Thursday, 25 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Hello Cabbagetown and welcome to another week of news, events and updates.

Unfortunately we've had some setbacks in the office with a persistent leak raining on our parade but that doesn't dampen our spirits and we are going ahead with our new Blog Format next week.

In the meantime, we've got lots to report on!

Firstly, we've had a great response regarding neighbourhood blogs and so far have a hefty list to share with you with a lot to talk about like Neighbourhood Safety and Halloween activities like, Scary-oke, Pumpkin Carving, a wheel of Misfortune, and more!

New blogs added this week:

Do you have a Blog that caters to Cabbagetown? Send us an email at and we'll add your addition to our list.

Secondly, it is with a heavy heart that we report various criminal activities in the neighbourhood. The first is a report of gunshots heard in the park at the eastern end of Carlton St. and the second is a fatal stabbing of a woman near Winchester and Aberdeen.

Any one with information is urged to call Toronto Police at 416 808 2222 or email Staff Sergeant John Spanton

Thirdly, the BIA Office at 237 Carlton St. is no longer holding office hours until further notice. We are undergoing renovations to correct our leaky roof.
If you need to get in touch with BIA Staff please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

And now back to our regularly programmed content.

Our Profile Spotlight is shining bright on Kevin Kung from Kendall & Co.
KENDALL & Co's boutique is brimming with great new arrivals, just in time for the Holidays.

When did you start at KENDALL & Co.?
I started with KENDALL & Co. two years ago when the company expanded into retail. I manage the retail operation. I have a design management degree from Milan and was an IT consultant in another life. You never know where life will take you!

Why did KENDALL & Co. start the retail business?
The annual Garden Tour and Tour of Homes attest to the fact that Cabbagetowners are proud homeowners. We created a home store that reflects their values. Our friends in the neighbourhood liked the idea of a store that would carry great gifts and also special items for the home. We felt the time was right for us to fulfill their wish.
The decision to hire a residential design firm is a complex one. The merchandise that we feature in the boutique expresses a certain aesthetic. Customers can see, touch and relate to items that might be part of KENDALL & Co.’s vision for their project. The shop allows us to engage customers in an informal way and provides an avenue whereby we can familiarize ourselves with their tastes and needs. Our shop merchandise is like the amuse bouche to the start of a delicious gourmet feast.
What do you offer in the KENDALL & Co. boutique?

Design goods need to have character to make it onto our shelves. Our boutique focuses on charming home accessories, chic stationery, hostess gifts and statement furnishings from international design companies. We also carry locally made goods: organic soaps, jewelry, pottery and monogrammed pillows. We developed a Riverdale Farm Gift Collection to help raise funds for our Farm. Likewise, we carry tea towels, the sale of which helps support the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. We also host “Promote our Locals” in-store events to showcase artists living in Cabbagetown. Potter Gerri Orwin, painter Victoria Hadden and The Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers have had their work showcased.

KENDALL & Co's boutique is brimming with great new arrivals, just in time for the Holidays.

In the coming weeks, our shop will explode with the absolute best holiday gifts and decorations.

On a related note, we offer gift-wrapping and local delivery.
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We are launching online shopping that will make limited and exclusive items available for special order.

Beyond our boutique, our showroom has an illuminated wall of window treatment options; a display of our indoor and outdoor rugs; eclectic lighting and LED solutions and top quality custom furniture. Our designers welcome impromptu visits to our showroom. For a more thorough consultation, an appointment would be recommended.

Who are your customers?
Our core retail customers live in Cabbagetown but we also have loyal customers in B.C. and even across the Atlantic! We buy for Cabbagetowners because we too are Cabbagetowners. On buying trips, we ask ourselves whether our friends in the neighbourhood would like an item or whether it speaks to our sophisticated customers. When you shop at KENDALL & Co. your purchases help support environmental initiatives, AIDS research, fair-trade practices, artistic traditions and community non-profits for children and the arts.

Why do you enjoy working at KENDALL & Co.?

Change is constant at KENDALL & Co. New products, new displays and new store layouts reflect it. I also meet new people with whom I can nurture these new relationships.
I also get to shape the company’s identity. Our shop expresses who we are; what we like and what we care about as Cabbagetown residents. Our shop window is a window to the soul of the company and a reflection of the shared values of the great team at KENDALL & Co.
We have a vested interest in what we do and how we run our business because Cabbagetown is our home.
What sets KENDALL & Co apart?
Here is an example of how our customers receive personalized attention:
A customer, new to the neighbourhood, was interested in our wool rugs and our draperies. In the shop we narrowed down her top two choices and on her way out, I gave her a guide to a self-walking tour of the CPA's Cabbagetown People (
One of our designers then brought the two rugs and some drapery samples over to her home. The sample rugs were laid down with the customer's existing furniture and the drapery samples were displayed together in natural light. All for the customer to see as a cohesive finish to her rooms. Windows were then measured; photos taken and the room was then restored to its original setting. A precise quote for rugs and draperies was then prepared and submitted to the customer for approval.

