26 / 07 / 17
Get to Know Bloor & Dufferin: The Vendors of BIG on Bloor
While we were at the BIG on Bloor festival over the weekend we decided to get to know our neighbours. We asked a few vendors about what makes Bloor & Dufferin so special and here’s what they said.
How long have you been in the neighbourhood?
Jessica, from Augie’s Ice Pops: I’ve lived at Bloor & Dufferin for 5 years.
Emily & Jenny, from Sausage Party: We’ve been supplying vegan eats to local restaurants and bars here for a year.
Kwasi & Rachel, Artists at JOUEZ: We’re new.
Marit Stiles, from the Toronto District School Board: I’ve lived at Bloor & Dufferin for over 20 years.
United Athletics: We’ve been here for 5 years.
Lisa Hill, from Hill’s Florist: We’ve been in the neighbourhood since 1933.
What’s your favourite part of Bloor & Dufferin?
Jessica: There’s an amazing view of Toronto from the peak by Davenport & Dufferin.
The Redwood Woman’s Shelter: Too many good bars to choose. I love the nightlife.
Marit: The diversity, the amazing food, the sense of community, it’s a great family environment.
Lisa: It’s really welcoming to young, Canadian entrepreneurs and local businesses.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about Bloor & Dufferin?
Jessica: I think people would be surprised by the community vibe. It doesn’t feel gentrified or over-populated, everyone knows each other.
Hale Coffee: It’s really a hidden gem of a neighbourhood.
Kwasi & Rachel: It’s really multicultural so it’s got the best ethnic food.
The Redwood Woman’s Shelter: It’s a really friendly community. And it feels like it’s up-and-coming.
Marit: It’s a very active community. Everyone’s really eager to work together.
United Athletics: Bloor & Dufferin has some of the city’s best parks.
Lastly, what’s Bloor & Dufferin’s spirit animal?
Jessica: A friendly bear.
Hale Coffee: A Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Emily & Jenny: A chameleon, because it can be anything.
Kwasi & Rachel: A lizard.
The Redwood Woman’s Shelter: A racoon.
Marit: A racoon. Or a friendly robin who’s building a home.
United Athletics: A racoon eating a trendy ice cream cone.
Lisa: A pigeon.
Learn more about any of the vendors we spoke with, see below.
Augie’s Ice Pops
Toronto District School Board: Ward 9
Sausage Party Toronto
BIG on Bloor – JOUEZ