Liberty Village Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Liberty Village Holiday Gift Guide 2018

“WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING!!!”

Local Liberty Village shopper says, “You must stay in Liberty Village!!”

Liberty Village has everything you need for your gift giving – some of Toronto’s best coffee shops, restaurants and bars; eclectic retail shops and bakeries.

We have everything you need here! Need a gingerbread shaped like an elf? Fresh, roasted coffee beans? Homemade, vegan soap? Holiday Ugly Sweater greeting cards? You need it, we got it!

Looking for practical or fancy, quirky or classic? There are lots of options for your loved ones perfect gift! (You might even find something for yourself too!)

Liberty Village Coffee Shops

Liberty Village has a variety of coffee shops to suit any type of coffee lover!

Balzac’s Liberty Village, 43 Hanna Ave #123 

Balzac’s limited edition Winter Blend, it’s a rich and harmonious balance of sweet plum and dark chocolate notes!

Louie Craft Coffee, 1187 King St W

Louie has a specialty blend is sure to give you a morning buzz with it’s dark, chocolaty notes.

Brodflour, 8 Pardee Ave

Liberty Village newest inspiration, Brodflour – an in-house bakery and cafe brimming with coffee beans! Get a chemex to make fresh coffee at home!

Mad Batter Bakers , 135 Jefferson Ave

Treat your loved ones to Toronto’s best decorated Soft Gingerbread and Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies!

Smitten Kitten / I Have a Crush On You , 51 Jefferson Ave

Need a unique gift? Check out specialty gallery & gift shop filled with artist-designed accessories, holiday greeting cards & more!

Demo Soap, 171 East Liberty St, Suite 123

You’re a Gift Giving Genius and that’s why you get the perfect present at Demo Soap – soap for all – flavours range from sweet and fruity to woodsy and complex, in many forms like doughnuts and giant fortune cookies.

West Elm , 109 Atlantic Ave

From home decor, bedding to kitchen supplies, West Elm has you covered this Holiday season! Stuck on a gift? Who doesn’t love a scented candle or a comfy chair?

Carnabys Bespoke Jewellery , 171 E Liberty St #135

Treat your loved one to a beautiful piece of jewellery! What about these – triplets, sister stack rings in 14kt yellow gold or a bespoke ring for the one you love!

Running Room , 61 Hanna Ave #1

Last minute shoppers – run here to get your gifts for that fitness enthusiast in your life.

Ohlindawear Boutique , 171 E Liberty St #121

This says it all – from gymwear to swimwear!

Smoothwax Bar, 110 Atlantic Ave

Skincare never goes out of style!  That’s why you have to visit Smoothwax Bar this  Holiday season.

Cures Beaute , 171 E Liberty St unit 141

Pedi – mani, facial, polish, massage, spa day and gift cards! Just saying…  

B Suite Salon & Spa ,  132 Atlantic Ave

Deliver performance, strength and longevity this holiday season – give the gift of great hair with KEVIN.MURPHY products.

Pet Valu , 1176 King St W

Premium natural treats, and toys galore, nothing but the best for our four legged friends. They would be happy to play in the gift wrap, but even naughty pets deserve a little treat, how can you say no to that face?

 

Organic Garage, 42 Hanna Ave

This holiday season, make sure you’re giving the real ones in your life a gift made with real ingredients!

Love Me Do , 79-50 Lynn Williams St.

Advent calendar goodies, stocking stuffers or little somethings to show you’re thinking of them, Love Me do can help!

Thank you LVBIA Board of Management 2014-2018

 Thank you LVBIA Board of Management 2014-2018

A big thank you to the Directors who served on the Liberty Village BIA Board of Management from 2014-2018. It goes without saying your contributions in your respective roles and committees helped to make Liberty Village the dynamic, thriving, creative tech hub it is today.

A special thanks to the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition to the Committee Chairs.

We are happy to welcome back returning Directors, Julie Kaye, Connie De La Vega, Marco De’Elle, Chris Wilkins and Libby Garg.

 

Top row left to right: Alicia Kuntz, Marco De’Elle, Deborah Thompson, Kristen D’Angelo, Chris Wilkins, Simon Gitalis, Jay Fernandes, Julie Kaye Bottom row left to right: Leona Savoie, Rod Bell, Jane Siklos. Regrets: Libby Garg, Rod Ponce, Arian Ebrahimi

 

Former Chair Rod Bell with Jane Siklos enjoying their thank you gifts.

