Leslieville lands new cannabis store in pot-shop lottery

Photo:   Get Budding

The neighbourhood’s about to go up in smoke.

A Leslieville pot store applicant was among the 13 in Toronto (42 in Ontario) to win the province's second cannabis retail store lottery.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) lists the proposed store address as 1303 Queen St. E., which is a retail and residential building just east of The Burren.

That means the neighbourhood could be getting a government-approved cannabis retail shop, if all goes according to plan.

The lucky winners have until Aug. 28 to get paperwork in check for a full licensing review.

Succuterra is now Plant Collective and has moved to Queen and Carlaw

Succuterra is now Plant Collective and has moved to Queen and Carlaw

Succulents and air plants are the darlings of the botanical world at the moment, and now there's a shop specializing in the trendy greenery on Queen St. E.

Succuterra, which started out as an online venture, has become a full-fledged brick-and-mortar boutique stocking succulents, terrariums, cacti and more stylish, Instagram-ready plants. 

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Faces of the Leslieville Flea: Hurt Berry Farm

Faces of the Leslieville Flea: Hurt Berry Farm

This summer, we're profiling familiar faces from the Leslieville Flea to learn how they got their start and what to expect from them at the market. 

Ahead of the Aug. 11 market at Ashbridge Estate, we've checked in with Steve Best and Drew Jacobson from Hurt Berry Farm, who make gourmet-flavour hot sauces and piquant products.

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Coming soon: Mira Mira Sandiwch + Ice Cream Bar

There’s a new spot in the east end to get your ice cream fix.

Mira Mira, which has been operating a catering business from 1372 Queen St. East for the past couple of years, is set to open its storefront to the neighbourhood with an ice cream and sandwich bar.

Mira Mira also operates a spot in the Assembly Chef’s Hall downtown on Richmond St West.

The new shop is set to launch Aug. 1. Stay tuned or visit eatmiramira.com/ for more info.

Yardsale Cocktail Bar brings retro vibe and classic drinks to Gerrard

Photo:  Yardsale Bar

Photo: Yardsale Bar

Step back into the ‘60s and ‘70s at Yardsale Bar — the newest kid on the Gerrard block that pays homage to the past.

Launching in the former space of Sugar Loaf Bakery at the corner of Jones, the retro cocktail den features a menu of signature, throwback and classic cocktails served in vintage-style glassware.

Sip on something more traditional or check out one of their original creations in a mid-century themed space. Drinks are paired with Spanish-influenced tapas-style dishes.

Its website calls the essence of the space as “Mad Men-meets-your-uncle's-basement vibe” with beanbag chairs and lava lamps backed by a ‘60s and ‘70s soundtrack.

Yard Sale Bar is now open at 1062 Gerrard St. E. Check out yardsalebar.com for more information.

Brandon’s has mid-century modern decor, vinyl records supplying the tunes, and a menu of classic cocktails served in vintage-style glassware. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of place where we would expect to see a Midge Maisel type at the table next to us working on some new jokes. But if you want to slip into this dimly lit retro drinking den, you’ll need to know where to find it–and when.

As storefronts continue to close on Queen, more and more businesses are drawn to the cheaper rents on Gerrard. The next up-and-comer: Yardsale Cocktail Bar.

Going into the former space of Sugar Loaf Bakery at the corner of Gerrard and Jones, Yard Sale Bar is set to launch in June with retro cocktails and a menu of shareable plates.

Digital tour explores heritage and history of Dundas and Carlaw


The rich history of the Dundas and Carlaw has gone digital in the modern age.

Heritage Toronto, the agency responsible for historical walking tours, heritage talks and related commemorations in the city, has launched its first digital tour, Dundas + Carlaw: Made in Toronto.

The digital tour lets you discover the area’s industrial past and learn how this modern neighbourhood was created. Once a manufacturing juggernaut that sent products around the world (and to the top of Mount Everest), this Leslieville neighbourhood is now a rising arts and cultural hub.

The desktop and mobile app is an interactive exploration of the neighbourhood. Featuring a colourful design with playful animations, all set within a map of the area, the 11-stop tour showcases buildings that housed industry giants like Rolph-Clark-Stone, the 1950s graphic design firm; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., the chewing gum company known for its marketing and advertising campaigns; and Reliable Toy Co., innovators of the first plastic toys in Canada.

