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Winter Closet Renovation! Fashion Make-over Spots Near West Side!

Minto Westside is conveniently located in the center of it all… most importantly, Toronto’s most popular fashion district!  Toronto’s King Street is fittingly named one of the most sought out shopping places in Toronto! Though it used to be populated primarily by warehouses and industrial buildings, today you will find that masses of fashion retailers and high-end lifestyle shops take the spotlight! Because the area still adheres to its historical features of the city, it pleasantly mixes in the contemporary aspects as well for that one of a kind unique shopping experience! So what are you waiting for? Let’s go shopping…


To start the perfect shopping adventure, begin at the Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street area, which is known to many as the Fashion District . Once the epitome of Toronto’s textile industry, the Fashion District was and still is home to a handful of clothing outlets and is an ideal spot to begin your day of shopping in King West.


With the cold weather, and the bare minimum outdoor activities, Livestock http://www.deadstock.ca/  is a store that will take your athletic and casual desires to an accentuated high fashioned level! Livestock is a premium sneaker shop/boutique that started out in Vancouver.  ‘Livestock’ is a play on words on ‘deadstock’  primarily used in sneakerhead circles to denote ‘unworn’ or ‘brand new in box’ fashion. From beautiful wool coats that you can wear to work, or over a night brisk walk, running shoes for the gym or casual date night, and all the accessories that are suited for courting that on-the-go lifestyle, you will be sure to find the perfect match here!


Not in the mood to really get into a fitting room and fashion show your ‘maybe’ items? Or,  are you  too cold to shop around outdoors, why not make a quick one-stop to King Textiles  http://www.kingtextiles.ca/ Step outside of the ordinary and be as trendy and fashion forward as your neighborhood, and create your own fashion statements in the comfort of your own home! King Textiles has 10,000 square feet of fabrics for those creative designers who prefer to manipulate, create, and invent their own fashion trends this winter. Get sewing!

The convenience of the Fashion District in Toronto is that when you are ready to visit some nearby shops and eateries,  you can hop on a street car for a short ride to Liberty Village, often compared to New York’s SoHo neighborhood.


First stop, Vocado http://shopvoc.com/ , Fashionistas will love the fabulous selection of women’s blouses, jeans and even eveningwear! Known for their specialty boutique style items, each article of clothing is sold proudly as it features our very own Canadian designers, in addition to some renowned international sensations!  Some of these international and Canadian designers include J Brand, Fluxus, and BB Dakota!


Big things come in small packages, this must be true when it comes to a trendy little shop by the name of The Patron Saint, located inside the Thompson Hotel! The Patron Saint is a gift and travel accessory shop which focuses on Canadian brands! This well sought after kiosk sells an array of goods such as  skincare, sunglasses, swimsuits and other treats  for both men and women! Check out their latest trends and finds here: https://www.facebook.com/THEPATRONSAINT/info?tab=overview

Is your upcoming date night, ladies night, birthday or anniversary require more high- end delicacies? You are in luck as you will be sure to find a unique and tasteful selection at  Cadeaux Boutique https://shopcadeaux.ca/  l! This is a store that boasts upon its’ unparalleled selection of specialized gifts and trinkets! So if there is that once in a while occasion of some sort, or, the urge to treat yourself a little extra, stop and splurge!

Lastly, and perhaps a perfect way to end off the shopping escapade, is getting a relaxing pampered session to beautify and revamp your look, book an appointment to see the very experienced and vibrant stylists at Fringe Portland! http://fringeportland.ca/ . This green salon believes in high-impact styles that leave a small carbon footprint on our planet! Innovation to provide more green and planet safe options at this salon are at its’ forefront, but behind all their enthusiasm for keeping our atmosphere breathing easy, they provide exceptional services for men, women and children! Good for the planet and a wonderful new look? What are you waiting for stop by and relax your bags and limbs and let a stylist work some fab winter make-over magic!

After your shopping and winter make-over is complete and you are ready for some lunch or dinner, you’re in luck as Front and Bathurst and its’ surrounding area has the best selection of Toronto restaurants, for the foodie in all of us!


Before wobbling back home carrying all  those shopping bags, don’t forget to visit us inside the Minto West Side Presentation Centre at 25 Bathurst Street and learn how you can call the Westside neighborhood, home.




Get Your Warm And Hearty Comfort Food Fix Near Minto Westside!

It’s officially winter, and although we may miss the ice-cream and bbq patio season, there is nothing like a great bowl of hearty stew, or some good old mac n’ cheese to cure that wintery chilled spot! For your winter appetite we’ve got all the cheerful and delicious spots just a short distance from Minto West Side! Nestled within close proximity to King West, Queen West, and Liberty Village, Minto West Side’s convenient location is swarming with good eats that will feed your soul on that crisp cold walk home from work, or on a wintery weekend with friends!


Let’s begin!


