Friday, 27 July 2012

One Stop Shop

Hello Cabbagetowners!

This week's Business Spotlight features our favourite one-stop-shop:

The Epicure Shop
473 Parliament Street
416 928-0291

Cabbagetown’s very own gourmet store, The Epicure Shop, opened business in the fall of 1980 and has been serving our community for over 30 years.
Patty Junior and the staff at The Epicure Shop are pleased and proud to be able to supply you with the finest foods and brands from around the world and Canada.

They carry over 100 different cheeses (including the best-selling ‘La Sauvagine’ from Qu├ębec and Upper Canada’s artisanal Comfort Cream and Niagara Gold) as well as deli meats, Fair Trade coffees and teas, breads brought in daily from the best bakeries Toronto has to offer.

Patty reminisces about the early days of the shop going back to the time there was a cheese store across the street (where Face Furniture Optical now stands) and another deli was also around at that time on the south side of Carlton nearby.
Patty has lived through some great changes in Cabbagetown but one thing remains the same – the quality of her shop.

There is a new special everyday and Tuesday is always homemade Pizza and Lasagna Day at The Epicure Shop. They’re so good you could’ve sworn Nonna made them.

Pick up some homemade Pasta Sauce too for your own collection – no preservatives or additives.
Daily lunch specials at the shop consist of a choice of sandwich + soup for only 5.99$ or a panini with the same option for 6.99$
Wraps are also available if that's more your style.
Don't forget to ask for a lunch card because after 8 Stamps - lunch is on Patty. 
The newest addition to our morning routine includes the new breakfast sandwiches that are very popular with early birds but are also available all day! The original is only 2.99$ tax included and you can add a coffee or tea for only $1.
Our favourite is the delicious “King Breakfast Sandwich.” It was originated by one of the shop’s morning regulars who looked like Elvis. He would come in daily and order the same sandwich so Patty asked him if she could add his sandwich to the list and he was more than happy to oblige.
Mention you read this story on the Blog, order a King Breakfast Sandwich and receive $1.00 OFF on the sandwich + a free coffee is yours for only 3.99$

The coffee at the shop is great and if you’re looking for great value, try a coffee special with muffin, croissant, cookie, or buttered bagel for only 2.50$ (available all day!)

The shop opens at 7:30am, so pop in on your way to school or work and try one of these great breakfast deals now.

The Epicure Shop has fantastic gift baskets available for any occassion and also caters events such as office meetings, birthdays, and other celebrations.

The Epicure Shop is a family-owned business and Patty’s own children have grown along with the store in Cabbagetown. Everyone has been super supportive over the years and Patty would like to thank you from the heart.
Visit this one-stop-shop today @

Store Hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday - Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Labour of Love

If you're curious to see their new retro hot air balloons, they're finally here!

They have a new, kick-ass AC system and are sure to keep you cool with all their great one-of-a-kind-finds.


Check out this great feature at Eclectisaurus:

An exquisitely rendered Art Nouveau (Jugenstil) majolica plate in a design of red and orange nasturium flowers with yellow centres.
The flowers pop from a textured background of turquoise blue. Made by Zell of Germany.

Click here for more info
Eclectisaurus is open Wednesday through Saturday from Noon to 7pm, Sunday Noon to 6pm, or by Appointment.

249 Gerrard Street East,
Toronto, Canada M5A 2G1
416 934 9009

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


Hello Cabbagetowners!
Welcome to another edition of Cabbagetown News.
We are excited to share upcoming events and specials with you every week.

Next week we will continue our Business Spotlight but in the meantime take it easy this week as the temperatures will be sky-high.

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A new show will be starting at the Winchester Street Theatre and it's for THREE DAYS ONLY! 
You know you won't want to miss the opportunity to travel into a world of "Fantasies and Other Poisons" with Fickle Things. These lovely ladies were enthusiastic as they helped us scrub and clean the Cabbagetown BIA Community Board on the corner of Parliament and Carlton St. 
They're great :) 
We'll be front row this upcoming July 26th for their show.

