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Great Spaces: a graffiti-covered west end warehouse hides a loft of airplane hangar proportions

Great Spaces: Go Big, or Go Home Great Spaces: Go Big, or Go Home

A varnished cedar gate with a doorknob is the only indication that the commercial-looking building near Bloor and Dovercourt is still in use. The address doesn’t show up on most GPS systems, and it only got a postal code last year. This makes getting deliveries and hosting parties a little problematic, but Jonathan Rosenthal, a 47-year-old criminal defence attorney, is willing to put up with a few challenges in exchange for living in a truly unique space. When he bought the 8,000-square-foot warehouse five years ago, it was divided into small units (three residential and seven commercial), each with industrial-carpeted floors and tiny windows.

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Openings

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Introducing: Hoof Raw Bar, the new seafood addition to the Hoof family

The sign that greets passersby on Dundas West was designed by David Glantz (Image: Renée Suen)

For many Toronto food lovers, Hoof Raw Bar, the latest eatery in Jen Agg’s burgeoning Dundas West mini-empire, came out of left field when it opened a couple weeks back. But Agg tells us that she’d long wanted to open a space to serve oysters, and had been throwing around the idea for a seafood-focused restaurant since last September. She and her husband began the DIY construction work on the former Ferreira photography studio in November, but didn’t get down to the heavy lifting until January of this year—all while Agg was running the neighbouring Black Hoof and Cocktail Bar.

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The Goods

Shopping

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Where to Get Good Stuff Cheap 2012: how to decorate your home for less

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Edison bulbs
Eclectic Revival
3075 Dundas St. W., 416-766-5500
When LEDs and compact fluorescents became the norm, decor radicals opted for replica Edison bulbs—the low-tech lighting equivalent of a turntable. The bulb’s distinct amber glow is produced by fragile carbon filaments; it’s a warmer, softer light than the tungsten coil on an incandescent emits. They’re becoming easier to find—Restoration Hardware carries them now—but the city’s cheapest source remains the vintage lighting store Eclectic Revival. $15 each.

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Introducing: Cold Tea, a new Kensington Market bar that nods to a venerable Chinatown tradition

Theoretically, this inauspicious entrance should keep people away; in practice, the place is already packed (Image: Caroline Aksich)

Tucked into the back of the Kensington Mall, down the hallway past the knick-knack peddlers, is Cold Tea, the market’s newest watering hole. Oliver Dimapilis, who owns the bar along with Stacey Welton and Matthew LaRochelle, told us he’s convinced the “cold tea” phenomenon—post–last call beer served in tea pots at Chinese restaurants—was born in Toronto (he’s got Urban Dictionary on his side). And while the original dream was to have their new bar (open Tuesday through Sunday) tucked into a Chinatown back alley, the trio doesn’t seem too distraught to have landed a block west, scoring, as they did, a back patio to rival the front one at Ronnie’s.

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Stores

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Philip Sparks is taking his fall/winter 2011 collection on the road, starting at Smash in the Junction

Skate on, little lady. (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Just in time for fall weather to take hold, Toronto designer and Rogue Fashion Week regular Philip Sparks will launch his first trunk shop at Smash in the Junction on September 21. The space will be open for five days and will feature an edited selection of fall menswear, womenswear and accessories from his 2011 fall/winter collection. We were ecstatic over Sparks’ second womenswear effort earlier this year, and considering the temperature seems to be dropping, we’d love one of Sparks’s signature fall coats to keep us warm. The pop-up shop trunk show will travel around the city throughout the fall, giving us more than one chance to snag a Sparks original: “We’ll be collaborating with retailers and other creative partners who are inspired by the same vintage feeling as our brand,” Sparks said in a press release earlier today. The first location, Smash, is located at 2880 Dundas St. W. and will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Dandies looking for new suits and gals in need of a skating dress will have to bring cash or a credit card, because this travelling circus of dapper duds is debit-free.

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