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)

Liberty Village BIA Holiday Bash: Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl

Liberty Village BIA Holiday Bash: Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl

 

 

 

Liberty Village Business Improvement Area presents its Annual Holiday Bash on Thursday December 6 starting at 4:30 pm. This year it is an Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl!

 

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl is a unique opportunity to experience three Liberty Village pubs! Enter the Ugly Holiday Sweater contest and play a game or two of Holiday Trivia while enjoying complimentary food and drinks! Hundreds of local businesses and residents are expected at the celebrations.

 

Participating Locations:

  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm Barcelona Tavern, 109 Atlantic Avenue
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pmThe Craft Brasserie & Grille, 107 Atlantic Avenue
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm 3 Brewers Liberty Village, 2 Liberty Street

 

Enter the Ugly Holiday Sweater contest alone or with your team and win fabulous prizes from the participating pubs!

Join the Liberty Village BIA Holiday Bash by registering your team today: click here!!

New Art Benches Coming to Liberty Village in Spring 2019

New Art Benches Coming to Liberty Village in Spring 2019

Exciting news! Our APR committee has been working hard with Mural Routes and the City of Toronto to bring a pop of colour and additional seating to the Liberty Village community with new art benches! A total of 14 art benches will be installed in Spring 2019. The reveal date will be announced in the next few months.

The underlining theme of these designs is to capture the past industrial history and modern creative center that makes up Liberty Village.

It has been a pleasure to support local artists and beautify the streetscape for the community and visitors to the neighbourhood.

Thank you to all the contributing artists and volunteers who dedicated their time to bring a fresh look to the Liberty Village community.

Take a look at some designs below:

By Julie Ryan & Thelia Shelton

The Salmon of Lake Ontario
By Claire Correia

Love Conquers Our Differences
By Christiano De

Home of Innovation creative entrepreneurs – the spirit of Liberty Village
By Jieun June Kim

The Smell of Fresh Bread
By Brad Emsley

Ardmore Bench 2018
By M.L. MacDonald

Sun sets on Niigaani-gichigami
By Janelle Lee Newbold

Cyclescape
By Michelle Jorgensen

On a Roll
By Karen Ho Fatt

Gathering
By Patrick Li

Factory
By Chris Foster

Moony
By Hannah Beveridge

Milieu
To reach the fruit, one must go out on a limb
By Peter & Michael Fourtune

It is not the reason we are here

By Jose Andres Mora

 

Stay tuned for information on the reveal date of the Art Benches!

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.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl Press Release

Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl

Liberty Village, Toronto (November 19, 2018) – Liberty Village Business Improvement Area presents its Annual Holiday Bash on Thursday December 6 starting at 4:30 pm. This year it is an Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl!

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl is a unique opportunity to experience three Liberty Village pubs! Enter the Ugly Holiday Sweater contest and play a game or two of Holiday Trivia while enjoying complimentary food and drinks! Hundreds of local businesses and residents are expected at the celebrations.

 

Participating Locations:

  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm Barcelona Tavern, 109 Atlantic Avenue
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pmThe Craft Brasserie & Grille, 107 Atlantic Avenue
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm 3 Brewers Liberty Village, 2 Liberty Street

 

Enter the Ugly Holiday Sweater contest alone or with your team and win fabulous prizes from the participating pubs! Join the Liberty Village BIA Holiday Bash by registering your team today – click here!

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Liberty Village BIA (LVBIA), founded in 2001, was the first commercial-based Business Improvement Area in Canada. We proudly represent over 800 businesses with more than 11,000 employees, all located in our unique campus style community situated on the west side of Toronto’s downtown core.

 

The LVBIA champions and nurtures a creative and vibrant community.

 

Media Contact: Deborah Thompson, 416 516 1723, executivedirector@libertyvillagebia.com.

Follow Liberty Village BIA: Facebook: @LVBIA, Twitter: @GIVEMELIBERTYTO, Instagram: @LIBERTYVILLAGEBIA and www.libertyvillagebia.com

Results of Blog To’s Best of Toronto Announced

 

The results are here for the Blog Toronto’s Best of Toronto awards!  Happy to announce Liberty Village winners!

Category: Best Beer Selection

The Craft Brasserie & Grille

They have an amazing selection of 120 brews on tap!

Category: Best Organic Grocery Store  

Organic Garage

Great options from sustainable sushi, self-serve custom tea, cold brew coffee, kombucha & everyday produce!

 

 

 

 

Liberty Village BIA Annual General Meeting 2018 Highlights

Liberty Village BIA Annual General Meeting 2018 Highlights

 

On Thursday, November 1st,  Liberty Village BIA members and the community attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

At the Craft Brasserie and Grille in Liberty Village, the AGM began with a networking session, where guests enjoyed a meet and greet with the Board of Management nominees for 2019.  In addition, a running slide show presented highlights of Liberty Village BIA committees projects, programs and highlights from 2015 to 2018.

Networking Session at The Craft Brasserie & Grille
Councillor Mike Layton joined the AGM to discuss accomplishments of Liberty Village

A big thank you to Board members for their ongoing commitment, time and care to the success of the Liberty Village BIA.

The new elected Board of Management will be announced in January 2019.

 

AGM Notice & Submission Notice

Submission Notice & Application: Board of Management 2019-2022

Liberty Village BIA proudly represents over 800 businesses with more than 11,000 employees, all located in our unique campus style community situated on the west side of Toronto’s downtown core. An active Board of Management works to further revitalize and improve this incredible neighbourhood.

The LVBIA is currently looking for nominees for positions on the Board of Management for the 2019-2022 term.

Liberty Village BIA Board of Management nominations take place at the LVBIA Annual General Meeting:

When: Thursday, November 1 at 5 pm

Where: the Craft Brasserie & Grill, 107 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, ON M6K 1Y2. 

For more information please see documents below:  

Submission Notice & Application Form

Committee Structure 2019

LV Board of Management FAQs

LVBIA Ambassador Committee: Community Info Session

Join us for the LVBIA Community Info Session!

Date: October 18th

Time: 12pm-3:00pm

Location: 67 Mowat Ave Suite 101 (Toronto Carpet Factory)

Want to make a difference in the Liberty Village community?

  • Learn all about what the LVBIA has to offer
  • Join a committee (Ambassador, Marketing, Events, Advocacy or APR)
  • Sign up to volunteer for our exciting upcoming events (Give Me Liberty, Liberty Talks, Holiday Bash and more!)
  • Network with local businesses
  • Get updates from the LVBIA office

Questions?

Email admin@libertyvillagebia.com or call 416 516 1723