The tour also provides insight into factory life, detailing the everyday experiences of the workers through archival images, never-before-seen video and first-hand accounts.

View the digital tour on a desktop or mobile device at ExploreDundasCarlaw.heritagetoronto.org.

Faces of the Leslieville Flea: The Border Vintage


This summer, we're profiling familiar faces from the Leslieville Flea to learn how they got their start and what to expect from them at the market. 

Ahead of the July 7 market at Ashbridge Estate, we've checked in with Natalie from The Border Vintage, who sells vintage decor, housewares and basically “anything with a past that I think is cool.”


I always have to follow my passion and I want to set the example of following your passion for my daughter, Grace. She is my inspiration.


I recently found a Crams Imperial globe from the 1960s. I’ve found globes before but never one with slick hairpin legs and a killer brass meridian. Well, selling it remains to be seen. It will be at my next couple of markets. I believe vintage ends up where it belongs so if it sells it was meant to be. And, if not, I’m OK with that, too.


The globe!

Say hello to Natalie from the Border Vintage at the next Leslieville Flea at Ashbridge Estate on July 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For all the details, go to leslievilleflea.com.

The Leslieville Flea will also host Repairs Cafe, who will set up on the porch of Ashbridge Estate from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This group of volunteers love to fix broken things, the repairs are free and folks may even learn how to fix the item themselves. Make sustainability a goal!

New street in Toronto's east end honours the city's baseball past

Photo: Toronto Public Library archives

Photo: Toronto Public Library archives


Long before Rogers Centre (and SkyDome), and prior to Exhibition Stadium, Maple Leaf Stadium and even Hanlan's Point Ballpark, there was The Toronto Baseball Grounds. Home to the city’s first pro baseball team, The Torontos, the stadium was located just off the Don Valley in the city’s east end.

A new street in Riverside Square near Queen East and Broadview Ave. has been named Baseball Place in recognition of the original Toronto Baseball Grounds.

The street is located in almost the same spot as the former Baseball Place, a leftover legacy of the roadway that provided access to the city’s first baseball stadium. The original street disappeared decades ago.

When the stadium opened in 1886, admission was a quarter and its grandstand, which overlooked the Don Valley, could seat 2,000 fans. The name eventually changed to Sunlight Park, in honour of the nearby soap factory, and it stayed in operation until 1913 when baseball moved to the Island.

A plaque attached to the building at 655 Queen St. E honours Sunlight Park and the Toronto Baseball Grounds.

Inside the Eastside: Life Changes — Is it time to trade up?


GOODHOOD has partnered with The Richards Group Re/Max Hallmark to bring you a local real estate series with the hottest market news, the best resources for your home and inside info on buying and selling in Leslieville, Riverside and other neighbourhoods in Toronto’s east end.

We get it. Life changes… sometimes a lot. And that means your home might need to change, too. We know you’re cruising real estate listings wondering how you can make it happen. What will it take to get you to the next place?     

Budget is definitely a consideration, but deciding what’s really important in your next move and what you’re willing to give up in order to gain that is also critical.    

The place you bought years ago probably reflected your lifestyle at the time. But…  

If your living room is the new club and you need a new Saturday night hangout, it’s time to trade up.  

If you’ve Marie Kondo’d your house to death and you still don’t have enough space, it’s time to trade up. 

If the school district suddenly becomes more important than the fashion district, it’s time to trade up. 

Here are two examples of how you can take advantage of the market and create an opportunity for change. 


Condo on Carlaw Ave.
Sold for $810,000 

This super sexy Leslieville condo is amazing for two, but for a couple about to start a family it’s going to feel really small, really fast.

Let’s say you jump up to….

Beach Semi-Detached
Sold for $1,128,000

Let’s assume:

·      Condo was purchased in 2010 for $327,060 with 10% down

·      Mortgage payments of $1,333.31 + maintenance fees $563 = $1,896.31/mth

·      Mortgage after 9 years: $209,568.82

·      Down payment for next home after fees and next home land transfer = $516,596.18

·      Mortgage on next home (assuming 5 yr fixed 3.29%) $611,403.82 = $2,985.18 + $339/month property taxes = $3,324.27

Jumping from a condo to a semi-detached home is an increase of $1,427.96/mth.


