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Lyn Leather (Bart Leather)

Leather companies are always going to be associated with their quality, as that’s the main trait you’re looking at when buying leather-based products. The Lyn Leather Company in Toronto (located at 159 Dufferin Street, within Liberty Village) isn’t your typical clothing company – it’s one that approaches the leather clothing industry in a brand new light. All of the clothes are made to your measurement, creating a customizable fit that could only be obtained through Lyn Leather. The products are 100% Canadian made, so you’ll be supporting a local business whenever you purchase a product from here.

There are a bunch of different products for sale, such as leather coats and jackets (for both men and women), as well as shearlings. You can purchase all of the items on her website, and have them delivered in a timely manner. Leather jackets not only look nice, but they do a great job of keeping you warm as well. They may cost a decent amount of money, but high-quality leather is always going to cost you in the financial department. If you’re worried about what you’ll be wearing in the upcoming winter, you should check this place out. Personally, I bought a coat (of the “Marshal” variety) and was really satisfied with the end result.

A Positive Experience

I contacted Lyn, and talked to her about trying to place an order. She talked me through the entire process, and I went down into the store to get my measurements. She actually measures out your dimensions to ensure that the jacket is going to fit perfectly, something that you wouldn’t have happen if you were to just go out and buy a regular leather jacket. That snug and personalized fit that you get is one I’m a very big fan of, and she definitely delivered in that department. It’s nice to see businesses like this pop up in Liberty Village, as it means the region is just going to continue growing when it comes to income. If you’re going to support any kind of business, it may as well be of the local variety – am I right?

All in all, Lyn Leather is a good place to turn to when you’re in need of leather clothing (regardless of your gender). The price is right, and it’s a local business that you should always consider supporting. It might not be the right style or look for everybody, but to each their own.

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Indulge Your Sweet Tooth In Liberty Village At The Golden Apple

WARNING: Reading this article may trigger some serious cravings for sweets.

Chocolate lovers in Liberty Village Condos have reason to rejoice. One of Toronto’s top chocolatiers makes its home right in our neighbourhood.

The Golden Apple Confectionery is a home-grown small business that always delivers the wow factor. Specializing in chocolates of every kind, gourmet caramel apples, candies, and confections, all their products are made in-house using fair trade Swiss chocolate. And for those with special dietary needs, they also offer vegan and gluten-free options.


The Golden Apple Confectionery offers an incredible assortment of colourful and delightful truffles. As a matter of fact, Toronto life magazine included Golden Apple on its list of the twelve best chocolate truffles in Toronto.

Some of the flavours you can choose from include:

Raspberry Lemonade – made with white chocolate and raspberry and lemon center

Creamsicle – white chocolate with a white chocolate orange and cream center

Hibiscus And Mint – white chocolate infused with hibiscus flowers and mint

Candy Cane – white chocolate center infused with peppermint and pieces of real candy cane

Maple Whiskey – milk chocolate with a milk chocolate center infused with maple and Canadian whiskey

Strawberry Balsamic – dark chocolate with a strawberry and balsamic vinegar center

Peach Bellini – white chocolate infused with Brandy and real white peach

Caramel Apples

The Golden Apple Confectionery has earned a reputation for its truly inventive and delicious caramel apples. In addition to the classic caramel apple, you can try different varieties of handmade caramel apples. These include strawberry shortcake made with strawberry chocolate and rolled in shortbread cookie crumbs and crispy strawberry pearls; avalanche made with dark chocolate, Oreo cookie crumbs, Skor pieces, chocolate sprinkles and salted caramel pearls; S’mores made with milk chocolate and rolled in graham crackers and topped with marshmallows and chocolate chips; or apple pie made with white chocolate and rolled in cinnamon sugar. You can also get a special happy birthday caramel apple dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles and a customized happy birthday message.

Barks, Brittles And Other Treats

If truffles and caramel apples are not your cup of tea, you can also choose from a wide range of chocolate barks to satisfy your sweet tooth in Liberty Village. Many treats available at the Golden Apple Confectionery are available in vegan and gluten-free options.

Custom Orders For Special Event

If you have a special event coming up like a party, wedding or corporate event, the Golden Apple Confectionery can provide a special, sweet touch that is sure to impress. With a specialization in truffle towers, chocolate strawberry bouquets, and sweet tables, their design can match your event’s colours and theme.

It’s truly a chocolate lover’s paradise at the Golden Apple Confectionery. They’re open Monday through Thursday until 7 PM and Friday and Saturday until 6 PM. The Golden Apple Confectionery is located at 171 E. Liberty St. Unit 142 in Liberty Village.

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Can I Use GreenP Mobile Paid Parking In Liberty Village?

