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

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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

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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.”

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE BORDER VINTAGE?

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.

TELL US ABOUT THE BEST FIND THAT YOU SCORED.

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.

WHAT IS SOMETHING FANTASTIC YOU ARE BRINGING TO THE NEXT MARKET?

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?

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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 TO SEMI-DETACHED

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.

SEMI-DETACHED TO DETACHED

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

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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.

What's in a name? The story behind Beach eatery The Goof

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Photo: The Goof

Jennifer Lopez pulled up a seat here in Angel Eyes. So did Dennis Quaid in Frequency. Indeed, in a neighbourhood dotted with historic landmarks — Kew Beach Fire Hall and the Fox Theatre, to name a few — Garden Gate Restaurant, or the Goof as its universally known, is an institution in the Beaches.

The beloved eatery on Queen East has been a neighbourhood mainstay since 1952, packing in diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The story behind its name is a sweet one:  its old school neon sign reads "good" vertically and "food" horizontally. At some point, the "d" in "good" burnt out so that it read "Goo F" — the local shorthand has stuck ever since.

While the space was gutted and given a slick makeover in 2006 (the current owners aquired it in the 1990s), it held onto its retro neon sign, and every ounce of its charm.

The menu is heavy on nostaglia, too. Old school diner classics like hot turkey sandwiches sit alongside all-day breakfast, dim sum and a huge Chinese menu (the snow peas chicken is a standout).

The prices are cheap, the portions are massive and the staff are lovely. It has a gorgeous side patio, which offers prime people watching in one of the prettiest stretches of the beaches, at Beech Avenue.

The Goof is located at 2379 Queen St. E. Visit thegoof.menu for more info.

Toronto Raptors drop into Leslieville's Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre

Photo:  NBA Cares

Photo: NBA Cares

Raptors fever is running at an all-time high across the city with fans clamoring  to watch games, spot players and get in on the excitement of a championship. That’s why it’s almost unthinkable that sightings of the team’s biggest stars would happen in Leslieville of all places — especially after the historic first-game win of the NBA Finals.

But that’s exactly what happened today.

The Raptors along with NBA Cares, the league's social responsibility initiative, dedicated a newly created Learn & Play Centre at the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre — a legacy for kids and families in the east end of the city.

Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Danny Green, along with GM Masai Ujiri, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and others, rolled up with an entourage on Queen East and joined youth from the community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The upgraded centre is intended to be a space for sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and more. The facility has been given a decor refresh and has been appointed with new equipment, furnishings and tools for learning.

Spaces inside the centre, including a multi-purpose room, a recreation room, a preschool room and the gym, were renovated over the past week. Visitors will be able to sit down at new computers and also sharpen their basketball skills, play ping pong and video games. The outdoor basketball court was given fresh paint, new baskets and a We The North makeover.

Playground opens at Maple Leaf Forever Park

Photo: Kathryn McLean

Photo: Kathryn McLean

The famous Leslieville tree that was toppled in a summer windstorm in 2013 was the one that inspired Alexander Muir in 1867 to write “Maple Leaf Forever,” Canada’s almost-national anthem. The silver maple can now also add a playground to its legacy.

A revamp of the park near Queen and Leslie streets is now complete and it includes a brand-new playground for kids with slides, swings and structures to climb.

The park’s official address is 62 Laing St., accessed off Memory Lane — a little street that runs between Greenwood and Leslie, south of Queen Street East.

It’s also the site of Maple Cottage, one of the few remaining examples of Ontario cottage architecture style in the east end.