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pre-construction: toronto

Most of us south of the border have never been but from the blogs and tweets we’ve read, boy did we miss out.

This past weekend, after more than 20 years of supporting Toronto’s goth, alternative, techno and heavy metal fans and local musicians with all-age shows, final acts performed then closed the legendary Big Bop.

photo courtesy of Aaron Miller,

Soon, work will begin to renovate the building in preparation for its next life, our first store in Canada.

We look forward to being part of the local fabric and we’re honoured to have the Big Bop stage. We sincerely acknowledge its youthful energy and spirit and we’ll do our best to carry it on.

Stay tuned for construction status and the opening date!

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I cannot wait!! Love the CB at Yorkdale and now finally CB2 right downtown where I live! Thank you! Please stock some of your tusk vases for your Toronto opening, I've been eyeing them on your site and I want them! Seriously LOL :)

February 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

This is such great news! I've been hoping for a CB2 in Toronto since I moved to Buffalo almost nine years ago.....I used to shop at the flagship store when I lived in Chicago prior to that. Thank you x a million for opening up in Toronto.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaul mezhir

Classy move with the honours. While an eyesore for some, some pretty iconic performers occasionally came through the Big Bop and it was a Toronto landmark that will be missed by many.

That said, welcome to our happy home, CB2!

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike C

I'm so glad that CB2 will finally open in Toronto! What is the scheduled opening date?

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMioche

Hey Dan,
Just FYI. by the time the building is renovated, the tusk vases maybe long gone. Better get them now.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSkip

If they delivered to Canada, I would probably look into ordering online but I doubt they do :( Oh well...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Fabulous news. CB2 always has amazing pieces for entertaining and home decor and now I will no longer have to dream up ways to get to Chicago! I am so excited.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

an eye sore right now, but the building was one of the first project of the man who was easily toronto's most famous and influential architect, EJ Lennox. it was built as a masonic lodge with queen street store fronts and initially had a 3rd story with a mansard roof (this was taken off in the 40s).
to look at it, you would never know all the history and beauty in that building, but i'm hoping once it's been restored we'll get to see at least a part of it.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZ

[...] • Duke’s Cycle returning to Queen Street [Globe and Mail] • Pre-construction: Toronto [CB2 blog] [...]

hey dan,
they do ship internationally! you just have to fill out an order form for a quote!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercb2lover!

Thanks for the info. I'll look into seeing how much it costs to ship that item then, :)

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

The building wouldn't have been such an eyesore if it weren't painted blue, but that's just my opinion.

CB2, are you going to preserve the exterior? With or without the blue? I'm sure CB2 can make the blue work.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOrangeLily

So good! I am way too excited about this news. Or perhaps just accurately excited.

How will the new store go about hiring? Online, like when C&B came to Toronto?

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

I wanted to make sure you saw all the love for your Toronto store over on Apartment Therapy:

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergochrisgo75

You should keep a space for performances and throw ad-hoc openings and parties. That place is a Toronto icon.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersunnyfong

This is very exciting news. I saw the doors boarded up, and was wondering what the heck was going on. It's about time something new opened up on that corner!
Good Luck

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Is there a tentative date for the opening?

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAle

Does any one know when they will be accepting resumes?Or when the store will be opening!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHARLEE COLE

We are all so excited that we'll be taking a regular trip from Montreal since we can't even come close to the variety of furniture stores that TO has...Can't wait for the grand opening!

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOverlyExcited

Any update on when the store will be opening?

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

any update on the opening date? spring now?

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwatingincondo

Who do I contact about a career with CB2?

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim T. Phan

We're flattered Kim!
You can check out the 'careers' section on our website here...
Good luck!

March 31, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

first spring, then fall? SAD. Hurry!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterj

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