Friday, August 31, 2012

Loblaws @Maple Leaf Gardens

When I finally visited the gorgeous Loblaws inside the revamped Maple Leaf Gardens, I was greeting by a welcoming grocer praising his merchandise, laptop in hand, in the produce section. As I got closer, I realized I actually was looking at the clip of a grocer projected on a screen, a cutout shaped as a life-size man!

As a reminder of the building's original purpose (the Leafs won eleven Stanley Cups from 1932 to 1967 while playing at the Gardens), an artwork was commissioned. By the entrance, look up for the huge maple leaf made out of reclaimed stadium chairs.

This Loblaws is visually unique, and bigger than the others (even the one at Portland and King). It includes an inviting sushi bar, a gorgeous Ace bakery, a yummy cupcake counter, lots of take-out options and a high wall of cheese.

It is worth the detour, just a few minutes walk from Yonge and College (where you'll find a Winners).
If you walk around the Winners building, you'll get to seen the vast reflecting pool in College Park.

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