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East Danforth gets boppin' with new pop-up shops

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / June 23, 2013

East Danforth popupsDanforth East is in the midst of a revitalization process, with a number of pop-up shops cropping up in the area. Five new ones have opened their doors for the summer, and they're located in a cluster around Danforth and Coxwell. It looks like they're trying out their new locales for the next few months to see if business is good enough to stick around on a more permanent basis. Here, some of your newest neighbours if you live or work on the Danforth:

Krystle Lee DanforthKrystle Lee
Krystle Lee is a little shop started by its namesake, a long-time personal shopper, image consultant, and stylist. The store carries both new and gently used garments and accessories, with lots of high-end, designer pieces. There are one-of-a-kind studded and tie-dyed clutches by Black Knight Accessories, dresses by Pink Tartan, and loads of amazing jewelry. Krystle Lee is open seven days a week, and she does private appointments, too.

E-closet DanforthE-Closet
E-Closet is, obviously, more than just an e-closet these days. The pop-up location at 1801 Danforth Ave. is their first offline venture. The shop sells jazzed-up basics at surprisingly low prices: Tie-dye tanks can be had for $29, and neutral maxi dresses with sheer paneling for $34. They also carry trendy, equally affordable jewelry, and they have a wide range of sizes in store. E-Closet is open seven days a week, with new items arriving in store on a weekly basis.

Yummy Stuff DanforthYummy Stuff
Yummy Stuff has made the journey from its permanentlocation in Parkdale all the way to 1938 Danforth Ave. They carry a wide selection of all the deserts a person could want, including pretty custom cakes, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and squares. Custom cakes require about a week's notice to put together, but their pre-designed options can be had on 48 hours notice for about $35 (and up). The pop-up location will be open anywhere from three to six months, and, like its mama location, it's open every day of the week but Monday.

In the closet DanforthIn This Closet
In This Closet is a thrift shop stuffed full of girly clothing. They actually have a huge selection of stuff for such a small store, with everything from vintage sequined blazers from the '80s ($15) to True Religion bathing suit separates ($10 each). There's a wall of heels from stores like Aldo and Nine West, and racks of crop tops and summer skirts. None of the staff bothers to say hi when I walk in, but sometimes it's better that way. And let's face it, this ain't Chanel. But it is a pretty sweet thrift shop, almost worthy of a specific trip from the west end of the city.

Cheap Thrills DanforthCheap Thrills
Another Parkdale transplant, Cheap Thrills is a true junk shop, but in the best way possible. You can buy everything from Joe Boxer slippers for $1 to Superman lunchboxes for $3.99. There are also racks of clothing and piles of bed linens. And Teletubby dolls and Viking helmets, oh my. They want to stay in the spot permanently if business picks up enough between now and the end of their summer term.

Photos by Kat Rizza



Colleen McDonald / June 24, 2013 at 10:31 am
Dear Sarah, Thank you for great coverage of our shop. We are looking forward to your next visit and you will most definitely receive a welcome greeting. Kind Regards, Christina & Colleen @ In This Closet...
Lauren / June 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Am I blind or is there no info for In This Closet, ie address. I'd like to check it out... It's a good thing Toronto Life has the address listed in their article!
E-Closet / June 24, 2013 at 01:37 pm
Great article Sarah, thanks so much for the coverage! :)
Amanda O. / June 24, 2013 at 01:51 pm
As a volunteer who's worked with all the Summer Danforth East pop-up shops, I have to say that the In This Closet ladies are as personable and friendly as they come--must have been a fluke you didn't get greeted, Sarah. So glad you liked the stores! Thanks.
Gay Stephenson / June 25, 2013 at 07:34 am
Thanks so much for visiting all our pop-up shops Sarah! The addresses are 1517 Danforth Krystle Lee, 1765 Danforth In This Closet, 1801 E-Closet, 1811 Danforth Cheap Thrills, 1938 Danforth Yummy Stuff. These shops made it through a tough selection process. Christina and Colleen, the owners of In This Closet are super, welcoming people. Hope you go back and see them again. I bought a beautiful linen jacket in their shop for under $15. At Cheap Thrills, I got a pair of Joe Fresh pants and a set of white double sheets for $24 incl tax! My hubby loves the pecan squares at Yummy Stuff and the long Tshirt dress I bought at E-closet. Next on my list is Krystle Lee...
Gay Stephenson / June 25, 2013 at 07:45 am
Sarah, I forgot to say that I love your detailed descriptions of all the shops. Awesome! It makes it so clear for people who want to shop in the hood! Cheap Thrills is a hidden gem. They get new stock from closing stores and sell for 60-70% off! You just never know what you might find there. And it's such a kid friendly place too!
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