Friday, 15 May 2009

Sunday Vintage Sunday

The Gerrard stores, Eclectosaurus (249 Gerrard) and Foxy Boutique (251 Gerrard) are hosting their first Vintage sidewalk sale on Sunday May 17 from noon to 5 pm. Weather permitting, of course, and the forecast says that it’ll be a good day to enjoy an outdoor shopping expedition. There’ll be vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry, housewares, artwork and oddities – all at prices that are sure to please you.

Chez Etienne is moving

While you’re on Gerrard, take advantage of the moving sale happening this weekend at Chez Etienne, right across the street at 248 Gerrard. Barefoot Contessa foods, soaps and lotions from McBlooms and lots of other bath and kitchen items are priced at 25% to 75% off. You can see more at

Online bargains and features
Have you noticed the link in the right hand column that connects you to Cabbagetown Online Flyers? It's a great way to look at the weekly flyers that list specials, features and bargains from Shoppers Drug Mart, Luciano's No Frills, Home Hardware and Lennie's. You may have to add your postal code to connect to the proper pricing.

It’s not as far away as you think…
Yeah, the Festival. We need to plan ahead. That means thinking about your booth and your float in the parade. We like to remind everyone about this now because once the summer arrives, you’ll be too busy with cottage life, beer and barbeques and other distractions. Latoya Dickenson is now distributing emails and making phone calls to get your attention. If you want to take part, just let us know and then start to work on your presentation.
It may not look like it but these guys had to do a lot of work to get this presentable...

I Love You More
It’s a fun, art infused, interactive family event. It runs from noon to 5 pm on Sunday May 17 at the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (509 Parliament). Performances take place at 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.
Nuit Blanche is getting organized

Toronto’s overnight art event takes place in early October. Artists who want to be a part of it here in Cabbagetown are asked to send proposals including a budget, resume, photos and sketches to our committee at If you prefer to send a package, drop it off or deliver it to the Cabbagetown BIA at 237 Carlton Street, Toronto, M5A 2L2. You can check us out at
To celebrate their launch, the committee built a Gateway in Riverdale Park during opening day of the Riverdale Farmers Market. (The market takes place every Tuesday afternoon from 3 pm to 7 pm until October.)

For the birds – mark your calendar
Project Chirp gets underway on Monday June 1 at 7 pm with an evening sponsored by the Cabbagetown South Association. It’s a discussion about attracting songbirds into your Cabbagetown backyard, featuring Christina Sharma. She’s a certified habitat steward with the Canadian Nature Foundation. Ben Wicks Bistro (424 Parliament), Monday June 1, 7 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, You can also email or

Lookin’ good

Steve Yeates is definitely enjoying Spring

One-stop barbeque shopping
Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament) is now in the middle of their great annual barbeque push. Their barbeques begin at $179.99 and they have a lovely small Weber for just under $300. If you don’t want to bother with the complexities of home assembly, they have helpful staff who can deliver and assemble it for you at very reasonable rates.

While you’re there, check out their rubber pork chops – Wayne will be happy to demonstrate his cooking techniques. Unfortunately, someone (who must have been really hungry) stole the rubber chicken.

And Patty has the goodies
When you’ve finished getting your barbeque supplies at Home Hardware, check out The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) next door. Patty has new homemade Italian sausages, new Smokies for the barbeque in plain, cheese and jalapeno flavours and lots of traditional bratwurst and weisswurst.

Bob White, an old friend of our businesses and a pioneer in the BIA, dropped in to see Patty and she twisted his arm until he picked up some of her new Italian sausages.

Congratulations to the HOP

Both NOW Magazine and Eye Weekly have listed the House on Parliament (456 Parliament) as one of Toronto’s memorable patio experiences. In this week’s NOW, they receive their kudos for both their patio and their great food. In Eye, the friendly staff, above-par food and the best patio in Cabbagetown are all applauded. We, of course, knew that all along.