Tiny Record Shop & Token break in new space with housewarming party

There’s only one way to break in a new space and that’s with a proper housewarming party.

Retail partners Tiny Record Shop and Token carried on the tradition of hosting in-store shows with the first performance in their new location.

Singer-songwriter Lou Canon and musician Mappe Of played songs to warm up the new space, which recently opened at 777 Queen St. E.

Pizza from Blondies and drinks from Leftfield and Brickworks Cider made it all that much better.

If you haven’t yet had a chance, go check out the new location. Or, just read about it.

Photos: Matt Forsythe Photography

Vegan holiday market on this Saturday at Ralph Thornton Centre

East End Holiday Market

The East End Holiday Market is taking place Saturday, Nov. 10 at Ralph Thornton Centre.

Some 30 local vendors will be on showcase with local, handmade and eco-friendly products, fashion, art and vegan food and product vendors.

In support of Toronto Street Cats, every donation at the door gets a raffle ticket for a prize with over $200 in goodies, including products, coupons and discounts from the market’s vendors.

Vendors at the East End Holiday Market include Animal Liberation Kitchen, Art and Music Den,
ChocoSol, Dogs of the Ganges Society, Faucher Illustration, Foresite Jewellery, Green vs Grey, Incense Republic, Lovely Life Lips, Pluma Temple and Vegan Gluten Free Nerds

Admission is free for the event, which runs from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m at 765 Queen St. E.

For more information, see the event page on Facebook.

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 farmboy.ca 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 fusshairstudio.com for more info.