Back in March 2015, the City of Toronto launched its GreenP Mobile Parking app, when Mayor John Tory became the first Torontonian to use the app. With it, motorists could pay for parking using their smartphones at select GreenP locations, including lots in Liberty Village. Signs in the parking lots are posted with the lot’s location ID. The user keys in the location ID and their license plate number to complete the transaction. The app is currently available for free download from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

Easy And Convenient

With the GreenP mobile pay program, there’s no need to search for change or to dash out of a meeting to feed the meter. The app allows you to pay for your parking in Liberty Village, track the amount of time remaining and extend your parking right from your phone.

You can load more funds to the app from your phone or your desktop.

A New And Innovative Program Now Being Tested In Liberty Village

In association with the Liberty Village BIA, GreenP Mobile Pay has launched a pilot program to add value to the purchase of parking through a mobile device. Upon completion of their purchase, customers who have opted in will be texted special coupons and offers from nearby participating merchants and businesses in Liberty Village. To redeem the offer, patrons simply show the coupon on their phone.

The program is seen as a win-win in that it delivers timely and appropriate deals to consumers as they arrive in Liberty Village, and it helps retail establishments by encouraging those consumers to stay longer and visit their establishments.

Participating Businesses

Some of the businesses participating in the program from whom you might receive a coupon include Athlete’s Kitchen, Home Hardware, Kitchen Stuff Plus, For The Love Of Cake, Hero Certified Burger, Oats And Ivy, Global Pet Foods, The Roastery, Toronto FC, Metro, Shoeless Joes, Panago Pizza, William’s Landing, Suzanne Gardner, V.O.C., Vibrant Lifestyle and Smooth Wax Bar. The two GreenP Liberty Village lots currently involved in the program are the Hanna Street location (ID # 224) and the Lamport Stadium South location (ID # 181).

This is just another example of how Liberty Village continues to lead the way in innovation, retail, and consumer engagement. So, the next time you use a Liberty Village GreenP lot, you’ll be able to park, pay and save.

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Some Original Liberty Village Retailers That Are Going With The Flow

There are countless advantages to condo living in Liberty Village. Not the least of these is all of the great shopping right at your doorstep. We are lucky to have so many noteworthy and unique retail establishments in Liberty Village.

I’d like to introduce you to a few of my own favorites. Each one has carved out its own place in the market by following its vision and purpose.


This Liberty Village shop began life as Vocado. Its owner, Emily Dobbie, turned her back on her career as a chartered accountant to pursue her love of retail and fashion. It was one of the best decisions ever made, now she loves going to work and is passionate about offering women rate, stylish, relaxed fashion.

In August of last year, the store went through a reinvention of sorts. The name was shortened to V.O.C., the store’s interior was updated, and an online retail component was launched so people can shop from anywhere in the world.

Carrying fashions by such notable designers as Rails, Michael Lauren, Bella Dahl and Wildfox, to name only a few, V.O.C. is Liberty Village’s premier destination for hip and comfortable women’s fashions.

The store is located at 171 E. Liberty St., unit 121 and is open Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 7 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.

Liberty Street Cyclery

Summertime in Liberty Village means getting around on two wheels. It also usually means having to get your bicycle tuned up and ready to get on the bicycle path or the trails.

With a focus on quality repairs and building relationships with their customers, the folks at Liberty Street Cyclery have created a bike shop that is quite unusual. Customers and passersby are welcome to come in, hang out and chat as bikes are being repaired. This gives the shop a real neighborhood feel, which their customers appreciate.

Liberty Street Cyclery also builds custom bicycles. They built bikes in countless unique configuration and for just about every possible purpose.

You can Visit Liberty Street Cyclery at 31 Atlantic Ave. in Liberty Village. They’re open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays from 11 AM to 6 PM (except on long weekends).

Demo Soap

Offering an incredible selection of handmade soaps with unbelievable fragrances, demo soap has varieties that look as tasty as they smell. All of their soaps are made in store, using natural ingredients. They are vegan-friendly and available in over 100 varieties.

You can find Demo Soap at 171 E. Liberty St., Suite 123 in Liberty Village.

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Pamper Yourself In Liberty Village At The Beauty Room

If you’re looking for a way to treat yourself to some me time in Liberty Village, you’ll want to make your way over to Beauty Room. You can receive a wide range of luxury spa treatments in a warm and cozy space inside L Studio Salon.

Catering to both men and women, their services include facials, waxing, tinting, and manicures and pedicures.


Beauty Room offers a variety of facial treatments designed to give your skin a clean, healthy glow. In addition to a series of basic facial services that can include chemical peel exfoliations and extractions, they also offer corrective facials designed to treat specific skin conditions like sun damage, dehydration, acne, sensitivity and lines and wrinkles.

