Word on the Street: Stackt Launches, MEC Opens, Barre3 Returns Downtown

Word on the Street highlights openings, closings and other happenings in Toronto. Do you know news? Clue us in at [email protected].

Stackt has turned a plot of unused land downtown into a 100,000-square-foot lifestyle market/arts and culture hub (28 Bathurst Street), based out of shipping containers. You can find plant-based butcher shop YamChops, check out sustainably made specs by Dresden Vision, sign up for free yoga classes with Flow Water, and much more.

If you’re Kondo-ing your closet, you can drop off your gently worn running shoes at your local Running Room from now until April 14. They’ll donate your gear to charities and organizations like Project Sole, the ReRun Shoe Project and Soles 4 Souls.

Barre3 has brought its signature ballet barre workout—Madonna was an early fan—to a new downtown Toronto studio (430 Adelaide Street West). The U.S.-based company was previously open on King Street West.

MEC—mecca for the outdoorsy—has opened its new Toronto flagship (300 Queen Street West). Test climbing gear on the bouldering wall, or sign up for classes like Backcountry 101 or Run a Faster 10k.

Korean makeup brand VDL Cosmetics—its parent company also owns The Face Shop and Fruits & Passion—recently opened a Toronto flagship (829 Queen Street West), its first North American store. From now until April 14, you can also check out VDL’s pop-up shop at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

StyleDemocracy’s Adidas and Reebok Warehouse Sale will take place April 18–21 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road) in Mississauga.

(Photography: via barre3.com)