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Retail Neighbourhood Spotlight: Front Street Promenade

Front street Promenade

The heart of the Union Station is the Front Street Promenade, a curated selection of unique, local, independent companies. In this neighbourhood, retailer variety reigns supreme.  Nestled within restored heritage storefronts, this neighbourhood gives you a glimpse of the city all in one spot, allowing customers to discover their new local favourite or offer a convenient location for a brand they already love- all while supporting local! 

Located right below street level, you can access the Front Street Promenade through Union’s Front Street Entrance or by taking the stairs down from the Great Hall. Check out this handy map to help you navigate your next visit to Union. And since there is an abundance of variety to discover and experience in this neighbourhood, we’ve categorized the shining features of the Front Street Promenade retailers below. 

Fashion

Peace Collective: Whether you’re a Toronto sports fan through and through, a sports fanatic, or just into style supporting good causes, Toronto-based store Peace Collective has the right fit for you. Not only will you look good, you’ll will feel good too, as 1% of the shop’s proceeds goes to supporting mental health research.   

Dresden Vision: See while being seen! Dresden Vision makes eyewear that is affordable, fashionable, and eco-friendly. Made from recyclable materials, with a rainbow of colors to choose from, you don’t need to look elsewhere for eye popping glasses. 

Gemlet:   Sparkle and shine with glowing gifts from Gemlet. With a spectacular selection of bedazzling bracelets, extravagant earrings, noteworthy necklaces, and remarkable rings, Gemlet is sure to amaze you. 

Food and Beverage

Biscotteria Forno Cultura:  Enjoy your coffee break the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed- the true Italian way!  At  Biscotteria Forno Cultura, third generation Italian bakers use only the finest natural ingredients and 100% organic flours, ensuring you will enjoy the perfect biscotti to accompany your espresso. 

Cocktail Emporium:  Be the talk of any cocktail party when you shop at Cocktail Emporium. Toronto’s own cocktail shop brings you a variety of premium products and invigorating flavors so you can make any drink your heart desires. We guarantee that cocktail parties will never be boring with Cocktail Emporium!

The Danish Pastry House:  It’s in the name. Take your taste buds to Denmark with delectable authentic pastries and desserts!

Greenhouse Juice:  Health never tasted so good!  A Toronto based company, Greenhouse Juice makes clean eating delicious and nutritious.  Dive into a world of all organic and plant-based foods and beverages- your taste buds and body will thank you!

Pilot Coffee Roasters:   It’s always nice to receive something special, so why not treat yourself to a specialty coffee from Toronto’s own Pilot Coffee Roasters. A multiple award-winning specialty café and roastery, Pilot Coffee Roasters is committed to quality and sustainability. 

Tao Tea Leaf: Since 2009, Toronto-based Tao Tea Leaf sources the finest teas and botanicals from across the world.  With a focus on Chinese teas, Tao Tea Leaf’s collection has grown to 180 unique teas and blends, with 53 certified organic selections to choose from. Step into a world of the finest natural teas and blends at Tao Tea Leaf.

Coming Soon – Craig’s Cookies: Toronto’s most iconic cookie brand, Craig’s Cookies, is bringing its nostalgic selection of mouthwatering cookies and its ‘Celebrate Yourself’ ethos to Union’s Front Street Promenade. The quintessential Toronto treat — packaged in an iconic pink box and sealed with a rainbow Pride sticker, is set to open in Spring 2024.

Beauty and Health

Cabin:  For all the guys out there who want to look and feel like a gentleman without having to do the work- Cabin cleans up.  A rustic, wood lined men’s shoppe and haberdashery, Cabin specializes in barbering services, while also offering, home, fashion, and lifestyle essential products every gentleman needs.  

The Detox Market:   Come experience what clean beauty is all about at The Detox Market.  Shop a wide range of beauty and wellness products that are intentionally crafted with pure, cruelty free ingredients that adhere to eco-conscious standards. Clean for you and green for the environment, that’s beauty to embrace!

Laser Clinics Canada:  When it comes to aesthetic treatments, Laser Clinics Canada comes to mind. With professional experts to treat your aesthetic needs, from laser hair removal, skin care remedies, and cosmetics, your beauty goals are within reach at Laser Clinics Canada! 

Essentials

Right Time Inc:  Imagine this… it’s 5pm on a Friday, finally the weekend! But when you look down at your watch it says it’s only 3:07pm- your gifted Tissot is malfunctioning.  Time to make your way to Right Time Inc. Family owned and operated, Right Time Inc. specializes in watch, clock, and jewellery repair. And if you’re in the market to buy, Right Time Inc. has a wide selection of quality timepieces and jewellery from top tier brands.

Union Mercado:   You’re about to jump on the Union Station train, but just remembered you don’t have popcorn and candy at home for movie night!  Thankfully, Union Station’s beloved convenient store Union Mercado has all the essentials. 

Union Spaces/Pop-Ups

Sparetime Inc:   It’s always toy time at Sparetime Inc!  Toronto-based Sparetime offers toys, crafts and activities to inspire you. Build, create, and play with quality and reputable brands such as Studio Ghibli, Nanoblock, Wekki, and so much more! Get your hands on these toys soon, as Sparetime will be in the Front Street Promenade until March. 

Mentis NeuroCafe:   Mentis takes coffee’s health benefits to the next level.  Union’s newest pop-up Mentis crafts coffee with your brain and wellbeing in mind. Each sip is designed to increase cognitive energy and sharpen focus, all while eliminating caffeine downsides such as jitteriness and crashes.   Mental clarity never tasted so good!