 

 

Memorable initiatives Chaired by a member of the Board of Management:

  • Animated Public Realm (APR)

  • Advocacy

    • Responsible for engaging all levels of government, City Departments and staff as well as diverse stakeholders in moving forward significant projects that have far reaching impact across Liberty Village. These include a New Road for LV as well as the Master Plan.
  • Ambassador, Recruitment & Expansion

    • Has two diverse mandates; First to engage those business owners, employees and property owners of Liberty Village to participate in the BIA and build a strong base for the committees and the Board under the recruitment banner. Second is the actual Boundary Expansion of the BIA to better reflect the growing nature of Liberty Village and to encompass those businesses and properties in that area.
  • Events

  • Marketing

  • Retail & Restaurant

    • Working in partnership with the LV Residents Association,  several thousand “Welcome Totes” were delivered by BIA teams to residential units that contained coupons, samplers, flyers and postcards of over 30 retail / restaurant businesses.
    • Passport to Savings Program  filled with discounts to local retailers, delivered to 10,000 to local residents, businesses and surrounding community.
  • TTC 

    • Discounted Metropasses for members (No longer available as of December 2018)

UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER PUB CRAWL

UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER PUB CRAWL

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl is a unique opportunity to experience three Liberty Village pubs!

What a fun night filled with joyous Holiday spirited with the amazing LVBIA & community members!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl, wore an ugly holiday sweater for the contest and participated in our holiday trivia! And of course a BIG congrats to our Holiday Trivia, Ugly Holiday Sweater contest & gift card raffle winners!

We appreciate your support and involvement with the LVBIA!

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS:

  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Barcelona Tavern, 109 Atlantic Avenue 

 

  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – The Craft Brasserie & Grille, 107 Atlantic Avenue
     

  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – 3 Brewers Liberty Village, 2 Liberty Street
     

 

And thank you to our MC, and participating pubs: Barcelona Tavern TorontoThe Craft – Brasserie & Grille & 3 Brasseurs Canada!

Stay tuned for updates on our next event in Spring 2019!

24-Hour Lamport Respite Site, City of Toronto

1155 King Street West – Parking lot at Lamport Stadium

 

The facility is expected to open by December 2018 with St. Felix being the operator. 

Please contact Victoria Bowman from St. Felix for all operational questions in-regards to this facility. 

Phone: 416-203-1624

Email: connect@stfelixcentre.com

 

 St. Felix Centre Liberty Village Respite Site FAQ

During the construction period, about 150 parking spaces will be unavailable. More spaces will re-open as construction progresses. Following the completion of construction, about 75 spaces will be unavailable.

 

Replacement street parking along Fraser Avenue and Jefferson Avenue at Lamport Stadium is being explored at this time. Consultation with local establishments, the elected City Councillor, as well as approval from City Council is required. If approved, the expected timeline for replacement street parking availability is February to March 2019. Toronto Parking Authority is also actively looking into alternative parking arrangements.

 

Winter and pet clothing donations needed!

The SSHA has received a very positive response thus far from residents eager to volunteer or donate winter and pet clothing to St. Felix for this location. We would like to extend a big thank you to those who have offered to help!

Please contact ssha.homeless@toronto.ca if you would like to volunteer or donate clothing this holiday season.

 

 

Enbridge Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Liberty Village Update

Enbridge Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Liberty Village Update

Enbridge Gas Distribution is dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas. As part of that commitment, we’ll be reinforcing our existing natural gas network in Liberty Village. We started this work as of October 15, 2018, and expect to be complete in February 2019.

 

During construction, we’ll be working in the following areas:

  • Lynn Williams Street We’ll be storing our equipment and materials in a fenced off area near the plaza entrance at 100 Lynn Williams St. just before Western Battery Rd.
  • East Liberty Street We’ll be carrying out construction work on E. Liberty St. from Hanna Ave. to Pirandello St.
  • King Street West at Jefferson Avenue, and Hanna Avenue at East Liberty Street We’ll be carrying out construction work on:
    o King St. W. extending from Jefferson Ave. to Atlantic Ave.
    o South on Atlantic to Snooker St.
    o East on Snooker St. to Hannah Ave.
    o And south along Hanna to E. Liberty St.Additional equipment storage areas will be located along Jefferson Ave. south of King St. W.; and on Hanna Ave. south of E. Liberty St.

 

If you have any questions or concerns related to this work, you can reach an Enbridgerepresentative at 1-855- 884-5112 or enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com.

