Friday, 24 September 2010

Reno’s above Ginger
The small offices on the second and third floor above Ginger (Carlton & Parliament) have been demolished and there’s plenty of evidence that the upper floors are being renovated. The owner is creating two larger office areas with a single tenant on each floor. The second floor will be home to the administrative offices of a dance group. The third floor has offices, teaching spaces, storage and a worship area for the local Salvation Army congregation.

Ten people can have dinner for only $31.10
The Yonge Street Mission (306 Gerrard) has a Thanksgiving fundraising drive underway. In just a few weeks, they’ll serve thousands of Thanksgiving turkey dinners to homeless and hurting people. It takes a lot of time and planning to put this project together. So they’re asking now for your support. To learn more, click on

Big Mamma’s Boy
Caroline, Michael and Stephanie have been very busy in the past couple of weeks. During TIFF, Alliance Entertainment held fan meet-and-greet parties at Big Mamma’s Boy (554 Parliament). Sean Kanan, D-Teflon and Daniel Goddard were among the celeb’s who stopped by.
Next Wednesday, Caroline and Michael will be appearing on Daytime Toronto, the Rogers’ daytime talk show. It starts at 10 am and there are reruns through the day at 3 pm and midnight.

Sunday’s Waterfront Marathon
Over 20,000 people from more than 40 countries will run in Sunday’s marathon. Marilyn Marshall is calling all of us to the special Cabbagetown cheering section at Front and Parliament Streets from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. There’ll be entertainment and food and a chance to cheer along our four champions in the race – Heather Hopkins, Angela Jonsonn, Dr Philip Marsden and George Smitherman. All of this is part of the Neighbourhood Challenge, a fundraising event to support our local Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

Green Thumbs Growing Kids
GTGK works with kids and their families to grow and prepare fresh nutritious foods. They focus on gardens located at neighbourhood schools. You can become a member and help directly in this fascinating project. Their annual general meeting will be held on Saturday September 25 at 603-1/2 Parliament. The meeting will start at 10 am with a tour of the Rose Ave Public School garden and an 11 am tour of the Winchester Public School garden. From noon to 2 pm, the meeting and lunch will happen at their offices. For more information, call 647-348-5437.

Wow – Labour of Love
Regina keeps getting rave reviews about her new store, Labour of Love (242 Carlton), in the city’s big newspapers. This week, NOW Magazine has a lifestyle article about her that expands into a great review of a dozen other Cabbagetown landmarks. You can read it here: . You can catch up with the special offerings available at Labour of Love through their web site,

Butter Chicken Factory
Gurinder has officially opened his new restaurant at 556 Parliament, on the corner at Prospect. He’s done a lovely renovation and turned his space into a charming, inviting room. As part of our mission at the BIA, we’ve done extensive research into his menu – so far, we’ve had thali for lunch and dinner with butter chicken and lamb with madras spices. Delicious. There’s a $9.99 lunch special and for dinner, there’s a full range of northern Indian dishes. Take-out and home delivery are also available.

More Quebec cheeses
At Epicure, Patty is continuing her heart-stopping, adrenalin-laced weigh-your-own coffee contest. Just fill a bag with your beans and aim for one exact pound (454 grams). If you are exactly on the mark, you’ll get a second one free. People win regularly, so join the fun. And do it while she has her special offer running on Reunion Island beans – one pound for $10 or $2.20 for 100 grams. Patty is also very pleased to offer two award-winning Quebec cheeses – Le Chevre Noir and Douanier.

Blowout at Barracuda
Gerry and his staff have a store-wide blowout sale underway. You can enjoy big savings on furniture, ceramics and garden containers.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving
Turkey orders are now open at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (Parliament). Tell Mark what you want and your bird will be ready for you just before the holiday.

Mi Casa
The beautiful home furnishing available at Mi Casa (238 Carlton) are still on sale through this weekend. Save up to 70% on items throughout the store.

What’s happening at the gas station?
Our local Esso station (581 Parliament) is undergoing some regular maintenance. The underground tanks have been checked and repaired. After several days’ work, the hole has been filled and the fencing is coming down.

Paris in Cabbagetown
The first delivery of charming décor accessories and serving ware from Europe has just arrived at Kendall & Co (438 Parliament across from Spruce). To make room for all this, they’re holding a 50% off clearance sale on selected items. They also have a special 20% sale on Bumble Bee & Dragonfly French glassware and on their lamps and classic furniture.

Tour of Homes
With another Tour of Homes just successfully completed, it’s timely that Kendall Williams received his Chairman’s Award plaque this week – in recognition of his fine contribution to the Tour in previous years. He joins Bruce Prouty, Helen Coltrinari and Dave Pretlove who also served as Tour chairs and also received this recognition of their work.