Not Even The Rain Can Stop This Market!

Apparently Mother Nature thought this annual food and drink night market needed some cooling down, after all, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town to get your hands on!  If you were one of the fortunate ticket holders, the rain didn’t stop you from enjoying a fun night out with some of the town’s best cuisine and chefs.  Even star chef Jamie Kennedy kept the fire going to keep up with the demand for his Griddled Grandview Farms Grass Fed Beef.  This was my first time attending The Stop’s Night Market and I had a blast, eagerly anticipating what was next to taste at each stall.    It was even fun seeing how each vendor designed their carts.  Even magazine Design Lines thought so as they wanted to know which cart was everyone’s favorite at #DLTacoStop.  See which one was mine and why;)  While I was waiting in line, three-time visitor Jenny and her husband gave me some good advice.  They said “to just take your time and enjoy the night, there’s plenty to go around”.  And there surely was.  Where else would anyone want to be  than here when one is surrounded by scrumptious bites, drinks and fabulous company.  One of Toronto’s best community building events by far and even more impressive to know that all the proceeds from this amazing 2-night extravaganza goes a long way to supporting The Stop’s anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs.  Learn more about the event’s generous sponsors and The Stop organization here.  If you did not make it out this year, see the list of vendors and be sure to do it next year!  In the meantime, here are some pics to give you a small glimpse of this year’s.




UrbanSpace Presents Broadway Bites 2014!

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Nothing is more authentic about New York than this fantastic culinary summer pop-up market, Broadway Bites.  With well over 30 different tasty vendors on-site, what better way to taste what the Big Apple has to offer and it’s all in one place.  Head over to Greeley Square Park at 33rd Street and Broadway.  Better yet bike it over and work up an appetite!  You have until August 1st, plenty of time to go back again and again.  For more information on this tantalizing event visit




If you live or visit New York often, the chances are that you have visited one of UrbanSpace‘s  markets; Mad. Sq. Eats, Broadway Bites, Columbus Circle Holiday Market and Union Square Holiday Market.  Here to tell us a bit about her experience with markets and UrbanSpace itself is Julie Feltman, the Market Director at UrbanSpace.

1. How did you get involved with markets and UrbanSpace? 

I feel super fortunate that the universe just pushed me towards this job – it’s my dream job. I grew up in the market circuit working with my Mother, jewelry designer Angela Feltman of Heart Of Stone, who would do pop-up markets and street fairs all over New England. Some of my earliest memories are running around those fairs, learning how to make change and putting beads on string. As an adult, I’ve done a lot of production management for theater and events, as well as going to school for Economics. A few years ago, I worked with UrbanSpace as an assistant and slowly moved up the ranks to become the Market Director.

2. What do you want visitors to your markets to walk away with?

The neat thing about our markets is that it’s an immersive, unique experience every single time you step through it, and appeals to every sense you have. I think the most satisfied customer doesn’t walk away with food selfies or instagrammed crowd shots, but with distinct tactile memories of the sound of rice noodles sizzling on a hot grill, how the spices smelt both foreign and familiar, how the salt rub felt against your hands. I want people to put down their phones and ear buds and take in the experience!

3. What is the oddest or funniest or most interesting market story you can remember? 

So many! Sometimes vendors send the office samples of their products, and someone last year sent me a fig tree. He wasn’t intending on selling trees, he just though I’d like it. It was pretty cool. Right now there is a gelato vendor at Broadway Bites by UrbanSpace, and his Italian mother works the booth. She doesn’t speak any English, and customers actually enjoy struggling with correspondence, it’s like for that one moment you’re in Italy. Every time I go over she hugs and kisses me and speaks to me in Italian as if I get every word. She then gives me an affagato (a scoop of gelato with espresso poured on top) even when I say no. It’s a work hazard :).

4. If you could visit any market in the world, which one would it be? 

Ooooh! I’ve been lucky to travel, and I’ve loved the markets in India and Morocco. In India, there are such an assault of sights smells and sounds, especially as a foreigner, it’s pretty great, and each region specializes in something different. In Morocco, they have snake charmers and fiddle players as entertainment, and all types of animals for sale. It’s pretty great. I think my next stop for markets is the Parisian Bird Market, or some of the market places in the Andulusia region of Spain.