July 26-28, 2012 | 8PM
Winchester Street Theatre

Fickle Things - Emma Kerson, Jane Alison McKinney, Jillian Peever, and Freya Sargent present a new work originally choreographed by 
Sharon B. Moore
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

"FANTASIES AND OTHER POISONS" flows like a moving portraiture: Five faces of desperation held together by the fantasy and illusion of those... less fortunate. 

Bold and exciting, the work pairs theatricality with magnetic physicality in an intimate, quirky, and desperate world. 

Mr. Leftovers: a man whose whole existence revolves around leftover thoughts, both his own and others. 

Almost Queen: the inner dialogue of a handmaid concentrating thoroughly on her imaginings of becoming Queen. 

Olga: a woman who fights to stay atop the Russian superstar elite. 

Sylphia: a young sylph obsessed with fables. 

Oracle: a has-been mystic who explores the pleasures and pitfalls of her decadent side.

Thursday, July 26 - opening night reception
Friday, July 27 - Q&A with the dancers

Tickets: $17 adult | $14 student, senior, CADA


601 Parliament Street Toronto
(Just South of Wellesley)

MJG Gallery
Mark continues to offer varied artwork by some 25 artists at MJG Gallery including his own mix-media "Alone". 555 Parliament St, Wed-Sun 11-6. 416.923.4031 for details

Painting of the Week
Carol Westcott's "Iris des Marais", acrylic on canvas. 
As seen at MJG Gallery. 
555 Parliament St, Wed-Sun 11-6

Visit this gorgeous gallery located at 230 Queen St E (at Sherbourne St.)

Open Saturdays, or by appointment

For more information:
Call 416.977.1077


Receiving tons of new stock, working on a new window display and getting ready for a series of new workshops coming up in two weeks!
Stay tuned for more information!  
Look them up on Facebook, and be a friend!

Check out the store for one-of-a-kind finds like this...

Waterlife"Waterlife" features a vibrant form of folk painting from eastern India. The book is an unusual artist's journal developed by a fascination for water and water life. The artist frames his art with a playful text that evokes both childhood memory and folk legend. 

"Waterlife" is silk-screen printed by hand, on handmade paper. 

Limited edition, only three thousand copies made! Come in and snap one up before they're gone!

Labour of Love


1960s Danish Modern Extendable Teak Desk/Table

More info at ->
An elegant and practical 1960's Danish teak wood desk with two locking drawers and key. The sliding leaf creates extra work space, or in a pinch could be used to serve an intimate dinner for four. 

As members of the Cabbagetown community we thought you would be interested in the improvements being made to the 121 year old heritage building at 80 Winchester St.
Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (the School) are proud to announce that major capital improvements are underway to their long-time home at 80 Winchester Street in the heart of Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood, thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of Toronto’s Heritage Grant Program.

Working with celebrated heritage architect Philip Goldsmith, the restoration of the beautiful historic structure will ensure that the company and the school may continue to work and perform in the space for years to come.

For further information, details or requests please contact Andrea Vagianos, Managing Director at 416-967-1365 ext. 25 or

July 18, 2012 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

To highlight the Feeding Our Future program, all summer long the Sodexo Foundation will be hosting BBQs for at-risk children from local camps. 

Next Wednesday, July 18, 250 kids from camps - many subsidized - will have a blast celebrating Feeding Our Future at Lord Dufferin Public School in Toronto (350 Parliament St, M5A 2Z7)

The kids will have a fantastic BBQ lunch, receive a basketball clinic from the Raptors Mobile Fan Zone and compete in the fine art of cupcake decorating.

Even the mascots will be there! Mascots Carlton the Bear and Raptor will be at the BBQ from 11:30-noon.

Let the Hunger Games begin! The only problem is, for one million Canadian children, summer ain't no hunger game.  As soon as school ended a couple weeks back, an already dire situation got much worse. Children, who are over-represented among food bank recipients in Canada (more than one-third of all food bank recipients are children) became more vulnerable on that warm day at the end of June when their school closed. Across Canada, one million children who depend on school lunch programs for basic nutrition simply go without once their schools close down for the summer.

However, this problem is starting to change. The Sodexo Foundation started a program called Feeding Our Future in 2000. The summer lunch program partners with community hunger relief organizations like Second Harvest to provide free summer lunches to children in need. Sodexo and Second Harvest provide the equipment, food and employee manpower necessary to feed children who would otherwise go hungry.

