Bond Running Toronto

Bond Running

Bond Running is meant to serve as a community hub for Toronto’s runners, selling fashion-forward running gear, coffee, and small workout snacks. Their logo is actually two intersecting tracks, the same proportions actually used for their name’s font, representing the attention to detail paid here.

Owner Steven Artemiw of Parkdale Roadrunners sets his shop apart from more conventional stores like Runner’s Room or your average Foot Locker by speaking to young runners in their own vocabulary, one that’s more unisex and design literate, and less aggressive.Bond Running Toronto

This carries through in the smart design of the open, accessible, minimal space: you won’t find any garish graphics on the walls here.

Bond Running Toronto

The place is meant to be practical above all, even housing locker units and a shower in the back so that runners can take a quick urban jog before work, wash up, and stash their sweats for the day at Bond’s Chinatown location near plenty of workplaces.

Bond Running Toronto

High end brands Satisfy and Lululemon are displayed on modular shelves and racks that allow for play with the organization. The first half of the store was mostly women’s and the second mostly men’s when I visited, but Artemiw is free to change this up.

Bond Running Toronto

Hats like this Ciele cap sporting the phrase “run love.” ($50) are, like most everything here, so stylish they make me wonder if I actually have to love running to wear them, but practical enough to actually work out in.

Bond Running Toronto

Footwear encompasses everything from daily trainers to racing flats to track spikes, with an emphasis on lifestyle pieces that you actually want to wear when you’re not running.

Bond Running Toronto

Popular big name brands like New Balance, Nike, and Adidas are all here, a pair of New Balances hovering around $130 - $160.

Bond Running Toronto

Fashionable proprietary eyewear for runners is sold here, New-York-based brand District Vision ($275 - $350).Bond Running Toronto

One modular bar is at the front for coffee purchases, with another at the back for ringing up apparel.

Bond Running Toronto

Using Reunion Island as their coffee supplier, they make it quick and easy with all espresso-based drinks with milk added like lattes, cortados and cappuccinos for $4.

Bond Running Toronto

Cups for here were made by ceramic artist Shakeel Rehemthullah.

Bond Running Toronto

Also sold here are juices from Montreal brand Loop, in flavours like King of the Hill with cantaloupe, turmeric, carrot, lime, fennel, clementine and orange, or High Achiever with grape, beet, carrot and romaine.

Bond Running Toronto

Other healthy nutrients come in the form of Made Good bars ($3) and items like an Endurance Tap gel that’s basically a pure maple syrup designed to fuel athletes.

Bond Running TorontoArchitect Edward Lee helped Artemiw and his heavyweight partners Adrian Ravinsky and Dave Stewart of 416 Snack Bar and People’s Eatery realize their modular designs.

Bond Running Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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