It always seems as if every time you turn around a new restaurant or shop has opened up in Toronto and for good reason. Toronto’s ever-changing landscape has turned Canada’s largest city into a world-class destination for dining and shopping, making it the perfect place for a business owner or restauranteur to call home. It just so happens that this summer has been notably busy with new restaurant and store openings, with new places to shop and enjoy delicious food popping up all throughout the city.
As we head into the remaining weeks of summer, make sure to have these 9 notable Toronto openings on your radar when you’re looking for something fun to do in August.
Where: Bayview Village, 2910 Bayview Avenue
Sephora continues to grow its beauty presence in Ontario with the addition of its new Bayview Village location. Shoppers can look forward to an array of familiar and new services including two beauty studios, a skincare studio, as well as advanced beauty technologies. Shoppers will also be offered customized and one-of-a-kind services including complimentary makeup mini’s and skincare mini’s, full face makeup applications, skin fit oxygenating facials, the Benefit Brow Bar, and Colour, Skincare, and Fragrance IQ.
Where: 379 Queen Street West
After being featured in hit shows like Stranger Things, The Greatest Showman, and Russian Doll, popular temporary tattoo startup Inkbox has opened the doors to its newest retail space on Toronto’s vibrant Queen Street West. The new store will offer both temporary and permanent tattoos, including the Toronto-based startup’s new product line, which features highly detailed and realistic tattoo designs that will only be available in-store. The shop also features a studio where customers can get permanent ink done by tattoo artist Curt Montgomery who’s tattooed Joe Jonas and Halsey.
Where: 495 Queen Street West
Popular e-cigarette brand JUUL has just opened its first-ever retail store in Canada, and it’s located in downtown Toronto, taking over the previous home of Runway Luxe. Aside from being able to purchase JUUL pods and vaporizers, the new retail store will also serve as an educational hub where customers can learn more about JUUL’s products and making the switch from combustible cigarettes to a JUUL alternative.
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Where: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street
If you didn’t happen to venture out to Yorkdale Shopping Centre this summer, then you might not be aware that popular L.A.-based, sustainable fashion brand Reformation opened the doors to its first international retail store. The new Toronto location features natural and recyclable materials, including eco-friendly fabrics, vintage furniture, hangers, reusable totes, and garment bags, and will offset 100% of electricity usage with wind energy. Here you can shop for sustainably made styles, including summer dresses, jeans, tees and tops, shoes, and bags.
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive and Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street
Hong Kong-based eyewear retailer MUJOSH continues to expand its international footprint with the welcomed addition of its two new Toronto-area stores: Scarborough Town Centre and Yorkdale Shopping centre. Described as a “cutting-edge fashion eyewear brand,” MUJOSH is known for its bold and unique styles with wallet-friendly prices, with frames and sunglasses ranging from $79 to $199, as well as its super speedy service — customers can pick-up their glasses within 30 minutes of ordering.
Where: 220 King Street West
It’s official: the popular Mercer Street brew pub, which sadly shuttered its rooftop patio and dining space last year due to a condo development, has finally opened the doors to its new King West home. Loyal Mascot Brewery customers can once again enjoy locally brewed pints and dine on delicious eats like burgers and wings, while also catching some rays and hanging with friends on the brewery’s new back-alley patio which gives us major Brooklyn vibes.
Where: 995 Bloor Street West
Everyone’s favourite cartoon cat has a new home in Toronto where you can chow down on pizza, lasagna, and cookies shaped like the iconic feline. Located on Bloor Street, GarfieldEATS marks the first restaurant dedicated to the 40-year-old cartoon cat in North America, making it a must-visit for those feeling nostalgic. But don’t worry if you don’t live near the Toronto eatery, you can also order the Garfield-shaped menu items through the app-based “mobile restaurant” and have your dishes delivered.
Where: 1086 Queen Street West
After a successful first run, Queen West’s Dynasty Pot Shop has opened a permanent location. The space, which stocks design-forward Cannabis Grow Kits for at-home growing, kicked off its launch with an epic in-store collaboration with L.A.-based cannabis lifestyle brand Mister Green. Head here to shop homeware, pipes, accessories, apothecary, and more. And stay tuned for more in Dynasty’s Bed Buds collaboration platform, which will bring in a rotation of top cannabis-inspired brands from across the globe.
Where: 455 King St. West
If you’re looking for a new spot to bask in the heat of summer, make your way downtown and head to MARBL’s brand new patio space. The stunning patio features marble accented walls, white chandeliers, and plenty of greenery. On the menu, expect to find elevated American classics along with a sophisticated cocktail selection that rotates seasonally. We suggest checking out the spot before the cold weather rushes in — and be sure to try the steak tartare. You won’t regret it!
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