Prime Beach Semi-Detached
Sold for $1,400,000

While some semis are spacious, often times they’re not. Time for some more wiggle room and a place you can truly call all of your own? Upgrade to a detached home.

Prime Beach Detached
Sold for $1,950,000

A detached will give you the truest sense of home ownership and make entertaining and hosting family a dream.  Not to mention not having to contend with that weird co-decorating coordination that comes with semi-detached living. 

Let’s assume:

·      Semi-detached was purchased in 2008 for $670,000 with 20% down (assuming you had gained more equity from previous purchase).

·      Mortgage payments of $2,338 + $/451.21 month property taxes = $2789.21/month

·      Mortgage after 11 years: $336,617

·      Down payment to put down on next home after fees and next home land transfer = $913,333

·      Mortgage on next home $1,036,667 = $5061.53 + $597/month property taxes = $5,658.61

 Jumping from a semi to a detached home is an increase of $2,869.40/month.

You can always make that difference smaller by moving just outside of a prime location or going for a home that isn’t completely renovated.

Don’t forget to check in with an awesome mortgage broker — and don’t assume your own bank will do better because you already have your mortgage with them.    

Our recommendation?  Angie Alvarez from Capital Home Lending: email angie@capitalhomelending.ca or call 416-315-6261.

There are some great opportunities out there in the market today for your next move – give us a call or email to find out more today!

You can reach The Richards Group at info@therichardsgroup.ca or call 416-699-0303 to get the conversation started. Search local listings in Toronto’s east end.

The Richards Group Re/Max Hallmark has the honour of being East Toronto’s agency of choice as a result of their ability to help so many clients move their lives forward. They have redefined real estate with an experience of total care, unlocking the true potential of your home while delivering industry leading results, so your next move brings you closer to your wealth and lifestyle goals.

New public art installation coming to Leslie and Lakeshore


The artist for the TTC Leslie Barns Public Art Competition has finally been selected. Dean Baldwin will be creating

A pair of installations that are a tribute and gateway to the Leslie Spit will be coming soon to the intersection around Leslie and Lakeshore.

The sculpture “Typha,” will be constructed of Toronto streetcar railway track, rods and other profiles of corten weathering steel, and made into a collection of reeds, rushes and cattails bundled into an 11,000-pound arrangement. "Trajat" is a quiet tribute to the discovery of 11,000-year-old old fossil-like footprints made by native ancestors. The remains were discovered in blue clay on the floor of Lake Ontario near Toronto Island while the lake bed was drained during the sewer construction of 1908. 

The works, being created by artist Dean Baldwin, are part of the Leslie Barns Public Art Competition that took place during the construction of the facility. .

Morning Parade Coffee Bar launches cafe in Beach Hill

Photo: Morning Parade Coffee Bar

Photo: Morning Parade Coffee Bar


A parade is usually what we expect from our morning coffee and a new cafe in Beach Hill is bringing just that. Morning Parade Coffee Bar has launched near Gerrard St. E and Woodbine Ave.

The east end’s newest coffee shop is serving fresh, locally-roasted Sam James Coffee, the east end’s own Sloane Tea and a variety of baked goods from local bakeries, including Front Door Bakery (the bakers behind Red Rocket’s treats).

“I’m excited to bring a bright, warm, welcoming space to the Beach Hill community,” says owner Elektra Simms.

She is a resident of Toronto’s east end herself and so it’s particularly special to her to open this space in the neighbourhood.

The bright space features murals by Toronto artist Justin Rousseau that represent the idea of the morning parade.

“The name of the cafe refers to the daily parade we each take and the people all around us doing the same.  Morning Parade Coffee Bar is a place for us all to connect on that route.”

Morning Parade Coffee Bar is now open at 1952 Gerrard St. E. Pop in Monday-Friday from 7 a.m - 4 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. A grand opening celebration is slated for June 8.