It’s taken about fifty years, but King Street East from Jarvis to Parliament Streets is now evolving into a neighbourhood of showrooms, studios and high-end retailers. Al Smith, executive director of the St. Lawrence Market BIA says “it’s a neighbourhood different from anywhere else. The store owners are connected to a global network; they live design at an international level.”
KEDD (The King Street East Design District) is part of a much larger community known as Old Town. It contains a couple of theatres, George Brown College, some of TORONTO’s oldest architecture, pubs, good restaurants including George Brown’s Chef’s House, the Toronto Sun newspaper, and coming soon The Globe and Mail Centre. The area is an easy walk from the St. Lawrence Market, St. James Cathedral, the Distillery District, and the West Don neighbourhood. On Saturdays and Sundays KEDD is ‘brunch central’ for downtown eastsiders.