DECA Board Meeting & Artisans At Work

DECA Board Meeting 

The next DECA Board meeting will be held this Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 pm.  We’ll be talking trees, parks, pop-ups and so much more! Please contact Anita if you are interested in attending.

Artisans At Work

If the nine pop-up shops and handful of new stores and businesses are not enough for you, there’s more coming to our piece of the Danforth.  Artisans At Work (2071 Danforth Ave) will be opening for Arts & Craft Shows the next three weekends – December 8-9th, 15-16th and 22-23rd.

The idea for this gift shop featuring locally made arts & crafts as well as self contained studio/micro business space is the brainchild of former DECA board member, Tara Shelton.

Here’s a post from Tara about featured artistis, craft show details and how to inquire about renting space in December and beyond:

Artisans At Work

Artisans At Work is an upcoming 2700 square foot retail gallery store at 2071 Danforth Ave (at Woodbine).  The space also has eight private, turn-key micro business/studio spaces for the arts, jewellery, and community to start-up and operate for affordable, inclusive rates.

The Show

We are holding Christmas Craft Shows on the weekends of December 8/9th, 15/16th, and 22/23rd from 9am to 6pm.  Applications are still welcome.  Craft show prices are  $75 per weekend, $40 per day or $100 for two weekends.

The Artists

Stone Folio: Stone marble Mosaics. Price Range: $40-400.  Attending: Dec 15/16 & 22/23.

Lurearts Pottery:  handmade ceramic dinnerware, jewelry, clocks and hostess gifts.  Price range: $12-100.  Attending:  Dec 8th & 9th

Thunderpeep:  Illustrated designs. Price range: $4- $40. Attending: Dec 8 & 9th.

Tara Shelton: Sculptural jewellery, wood burnt etchings. Price range: $45 to $250. Attending: Dec 8/9th, 15/16th, & 22/23rd.

Bonnie Marder: Quilts, small gifts.

Zuzuki Diaz: jewellery, bags made from recycled items.   Attending: Dec 15th.

Meter by Meter: Vegan bags, and gifts for animal lovers & pets. Price range: $30-135. Attending: December  8/9th &15/16th.  100% of proceeds will go to homeless cats at North Toronto Cat Rescue .

Tweak: One of a kind jewellery. Price range: $18-300. Attending: Dec 15/16 & 22/23.

Pink Ink: Cards, restyled mittens sweaters, barettesPrice range: $4-100. Attending: Saturdays Dec 15 & 22.

ClothesPeg Designs: Handmade Children’s Clothing & Accessories. Price Range: $10-$50. Attending: Dec 15&16.

Adrienne Baker Sieffert: baby bibs, catnip beds, bags, reversible coffee sleeves, pillows, pincushions, tote bags, luggage tags and vintage inspired Christmas ornaments. Price range $3-30. Attending: Dec 8/9, 15/16, 22/23.

Ecoartworx: Earth Friendly & Ethical, Eco-Fashion accessories and Jewelry.  Price Range: $5- $120. Attending: December 22nd.

The Space

Hydro, water, security, heat, liability insurance, wi-fi, in addition to other benefits such as Open House every First Friday evening of the month, group shows, adult craft nights, networking, and more!

Some business use possibilities: art studio, jewellery studio, textile & other crafts, painting/sculpting classes, children’s arts & crafts, yoga, specialty retail etc. The possibilities are endless!

There are eight studio spaces available, ranging from 100 to 200 sq feet. Each secure micro business space is bright, with a high ceiling, is fitted with a sink and may be custom built to suit each tenant.

Long and short term leases are available, and sharing spaces is welcome!

Each tenant is also given a display area to promote their business, and contact info and/or opening hours, as well as on our website.

The retail gallery section of the store is also for rent based upon square footage with only 10% sales commission!

We supply the retail staff and help the artist vendor to promote themselves to the retail customer!

Please contact Tara for more information on renting a studio space, retailing your product, or joining the Christmas Craft Shows:   torontotara (at)

Many thanks!

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