Friday, 8 May 2009

Welcome Latoya
Latoya Dickenson has joined our office for the summer. She’s a Ryerson student from the School of Hospitality & Tourism and her help will be valuable in our preparations for the Festival and several other summer events. You’ll be hearing from her as she organizes the parade, helps with pub and patio events, and gets a million other small details organized and presentable. She’s a welcome addition to our Festival group.

Cabbagetown’s main streets
The future shape of our business district is being planned and drawn up now. The BIA has commissioned David Orsini of Sunarts Designs to do a “revitalization plan”. You can see the draft at (and then look for the Cabbage image and click on it.) Please look it over and then send us your reactions at We’ve had good input from lots of people and we hope you’ll continue to send us your views.

Science Rendezvous event on Saturday
JAMCafe (195 Carlton) is home to this year’s Science Rendezvous, an annual community outreach event that promotes science education and research. Speakers and guest scientists include Dr Darren Anderson (nanotechnology), DrAlex Mihailidis (artificial intelligence, health care), Kieran Cooley (behaviour, environment and health, alternative medicine) and Dr Mohini Sain (forestry). There will be free snacks and $4 beers to enhance the discussions. Saturday, May 9, 2 to 5 pm.

Good food and flowers for Mother’s Day

JAMCafe's patio is now open
JAMCafe (195 Carlton) is again hosting Mother’s Day Brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Eggs Benedict are a big favourite and Av is now adding Eggs Natasha (with vodka, salmon and spinach). There’s French toast, fruit cups, steak and eggs, crepes with smoked salmon – all for a little variety. Reservations are suggested (416-921-1255.) Sunday dinners continue – don’t forget that JAM has a free corkage policy every Sunday evening along with a prix fixe, three-course dinner at $19.

At Big Mamma’s Boy (554 Parliament), there’s a Lobsterfest all weekend. Mothers of all sorts are invited and there’s a free glass of champagne waiting for every mother who arrives. Lobster dinners are $34.95 from Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10. Call for a reservation at 416-827-1593.

St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has a free carnation for every Mom who comes to the store over the weekend.

Daniel et Daniel (240 Carlton) have cookies for “The World’s Greatest Mom” along with their usual selection of delicious entrees and desserts. I’ve been using their gift card – absolutely amazing convenience.

Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) is making it very tempting to bring dessert home to Mom. There are gingerbread cookies, pies and Dufflet tarts available along with special Mother’s Day baskets made to order with all of her favourite goodies. Brownies and date squares are on sale: buy one and get an extra one for half price. Reunion Island Coffee sample bags are free with every purchase (while supplies last).

Absolute Bakery continues to be one of the most popular stops among the shops at Wellesley and Parliament. When you purchase one of their cakes, pies or pastries, you know that it’s been freshly baked on the same day.

Flowers everywhere
We’re really lucky to have so many stores setting up flower and plant displays outside their doors. They add a wonderful Spring quality to our streets. They offer both cut flowers for indoors and a wide variety of garden-ready potting plants.

Merion at Simmons Flowers (Parliament north of Winchester)

Cabbagetown Mini Mart (Parliament south of Carlton)

Fairway Market (Winchester & Parliament)

Parliament Smoke Shop (Wellesley & Parliament)

Jamestown Milk (Wellesley & Parliament)

And beautiful clothes

Congratulations to Michelle at Foxy Boutique (251 Gerrard). She’s just completed a lovely renovation to her store. She now has room for her regular inventory (including designer brands at deep discounts, Dior, YSL, Prada, Armani, Dries van Noten and more) and she has current and vintage styles in her bargain section. The Gerrard shops have been changing – if you haven’t been there in a while, you should visit them soon.

Sharon has Mother’s Day specials

She’s got hand-made market baskets and hats from Madagascar in fabulous hot summer colours (from $24.99) and new summer dresses from $34.99. All of her belts are on sale at $9.99 each or $15.99 for two. As always, she has a great selection of cards including special Mother’s Day selections. (503 Parliament)

The calendar is getting crowded...
The annual Farmers Market in Riverdale Park launches again on Tuesday May 12. It’s open every Tuesday through the summer from 3 to 7 pm. There’s a very informative web site at

And while you're there, take part in art at the Farm. Nuit Blanche is starting its planning for this year’s events. Artist and architect William Hudson will be building a Gateway in the Park during the Farmers Market on Tuesday May 12. Watch for the event and join in. You can learn more at Facebook,

The Forsythia Festival crew served up another great day last Sunday in Wellesley Park. Congratulations to everyone involved. It takes a lot of work and it’s all done by volunteers. Thanks to their contributions, Cabbagetown has an annual Spring event to enjoy with the whole family and to share with others in our community. A lengthy list of businesses made donations to this event. Our thanks go to Absolute Bakery, Cycle Solutions, Fairway Market, Jet Fuel, Lennie’s Health Centre, Luciano’s No Frills, Nettleship Hardware, Royal Home Hardware, St Jamestown Steak & Chops and Starbucks.

The Cabbagetown Garden Tour is giving us advance notice that Ed Lawrence will be attending the Tour. He’s the CBC’s gardening guru and he’ll be available for book signings and lots of advice. The Tour is happening on Sunday June 7 from 10 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $10 each and in Cabbagetown, they’re available at Mi Casa (238 Carlton) and Fairway Market (520 Parliament).