9 Holiday Pop-Up Shops to Check Out in Toronto and Vancover

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Pop-Up Shops

Photo by Max Abadian

While pop-up shops are no longer a new phenomenon, we can’t help but be excited when a new store appears out of thin air just in time for the holiday shopping season.

These little temporary shops are a great reason to avoid the overall insanity bubbling at any given mall as they typically have better deals and more refined selections. But with a blink of an eye, these shops disappear as quickly as they came so remember to be quick on your feet.

To help you on your merry way, here are some pop-up shops and flash sales to look out for this season (so far, anyways):


Örling & Wu Holiday Pop-Up Shop
737 Dunsmuir Street, Holt Renfrew Second Floor Skybridge entrance
Now until December 24th
From mugs with Shakespeare’s mug on them to adorable Christmas stockings, the Örling & Wu pop up shop is a great destination for holiday décor and great hostess gift options. Hours can be found on the website:

Paboom Pop-Up
2028 West 4th Avenue
Now until December 30th, 2012
The Victoria favourite has temporarily moved to Vancouver to aide in your stocking stuffing needs with pillboxes in the shape of pills and a Gentleman’s Rescue Kit. See of their goods on their Tumblr page:


Reia Sample Sale
580 King Street West, 2nd Floor
December 5th, 6th and 7th (hours vary)
Up to 70 per cent off on popular labels like Isabel Marant, Lanvin, Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney and more.

Sloane Fine Tea Merchants Pop-Up Shoppe
25 King Street West (in the North retail concourse underground PATH of the Commerce Court)
Now until February 28, 2013, open Monday to Friday
The tea company’s 23 signature tea blends will be available for purchase at the company’s first retail location. As of December 3rd, the pop-up will also offer takeaway tea service to help warm up the cold shopping days ahead ($2.50 for a 12 ounce cup and $3.00 for a 16 ounce cup).

Milk Glass Co. Presents: Holiday Sale
1247 Dundas Street West
December 1 to December 22
The Dundas Street West art space will be selling great art, clothing and accessories holiday gift options. Don’t forget to pop by the stores opening reception on December 6 for some hot chocolate and gift-wrapping.

Philip Sparks Holiday Launch Party and Sale
162 Ossington Avenue
Friday November 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The entire store’s menswear, womenwear, boots bags and accessories will be 20 per cent off. The store will also launch its store gift certificates. Any costumers who buy a gift certificate over $100 will receive a $25 credit on the gift.

Agency One Fall Sample Sale
94 Ossington Avenue
November 29th to December 2 (hours vary)
Fall/Winter mens and womenswear from labels like Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten and the Row will be 60 to 85 per cent off. Keep a special eye out for gift-able accessories like bags, wallets and scarves.

Muttonhead’s Open Studio: Holiday Galaxy Edition
163 Sterling Road, Studio 9B
November 30 to Saturday Dec 1, 1 to 7 pm
December 13 to December 15, 1 to 7 pm
Dress the man in your life this season with fashionable homegrown threads from Muttonhead. Just remember it’s a BYOB event— bring your own (shopping) bags, that is.

Luxe Lounge
355 Adelaide Street West (Ground Level)
Open to the public December 3 to December 16, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Head over to’s brick and mortar shop to curb off potential online shopping fatigue. Items featured on the e-retailer’s website will be available in store. Appointments after December 16 can be made at