Timbuk2 Grand Opening Party Saturday July 26

These sturdy tote bags above are complimentary with in-store purchase on Saturday at the day-long launch party.

Timbuk2 Grand Opening Party Saturday July 26

By Claire McFarlane

The San Francisco based urban cycling gear company, Timbuk2, will be hosting a grand opening for their very first Canadian retail store on Saturday July 26.

The new store, located at 359 Queen St. West, focuses mainly on bags meant for you to carry on your bike and even has a customization station where you can choose the fabrics and prints that are to be used to create your bag. Messenger-style bags are one of their specialties. I picked one up myself, and am looking forward to using the attractive two-tone grey, water resistant and reflective "classic messenger" style bag to take my laptop to class this fall.

One feature of the new Timbuk2 shop in Toronto is a design-your-own bag station. (Below.)

Vanessa from head office and a staff member at the new shop at 359 Queen Street West (across the street from the Black Bull tavern) show off the customization station.

Many funky and fun-patterned fabric swatches are on display so you can feel and see the fabric you are picking for your custom-designed bag.

The grand opening party will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 26, and is set to have Steamwhistle beer, a DJ as well as local bites from Bahn Mi Boys and Little Nicky's coffee. They will also be selling Miir stainless steel "tall boy" cups for $5 to raise funds for Cycle Toronto. The stainless steel "pints" - made by Miir - are perfect for your picnic in the park!

The store hopes to become a hub in the community for cyclists and is even planning to launch a free bike share program in September where participants would get a bike, a helmet, a lock, and a map of bike routes. You just need a credit card to reserve one of two bikes. Timbuk2 in Toronto also has free wifi in-store.

Check out the new digs and bags on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 359 Queen Street West. You can RSVP to the party by going to Timbuk2's Facebook page.

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