Le Pain Quotidien - just opened in Sept.

finn - love the light fixture

Y5 - I wouldn't wear it but it looks interesting in this light

Y5 - this jacket has a unique front

Yorkville Fire Hall - they make for noisey neighbours

Lovecraft - selling dildos in Yorkville since 1972

Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences - slated for completion by 2011

Pusateri's - high-end gourmet foods store & cafe

The Regency Yorkville - this soon-to-be-completed building has condos priced $2.5 to 6 mil

The Regency Yorkville - the foyer

True - new resto (opened this summer) aims to be all-organic

True - all-white interior looks great from the outside

80 Yorkville - part of a new luxury retail & residential complex

80 Yorkville

100 Yorkville - the historical facade belongs to the old Mount Sinai Hospital

Dolce - enquired about a leather jacket here which was $800 & kinda tacky up close

Gabbana - chandelier makes a great focal point


Muti & Company - they sell colourful Italian ceramics

Muti & Company

Impressions Art Gallery

Vivian Shyu

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson

Hollander York Gallery

Ima Gallery

Flow Restaurant & Lounge


The Hazelton Hotel - just opened Sept.07

The Hazelton Hotel - is it the most expensive hotel in Toronto?

The Hazelton Hotel

5 Hazelton Men

5 Hazelton Men

5 Hazelton Men

Hazelton Ave. boutiques

Gallery Gevik

Miriam Shiell Fine Art - cool inflatable horse attached to air vent

Miriam Shiell Fine Art

Miriam Shiell Fine Art

Bra Bar Boutique


Loch Gallery

Loch Gallery

George C - favoured by fashionistas

George C - what's with the shag carpeting as outerwear?

White - a bridal boutique


Teatro Verde - my favourite store in the whole wide world

Teatro Verde - smells like flowers in there (they do arrangements too)

Teatro Verde - if I could own/work in a store, this would be it

Teatro Verde - gorgeous!

TNT - stands for "The New Trend"


TNT - love the sequin detail on this dress

Love & Money - blouse ruffles are in this fall season

Whole Foods - decorated for the Summer Olympics

Whole Foods - plastic-wrapped tangerines???

Whole Foods - cute label ;p



Corbo Studio

Avec Plaisir

Boss Woman



Luxury has found a permanent home in this nabe, which was a village in the 1800s, an epicentre of hippie culture in the 60s and now currently transforming itself into a prime destination for the world's moneyed minority. Who's buying all those newly-built condos? According to a Toronto Life article I read recently, a lot of the square footage is being snapped up by Iranians, Russians, South Koreans & Brits. Go figure. As to who has bought/will buy Canada's most expensive condo offered by The Four Seasons Private Residences for $30 mil (@9000 sq ft) - well, your guess is as good as mine.

Of course, as the economy reels & roils under years of bad spending & lending, I wonder if that'll slow down Toronto's construction boom at all, particularly in this "mini Monaco" (I just coined that phrase, unless someone's beat me to it). Only time will tell, I suppose.

I pass through Yorkville at least twice a week on my way to Whole Foods, my one-stop grocery store. They've everything I need & the staff is friendly & unpretentious - exactly the opposite of what you might expect in this neighbourhood. Yes, some of their stuff is overpriced & the veggies & fruit aren't always the best (is it too much to ask that the cilantro not be waterlogged & rotting away?) but at least you won't find an ingredient list with the word "artificial" in it.

I don't shop anywhere else in Yorkville for obvious reasons. Hello, I'm not rich but I wish I had the monetary means to pick up a lovely painting or frequent the beautiful, eclectic Teatro Verde if I wanted to. In there they've wonderful coffeetable books, soaps, planters, travel guides, room sprays, cushions, furniture, humourous conversation pieces etc. etc. And it's all so damn expensive. Makes me weep (on the inside). Did I also mention it smells like heaven? Well it does.

I just remembered, I also occasionally stop by Pure + simple on Bellair St., just off of Yorkville Ave. for moisturizer & lipstick. This location has a teeny-tiny storefront where they sell their mostly all-natural beauty products & a spa in the back. It also smells really nice in there.
Hey business owners, here's a tip: Don't underestimate the power of a nice-smelling establishment. There's nothing worse than a funky-smelling store, am I right? It doesn't encourage lingering & the merch gets tainted with the funk too. I speak from experience.

The other day, I had the Beef Carpaccio (takeout) from True. It was ok - nothing spectacular. I should be grateful that it was fresh & didn't make me sick, considering it's raw meat, which I didn't realize until it arrived on my doorstep. No wonder it took only 20 min. to deliver! I couldn't finish it due to plain, unbridled fear but the little bit I did eat did wonders for my vitamin B12 & iron deficiencies, by-products of 6 months of vegan dieting.

I've been to Flow once. It was nice, in a cool ice-blue, futuristic-looking sort of way. At least the lower lounge space was, where I shared a drink with an acquaintance. We didn't stay long because he started to hyperventilate over some misplaced files. I don't miss him.

As for Pusateri's, yeah I've been a few times to this crowded little enclave of morbidly expensive imported gourmet food stuff. Never again will I pay $3.71 for a miniscule 40g bag of Tyrell's root chips. No junk food habit is worth that kind of fix, although I really want to try their large bag of parsnip chips. What could that possibly cost? $7??? Might as well buy the raw parsnips for a couple of bucks & do it myself. But I don't want to. So I'll wait until having those chips is worth more to me than paying my rent. It's about priorities, yes?

This concludes my take on the soon-to-be-richer-than-God neighbourhood of Yorkville. It's an exciting & demented age we live in & no doubt Yorkville will reflect this over the years to come. But I'll be honest: I want a piece of the Yorkville pie. I don't know how to get it or if it's even remotely possible, however I can't stop thinking about it. Is it straight-up, raw materialism running through my veins? No, there's more to me than that. I just don't feel like the big leagues can count me out of the running yet. I mean, who knows where I'm headed? I sure as hell don't.
For now though, it's all a pipe dream & The Regency will have to wait.


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