Friday, 27 May 2011

A bloomin’ street
Once again, three stores have turned our street corners into gardens.
Fairway Market (520 Parliament) has a big garden centre at Winchester.
Jamestown Milk (592 Parliament) and Parliament Smoke (609 Parliament) have made the corners at Wellesley Street blossom.

One more week
The 2011 Garden Tour happens in just one week’s time. It’s on Sunday June 5 from 10 am to 3 pm. There are ten gardens on the tour and they’ll each be memorable. Author and television personality Liz Primeau is this year’s garden guru. Tickets are a bargain at $15. Several local places are selling tickets: Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Jay’s (360 Gerrard), Kendall & Co (438 Parliament), Mi Casa (238 Carlton) and the BIA Office (237 Carlton). You can also order online with Paypal -

Two more days
Friday and Saturday nights are your last chance to enjoy the Paris/Toronto Project at Toronto Dance Theatre. The Globe & Mail has said that this performance is “beauty in motion underpinned by power and strength.” May 27 and 28, 8 pm. You can get your tickets at the box office or online at $26. 80 Winchester.

Get your dinner and dance package
If you’re going to the Paris/Toronto Project, enjoy a three course, prix fixe dinner as well. For $52.95, you get ticket to the theatre and your dinner at Caroline’s (554 Parliament).

Congrat’s to TBS
TBS has had its official store re-launch. The opening happened last weekend and the refurbished store is now ready to go. TBS (formerly The Bargain Shop) now has a bigger range of inventory including lots of convenience items that you often need at the spur of the moment. Our thanks to Colin Grant from The Voice for his photo. Drop by and check out the goodies at 429 Parliament.

Goodies for chefs at The Epicure Shop
Patty’s featuring 4-year-old cheddar from Maple Dale Cheese (one of the last few family owned dairies left in Ontario.) For appetizers, she still has Summerfresh dips on special – buy one and get another one free. And she has flavoured olive oils on special as well at $5.99/bottle, a savings of $5 each – rosemary, basil, lemon and hot pepper. 473 Parliament

Regina’s thinking about dad
For Father’s Day gifts, Regina at Labour of Love (242 Carlton) recommends personalized album cover cufflinks. They’re designed by Toronto’s Barbie Basement Jewellery. Just bring in his favourite album cover and she’ll make it happen before Father’s Day. Check out her website at

Leslie’s Pop-up is ready to Pop-down
Leslie has been using the empty space next door to display her extra inventory while her landlord sorts out a new tenant. All’s well now and so she has to finish her pop-up. This is the last weekend for her extraordinary sale at Eclectisaurus – you won’t want to miss some of these exceptional bits of vintage and antique offerings, many priced in the $5 and $10 range. She’s put a nice short video on her site so you can get a preview of her stock - 349 and 351 Gerrard.

Kendall’s moving
Kendall & Co have run out of room at the current location. They’re holding a big sale to clear the shelves rather than move their stuff. They’ve reduced their prices by an extra 30% on furniture, indoor and outdoor rugs, lamps, framed art, servingware, home accents and accessories, and outdoor dĂ©cor. You should get into their store – these are great sales. (438 Parliament across from Spruce.)

Caroline’s Diningroom& Lounge
Caroline Murphy is a big supporter of PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally, a multi-day ride from Toronto to Montreal. On May 31 from 6 pm onward, she’s holding a fundraiser to support them. Lots of prizes and a silent auction.
She’s now very busy in her restaurant. Her repairs and reno’s have finished up and she’s into action at full speed. She’s announced that her restaurant is now open all week. She’s hosting brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. All-you-can-eat mussels Mondays ($18) are back. And her comfy backyard patio is open daily. You can see her menu and events calendar at 554 Parliament.

Cabbagetown South giant garage sale
From 9 am to 3 pm, the entire area from Sherbourne to Parliament, Gerrard to Shuter becomes a massive garage sale on Saturday May 28. Thousands of items at bargain prices. The Cabbagetown South residents are coordinating the day and you can find out more at When you’re in that area, you’ll need to take a break so stop by Mylk Uncookies (253 Gerrard) for great coffee and baking.

Your reactions please
We’ve discovered that HOP has a twin. Yes, our venerable House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has a secret twin living in the French city of Bordeaux. It’s an English pub in the heart of wine country and it looks like a fun place. We want to contact them and tell them that there’s a great Cabbagetown gastropub with the same name, the same good food and the same fun attitude. We’d like to suggest a “twin” project. Any ideas that you have will be very well received. Contact us at

Speaking of France…
Our Tee shirt has taken another vacation across the pond. This time to the south of France to Peyre, one of the most beautiful villages in that region. Paul wore the Tee and cuddled up to Sharon, Gina and Marilyn. Thanks to Louise and Joanne for the photo. He says it was a wonderful trip.