Mirvish Village is located at Bloor Street West and Bathurst Street, in midtown Toronto. For over 45 years an enclave of art, culture and cuisine, Mirvish Village offers an out-of-the ordinary shopping and dining experience. Featured are professional medical and legal services and many one of a kind vendors including specialty bookstores, vintage shops art galleries and contemporary fashions. Among the fast food services and fine restaurants in the area are five with patios that are located on the quiet tree-lined picturesque Markham Street.
Conveniently located on the subway line, Mirvish Village is anchored by Honest Ed’s, the landmark discount department store whose walls are lined with photographers of Toronto’s theatrical history and international celebrities, past and present. This world famous bargain center’s slogan for over half a century has been
“There’s No Place…Like This Place…Anyplace!!!”
Mirvish Village is remarkable, interesting, unique and safe destination to stroll and explore. You are always welcome in Mirvish Village…there’s truly NO PLACE LIKE IT!
The Mirvish Village BIA was established in 2005 by Toronto City Council and named for the Mirvish family in recognition of Toronto’s legendary retail and show biz entrepreneur, Honest Ed Mirvish, who started in business in the area in 1941 and founded Honest Ed’s Emporium in 1948.
What is a BIA?
The Mirvish Village BIA is one of 81 BIAs in Toronto, and was officially designated in 2005. A Business Improvement Area is an association of property owners, business operators and commercial tenants, within a specified area, who work in partnership with all levels of government to enhance their business area. Support of BIAs is provided by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), which is the umbrella organization for BIAs.
The Mirvish Village BIA is managed by an appointed Board of Management of seven volunteers and the two local councillors. One part-time staff person manages the day to day operation of the BIA.
A BIA allows local business people and property owners to join together to:
- improve and enhance the design, safety and security features of the area
- act as the voice of the community with government
- beautify and maintain the streets and buildings within the BIA
- promote Mirvish Village as a business and destination area
- support local business
- liaise with the community through newsletters and special events
The BIA is funded by a special tax levy calculated on commercial properties of the area and based proportionately on their assessed value. The BIA operates within an annual budget approved by the BIA membership and Toronto Council.