Friday, 7 January 2011

Sharon’s clearance sale
Sharon has decided that her 25-year run with her business has come to an end. (Sadly – very sadly - for the rest of us.) So throughout January, she’s having a blow-out sale. She wants to clear out her inventory and there’re some great bargains. Men’s shirts and pants, for example, are priced at $20 and Thermos jackets normally costing up to $150 are on sale at $40. So drop in and say hello, wish her well and get a bargain. Businesses are reminded that Sharon has some very desirable store fixtures that she’s selling – including a jewelry showcase, computer and keyboard, wire racks and display grids. Sharon’s, 503 Parliament.

Winterlicious in Cabbagetown
Each year, Winterlicious is a huge success right across Toronto. Three Cabbagetown Restaurants are joining the event this year.
JAMCafe offers a $15 three-course lunch and a $25 three-course dinner. 195 Carlton, (416) 921-1255,
Provence Delices also has both lunch (three courses, $20) and dinner (three courses, $35).
12 Amelia, (416) 924-9901,
Stonegrill has a three-course meal at $35. 51B Winchester, (416) 967-6565,

Patty’s helping with your New Year’s resolutions
It doesn’t matter what you resolved, Patty’s here to help. If dieting and good taste are your goals, then pick up some Dutch cheese – Cantenar is only 14% butter fat and Slanke Anke is only 9%. On the other hand, maybe you’re too skinny and you want to put on a few pounds. If so, try some Italian Torrone (buy one and get a second at half price) or some gingerbread cookies (buy one and get another one free!). The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament.

Underdown is open
We’re hearing good reviews from people who have visited Underdown (263 Gerrard) for a bite to eat and for the music. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 5 pm to 2 am. It’s a cozy room that makes the music even better. There’s a new group every night usually starting at 8 or 9 pm. Check the website for menu and event details –

Mylk Uncookies
And while you’re exploring along Gerrard Street, stop for a coffee and pastry at Mylk Uncookies (253 Gerrard), our newest coffee shop. Ideally located in the middle of this block. You’ll like this cheery new place - great coffee.

Eclectisaurus sale
Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) is really happy to have a new coffee shop as her neighbour. So she’s teaming up with them on a lovely sale idea – come into her store with any receipt from Mylk Uncookies and save 20% on Eclectisaurus’ offerings. Everything in the store is on sale. It’s a perfect way to get ready for Valentine (for example, get your sweetie a unique piece of vintage jewellery and save 20% while you’re doing it.) The sale runs from Wednesday January 12 to January 31 – open Wednesday to Saturday (noon to 7 pm) and Sunday (noon to 6 pm.)

Indulge yourself at Kendall
For the past few weeks, you’ve been totally focused on other people. Now it’s time to treat yourself. Perhaps you’ve been secretly admiring Kendall’s lamps, framed art prints, servingware, bathroom accessories, candles and wine accessories. Come now and enjoy their Winter Sale prices. Up to 50% off. Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. Just up a few steps at 438 Parliament, across from Spruce.

Livelite at Big Mamma’s Boy
Caroline and Michael have an ongoing commitment to organic, naturally raised and individually prepared dishes and to creating a relaxing place for you and your family. As part of this, they’ve partnered with livelite. It’s a way to pursue a good diet and healthier lifestyle without sacrificing taste and enjoyment. Their new menu will launch on Monday January 17 at 6:30 pm. You’re invited – come to Big Mamma’s Boy to learn how livelite will help you to make a difference in your own life. 554 Parliament.

Cooking with Elie
Elie’s starting his cooking classes again and his January line-up looks yummy. On Monday January 10, his theme is cooking with sea bream. Then it’s salmon (January 17), charcuterie (January 24) and vegetables (January 31.) His classes start at 6:30 pm and they feature hands-on techniques. Each evening, he ends the sessions with a tasting of that day’s work and a glass of wine. $99/session. To reserve a spot, call (416) 924-9901. Provence Delices, 12 Amelia.