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.

The Unplugged Workshop is moving to Gerrard

  Photo:  The Unplugged Workshop

Photo: The Unplugged Workshop

The Unplugged Woodshop is moving to a new east end location.

The hand tool-focused woodworking school, which has been operating near Dundas and Carlaw for nearly three years, is making its home in the heart of the rapidly changing Gerrard and Jones neighbourhood.

The new space will offer 1,100 sq. ft on the main floor with an additional 350 sq. feet downstairs.

Classes start in mid-October. Check out for more.

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.

Coffee and Clothing launches cafe and vintage shop on Pape in Toronto's east end

  Photo:  Dean Seguin

Photo: Dean Seguin

Coffee and Clothing is a new shop on Toronto’s east side for, well, just that — coffee and clothes.

With a straight-to-the-point name that leaves no room for interpretation, the space recently popped up on the short stretch of Pape north of Gerrard.

Equal parts cafe and vintage clothing store, the shop is a family-owned joint venture between Zoe’s Coffee Roasters and Wins Above Replacement

The coffee bar serves up the spectrum from drip to espresso drinks, pour overs to cold brew. A loyalty program gets you a bag of beans after 10 coffees. There are also a selection of salads and bowls, plus baked goods.

The selection of men’s and women’s clothing is small but very well curated with lines such as Vince, Gap and some old school Jays gear.

There’s also a housewares selection, made up mostly of vintage ceramics including mugs and dishes, plus textiles and throws.

The store has an expansive back patio — you’d never expect from the street — that’s larger than the shop space itself.

Coffee and Clothing is now open at 348 Pape Ave. or check them out online.

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.