Friday, 27 June 2008

Canada Day Weekend News

Music on Parliament Street
Jim Heineman brings his trio for an afternoon of beautiful jazz at Winchester and Parliament on Saturday. This completes our Music on Parliament Street series.
Marinda and her friends charmed passersby last weekend during her performance at Carlton and Parliament.

Attention all Community Groups

We’re gathering people now for our annual Cabbagetown Festival parade. It happens on Saturday, September 6. Please call us to share your plans for this year’s edition. It’s a unique occasion when Cabbagetown’s finest strut their stuff and all of us get together to launch our Festival weekend. Call Marianne at (416) 921-0857.

New business hours
The Beer Stores at 534 Parliament and at 227 Gerrard are both opening for extended hours from 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays. Thirsty people everywhere are grateful.
The CIBC at 245 Carlton has extended banking hours: on Thursday and Friday, the branch is open until 7 pm and on Saturday, it opens from 9:30 am to 4 pm. These hours are definitely much more convenient for Cabbagetown customers.

Primp your pooch for Pride.
Have a clean canine for Canada Day.

Here’s a great opportunity. Use the “Do It Yourself” dog wash at Menagerie Pet Shop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – it’s free! Dunk your dog for half-an-hour with all washing supplies provided. First come, first served.

Boardroom furniture
Greater Minds International (250A Carlton) is selling a beautiful mahogany conference table set complete with eight leather chairs. Call Ekua at (416) 922-7203.

Holiday eats
Many restaurants and pubs will be open for you on Canada Day. Ask your favourite about their hours. For many, it promises to be busy.

Canada Day business hours
Most of our businesses close for the day on July 1. But it is possible to find important services throughout the neighbourhood.

The bank branch at CIBC is closed on Canada Day. CIBC’s machine at Carlton and Parliament and the Scotiabank machine at Parliament and Gerrard are accessible from the outdoors and are available all day. The RBC machines at TRI Bakery, Esso, and Fairway Market are all open.

Food stores
Organics (499 Parliament) is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesday. TRI Bakery (599 Parliament), Yarls (607A Parliament) and Ambal Trading (591 Parliament) are open all day.
The food shop at Daniel et Daniel closes on both Monday and Tuesday. Epicure Shop, No Frills and St Jamestown Steak & Chops are closed on July 1.

Beer & Liquor
Both Beer Stores and the LCBO are closed. (You can, however, get a drink at your favourite pub or restaurant – many are open on Tuesday.)

Shoppers Drug Mart (467 Parliament) is open from 10 am to midnight, Lord’s (521 Parliament) from 9 am to 3 pm and Ultra (411 Parliament) from 11 am to 5 pm. Main Drugs, Dales Pharmacy and Parliament Pharmacy are all closed.

Gas stations
Esso (581 Parliament) is open regular hours.

Nettleships and Royal Home Hardware are closed.

Blockbuster (541 Parliament) and 241 Video (455 Parliament) are open during regular hours – proving that there’s no rest for the wicked.

Both Pet Valu and Menagerie Pet Shop are closed – so stock up on your kibble. Dr Scott McClure’s Cabbagetown Pet Clinic on Gerrard St is also closed

Friday, 20 June 2008

And the winner is…
Our annual Chairman’s Award evening was another great celebration of success among Cabbagetown’s businesses.
Marianne Mailer is a student at Ryerson who's working at the BIA for the summer. Robert McEnirney from Ben Wicks was telling her tales out of school at the Awards night.
And Rebecca Wolfe from Councillor McConnell's office had to endure a long speech from Doug Fisher.
More on all of that in a moment.

