Danforth Avenue – then & now

Danforth then…

Before there were subways, there were streetcars.  And before there were streetcars there were horses and buggies.  BlogTO recently put out this post with some very cool pictures of what Danforth Avenue has looked like through the years.

Danforth & East Lynn (1960)

Danforth now… 

And the Danforth continues to change today.  We’re excited to a few see new businesses moving into the area:

  • Dulux Paints (2031 Danforth), a Canadian company, will be opening it’s 7th location in our neighbourhood on January 2nd.  Besides boasting premium quality paint and terrific customer service, Dulux is known for their involvement in the Let’s Colour movement which helps neighbourhoods turn grey spaces into more lively, colourful places.   Hummm…..
  • Oaks ‘N Acorns (1856 Danforth) According to their Facebook page, Oaks ‘N Acorn is “a new Activity Studio and Stay ‘n Play Café providing a welcoming and creative hub where parents and children can participate together or individually in a diverse range of classes and workshops…” (Opening date is TBD)
  • The Pillow Shoppe (1434 Danforth) has recently opened with a vast selection of decorative pillows.  Everything from sage to army green and olive to hunter green.  (They have other colours too, but you know us, we love green.) Official grand opening weekend festivities on December 8 & 9!  They even have a selection of giftware.
  • Metropolitan College (2017 Danforth, 3rd floor) offers all sorts of English language programs and seem to have already brought a boost in foot traffic to the surrounding shops.

Another change this year was the additional of decorative lights along the Danforth –  thanks to the Danforth Mosaic BIA‘s Streetscape Committee for the shooting stars west of Westlake, and to the Danforth Village BIA for the holiday wreaths adorning street lamps east from Westlake.  We think they’re a lovely, twinkling addition to the neighbourhood.

And in other Danforth retail news, a big congratulations to Wag on the Danforth being named one of Toronto’s best pet stores from BlogTO.

Dulux Paints (2031 Danforth)
The Pillow Shoppe (1434 Danforth)
Oaks ‘N Acorns (1856 Danforth)
Lighting installed by the Mosaic BIA