shop the junction
I thought it was high time that I wrote a post about The Junction – the great little neighbourhood where the Telephone Booth Gallery is located. This is a map link to neighbourhoods in Toronto. (Mouse over the highlighted area on the western edge of the map or drag the map over to view it.) If you click on the Junction link it provides a nice snapshot of the area with reviews on local businesses and restaurants. I will outline some of my favourites (too many to cover in one blog). If you are coming to the area for the first time, or just haven’t been in a while, I hope you find it helpful. New stores are opening every month!
First stop near the top (of the strip)!
Take the 40 Junction bus from Dundas West Station. Get off at St. John’s Place across from Malta Park and saunter down to the Telephone Booth Gallery. Take in the spectacular artwork and sparkling conversation. Make your holiday wish list and pick up a piece by for that hard to buy person on your list such as a handmade fine porcelain mug or cup that can be used everyday. It will quickly become one of their favourites.
Next stop — C & C Caffeine and Craft
Crema Coffee – hands down my favourite cappuccino, ever. Read Crema’s story posted by the cash while you wait — it can be packed on weekends.
Just behind Crema Coffee is a great little shop – Wise Daughters Craft Market – the shop is full of funky and functional handmade crafts by over 75 local artisans. Gifts-ahoy!
I need a snack…
Junction Fromagerie, and Delight – Handmade Organic Fair Trade Chocolate, will keep your cravings for sweet and salty at bay.
Curry Twist offers fantastic northern Indian and Moghlai cuisine.
Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House is one of the oldest pizzerias in Toronto. Founded by the Pugliese family in 1957, it continues to be family run. Pizza Bella is my fav.
The Beet – yummy, organic, local and green.
Bagels from Pascal S Baguette & Bagels are lovely.
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Mjölk – a beautiful design store inspired by New Scandinavian Modern featuring timeless and unique items for the home
Russet and Empire – cool vintage decor mixes with fun, locally-made gifts
all things reclaimed and vintage
This is simply a list…each store is so unique. They need to been seen to be appreciated.
and many more…
There are too many great shops to mention here.
Many Junction businesses welcome artists to show in their spaces and have invitational exhibitions (from chiropractors to cafes and restaurants, to design/vintage shops and to hair salons). And of course there is the Junction Arts Festival in September and large community participation in the Contact Photography Festival in May.