5. Who would you take with you?

Someone with a big pocketbook and a strong back for hauling my knickknacks 🙂

A Big Thanks to Julie for sharing and to UrbanSpace for keeping us connected as a community!

Toronto Flower Market Back In Season!

Started my Mother’s Day weekend off on a beautiful note by swinging by the opening day of  the 2014 Toronto Flower Market.  The weather could not have been more beautiful.  Torontonians were out and about finding the right bouquet for their mothers and treating themselves too.  Speaking of which, my son loved the rock garden/open air planters from Patchouli while I snagged myself one of the official market totes which displays the featured water colour florals designed by the ever-talented artist Courtney Wotherspoon.  And to complete the visit, a visit to Kari Marshall’s gourmet popsicle stand (The Pop Stand) helped us end the outing on a sweet note.  To see what other vendors were present, go to The Flower Market’s site.  Also just a quick note on the location which was hosted by Great Gulf homes-definitely a nice touch to building community!   Make this one of you markets to visit this summer at least once if not more.




Etsy Canada and West Elm Market Team Up!

Two awesome markets equal one fun pop-up!  Etsy Canada and West Elm Market Toronto partnered up to present a winning line-up of local designers  and artists on Sunday April 26th in the Liberty Village neighborhood.  West Elm shoppers were treated to guest makers and their wares which were on display throughout the store allowing them to share some face time with the talent behind the goods.  Emma Reddington of the Marion House Book and Chatelaine Magazine was tapped to curate this enchanting pop-up.  Be sure to not miss the next one!  Nice way to give the spotlight to our local talent!   Crown Flora Studio was the inspiration for my visit.  Their terrarium designs were beautiful and inspired me to create my own with a bit of help from West Elm Market’s garden department.  A few of my other favorites included Fizzy leather goods, stunning and organic jewelry designs from Cheryl Seung, fresh but simple elegant linen designs from Smith Handmade and Modern Home by Avril Loreti.


Look What I Found When I Popped Up at CSI!

Was pleasantly surprised with this small pop-up market while grabbing a latte from The Coffee Pub and wifi at CSI (Centre for Social Innovation).  Had a chance to walk thru and meet different vendors.  Here were a few of my favorites:

1.  21 Twenty One Toys – Not just for kids but for the kid in all of us!
Bees Are Life – Wonderful selection of honey and related goodies.   Inspiration for my trip to a honey festival this Saturday:)
3.  Abokichi – Sampled two delectable sauces.  You have got to try these, absolutely delicious!
4.  LAFFIN the Dark – Wonderful husband and wife duo sharing their photographic and arts & crafts talents with us!
5.  Handmade Revolution – I am always on the lookout for unique jewelry designs like the ones HR produces.




One Market Closer to Spring

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The Toronto Indie Arts Market presented their Spring 2014 Fashion Extravaganza this past Saturday March 15th at the Gladstone Hotel.  Proceeds from this market go towards a fantastic and worthy cause, the Corsage Project.  It might not be Spring just yet but the vendor and their wares sure made you feel like it’s not that far off!  Be sure to check out their next market (Mixed Media) on Saturday Aprile 12th!  And here are just to list a few of our favorites from their most recent show:

Fresh fun tees from HWBP (Higgins Would Be Proud)
Stylish and functional totes and clutches from artist Nadia Lloyd
Mokume Gane designs from Joen Han Lee

A Good Word for The Toronto Indie Arts Market

The Toronto Indie Arts Market presented the Small Press & Literary Festival at the Gladstone Hotel on December 14th.  For those readers of all genres looking for something new to add to their bedside reading list, this was a wonderful event to check out and actually get face to face with the authors and creators themselves.  It was the perfect day to be indoors on a snow-filled day.  I had the chance to go around and speak with many of the talented writers and illustrators.  Many thanks to those who shared their stories with me and their time.  Here’s a few of my favorites:

1.  Cool Christmas gift for the men in our lives…The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook by David Ort
2.  Beautiful illustrations from artist Frank Fiorentino
3.  If documentaries are your thing…there’s Point of View Magazine
4.  For the funny folks out there looking to get started in stand-up comedy…now there’s a guide and a funny one too!
5.  Looking for a new romantic comedy ladies?  Look no further…Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey is available online!
6.  Great children’s book “Animals In My Hair” The illustrations are just fantastic!