November is a super exciting month, not only because Christmas and the holidays are around the corner, but it seems to be the ultimate cozy month. Before winter comes in full force and drowns us in a sea of snow, ice, and slush, make sure you get out to check out all the fun pop-up shops and markets that Toronto has to offer.
Here are 9 pop-up shops to check out this month in Toronto!
Open in the Distillery District from November 14 until December 22 is the Nespresso Nordic Garden pop-up! When you check it out, expect to find all things cozy as Scandinavian cultural trends Hygge and Fika are major inspirations behind it. The pop-up will be closed on Mondays, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays folks can stop by for free holiday workshops including festive DIY ornament making and holiday card designing.
Globally-inspired accessory brand, Zvelle, has just opened its pop-up at Yorkville Village and it’s filled with the brands collection of footwear, newly launched handbags, and accessories. The brand launched in 2015 and founder/designer Elle AyoubZadeh, is committed to producing statement pieces that are made to last. The pop-up is open from November 1 until December 31 in the upper oval of Yorkville Village and also offers customers a unique gift station, where they can purchase presents in-store and have them shipped them anywhere to Canada and the United States at no charge.
Need to get your hands on a winter coat? Head to the Nobis Laundromat pop-up located at 277 Queen Street West from November 2 until November 10. This pop-up is designed to show off the fact that Nobis’ jackets can be home-laundered but also encourages folks to donate gently worn winter jackets that will be donated to New Circles GLOW (Gently Loved Outfits to Wear). Guests can receive express jacket refreshes courtesy of LG Electronics Canada and also have the chance to win gifts through a custom vending machine!
Thinking of popping the question or just need a jewellery refresh? Head to the COUPLE pop-up at 131 Bloor Street West. From November 6 until February 28 to browse the brands entire collection and have one-on-one consultations to find the perfect engagement ring, wedding band, or even pair of earrings. COUPLE is an independent company that exclusively sells lab-grown diamonds that are totally identical to mined diamonds, except these diamonds are conflict-free and much better for the environment!
Two great Canadian companies, Club Monaco and The Ordinary, have come together to bless us with one fab pop-up. Open from October 21 until January 31 and located at 157 Bloor Street West in Toronto, this pop-up features an assortment of The Ordinary’s cult faves as well as trusted essentials from Club Monaco, with an exclusive co-branded set being introduced for
holiday that’s only available at the pop-up. The Club Monaco x The Ordinary pop-up shop isn’t exclusive to just Toronto — it’s open at Club Monaco’s Vancouver store on Robson, N. Beverly Drive store in Beverly Hills, California, and its Fifth Avenue store in NYC.
Open from October 17 until November 15 is Kanuk’s pop-up shop that’s situated right at 54 Ossington Avenue. The Montreal-based brand is well known and highly revered for its top-quality puffer coats that keep folks warm and toasty during the chilly winter months. Head to the pop-up to shop the brands newest collection and with the purchase of any Kanuk coat at the pop-up, you’ll receive the Liv scarf in a colour of your choice as a gift (value of $130!)
If it’s winter accessories that are missing from your wardrobe, head to Yorkville Village at 55 Avenue Road to shop the Kombi pop-up. The brands selection of cozy mitts, functional gloves with touch technology, and more will have you staying warm this season while still looking super cute and stylish. The pop-up is located in Yorkville Village’s main hall next to the food hall, and is open from October 1 until January 4th.
Is there anything more magical than stepping inside a huge toy store during the holiday season? We didn’t think so. This year from November 23 until December 7, you and your kiddos can take in all the holiday spirit at the FAO Schwarz pop-up at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street. There’s fun for the whole family with its in-store drumming lessons, DIY holiday ornaments, a holiday photo booth, and card making!
Love fried chicken? Then you won’t want to miss out this fried chicken pop-up lunch (yes, you read that right) happening on November 12 at East Room from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. In addition to the fried chicken being prepared by Toronto chef Brandon Olson, you’ll also enjoy complimentary Ace Hill beer, a vegetable side made by Don’s Restaurant, and all the good vibes and great music. Tickets for this delicious experience are just $12 so make sure you grab ’em before they’re gone!
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