My ‘Hood: Marsh

We’re so excited to welcome Marsh to the fourth floor, our newest team member. We wanted to get to know her better, so we asked her to spill the beans about her ‘hood, Liberty Village.

My recent move to Liberty Village marks my first time living solo and as a homeowner. It’s been six months and I couldn’t be happier. I had always thought of Liberty Village as nothing but a condo mecca, but my real estate agent (luckily) convinced me otherwise. Sure, there are a ton of new developments left, right and centre. In fact, I’m often woken by the sounds of construction. But what makes me most excited about living here is the emerging sense of community. I love being a part of its progress and can’t wait to see how the area takes shape over the next few years.

Most Saturday mornings begin with a visit to Barista, an authentic Italian espresso bar in the heart of the other Village. What sets Barista apart from many other cafes in the city is the polished white marble countertops, lush velvet seats and distinctly Italian-style espresso. This isn’t a coffee house where you scrounge for a seat and share newspapers with your neighbour to the left, but it is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of quiet (and be whisked away to Rome).
Sundays you can find me at Noir Nail Bar catching up with a girlfriend over mani/pedis. It’s a great place to de-stress and the staff are always friendly. The complimentary Wi-Fi is great when I sneak in a treatment after work and finally take some time to read the news, tweet, pay bills – and send that long overdue e-mail to my mom!

One of the main reasons I moved to the area was the sheer convenience of being a stone’s throw from the Metro grocery store, BMO,  Blockbuster and the LCBO. I even trudged most of my furniture home from West Elm Modern Furniture! But recent additions to the bar and restaurant scene are making it nearly impossible for me to ever leave my ‘hood.
This summer, InLibertyVillage, a group that organizes creative and cultural events for residents, hosted a weekly community social hour. Every Thursday, we were invited to check out a different spot for post-work cocktails with neighbours. Not only did I discover some neighbourhood gems like Mildred’s Temple Kitchen and Merci Mon Ami but I also met some really fantastic people.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across Vocado, an adorable boutique carrying brands like Lipsy, J Brand and Velvet. Love at first sight? That would be an understatement. Since then, I’ve tried convincing myself that a simple browse can be just as satisfying, but without fail, walk home with yet another addition to my closet every time. If we’re all allowed a vice, Vocado’s mine.

Last week’s purchase: The Ear Hart by J Brand.
 If you haven’t been, Liberty Village is worth a visit. Spend a few hours shopping, wining and dining and come back periodically to see what new developments pop up.