Lifestyle in Windfields
Leslie Street provides Windfields residents with a limited amount of street shopping and includes an interesting mix of restaurants, convenience stores, commercial businesses and professional offices.
The Bayview Village Shopping Centre at Bayview and Sheppard Avenues, York Mills Plaza located at Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road and the Don Mills Shopping Centre at Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue are all within a five minute drive of this neighbourhood.
Everything old is new once again. When the former Don Mills Shopping Centre opened in the 1960s it began as an outdoor shopping plaza and eventually as times and tastes changed it was retrofitted into an indoor shopping centre.
The old shopping centre has now been transformed once again into the new Shops at Don Mills where once again shoppers can enjoy an outdoor retail experience. While outdoor shopping plazas may not be new to Toronto the Shops at Don Mills is like no other outdoor shopping experience ever seen before in Toronto. This well conceived and designed retail showpiece has been built in accordance with the City of Toronto’s Green Development Guidelines. The new urbanism look and feel of this place is accentuated by the Town Square located in the middle of the development.
The Town Square is flanked on one side by a magnificent water feature that twice every hour, erupts into a four minute choreographed show. At the other end of the Town Square is an eye popping clock tower that is actually a sculpture designed by famed Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland. The symbols on this unique clock tower are models of houses that resemble those found in the Don Mills neighbourhood.
Shops at Don Mills already boasts Canada’s first Anthropologie store, Ontario’s first McNally Robinson bookstore, and Salomon Sports’ first North American non-resort store. The highly anticipated McEwan gourmet food market, the Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery located inside the McNally Robinson bookstore and the Glow Fresh Grill and Wine Bar headline an impressive list of restaurants and food markets. Special events and festivals will be held at the Shops at Don Mills throughout the year, Check their website www.shopsatdonmills.ca for more information.
The Shops at Don Mills water feature
The Shops at Don Mills Clock Tower