The Best Retail Spaces to Pop-up in Toronto

September 5, 2017

You’ve got the wares, we’ve got the space—let’s set-up shop in the retail capital of the north.

Whether you’re a designer or a potter, a florist or printmaker, funnelling your creativity into production requires planning, resources, and a fearless approach. That’s why when it’s time to bring life to your baby, you need the right space with the right vibe. We don’t play favourites, but you can—check out our edit of some of the best retail spots in Toronto.

Junction Triangle Bright Studio Pop-up Space

Any visit to this compact studio—nestled on the third floor of a walk-up building—needs to be intentional and planned. But if you’re looking to create a curated experience for your guests, then we see this as an advantage. A storefront might offer serendipitous foot traffic, but you know that whoever buzzes up to this minimal white-walled space is invested and interested in what you have to offer.

Riverdale Rustic Event Space

Exposed brick, high ceilings, and a selection of midcentury wooden furniture gives this sprawling space lofty charm. From the glass shop-front you get a view onto the intersection of Queen and Broadview—home to a hubbub of locals, tourists, and passersby. The long, narrow interior is spacious enough for an apparel or furniture launch and small enough to still feel snug and cozy.

Queen West Warm Retail Space

Airy and spacious, this Queen Street loft boasts untreated concrete walls, walnut hardwood floors and industrial steel fixtures—so it feels grown up and masculine. In the back there’s a full kitchen, bathroom, and lounge area. From launch party to retail hours it’ll tick every box on your must-have list with a little extra. Hanging fixtures and display cabinets offer room for fully curated lifestyle products.

Trinity Bellwoods Multi Use Pop-up Space

Where better to host your next pop-up than this minimal studio-come-coffee-shop? Yes, you read right—this space comes with espresso and chocolate chip cookies literally within arm’s reach. The retail portion of the space is located at the back of the store and the furniture can be rearranged to suit your needs.

Brockton Village Contemporary Retail Space

Mirrored by the floor, ceiling and fixtures, the white walls of this bright, airy pop-up are a blank canvas for ceramics, accessories, foliage, or anything else you have to showcase. The simple interior makes for a homey feel—this is the type of space that fans of your brand will seek out and want to spend time in. Better put the kettle on.

Toronto has always been the retail capital of the north, but it’s also an incredibly nurturing place to get a brand off the ground. No matter what stage your product is at, if you’re on the hunt for just the space to show it off IRL, we can help you find it.

Looking for the best of Toronto’s rental venues for pop-ups? You can start your search right here.