First, some news...
Music on Parliament Street
Sady T launched our annual spring concerts with her appearance at Winchester and Parliament on Saturday, June 7. Donna Green and Moo'd Swings followed along on June 14.
This week, Marinda will play at Carlton and Parliament and Miss Divine performs at Spruce and Parliament. Next week, Jim Heineman finishes our series with jazz at Winchester. If you see our musicians, be sure to welcome them and enjoy their music.
A Whiter Shade of Pailed JAMCafe (195 Carlton) announces its summer white wine tasting to be held next Tuesday, June 24th from 6:30 pm, $70. Chef Av has gathered five beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary white wines and matched them with four tasting courses. Call 416-921-1255 to reserve.

New Summer Hours The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) starts its summer schedule on Monday, June 23. Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Patty Junior has reminded us that their homemade pizza is still on the menu on Tuesday and their breakfast bagel melt (despite its name) is available all day long. And gluten free chocolate chip cookies, mini brownies and mini banana breads are back as well.

Opening Clair McAnuff has opened her new Day Spa, Seabreezes, at 458 Parliament, upstairs on the balcony row. Clair is offering manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials and body treatments. In addition, she has aromatherapy, hot stone therapy and honey body polishes.

Michael Haddad has moved his law office from 208 Carlton to his newly renovated quarters at 548 Parliament, just south of Amelia. Congratulations are definitely in order for surviving the move and for the spiffy new building that he’s been improving for almost a year.

11th Anniversary Celebrations
Sharons (503 Parliament) is marking this milestone with a great selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry from Brazil, new styles of sunglasses for men and women, and beautiful Madagascar hats. She has printed reversible dresses at $59.99, plain and printed skirts at $29.99 and lots of sample tops, jackets and bottoms.

The post office at 422 Parliament is shutting down at the end of the month. But later in the year, it’ll be reappearing at a new (and undisclosed) spot here in Cabbagetown. In the meantime, although it’s not as convenient for us, we can get postal service nearby at Greendale Pharmacy (Homewood and Carlton) or at Shoppers Drug Mart (Queen and Parliament.)

Big Stuff
Late last month, Daniel et Daniel (242 Carlton) catered the Ted Rogers birthday event and served for 6000 people. Every last morsel was delicious.
And then on May 26, Oprah Winfrey featured Craig and Marc Kielburger for an entire one-hour show to launch O Ambassadors, a new school based program that connects young people from North America with others from countries around the world. It’s a joint venture between Oprah’s Angels and Free the Children (233 Carlton). Millions of people saw the program and learned about the successes that they’ve already had.

And now, the Awards
Every year, members of the Old Cabbagetown BIA enjoy a celebration of their success stories from the past year. This year, we returned to the wonderful room at Stonegrill on Winchester (51B Winchester). Our event was catered by over a dozen Cabbagetown restaurants and their generous contributions were a highlight of the evening.

Two awards were given for hard-won success in cleaning up the corner at Wellesley and Parliament.
Our Community Volunteer of the Year – Joel Twaites
Neighbourhood Improvement Award – Pizza Pizza on Wellesley

Three more awards were given for renovation and business improvement: Over-all renovations – Chew Chew’s Diner (186 Carlton). Lenna Vassiliou came to our event and accepted the award.
Exterior Fa├žade Improvement – Cabbagetown Barber Shop (525 Parliament). Jimmy and Mandi received the plaque.
Business Improvement – The Wing Machine (443 Parliament)

Two new businesses were recognized for their immediate success:

New Restaurant – JAMCafe (195 Carlton). Joe Atikian couldn't resist the chance for a speech. New Business – International News (533 Parliament)

Three awards were given for business successes:
Outstanding Customer Service – The Staff at Pet Valu (240 Carlton). Dale and Michelle accepted the award.
Attracting Business into Our Neighbourhood - INZ Jewelry (231A Carlton)
For Longstanding Service – Jordano Skin care (252 Gerrard St E)

One award went for community service: Outstanding Success Story – Pathways to Education (411 Parliament). Danielle Thibodeau represented Pathways at the Awards evening.

And in closing, Don & Dudley
Just hanging out at Nettleship Hardware.