Friday, 20 August 2010

Does your dog have a long nose?
Bring your pooch to the Cabbagetown Festival parade. March along happily with other dog owners. Then finish your outing at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) where a special Doggie Beauty Contest will take place. The categories are amazing – the longest nose, the curliest fur, the best dressed, the littlest owner – and the prizes will be mind boggling. You won’t believe your luck!
Festival Parade – 9:30 am at Wellesley and Parliament.
Doggie Beauty Contest – after the parade at Pet Valu, 240 Carlton

The TD Bank opens next week
Anthony is throwing open the new TD Bank’s doors on Monday morning – 8 am to be exact. As you can see in the photo, money is flowing into the branch. There’s already been a stream of people coming to try the front door, so we expect a healthy crowd next week. Several members of his staff have been canvassing local businesses to introduce themselves and extend a welcome. Contrary to urban myth, however, the new bank will not be using that new money as a grand opening giveaway souvenir. Ah well. 493 Parliament at Carlton

Lobsters at Kendall & Co
To honour some wonderful friends who’ve been visiting Toronto and are now on their way back home to Cape Breton, Kendall & Co are presenting a truly remarkable Lobster Rug. It’s made of hand-hooked wool and it’s definitely worth its salt. It’s available exclusively at Kendall & Co (438 Parliament)

Brownies at Epicure
Patty is bringing back her deep discount pricing on her popular brownies – buy one and then get a second one at half price. Plus she has a new shipment from Italy of her ever-popular Buffalo Mozzarella. And her Spanish tortas (very yummy!!! – says Patty) from Seville are also back in stock. 473 Parliament.

Daffodils for Cabbagetown
Last week, we told you about the project that Margaret and Chris have organized to plant hundreds of daffodils around Cabbagetown. It’s a fundraiser with the Canadian Cancer Society. Every $5 gift earns one daffodil bulb. So far, your response has been terrific. They’ve raised over $600 in just one week toward their $3500 target. Here’s a link at the cancer society to give you more information and an easy way to donate. Add your name to the honour roll and watch the thermometer climb.

There’s a summer sale at Sharon’s
Sharon’s summer clearance sale is now underway – her hats, jewellery and clothing are now available at great bargain prices. She’s making room for the Fall favourites that are now arriving. There are Neon Buddha jackets, Pure sweaters, Fresh FX tops and lots more. She also wants us to remind you that she still offers a layaway plan. 503 Parliament.

Leslie is having a 30% off sale of mid-century and antique furniture from Saturday August 21 to Sunday August 29 (from noon to 7 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday). Drop into her store and see the beautiful items that she’s featuring. There’s a De Boers Danish teak table, a mid-1940s buffet, a tubular chrome couch sofa, a chrome and glass coffee table, teak chairs and lots more. (249 Gerrard)

Carlton & Parliament update
The new bank building is getting its finishing touches and its landscaping. The BIA, together with the building’s owner, is using grey granite stone on the boulevard and a darker grey brick in the planter boxes. This treatment will continue down to Broadcast Lane with a third planter box to be built in front of the laundry. The boxes will soon house trees, ground cover and floodlights. Two freestanding decorative light poles will be placed on the boulevard. It’s our hope to repeat this renovation next year on the boulevard on the south side of Carlton.

The National Post salutes Labour of Love
The National Post has just done a terrific article on Labour of Love (242 Carlton). Click here to read more
A couple of weeks ago, we announced that Regina is hosting workshops on gift wrapping techniques. There’s been a small adjustment on the dates – they’ll now be held on Thursday August 26 and Sunday September 5. They’re free and all supplies except the gift wrap are supplied at no charge. (Customers are asked to buy their wrap.) Please drop by the store for all the details – 242 Carlton

Pasta at Provence Delices
Elie is launching a prix fixe Sunday pasta night this week with Franco Agostino. It’ll be held weekly. The menu includes tomato confit with green beans and chives and then pasta pesto, bucatini matriciana, pennette porcini, linguini primavera Nicoise and fettucini Bolognese. And for dessert, there’s fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries with white wine, lemon and mint. All of this for only $28. Plus there’s Elie’s usual amazing wine list. 12 Amelia.

Number 9 on the cover of Professional Sound
The top magazine for audio professionals in Canada has written a cover story about George Rondina and Number 9 Studio. You can read the full story here -

Our flag flies over the canal
Once again, proud Cabbagetowners have marched off to a new destination with our flag and Tee shirts. This time, it’s the annual bike ride that a group of Wellesley residents enjoy. They went to Thorold, rode along the Welland Canal and displayed their hometown colours as they traveled. Word has it that the trip included great meals, side trips to wineries and other exotica.