park, will carry vintage bridalwear and children’s clothing in addition to the selection of vintage accessories, mid-century cocktail wear and designer goods expertly curated by owner Sarah Magwood. Tailoring by an in-house seamstress will also be available starting in May.

Magwood, 886 Queen St. W., 416-818-3975, magwood.ca 

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Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from March 2013

Gerhard Supply, a menswear shop in the Junction, was one of several stores to launch last month (Image: Erin Seaman)

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Target
After two years and more than a little controversy, the trendy mass-market giant finally arrived in Canada. Now open: locations in East York Town Centre, Centrepoint Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Cloverdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre.

For store addresses and hours, see target.ca


Tiger of Sweden
The popular European maker of slim-cut suits and minimalist separates opened a spacious flagship on Ossington Avenue catering to young professionals of both sexes. Learn more »

56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437, tigerofsweden.com


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Used House of Vintage on Queen West merges with t-shirt store Bang-On

Used’s Queen Street space has been revamped into a Bang-On t-shirt store (Image: Facebook)

Used House of Vintage, the only Toronto location of a hip, Vancouver-based vintage retailer, has merged with Bang-On, a custom t-shirt store with the same owners. The lease on Bang-On’s Yonge Street store recently ran out and the owners were unable to find a suitable replacement space, so they opted to move the stock of tees and irreverent accessories into Used’s bright storefront on Queen, just west of Spadina. The resulting hybrid—a classic Bang-On shop with vintage pieces peppered throughout—opened today.

Bang-On, 489 Queen St. W., 416-596-8443, bang-on.com

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Coming soon to Leslieville: Skin and Bones, a new restaurant and wine bar from chef Matthew Sullivan

Information keeps trickling out about Skin and Bones, a new restaurant and wine bar with Matthew Sullivan (Boxed, Maléna) behind the stoves. The most recent hint: this photo of a main course with the unlikely pairing of pork belly, bone marrow and octopus:


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The Weekender: Nuit Blanche, Paper Bag’s 10th anniversary and six other events on our to-do list

Julia Sasso’s SLoE plays Harbourfront’s Enwave Theatre this weekend (Image: John Lauener)

1. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE (FREE!)
From dusk to dawn, the streets of Toronto will be packed with art and art lovers for the seventh iteration of Nuit Blanche. Over 150 contemporary projects will sprawl across three mostly downtown zones. Highly anticipated events include Reflexion, a 20-by-20-foot interactive “video crystal” at Yonge-Dundas Square, and Museum for the End of the World, a cluster of artworks in and around city hall (even inside council chambers). Check out our top 20 picks. September 29. Various venues. scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

2. CANADA’S BAKING AND SWEETS SHOW
Those looking for an excuse to take a “cheat” day from that diet can indulge themselves at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show. Professional chefs and amateur bakers will sample and swap recipes, with tons of workshops, baking competitions and product demonstrations packed into the three-day convention. Headlining the show are Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes, Anna Olson and the cast of Sugar Stars. We’d advise multiple bags for all the goodies, and perhaps some carrot sticks to counteract the inevitable sugar rush. September 28–30. $14. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com

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The Weekender: Just For Laughs 42, Gallery Hop and six other events on our to-do list

The mighty Fanfare Ciocărlia appears on Friday as part of the Small World Music Festival (Image: Arne Reinhardt)

1. JUST FOR LAUGHS 42
Because one week just wasn’t long enough, Just for Laughs spreads this year’s staggering 42 acts across eight days. In addition to the usual comics (like Patton Oswalt and current reigning comedy god Louis CK), there are also several unfunny yet still worthy performers (like David Suzuki, and Elizabeth May interviewed by Raine Maida). And the whole “interactive” thing isn’t just lip service: the venue allocations and even the number of shows are all determined by pass holders showing interest in each act via the festival’s iPhone app. Passes are divided into four- and eight-show bundles. September 21–28. $99–$149 for different pass packages. Various venues, 1-855-867-4242, jfl42.com

