Friday, 3 April 2009

Chairs and benches

With warm weather arriving at long last, we’re again seeing people enjoy the chance to sit in a warm sunny spot while they visit the area. Both Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) and The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) have put chairs and benches outdoors.

Hint, hint, hint - other businesses could do the same.
And speaking of the Epicure Shop, they’ve just brought in more goodies from Quebec: Mamirolle is a cow’s milk cheese with fruit and almond flavours and Doux Peche is a soft goat and cow’s milk cheese. There’s also a new menu for her daily breakfast choices.

The new façade at Royal Home Hardware

John Griese from Hard Rock Contractors is justifiably proud of his work at Royal Home Hardware. The copper façade on the upper floors has been finished and it’s now beginning to show the complex tints that copper develops as it’s exposed to the elements.

Spring at Sharon’s

Sharon (503 Parliament) has a new line of sunglasses for men and women starting at $20 a pair. Her Spring fashions are here along with spring and summer jewelry, reversible purses and belts. Say “hi” to the cats while you’re there.

Get ready for Easter
St Jamestown Steak & Chops
(516 Parliament) is offering special seasonal meats and produce. There’s Ontario lamb, organic free-range turkeys, bone-in smoked and honey glazed hams, and prime rib roast. As always, the fruit and vegetables are
fresh and enticing. And for extra flavours, try the all-natural, hormone-free Berkshire prosciutto from Niagara Specialty Foods.

At Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton), Easter brings fine candies and cookies, including chocolate bunnies from France and truffle eggs and candies from Germany. Plus their own delicious Easter cookies. If you’re going out for dinner, give your hostess a Daniel et Daniel gift card as a special thank you and, of course, use it for your own purchases.
Easter specials are the highlight of the weekly flyers from Luciano’s No Frills (449 Parliament) listed in the Cabbagetown Online Flyers link on the right.
The Epicure Shop has lots of hot cross buns. (473 Parliament)

Riverdale Farm needs volunteers
The Friends of Riverdale Farm are volunteers whose efforts enrich considerably the programs available to all of us at the Farm. Their activities include, among other things, the summer Farmers’ Market, the gift shop in Simpson House and the bakery. They have a web site and in 2009, they’re once again publishing a Calendar as a fundraiser.
The Friends are looking for volunteers. Call the Farm at 416-961-8787 if you want to help out.
Find out more about the Friends at

Greening your Cabbagetown home

Hear Chris Chopnik’s workshop on green practices for your home, including energy efficiency, conservation, using renewable resources and grants for retrofits. Chris will be joined by Martina Rowley from the City of Toronto who will cover specific programs and regulations. Sponsored by the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association.
Tuesday, April 7, 7 to 9 pm at St Martins School (55 Salisbury Ave)

Every Kilowatt Counts

This is an official program run by the Ontario Power Authority and Cabbagetown’s own Loonie or Less (480 Parliament) is a participating retailer. Kyle has selected three items that will enhance your home energy savings and he’s offering them at great prices: covered CFL Eco light bulbs at $1 each, chandelier, globe and floodlight CFL Eco bulbs at $2 each and outdoor clothesline kits at $3 each. He’s compared his prices with other well-known big-name retailers and he knows that his specials are at lower prices and better savings than theirs. And on Saturday, he’s adding an outdoor sale with a lot more savings available for you.

Earth Hour

In Cabbagetown South, you may remember, local residents observed Earth Hour with walking tours through the area. Tour guides explained key historic facts to each group as they progressed. Over forty people joined in and, by all accounts, it was a charming night.

Congratulations to The Cobourg

Last week, The Cobourg (533 Parliament) hosted its second annual singing night. The $5 cover charge was a donation to Cabbagetown’s own Pathways To Education. John Jay reports that over $550 was raised and donated to this worthwhile non-profit education organization.