Last night I attended the opening of the new CB2 store on Queen Street west. Housed in the newly rehabbed building at the corner of Queen and Bathurst streets, the store is a bright space filled with furnishings that will surely be popular with Toronto’s condo and loft dwelling residents.
The original building at the corner of Queen and Bathurst Streets
The building now housing CB2 was first built in 1878, and originally housed a Masonic temple on the upper floors. Seventy years later the mansard roof was removed and it became the Holiday Tavern. In the 1990′s the building became known as the Big Bop – a live music venue that saw the likes of Billy Talent and Alexisonfire play its stages before they ‘made it’ and moved on to larger venues. While the Big Bop was famous in Toronto as a music venue, it was infamous for its garish purple exterior.
The Big Bop’s purple exterior (image source: Citytv.com)
When it was originally announced that CB2 was moving into the location there was some fear that the introduction of the American chain would dramatically alter the vibe of Queen west. While the area has changed in the past couple of years (not only due to CB2 – the recent additions of Loblaws, Joe Fresh and Winners have also played a large part), when the big white tarp that had been hiding the building from view during renovation came down last week I don’t think anyone in this city could fault the restoration that was done.
The new home of CB2 in Toronto (image source: Torontoist.com)
The opening night party was a crush of people enjoying the new space and, if they are anything like me, coveting the furnishings and accessories that until now were only available to Canadians by crossing the border or shopping online. Here are a few of the items that caught my eye.
CB2 – Idle/Go clock – $149
If I needed a new pendant I’d have a hard time choosing between these:
Upcycle ($249) and Victory ($179) Pendant Lights
Love this – but where could I put it?
Ostriches Print – $299
Versus Galvanized trunk – $179
I think perhaps this lamp will eventually end up in my living room:
Twine Floor lamp ($229) and Parlour Atomic Orange Chair ($799) and Ottoman ($449)
Love these acrylic shelves. I think they’d be neat in a bathroom or kitchen:
Format Acrylic shelves – Cube $30 – Shelf $80
Love both of these displays. I prefer the look of the gold, but my wallet would prefer the glass ones:
Whirly hanging candleholder – $5ea., Ous hanging candleholder – $100ea.
4-some bud vase – $10, 3-ring vase – $20
It was nice to see this:
Toronto history preserved – the Old Big Bop sign
I’ll be returning in the next few weeks to purchase some (or maybe all) of these:
Labra Holds 5 candleholder – $25, Coup Clover pillow – $35, Tread bowl – $35
For those of you in or near Toronto, CB2 is giving away a shopping card worth $500 every day until February 29th to celebrate the opening of their first international store so there’s even more incentive to come check out the store.