Lash Lift

A great way to make your lashes appear fuller and longer and make your eyes open up, Lash Lift is the latest in semi-permanent lash curling treatments in Liberty Village. Instead of wrapping lashes around a sponge rod, like in traditional perming systems that can make lashes look short and stubby by over curling them, Lash Lift uses different sized silicone pads individually create a perfect curl for each lash. Each treatment takes about an hour and lasts between six and eight weeks.


There’s a complete range of Liberty Village manicure and pedicure services at Beauty Room. Nail hygiene is a top priority, so they use a fresh set of nail files and disposable files for each client. All stainless steel tools are cleaned and disinfected after every use and instead of using traditional pedicure chairs with spa jets that have been known to conceal bacteria; they will soak your feet in a stainless steel bowl.

Tinting And Waxing

Beauty room offers three kinds of wax to remove unwanted hair.

The Nufree formula is an anti-microbial and antibacterial soy-based botanical product that’s perfect for coarse hairs like those in the bikini and underarm. It can even remove hairs that are only 2 mm long. It doesn’t contain any wax and won’t stick to the skin. That means you’ll get less irritation.

Hard wax is an excellent choice for use on the face. It is warmed at a low heat and applied just above skin temperature, so it’s effective and gentle. It doesn’t require strips to remove and won’t adhere to skin for less irritation.

Soft wax is perfect for quickly removing hair from larger areas like legs, arms, chest and back. It is applied in a thin layer that is heated just about skin temperature and removed with strips, leaving no residue.

After each hair removal service, Finipil is used to kill germs and prevent infections in the empty hair follicles. It also serves to soothe the skin, reduce redness and close the pores.

You can also add incredible definition to your brows and lashes with a quick and safe tinting treatment. The color is individually blended to suit your hair colour and skin tone, and it will last for up to six weeks.

Men’s Grooming

For the gentleman, Beauty Room offers waxing services, manicures and pedicures, basic facial treatments and detoxifying back treatments to help him look and feel his very best.

Beauty Room is open Monday through Saturday. Appointments are recommended, but walk-in customers are always welcome. They are located at inside L Studio Salon at 39 Mowat Ave. in Liberty Village.

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Furnishing a Small Condo Space

Living in a small condo

Living in a small condo? There is no particular way when it comes to decorating small spaces, although there are some significant techniques that would make a small space feel stylish and functional.

When living in a small space, it is curial to invest in the “key” furniture. By invest I don’t mean by the amount of money you spend on. Take time to develop a theme that would work best for you and your space.

Now days the minimalism trend/theme is taken seriously, whether into fashion, interior decor or any art related element. The minimalist is a challenging and fun trend but definitely not for everyone. The key for this trend is “less is more” which makes sense when you live in a small space, you don’t want to surround yourself with furniture.

Don’t go all minimalist, stick to your theme whether vintage, modern or classic. Just remember not to over do it with the furniture or décor, that’s when playing minimal, comes in hand.

 Tips when buying furniture for small spaces

  • Invest in multi purpose furniture
  • Invest in scaled-down furniture
  • Invest in organizers whether for your closet or cabinet. (They will become your best friend)
  • Invest in furniture that is easy to move around. You don’t know when to transform your living room to suit a party theme.
  • Invest for smaller appliances.

Where to buy

The buying process can be the most difficult part. The good thing is if you are on a budget, it is easier and less spending on decorating smaller spaces than larger spaces.

As you probably have guessed, IKEA would be the ideal spot to check out. You can definitely find amazing deals on furniture. In fact IKEA is known for their simple but yet functional designs.

If not sticking to budget is not a problem! The Hudson Bay has dedicated a whole collection for small spaces “THE SMALL SPACES SHOP”. Breaking it down to 4 segments, eat, sleep, live and organize. While feature endless brands and products, making the buying process easy!

decor tips

Décor tips for small spaces

  • Use curtains to divide two spaces.
  • Match curtain color to wall. Creating an impression for the room to feel larger and spacious.
  • Add plants. Creating an impression for the room to feel fresh.
  • Take advantage of walls. Install shelves to storage, display objects.
  • Hang mirrors. Creating an illusion of more space.
  • Use hard cover and magazines as decorative pieces.

Get creative

There are endless DIY projects when it comes to home décor. I suggest looking on Pinterest, tumbler and YouTube to collect some fun ideas.

You can even shop you home! Crazy I know.

Take a look at what’s into your closet, for example are a fashionista? You can display your “high-end” cool looking garments like bags as décor.

Get inspired

Remember is going to take time when designing your space, whether small or large. I suggest to create an inspiration board of the ideas and inspiration you collected from magazines and blogs. This will also help define the theme you are going for, but of course it gives the directions of where to start. You don’t want to jump into purchasing furniture and appliances right away, you will just accumulate and clutter your space right away with unnecessary junk.

Keep your options open.

Happy furnituring!