Pop-Up: Musical Talent & New Business Alerts

Musical Talent?

June is going to be a busy time for Danforth East. The Pop-Up Team is busy planing a ‘Pop-Up-Apaloza’ of activities all month long and are looking for musicians/bands of all types to volunteer at the June launch. Although we do not have money to compensate alternate arrangements can be made – like busking or community hour for students. Please contact Maximilien if you’re interested.

New Business Alerts

A few weeks ago we hinted that a new business would be moving into 698 Coxwell where S Sense previously operated out of. Well it’s now official. After a successful experience as a pop-up shop in December and January Len: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things is back in the neighbourhood. They will be doing a soft opening this Saturday, May 4th from 11-6 PM and would love to see their friends from the pop-up shop come in to say hello. Next Saturday, May 11th they will have a Grand Opening with tasty treats for all! And if you haven’t made the connection yet, May 11th is the day before Mother’s Day.

In other pop-up news, one of the vacant store fronts that was the home to the original pop-up shop in October has been rented. Canadian Nutrition Super Stores has opened at 1948 Danforth (formerly Metro Nails). So if you are a fitness enthusiast or wishing you were then you should stop in to say hello to Deon, the store manager. Apparently they aim to please and are offering a 20% discount on everything in the store right now. They don’t mind special orders or stocking special items either. Welcome to the neighbourhood Deon!



Don’t forget about this Saturday’s Jane’s Walk in our neighbourhood with DECA’s own Steve Wickens @ 10:00 a.m.! For more details, click here.

Fall In Love With February Pop-Ups

Hi everyone, Natasha here again for a rare dip back into the DECA diaries blog pool.

Shhh….I have a confession to make: The most super fun job in all of the DECA world is sitting on the team that reviews the applications and interviews potential pop-up tenants. Whatever you do, don’t tell the others because I like them to think that I’m being SO gracious giving up my valuable time.

Actually it’s an amazing opportunity to meet and talk to interesting, passionate, enthusiastic people. Every story is different and they’ve all come to wherever they are through their individual routes and it’s inspiring to meet them and take some of that excitement and energy home. For both the December and February pop-ups we came out of the interviews with the same conclusion. We need more spaces! And lo and behold, we got them. (Note: they didn’t just appear like manna. Other volunteers hit the streets, knocked on landlord doors, worked the phones and convinced building owners to get on board. It’s no easy task and about 100% harder than reading applications and interviewing the tenants.)

Without further ado, DECA is delighted to introduce you to three new pop-ups opening this weekend! (um, well either this weekend or this week…it’s hard to get a store up and running in less than a week, so just a keep an eye out for them o.k?)

1898 Danforth – Fa Real Designz N Prints. www.fareal.com

You want a little extra energy in your life? Drop in and visit Allister and Tracy. Together this fun couple own Fa.real. Fa.real is an urban, retro brand of clothing that uses graphics and illustrations inspired by the 90s hip hop, Boom BAP era. Fa.real has established its own look of artistic, urban simplicity and a nostalgic retro feel that stands out from the common overdone street styles. But that’s just a sideline really. Fa.real Designz N Prints makes custom printed t-shirts, sweatshirts and pretty much any other piece of clothing you can think of. If you can think it, they can print it. Fa.real has a long list of regular clients including festivals, concerts and other events. They provide good quality and good prices for one custom shirt or 1000.

1801 Danforth – Krystle Lee. www.krystle.ca

Personal Shopper * Stylist * Private Sales * Wardrobe

If you love shopping, you will love Krystle. If you hate shopping, you will love her even more. If you have champagne taste on a beer budget, you might want to sit down. In spite of the fact that Krystle walked into our interview at Seb’s Cappuccino looking like she was at a cocktail party in Yorkville, she’s down-to-earth and full of fabulous and fun ideas.

Krystle hosts a few pop-ups a year and her clientele flock to these sales in droves. Her designer pop-ups offer a curated selection of new and gently-used high-end clothing & accessories. Krystle has been a personal shopper and image consultant for six years and has accumulated a roster of career-centric female clients. Krystle helps women find stunning stand out pieces that compliment and enhance their individual style.

1803 Danforth – Repetitions Fitness. www.repetitionsfitness.ca

Repetitions Fitness Studio: ‘The Foundation of Fitness’

Nadia is ready to work with you. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get toned or shed some unwanted body fat, Repetitions Fitness has just what you’re looking for! From boot camps to fitness challenges and from meal planning to a healthy meals delivery package, Nadia is offering a range of services geared toward overall health and well-being. Drop by the website to see what Repetitions has already done and then drop in on the shop to see what they can do for you.

Pretty great right? The exact hours of operation for all these shops are still being worked out, check out www.danfortheastcommunityassociation.com for up-to-date info.

And, if you’re wondering how LEN is doing, stay tuned, they’re looking to find a permanent home and we hope to be able to share good news soon!

Busy busy busy – lots to tell you about!

Happy 2013!

Here is a random assortment of neighbourhood info for you to consider as you drink your tea, wine, espresso or whatever your Friday night fancy is.

DECA Board Meeting

The new 2013 Board will meet on January 15 starting at 7:30 p.m..  Our meetings are open to all DECA members, potential members, and interested others. If you want to come (and you know you do) please contact Anita by clicking here, and she can give you the meeting details. Oh, and we meet at one of our local, licensed establishments so at the very least, you get to drink beer or ginger ale while you revitalize your community.  Win-win!

New Year’s Levee with East York Elected Officials

We have all been invited to the annual New Year’s Levee, this Sunday, January 6 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Avenue!!

Councillor Janet Davis sent out the following invite:

I hope you will be able to join me and our fellow East York elected officials at the annual East York New Year’s Levee. Welcome in the new year with MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, MPPs Michael Prue and Peter Tabuns, School Trustees Sheila Cary-Meagher and Cathy Dandy, Councillor Mary Fragedakis and myself. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for our local food bank.

Pop-Up Feedback

So, our December of pop-ups has come to a close, and we’d like to hear what your thoughts are on the project.  Did you visit?  Did you love it?  Did you not love it?  Did you notice?  What are your thoughts on this project?  Let us know by emailing here.

PS – One of our pop ups is still popping up, but they have taken over a different space.  You can visit LEN at 1801 Danforth for the month of January.  Their website is: http://len4all.com and they have a facebook page as well.  Seriously, this store is amazing.  I paid them a token visit in December, and went back three times to get something for every person on my list.  They are THAT good.

Oaks ‘n Acorns

A new business is set to open across the street from East Lynn Park called Oaks ‘n Acorns.  As an “activity studio for parents and tots”, they will host a variety of classes for children and/or parents, and their registration has just opened up. In fact, if you sign up by January 20, you can get a discount and free membership card!  Click here for more info.  It looks like they will also host birthday parties!

Even More New Stores

Have you noticed a few new stores this past week?  The Dulux paint store is open at the corner of Moberly and Danforth, 2031 Danforth to be specific,  and with a rumoured 25% off grand opening discount it’s not to be missed!  There is also a Brand Name Discount Store that just opened a few stores west of Value Village. (I swear I repeated the address over and over to myself in order to include it in the post, but it’s really cold outside, so I believe that inhibited the formation of long-term memory.  Someone should research that!)


Oh, and if you are wondering why your garbage didn’t get picked up today (Friday), it’s because of the holiday earlier this week.  It pushes pickup back by a day so you can expect the pickup to take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Enjoy your chilly weekend.