The Foggy Dew :

Known for serving all the traditions of Ireland, this place recreates a genuine Irish establishment in the heart of King West Village. Amongst the warm food menu, there is always an array of beers on tap or by the pint. Share plates of Black and Tan Onion Rings, Sharp Cheddar and Ale Dip or Duck Confit Poutine followed by Guinness Braised Ontario Angus Flat Iron Steak or Traditional Fish ‘n’ Chips! These are only a few of their yummy menu items!  Come and join The Foggy Dew crew on Saturday nights and you will be obliged with some great live music to pair with that scrumptious dish!  Group bookings and private parties are also welcomed at the Foggy Dew. For more information visit their website:  http://fabrestaurants.ca/restaurant/foggy-dew/



Ramen is one of the traditional dishes of Japan, known for its beautifully orchestrated bowl of noodles, veggies, meat and or seafood!  Amongst the hottest cuisines in this city, Touhenboku has gained popularity for its cozy atmosphere and chummy table layout.  Touhenboku explodes with the perfect combination of class and comfort with an impressive selection of what some call “Japanese soul food,”!  Folks swarm into Touhenboku for its warm approach and consistently delicious selection of its signature dishes. For their main attraction, Ramen, the broth is perfectly clear yet intensely flavored, the noodles are thick and chewy and perfectly filling and your choice of all the add-ins only add to the robust tang. Customers can also enjoy a range of appetizing and authentic accompaniments, like gyoza dumplings and the much-celebrated chicken karaage. To check out the menu click here:  http://www.touhenboku.ca/


Smoque N Bones:

Craving ribs tonight? Say no more and make your way over to Smoque N Bones for their famous pork ribs that come fresh out of the smoker in three-hour intervals. They’re served naked straight from the smoker with barbecue sauce supplied on the side with a brush for your own freedom and convenience to add as much or as little as you please!  In addition to ribs, there are southern comfort food sides that are evenly priced at $3.90 some of which include;  sweet options like candied yams and baked beans, collard greens, dirty rice, cheesy grits, shoestring potatoes, sweet potato waffle fries and buttermilk onion ring and mac n’ cheese! Want something to cool of all that heat; try out the cold salads like coleslaw and potato salad! There is pretty much something for everyone, including draught beers such as; Samuel Adams, Amsterdam Blonde, Muskoka Detour, Flying Monkey and Mill St. Tankhouse! You can choose a pint sized or, regular sized portion (if you’re full off all those ribs)! Check out their website for directions and more menu options: http://smoquenbones.com/



 Located in South Bathurst area, this glassy establishment boasts off their fresh house-made soups, baked goods, libations, and of course the main event, lots and lots of grilled cheese sandwiches, ranging from bare-bones classics to creative and authentic creations of their own! This yummy venue is setup almost like a dining room set against a wall mosaic of cheese-inspired tones of yellows. Once you’ve found a table through the rush, enjoy the city-inspired sandwiches off the menu with flavors that include; Koreatown” (gruyere and kimchi), and “Danforth” (aged goat cheddar and olive tapenade), and “Little Italy” (buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil).  There are many more menu options, all which come with a side of fresh hand cut kettle chips! Cheesewerks also hosts many  events throughout the month, check out their event listings, menu and location here: http://www.cheesewerks.com/

Queen Street Warehouse: 

The same owners of El Furniture Warehouse bring you Queen Street Warehouse, where you can get you comfort food fix, with almost everything on the menu for $5! Hearty options include, Braised Beef Spaghetti (Fresh herbs, tomato marinara, hint of cream + slow cook beef) Warehouse Crispy Mac n’ Cheese (creamy 3 cheese, roasted red pepper Alfredo sauce, crunchy corn, fresh thyme + Parmesan crust) And for your sweet tooth finale- some fresh baked mini donuts! This venue is particularly popular for its large TV screens that showcase music and concert video’s, rap battles, and accompanying tunes that are a mix of ’80s and ’90s rock, R’n’B and hip hop! Friendly staff, good food and music, say no more! Click here for directions: http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/queen-street-warehouse/


The Thompson Diner: 

The Thompson Diner (formerly, The Counter), is the Thompson Hotel’s trendy 24-hour diner, a spin off the classic diner theme. Just south of King on Bathurst, this restaurant is decidedly more upscale in appearance but still provides a great selection of some good old comfort food.  The sleek and retro décor and huge red velvet booths is what makes up this large space! The menu offerings include; fries, onion rings, which come with choices of dips like garlic aioli! But if you made your way to the diner, it only seems right to try one of The Thompson Diner’s famous burgers (with options that are available on veggie, turkey and of course the classic beef)! There is also a wide selection of toppings to choose from that graciously decorate these huge tower-like burgers!  Most burgers arrive on a wooden cutting board, generously topped with your choice of comfort goodness like melted jalapeno jack cheese, spinach, crispy fried onions, lettuce and tomato. Large, messy, and maybe a challenge to eat, but the comfort it provides to the palate keeps everyone coming back for more! For location and menu details click here: http://www.thompsondiner.com/


Is your mouth watering yet? Get your fix at some or all of these locations and while you’re in the area, visit us inside the Minto West Side Presentation Centre at 25 Bathurst Street and learn how you can call the Westside neighborhood, home.