The simple, but vastly effective program was launched in Toronto with support from a client kitchen and Second Harvest and has since grown coast-to-coast to a total of nine cities (including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Oakville, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax). 

To date, the Feeding Our Future program has provided over 750,000 free meals to at risk children in Canada.

The program is one of Sodexo's several Stop Hunger Initiatives that get at the root causes of hunger in Canada as part of the company's commitment to the communities where it does business.

See below for contact information, if you would like to come see this program in action. Xposure PR can arrange interviews with camp children and volunteers from the Sodexo Foundation and its partner, Second Harvest.

*Media may arrive earlier to capture images/footage of the mascots*

Dave Bennett
Xposure PR

In June, Art City wrapped up a 240ft mural project now located at Queen and Woodbine. The mural took two months to complete with the help of the children who attend the program. The theme of the mural is the environment, aquatic wildlife and plant life in the beaches community.

Art City is for children ages 6-13 in the St. James Town and Toronto area. Art City promotes the development of creative thinking, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, instilling confidence and teaching respect and tolerance of others through art. Arty City runs an after school program and are currently in their second week of summer programming.

If you drive by Sherbourne and Wellesley you will notice the mural that Art City created last summer. Art City works with many community arts organizations and is starting to host elementary school field trips. 

Great things are to come!

Visit them on Facebook:
Follow us them on Twitter: @ArtCityToronto

Check out their blog:

Veni, Vidi, Vici 
It's only been April since KENDALL & Co moved to 227 Carlton Street and they have never looked back. 
Check out more pics from their renovation at

The boutique started the Riverdale Farm Gift Collection as a fundraiser for our Farm (, hosted an art show for local painter Victoria Hadden ( and exhibited works by some of our brilliant kids with Luminato (  

All the while, their residential design team is busy making over Cabbgetown homes with contemporary flare and modern comforts. As KENDALL & Co ease into their summer hours (Mon-Fri 10-6, Saturdays Closed), let's reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future of this happy place to call home!  

Season of Change
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy … " KENDALL & Co ease into their Summer Hours. The boutique & residential design studio remains open Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm as usual but will close on Saturdays in the meanwhile.  But they are not resting on our laurels. They will be travelling far and wide to find those special home accessories and gifts that we have come to find at their boutique. They are also revamping our design showroom so customers can get better acquainted with their collection of custom furniture and our expanded offerings in draperies, roller blinds, venetians and top-down-bottom-up cellular blinds. Onward and Upwards! 

What's On

Art & Photography, Rock & Latin Jazz, Lego & More. Find out what's happening this weekend with KENDALL & Co's weekly guide.


The Mayor's executive committee voted unanimously this past Tuesday to fund the Riverdale Farm with the money it needs to continue operations. 

Prior to the vote, a local group called the The Riverdale Farm Coalition stepped forward to raise the $500,000 needed each year. So far, the Coalition has raised $17,000 since June and aims to raise $100,000 this year. 

Previously, sponsorship money needed to first cover operating expenses. Now, ordinary fundraising will go to offset operating costs, while sponsorships can go towards property enhancements.

Support the efforts by joining in the fundraising activities, and by dropping off your donation in one of the donation boxes now placed on the farm grounds.  All donations will be collected by the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation. 

In 1978, the Riverdale Farm opened on the old Riverdale zoo site, and is an example of an Ontario farm between 1880 and 1920. It's the perfect spot to escape the city while being in the city!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Summer in the City

Hello Cabbagetowners and welcome to another fun-filled week of Cabbagetown News.
We are continuing our Business Spotlight on the Cabbagetown Chiropractic Health Centre. We hope you've enjoyed getting to know the amazing staff at the CCHC.

