Farm Boy opening grocery supermarket at Leslie and Lakeshore

  Photo:  Farm Boy

Photo: Farm Boy

Farm Boy is set to open a second location at Leslie and Lakeshore in Toronto’s east end.

The supermarket will enter the fray at an already busy intersection for groceries with its farm-fresh produce and organic, natural and locally sourced foods.

The 20,038 sq. ft. location will employ 130 and offer a wide variety of products including butcher-quality meats, artisan cheese, fresh dairy and chef-inspired meals.

The store will also offer a fast-casual restaurant experience including made-to-order pizzas and fresh sushi. The store will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with daily features such as grilled paninis, seared Farm Boy sausages and gourmet grilled cheese. Shoppers can take the meals home or dine in the store’s eating area, which will be WiFi enabled.

“Offering healthy, fresh, wholesome foods and friendly service has been the heart and soul of our business since 1981,” Jeff York, Farm Boy co-CEO, said in a statement.

“After opening locations in Etobicoke and Hamilton we’ve received many requests from residents in the Toronto area asking us to open a Farm Boy in their neighbourhood. We’re excited to share the news today with the Leslie and Lake Shore community and we promise to work hard to earn their business.”

Farm Boy opened its first Toronto store in Etobicoke last March. The supermarket chain currently operates 27 locations in Ontario.

Farm Boy will be located at 1015 Lake Shore Blvd. E. Visit for more information.

Tertulia brings life back to former bank building with opening of cafe

Tertulia brings life back to former bank building with opening of cafe

Earlier this year, David Kennedy garnered local attention appealing to the community for proposals to convert the Queen East landmark into something special. He found his match in the idea of building a community gathering place through Tertulia, a coffee shop with the ambition to become a local destination.  

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Fuss Hair Studio moves to Gerrard after 10 years on Queen East

  Photo:  Dean Seguin

Photo: Dean Seguin

One of Leslieville’s original hair salons has up and moved into new digs.

Owner Kristin Rankin, and the rest of the team at Fuss Hair Studio, have closed up shop on Queen East and hiked north two blocks for a change of pace.

“Although Queen East has been our home for a successful 10 years, we are looking forward to spending the next 10 in the up-and-coming Leslieville neighbourhood located on Gerrard East,” states a note on the salon’s website.

The salon is now reopen at 1022 Gerrard St. E. Visit for more info.

Live Nation Music Hall closer to reality in Toronto's east end

  Photo:  CC

Photo: CC

The opening of a new music venue in Toronto's east end is closer to reality. 

Live Nation Music Hall has put the wheels in motion for a liquor sales licence according to a filing on the ACGO application page.

All the standard municipal red tape has been cleared and Live Nation has plans to operate the 2,700-person-capacity venue, which would occupy part of the off-track betting location at 1661 Queen St. E near Kingston Rd. and across from Woodbine Park.

The original proposal for the venue, which we reported on in July 2016, included plans for 150 shows per year, which means some big acts could make their way to this end of town, especially with the slated closing of Massey Hall for renovations. 

Toronto's east end breweries form collective; announce massive tap-takeover

Brewed In the East

It's no secret we've seen a beer explosion over the last few years with multiple breweries, brewpubs and bottle shops setting up in Toronto's east end.

Now, 10 local brick-and-mortar breweries are coming together to form the Toronto East Brewery Collective. There's strength in numbers and the idea is that the unification will help organize events and initiatives benefiting the east end brewery scene as well as the community at large.

“There are so many great breweries in the east end,” says Eastbound Brewing’s Dave Watson, "and while we're competitors individually, we're all friendly with each other and share similar goals and values. The idea of banding together to accomplish things we couldn’t otherwise do on our own seemed like a good idea.”

The collective is home to Brunswick Bierworks, Common Good Brewing, Eastbound Brewing Co., Godspeed Brewery, Left Field Brewery, Louis Cifer Brew Works, Muddy York Brewing Co., Radical Road Brewing Co., Rorschach Brewing Co., and Saulter Street Brewery.

“We want to showcase not only the great beers coming from all of the collective’s members but also to shine a light on the spectacular craft beer bars in the east end,” says Muddy York’s David Wallace.

The Toronto East Brewery Collective’s first event will be a multi-location tap takeover on June 14. Billed as Brewed in the East, the event will take place at The Wren, The Only, and Bar Hop Danforth and will feature new, exclusive, and rare beers from each brewery.

“Each of us brings something unique to the group" says Mandie Murphy of Left Field. "Our facilities and our products reflect the strengths, styles, and aesthetics we have each developed over time. The opportunity to partner-up was appealing, and we feel that as a collective we can reinforce the notion that Toronto’s east end is an incredible destination for craft beer.”

Future events will include a collaborative series of brewery tours, collaboration brews, and a TEBC festival. “We’re just getting started,” says Godspeed’s Luc “Bim” LaFontaine. “We’re going to keep making great beer and creating interesting avenues for fans of our breweries to experience them.”

The TEBC will continue to add members when new brick and mortar breweries open in the east end. “We expect new breweries to open and we will definitely welcome them into the collective,” says Aimee Pellegrino of Saulter Street. “We're looking to support our craft brewery community,  and look forward to working with local BIAs and officials to leverage that support in our own neighbourhoods.”

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Deserving family edges money for this Upper Beach house on the market

  Photo:  Heaps Estrin

Photo: Heaps Estrin

When a house on Hastings Ave. in Leslieville recently sold for just shy of $1.8 million — $428,000 more than the asking price — it proved once again that money talks in Toronto real estate. 

But one east end home that recently hit the market won't be sold to the deepest pockets. Rather, it will go to a buyer with a strong sense of family, neighbourhood bond and community stewardship. 

The owner of the semi at 67 Glen Davis Crescent, near Kingston Rd. and Woodbine Ave., wanted the house to be passed on to a "deserving young family who will benefit from the neighbourhood and preserve and enrich the community,” according to its real estate listing.

Robert Rafos passed away last March, but as the Toronto Star reports, his wishes were to find the right fit for the house rather than just any buyer who could afford the 875,000 sticker price. 

Prospective buyers are being asked to submit a letter along with their bid,  explaining why they're worthy of ownership.   

His wishes are serious enough to have been included on the property’s feature sheet:

Glen Davis is a place where you know and socialize with your neighbours; it's where you raise children, it's where you make a family. He wants the children that are raised there to experience the benefits of growing up in a tight knit neighbourhood. Where people look out for one another, where people care. The community was the asset to him, not the property.

The lucky buyer will enjoy this bright, airy and versatile home, nestled into a quiet, upper beaches cul-de-sac.  Featuring generous room sizes, an eat-in kitchen and three spacious bedrooms. Built-in garage with separate entrance at grade; secluded terrace and elevated garden at rear.

Check out the full listing and prepare your most compelling "pick me" proposal.