2. GALLERY HOP (FREE!)
A more sophisticated take on a bar crawl (no booze, more culture), Gallery Hop 2012 Toronto provides tours through 42 Toronto art galleries. No ROM or AGO collections here—instead,  artists and art lovers can chat and mingle in smaller venues and at scheduled talks staggered throughout the day. There are eight different areas, so hitting them all might require the creative use of a Metropass, a bike or a professional getaway driver (some trail mix couldn’t hurt either). One of the featured exhibitions: Christian Marclay’s absolute must-see The Clock at the Power Plant. September 22. Various galleries and venues, 416-368-8854 x101, galleryhop2012.canadianart.ca

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Introducing: Rakia Bar, a shiny new Queen East spot devoted to a traditional Balkan drink

(Image: Caroline Aksich)

Serbian-Canadian Dušan Varga’s Rakia Bar cannot be easily pigeonholed as an ethnic bar. Sure, you may hear Goran Bregović playing in the background, but then again, you may also hear Ella Fitzgerald or even a little CanCon. “We’re not looking to be defined as Serbian,” says Varga, who explains the concept behind the semi-subterranean retreat as “Balkan tradition packed in a contemporary urban space.” Varga’s concept of tradition is fairly loose: it revolves around artisanal fruit brandies (rakias), good food and taking one’s time, which means proper pacing. “I want people to sit back and sip the rakias, to really enjoy them and take their time,” says Varga—which is why he opted to set up his bar on the more laid-back Queen East strip rather than on fast-paced Queen West.

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The Weekender: Sail-in Cinema, Planet IndigenUS and six other events on our to-do list

(Image: Toronto Port Authority)

1. CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION
The Ex kicks off Friday without long-time partner Ontario Place (it was shuttered back in February), but with the slew of attractions at this year’s CNE, you might not even notice its absence. Thrill seekers can check out the new Midway coaster Nitro, as well as Sky Ride, a new permanent elevated ride through the fair grounds reminiscent of the Ex’s classic Alpine Way. There’s also a dog show, a pizza making workshop, daily “Mardi Gras” parades and plenty of performances (Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame will serenade crowds Sunday evening). Of course, there will also be the usual assortment of food both delicious and disgusting (think: deep-fried bacon–covered hot dogs). Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. $16. Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., theex.com.

2. SAIL-IN CINEMA (FREE!)
Catch an appropriately aquatic-themed flick at Sugar Beach this weekend (The Poseidon Adventure will show on Thursday, Creature from the Black Lagoon on Friday, Hook on Saturday). A double-sided screen will be posted on a barge in the harbor, meaning you can watch from either land or sea. While we’re sure the view from the beach will be just fine, the main draw here is the in-boat movie experience. So those sad souls without their own vessel should start calling in favours about now. Aug. 16 to 18. Admission is free, but land viewers must reserve a ticket online in advance. Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive, sailincinema.com.

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QUOTED: a police traffic spokesperson on the “carmageddon” at Queen and Spadina

Obviously traffic’s going to be screwed. It’s a huge intersection.

—a Toronto Police Traffic Services spokesperson, on how closing the intersection of Spadina and Queen will make for an “awful” July. As of this morning, the busy crossroads was shut down for transit maintenance and will stay that way until July 23. For the next two weeks, vehicles, including streetcars, will be diverted to Dundas, Richmond, King and Adelaide, most of which are already backed up because of other construction projects. The intersection has only been shut down for a few hours, but the situation’s already being labelled “Carmageddon TO” in anticipation of a slow-moving, gridlocked mess. Happy summer! [Globe and Mail]

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8

Farmer’s market season has arrived (Image: Kevin Ho)

Monday, July 2

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Check out a double bill at the at the Drake Lounge. First, a throw-down for the ultimate hangover cure: the Bloody Mary versus the Caesar. Second, a watermelon-eating contest. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: A weekly aperitivo italiano with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »

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