Friday, 14 December 2007

Here's a quick photo tour of some of our shops where Christmas is a real pleasure
This Christmas, you can buy orchids, beautiful handcrafted jewelry, great clothes, fine furniture and much much more, all on Parliament and Carlton Streets.
Mrs Kim at Parliament Smoke & Gift (609 Parliament)
Marg at Nettleship's Hardware (576 Parliament)
Tina & Larry at Simmons Flowers (540 Parliament)
Alex at Mi Casa (238 Carlton)
Santa’s Tour in Cabbagetown
On Saturday, bring your kids and have your picture taken at Spruce and Parliament. He’ll be the guy in the red suit right beside the Christmas trees next to Joe’s No Frills (449 Parliament).
On Sunday, Santa is once again ready to go with your pets at Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament). Last week, several people brought their cats as well as their dogs – and Santa escaped alive! So don’t limit yourself. Bring your fish, your lizards, your cats and of course, your dogs. Santa welcomes all.

A Christmas announcement from 51 Division
PC Michael Tattersall dropped in to the BIA office today to introduce himself. For the next few months, he’ll be assigned in our immediate neighbourhood. He’s been given lots of information from 51 Division Community Relations Office and he got a big lecture from the BIA when he visited here. He’s now going into businesses to hear about your concerns one-by-one.
In the past, we’ve had other commitments from 51 Division that have worked really well – extra foot patrols, bike patrols and pay-duty officers on our streets. This is an extension of those initiatives. It’s a very encouraging sign of the continued success that’s coming from the close cooperation between the police and our community. Having a police officer who is personally knowledgeable about our neighbourhood and working right on the scene is a huge benefit for all of us. As BIA Chair Paul Dineen says, “A fulltime police officer here has been our dream for a long time.”
When you see PC Tattersall, give him a warm Cabbagetown welcome.

And a seasonal word of caution…
Paul Nadeau from 51 Division also sends us a very timely reminder about thefts during the holiday season.
First – when you leave your car, don’t leave parcels and valuables within sight. Hide them in the trunk..
Second – don’t leave your car running when you dash into a store even if it’s “just for a minute.”
Third – don’t walk away from the bank machine or a store with large amounts of cash openly visible in your hands.

Now – on to the main Christmas action!

Four of our shops are offering a lovely range of seasonal delights…
St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament), once again, is turkey headquarters. Their Christmas offerings are legendary. Be sure to order yours now so it can be in the store and ready for you just before Christmas. (The Michelins have a secret cooking technique involving turkeys and brown bags – but I could never get the hang of it and always feared that my house and not just the turkey would be roasted for Christmas.)
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) have a sensational Festive Menu.
Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) presents great gift ideas and daily seasonal specials: personalized gift baskets, cheese platters (be sure to ask about the new Niagara artisanal cheeses), homemade gingerbreads, shortbreads and fruit cakes, and Dufflet’s mincemeat tarts. On Saturday, December 15, you can buy any Summer Fresh Dip and get a second one for half price. On Sunday, December 16, buy two brownies and get a third one free and get French Triple Cream Brie at (unbeatable price!) $2.59/100g.
At Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) , they’re gearing up with some of our freshest (and most organic) fruits and veggies.

Music on Parliament Street
Sterling Brass will appear for their annual Christmas carol concert at the Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) on Sunday, December 23 from 2 to 5 pm. Their plans for December 16 were cancelled due to the snow storm.
The usual trio of great jazz events happens on the weekend.
Piccolo has Friday night jazz in the lower Anabella Lounge (226 Carlton) from 9 pm. No cover.
Stonegrill on Winchester (51B Winchester) offers Archie Alleyne with Sunday brunch from noon to 3 pm.
Cobourg (533 Parliament) on Sunday night from 9 pm. No cover.