Dufferin Grove: What to expect and enjoy, plus more. By appointment only.
A warm welcome
Operating out of a 100+ year old Victorian wood-framed, red brick building, in a neighbourhood known as Dufferin Grove. The bustle of the outside world still to be heard but fades as you settle in the light, airy space. Sparsely furnished with personality, and thoughtfully-appointed to inspire calm and clarity. Bathed in natural light, with a leafy and private view, devoid of personal effects, highlighting the old world charm beneath a modern identity. But not cold, cozy, to help you feel at ease.
Plenty of parking
Travelling by car? There's street parking when it's available. But also metered parking behind Paradise Theatre, North of Bloor between Bartlet Street and Westmorland Road.
Walk over. Metro nearby
Travelling by foot, bike, subway, bus or streetcar? Only 6 metro stops West from Bloor and Yonge. Dufferin and Ossington stations are only a five minute walk to my studio. But when arriving by subway, get off at Ossington station, and exit the platform to Delaware Avenue for a closer route to my studio.
And then, there's an attraction just outside this metro exit you won't want to miss. With it's cult following awaiting patiently in queue to snatch original sweets before they sell out at Bakerbots baking. They also serve up ice cream sandwiches from Bang Bang. Rosanne Pezzelli is the creative mind and owner behind both businesses.
Bloorcourt Village: Before and after
Enjoy Bloorcourt Village on Bloor, with some shopping at Popbox MicroMrkt for snacks on the go. Visit Osteria Rialto for a bite and brew on their sunny patio. Or browse Muddy George for mens smart style. A favourite is Monkey's Paw, an internationally recognized book store of old and unusual printed matter.
Bloordale Village: Where it feels like the weekend every day
In the mood to explore? Step 5 minutes further West to Bloordale Village on Bloor. Grab a creative and expertly made cocktail at Grey Tiger, An Artist-Run Cocktail Bar for New Romantics, by Becky Ip and Ryan Ringer. Or pick up a tongue-in-cheek card at TOWN, operated by Shelley Town, daughter of deceased Harold Town, The Original Bad Boy of Canadian Art.
But there's more. Just up the street from the shops listed above is another favourite. Easy Health Food Store, a couple-run general store to calm and fill your aching hunger, by ravenous food lovers Dragana Kujovic and Nenad Vuksic. But don't let the words "easy" or "health" in their store name conjure memories of unpleasant tastes from bone dry fare, like you had your tongue dragged across the sand. Instead, mouthwatering deliciousness awaits. They've curated a smorgasbord of local, organic, pastured and biodynamic grass-fed meats, dairy, eggs, produce, condiments, plus more, alongside prices that'll keep your chequing balance in the black.
Easy to find
Google Maps (below) shows Dufferin Grove, but also Bloorcourt Village and Bloordale Village where you'll find the shops listed here. And my exact address will be given after we've confirmed your appointment. Reach out via my contact page to book a visit.
Oh, before you pop in, check out this haunting performance from Jonathan Bree, You're So Cool.