East Danforth gets boppin' with new pop-up shops
Danforth 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 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 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 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 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.
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