Bike Lockers Available for Rent in Liberty Village

Bike Lockers Available for Rent in Liberty Village

Three Bike Locker locations:
  • Hanna Ave & Liberty St – Not currently available.
  • Atlantic Ave & Liberty St – 2 lockers available
  • Fraser & Liberty St – 2 lockers available

  • Rent at a monthly fee.
  • Lock and key are provided. (Deposit is required.)
Bike Locker Sign up:
  1.  Please arrange an appointment to sign up for a bike locker.Please call 416 516 1723 or by email admin@libertyvillagebia.com.

 

 

1st Annual Liberty Village BIA Holiday Bash

LVBIA’s First Annual Holiday Bash was a success!

The evening of holiday cheer began at The Carpet Factory, where the Yonge Guns Quartet gracefully caroled with a crowd of our ugly-sweater wearing members. On site, Beanfield kindly provided hot chocolate and apply cider to warm us up before our stroll! Next, we strolled over to The Fueling Station, Liberty Market and the final stop for the celebrations at Brazenhead Irish Pub. Noteable classics were sung: “All I want for Christmas is You”, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and Liberty Village BIA’s own, “Liberty Village BIA Jingle Bells”!

At Brazenhead Pub, the evening began with Yonge Guns Quartet singing festive tunes. Our MC for the evening, Arian Ebrahimi from KASE Insurance, welcomed guests and launched the Ugly Sweater Contest, as food & drink were served.

The Ugly Sweater Contest began with our judges, Libby Garg from Freshii, Chris Wilkins from EdgeInteractive and Greta & Geoff Black from Carnaby’s Bespoke Jewellery, taking notes on Ugly Sweaters for Individuals and Teams. After much contemplation, they found the ugliest sweaters most deserving of prizes!

Team Winners: 

  1. Ugliest Sweaters: The Carpet Factory
  2. Uglier Sweaters: HJC
  3. Ugly Sweaters: Beanfield Group

Congratulations Team Winners!!

A big thank you to everyone who came out for a night of fun and games! Also, thank you for your support: The Carpet Factory, The Fueling Station, Beanfield & Brazenhead Pub!

See you next year for the Second Annual Holiday Bash!

 

‘Happy Holidays & Happy New Year’!

Cheers,

LVBIBA

Liberty Village BIA welcomes Mayor Tory for breakfast

Liberty Village BIA welcomes Mayor Tory for breakfast

On October 12, Mayor John Tory met over breakfast with members of the Liberty
Village BIA Board of Management and LVBIA members to talk about his upcoming
SmartTrack initiatives in the area. First Capital Realty hosted more than 25 Liberty
Village business leaders and members of the media to discuss everything from better
transit to infrastructure in Toronto’s Innovation Hub!

Beanfield is Granted Naming Rights

Beanfield will soon be seen from the Go Trains and from the Gardiner Expressway as employees head into Liberty Village on their daily commutes. Effective March 1, 2017, the current Allstream Centre will be rebranded and renamed to the Beanfield Centre. On January 10th, 2017, it was officially announced by Exhibition Place of this exciting new partnership.

Outstanding Community Work

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Some of Beanfield’s hard working employees stringing up holiday lights in Liberty Village Park. Image courtesy of LVRA Facebook group.

 

We all know Beanfield are amazing folks with big hearts and innovative technology. Creating their roots here in Liberty Village and still calling it home as they grow is really special. The LVBIA is always extremely appreciative of their continued ongoing support and sponsorship of our annual Give Me Liberty Event.

On the residents’ side of Liberty Village, they have helped light up the park during the holidays. In the summer, they set help set up and host 3 movie nights in the park bringing hundreds of people out to enjoy a flick and the company of one another.

 

Beyond Liberty Village

LV - Beanfield Office
Beanfield is expanding its footprint throughout Toronto.

 

Many more neighbourhoods are now able to receive the reliable networks and amazing customer service we have come to expect beyond Liberty Village. Beanfield won the contract to provide the network infrastructure for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Another notable area that they are helping to connect is the Waterfront Toronto which will include the future development of the Waterfront Development Centre. Residential service is also expanding.

 

Allstream Centre Becomes the Beanfield Centre

Beanfield Centre

As of March 1, 2017, the Allstream centre will transition its identity to become the Beanfield Centre. The press release issued by Exhibition Place states, “…Toronto City Council has approved a multi-year sponsorship agreement between Exhibition Place and Beanfield Metroconnect for the title sponsorship of the conference venue to be called Beanfield Centre”. Meetingscanada.com notes that the conference venue is LEED Silver certified and is 160000 square feet.

A big congratulations is in order for Beanfield on this fantastic feat!