Investing 101 Reminder, Community Space & A Note from LEN

Investing 101

A reminder that the DECA Learns Investing 101 event will be held at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe on Monday at 7:30pm.  Hope to see you there ready to make millions ;)

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Community Space at Artisans at Work

The crew at Artisan at Work are looking to expand!  And in order to do some renovations to their space to make a 1000 square foot community space they are looking to crowdsource funding. If you’d like to contribute to this unique community hub, check out their fundraising page.

A note from LEN:

Christal and I are super-excited to deliver East Danforth’s second-most anticipated spring resurrection – LEN!

Thanks to DECA, most of our neighbours already know that we’ve returned, this time for good. We have a sweet little location at 698 Coxwell Ave, right at the corner of Coxwell and Danforth (thanks again to DECA and an our amazing client, Mary, both of whom connected us to the space!).

So, all East Danforth residents and visitors need fret (or travel outside DECA boundaries) no longer in order to make your home beautiful, woo a special someone or even start a meaningful art collection.

To celebrate and say thanks to everyone for their AMAZING support, we’re preparing a nice little day-long launch celebration for May 11th. This Saturday. 11am-6pm. There’ll be treats and bubbly beverages.

We also made sure we stocked the shop full of especially beautiful things for Mother’s Day. Our prices are more democratic than ever with original Fine Art from established Canadian artists starting at $50, luxurious bath products from Quebec for $11, unbelievably cute organic soy wax candles at $6, Janet Stein sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry that’s rare, refined and on-trend for under $100 and spectacular handmade wood cutting boards and other kitchen items starting at $50.

Can’t wait to see our favourite clients and meet new friends this Saturday! To keep up to date on the latest LENvents make sure to visit, follow LEN on Twitter (@Len4All) and like us on Facebook ( Even better, visit us in person, 5 days a week during regular business hours or book a private appointment by email (


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.

Pop-Up Shop Big Ideas Night & More

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

Joel A. Barker

Big Ideas Night

DECA’s pop-up shops started with a vision to change the Danforth. You acted. You scrubbed. You scraped. You painted. You walked in the door. And you shopped. Each of these are small, but vital acts that support the future of our community and of walking neighbourhoods in Toronto and around the world. People who change the world don’t do it grand sweeping gestures. Well, I suppose you might if you were Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. But those guys just give money to people who scrape, scrub and and walk in the door. In these acts you are creating a community that is more vibrant, walkable and safe. Now we’re asking, once again, for a little bit more. We need your ideas.

You are cordially invited to join us for the DECA Pop-Up Shops Big Ideas Night. We want you and we need your big ideas. Pop-up shops have already been responsible for the renting of two spaces on the Danforth and we’re looking forward to a few more pop-up tenants opening up permanent shops this spring. If you like the pop-ups and the activity they are creating, we’d like you to help us think about the future of pop-ups and where to go from here.

Wednesday, March 27 7-9 p.m. This meeting will be fun and interactive. We promise!

Register here

One Last Hurrah for the Current Pop-Up Shops: Krystle Lee & Fa Real

Fa Real Designz N Prints | 1898 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 12-8
Fa Real brand clothing is all on sale for $10. Plus, if you want your name put on a hockey jersey you can get it done for between $15-30.

Krystle Lee | 1801 Danforth Avenue
This weekend only she will be offering everyone and additional 30% discount (on select merchandise) off the already super low prices, best to go out with a bang!

If you haven’t had the chance to shop or you left that special something behind, now is your chance.

You can catch her this Saturday and Sunday between 1-5pm


There’s still time to POP in.


There’s about one week left for the February Pop-Up Shops – still plenty of time to pop in! And if you want to know more about the people behind these pop-up shops, check out this Beach Metro article.

Fa Real Designz N Prints | 1898 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 12-8
The buy 1 get one 1/2 off promotion will continue this week.

Krystle Lee | 1801 Danforth Avenue
Monday 12-6 | Tuesday 10-6 | Wednesday Closed | Thursday 10-6 | Friday & Saturday 11-7 | Sunday Private Appointments
There’s still plenty of fabulous clothes for sale at Krystle Lee, plus some new jewelry additions.

Repetitions Fitness | 1803 Danforth Avenue
Monday 10-7 | Tuesday 12-4 | Wednesday 10-7 | Thursday 10-4 | Friday 10-7 | Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 10-3
Struggling with meal planning?  Let Nadia take care of meals for you with a variety of meal packages available.  Her meals are heart healthy, organic, largely vegan and free from most of the major allergens (ex. Soy, gluten, nuts…). Email her for more information.  Also check our events page for her full schedule of fitness classes    

Share the Love: February Pop-Ups


They have only been open a few days and the twittersphere is already buzzing with love for the newest crop of pop-ups. If you’re not a tweeter or twitter-er or one who tweets, fret not. You can still have a real conversation with your neighbours about the love you have for these new shops by checking them out in person!

Shop names, summaries, locations and hours are posted below. While you’re out shopping this weekend, let us know what you think. Tweet us (@DECADiaries) or leave a comment on this blog or on our Facebook Page. And don’t forget to tell your neighbours too.

Repetitions Fitness | 1803 Danforth Avenue
Monday 10-7 | Tuesday 12-4 | Wednesday 10-7 | Thursday 10-4 | Friday 10-7 | Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 10-3
A full service health & wellness studio offering semi/private personal training, boot camps, nutritional counseling, meal planning and personal shopping services.  Nadia is offering a variety of 35 minute fitness classes happening throughout the week for $17/class in addition to semi/private personal training.

  • Monday: Plyometics (10:30 am), Cardio Conditioning (5 pm), High Intensity Interval Training (6 pm)
  • Wednesday: Strength and Conditioning (10:30 am), High Intensity Interval Training (5 pm), Upper Body Blast (6 pm)
  • Friday: Power Yoga (10:30 am), Metabolic Training (5 pm), High Intensity Interval Training (6 pm)
  • Saturday: Power Yoga (9:45 am) High Intensity Interval Training (11 am), Coregasm (12 pm)
  • Sunday: Lower Body Blast (10 am), Running Clinic – 45 min (12 pm)

Krystle Lee | 1801 Danforth Avenue
Monday 12-6 | Tuesday 10-6 | Wednesday Closed | Thursday 10-6 | Friday & Saturday 11-7 | Sunday  Private Appointments
Personal Shopper * Stylist * Private Sales * Wardrobe.   Krystle Lee’s designer pop-up offers a curated selection of new and gently used high end clothing & accessories.

Fa Real Designz N Prints | 1898 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 12-8
Urban/retro inspired clothing and custom print clothing shop.

For more information about these pop-up stores, the DECA Pop-Up Shop project and DECA, please visit our website.

Pop-Up Reminder and Pumpkin Parade

Mrs. Darling’s Imaginarium takes over the Pop-Up Shop

This weekend 1948 Danforth will be transformed into Mrs. Darlings Imaginarium for Girls and Boys – A place to play with art and discover the art of play.  There are drop-in studio times both Saturday and Sunday mornings (9 a.m. until noon) and facilitated classes in the afternoons (1 p.m. until 6 p.m.) ideal for the 4-14 year olds.  For the detailed schedule of activities this weekend and to register for classes, check out Mrs.Darling’s website.


Pumpkin Parade 2012

It’s baaaaaack!  The third annual DECA Pumpkin Parade in East Lynn Park.  Bring your jack-o-lantern to the park next Thursday, November 1, and be part of the most magical night of the year in our neighbourhood.  Don’t forget to BYOC (bring your own candle!) Fun begins at 6:30 p.m.