Business Spotlight: Profile
Etai Tintpulver - Registered Massage Therapist

"What inspires me about massage therapy is that it has the power to affect all parts of the human experience (body, mind and spirit) and so can be a power tool for treating almost everybody."
Over the past 7 years I've extended my skills into the Myofascial Release, Thai massage, Craniosacral Therapy and Tuina (Chinese massage) worlds in order to have better and more effective ways of helping people with their problems.
Typically, a treatment from me will include multiple styles of massage (ranging from light to deep and stimulating to relaxing) so that the treatment can be tailored to my clients' specific set of needs and desires. Usually pain and stress management are the primary focus of my treatments, what ever their origins may be.
Pain and stress are often multidimensional problems and so structural re-balancing of the body, opening energetic pathways and calming the mind/spirit are usually essential for maximizing the outcome of treatment.
I consider myself a general practitioner of massage and welcome any client wishing to improve the quality of their living, regardless of the issue in question.
For the past five years I've maintained a massage practice in Liberty Village and also been a teacher of Massage Therapy. Recently, however, I've come to realize my true passion is in practicing massage and so now I'm looking forward to developing a second practice at the Cabbagetown Chiropractic Health Centre. The sense of community and relaxed atmosphere of Cabbagetown is huge draw for me. I'm available for treatments Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am - 5pm.

Rates (including HST):

Therapeutic Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and Tuina
30 minutes - $55
45 minutes - $75
60 minutes - $95
90 minutes - $125

Thai Massage
90 minutes - $135
120 minutes - $160

To make an appointment with me or to simply ask any questions please call or email at the following information:

*If you would like to be featured in the "BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT" please get in touch with us at*

Labour of Love

The heat brings people together because summer is the season of love!

Labour of Love has a great selection of wedding and engagement cards and some amazing gift-wrapping paper. We promise your gift will stand out from the rest!

Show them love on Facebook  by clicking the link:

The Epicure Shop
Beat the heat by picking up dinner at The Epicure Shop. 
They have great tasting treats that are sure to please your family :)

 It's all in the details; fix up any space with this great light fixture from Eclectisaurus

An elegant 1970's two tier Italian glass chandelier. The chromed fixture features heavy geometric crystal prisms, most likely made by Venini for Camer. The small scale and flush mount makes this perfect for a small room or entry way.

For more info click on the link below
To check all the awesome wares at Eclectisaurus on-the-go, download their FREE Mobile App that is available at:

MJG Gallery

Cabbagetown resident Mark Gleberzon of MJG Gallery will be showing his photographic work
 - like "Candy Rain" -
this July 6-8th in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillip's Square, Booth 90.

Painting of the Week

Armando Pedroso is a very talented artist from Chicago. His mixed media "Reflection of Love" is one of a few paintings being offered at MJG Gallery.
Call 416.923.4031
for details.

Or visit the gallery at
555 Parliament St.

Kendall & Co

What's On
Cabbagetown has Bloom & Grow for green thumbs, Summerlicious for foodies, Burlesque for grown-ups and Summer Arts for kids. Find out about all this and other happenings in our fine city with KENDALL & Co's weekly guide.

Pretty in Pink
Sit pretty in this lovely pink armchair from KENDALL & Co Furniture Collection.

Their designers can personalize yours with a wide range of fabrics, styles and finishes.
KENDALL & Co's custom furniture is locally made with 30 years of tradition.
To see and feel the quality of their furniture, visit their hot pink showroom at 227 Carlton St. 10-6 Weekdays + 11-5pm Saturdays 

Green with Ivy
Save some green on KENDALL & Co's bold and beautiful New Zealand Wool rugs, like this colourful ivy hand-hooked rug.

And don't forget to check out some great find from their 
25% OFF RUG SALE on select styles!

Click this link for details

Get yours now while quantities last.

10-6 Weekdays + 11-5pm Saturdays.

Cabbagetowners in Action

While celebrating PRIDE, our newest addition to the BIA team, Nauoda, ran into recent Order of Canada Inductee, Archibald "Archie" Alleyne, enjoying himself on a Church St. patio with friends and family at Pride Toronto 2012!

Archie is no stranger to Cabbagetown, not long ago featured at the Stonegrill on Winchester.

Archie's not only an accomplished jazz musician and bandleader, he's also the co-creator of Kollage, the founder of 'The Evolution Of Jazz Ensemble' and The Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund to support our youth in their professional music careers.
Find out more about the great work being put forth by Archie by visiting and

Check out this great shots from last weekend's PRIDE event.