KENDALL & Co's boutique is brimming with great new arrivals, just in time for the Holidays.
People are treated with this level of full service because that is how we like to be treated.

KENDALL & Co. Design and Decor
Retail Shop + Design Studio

227 Carlton Street Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm
Sat 11am to 5pm
T: 416.363.9914

If you would like your shop to be featured in this space, please send an email to to get in touch with us.

Although we will have to wait and see who will be showcased next week... I think it's time we formerly got introduced, don't you think?
I introduced myself early on when I first started in May (!/2012/05/fun-fresh-exciting.html <-- Hi!) but so much has happened since then and I want to share some great BIA items that I will be helping to implement in the coming year. We want to become a resource for community members and we want your help to grow our programs.

The more people I meet in the neighbourhood, the more I want to connect on a more personal level. Cabbagetown is a great place in Toronto to live, work, and play and the rest of the world needs to know about it.

A community that has evolved so much over the years and still has managed to maintain it's distinct personality is now facing change once again. I can't wait to see what's in store for us as a whole, because We Are All Cabbagetown.

Take some time to notice the beautiful scenery in Cabbagetown with all the leaves a million different shades of Autumn delight.

But stay safe and alert! No one is immune to violence, and we can all protect each other by being aware of each other and our surroundings.

Also, please be careful crossing the street as various accidents involving pedestrians have occurred in the last few days. Be aware and make sure drivers are aware of you when crossing the intersection of Parliament St. and Carlton especially.

Cyclists are more vulnerable on the road at night and are encouraged to wear a reflective vest after dark and have a light on both front and back sides of their bike.

Although, Halloween isn't till next week, the celebrations have already begun.
Join the gorgeous staff at Stout Irish Pub for a Family-friendly party during the day Saturday, October 27, 2012 and a ghoulish 2nd Annual Halloween Party at night.
The Epicure Shop
473 Parliament St.

Do you know an artistic 2 - 10 year old? Well why not put their skills to work by participating in The Epicure Shop's Halloween Colouring Contest.

Pick up a form in-store or print your own and drop it off to be eligible to win one of three prizes.

Check out our Facebook page to get your copy now:

Some personal invitations:

The Flying Beaver Pubaret
488 Parliament St.

Great shows this week with proven hits such as Marilla Wex.
Get your tickets fast before they sell out!

Listings below: 

The Society for Osteopathic Wellness
439 Parliament St.

Event: Society for Osteopathic Wellness Grand Opening
Date: Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, 10am – 4pm
Where: 439 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3A1

The Society for Osteopathic Wellness will be opening Toronto’s first non-profit student-run clinic in the historic Cabbagetown.

The Society for Osteopathic Wellness is focused on providing accessible osteopathic manual therapy for the Greater Toronto Area, as well as, international communities. Join members of the Ontario Osteopathic Association and others in celebrating the clinic’s grand opening. Osteopathic Manual Therapists and Osteopathic Apprentices will be on hand to answer questions about the science of Osteopathy, share how osteopathic manual therapy can benefit your vitality, and discuss any health related issues.

To book an appointment call 
647-352-5528 or for more information visit,, or follow us on twitter @osteos.

MJG Gallery
555 Parliament St.

MJG Gallery carries a lot of original art under $500! Come in and enjoy the many options.  Wed-Sun 11-6

Fourth Eye Gallery

Art, live jazz, wine, hors d'oeuvres and YOU!
A special invitation
Saturday 27th of October 2012
6:30 to 10:00 pm
You are invited to a viewing of Fourth Eye Gallery's latest exhibition, “Toronto Has Wings,” the oils and watercolours of Irene Mottadelli which celebrate the vibrant beauty of our world. Mottadelli's birds and butterflies definitely sing, “Toronto Has Wings!”
Performance by Vincent Wolfe and Sean Bray 7:30 - 9:30pm
We look forward to welcoming you.

Ameena Chaudhry (Curator)
Office: 416-519-6456

Irene Mottadelli                             
Phone: 416-703-4695     
Cabbagetown Youth Centre
2 Lancaster Ave.
Dear CYC Exercisers,
Please mark the evening of Thursday, December 6th on your calendars for a celebration at (and of) the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Details will follow but I wanted you to save the date!
Speaking of celebrating, the Cabbagetown Youth Centre cheering section received an Honourable Mention and a $1,000 prize for the Neighbourhood Challenge of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  If you did not see the video of the enthusiastic cheering, here it is.  If you missed making your donation to the CYC this year, you can still put a pledge on one of the four CYC Champions until 5:00 pm on October 31st.  100% of the donation goes to the CYC.  Here is the link:
We are getting a fabulous turnout at class these days (still room for you!), including a youngster, which brings such joy to the class.  I think the age range of participants is now from 2 to 72!