Friday, 20 December 2013

Day 3 of Holiday Shopping Guide Journal 

Hello Cabbagetown, 

Yesterday way my 3rd adventure around town (Cabbagetown of course) where I explored our diverse array of shops, south of Carlton Street on Parliament. The greatest part about this? Not only do I get to share the amazing deals and items that each store has to offer, but I also get to share who is open and closed during this holiday season

I would encourage everyone to go out and explore the local shops like I have. 

Until then, you can kick back and take a browse through the Cabbagetown BIA's latest blog posts. 

Happy Holidays Everyone! I'll be back tomorrow with more news on Gerrard St. shops and Parliament St. (north of Carlton, on the east side). 

Best Breakfast Place
432 Parliament St. 

Best Breakfast Place is located just south of Carlton on Parliament, on the west side of the street. They are open on Christmas morning, where every year they welcome local seniors and members from our community who enjoy spending their holidays together. 

If you are looking for a morning bite on Christmas, they're open from approximately 9:00am to 1:00pm. They're also opened for shortened hours on New Year's Eve.

The Local Gest 
424 Parliament St.

This Sunday, The Local Gest is hosting a Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with traditional Christmas Music by Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin

The Local Gest is also collecting canned foods until December 24th, This holiday season they're closed on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day. They are open on New Year's Eve - we'll give you more details on that next week. 

Gift Certificates available 
Grab a bite at your Local Gest!

The Mexican Burrito 
296 Gerrard St. East

If you haven't already done so, you need to take a walk down to Parliament and Gerrard and grab a bite at one of our newest restaurants in Cabbagetown. The Mexican Burrito is closed on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day

Dollar 4 U 
405 Parliament St. 

From the blue and gold lit tree in the window to the international flags displayed inside of the store, I couldn't help but feel the holiday spirit when I walked into Dollar 4 U. If you're looking for last minute Christmas items at a more than reasonable price (or anything at a good price for that matter), then stop in at Dollar 4 U 

They are open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (9:00am to 7:00pm) and closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

New Town Restaurant 
413 Parliament St. 

Every Thursday to Saturday, New Town hosts Karaoke in Cabbagetown. This year they are open on Christmas Day at 2pm so you can grab a bite or a drink with your friends over the holidays. 

Peter's Cajun Creole Pizza
415 Parliament St. 

The menu at Peter's Cajun Creole Pizza is simply mouthwatering. Their gourmet pizzas offer an assortment of ingredients that are unmatched in the entire city of Toronto - in my humbly unbiased opinion. 

Peter's Pizza is open on Christmas Eve until 5pm. On New Year's Day they are open from 2pm until close. They are closed on Christmas. 

Wing Machine 
443 Parliament St. 

Wing Machine is closed on Christmas but they're definitely open on New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day. Every year they ring in the new year with great wings, great beers on tap, and great fun for locals and yocals. 
Regulars like Lee can't wait to ring in the new year here!

The Epicure Shop 
473 Parliament St. 

This weekend at The Epicure Shop, all gift baskets are tax free! 

Filled with great Canadian gift ideas, The Epicure is a great place to shop for your holiday gifts and cooking needs. 
Traditional Torrone

Mincemeat tarts: $1.50 each. Star cookies $2. 

More shortbread cookies coming in this week!
All natural butter tarts $3.50 each

Melegatti cakes in assorted flavours and sizes

Cleopatra Fashion
459 Parliament St. 

For over 10 years, Cleopatra's has been gracing Parliament St. with fashionable clothing and accessories. If you're looking to buy quality clothing at remarkable prices, as a gift or for yourself, the friendly shop owner Fahmida invites everyone to shop at her store.
Baby Clothes

 Jackets for men and women
 Shirts for women and men 


 Accessories: Purses, hats, bangles, earrings, jewellery sets 

Parliament Furniture
465 Parliament St. 

Three words: Boxing Day sales. 



Del Ray Cleaners Holiday Hours
586 Parliament St.

Closed from December 25th, 2013 until January 5th, 2014

Kendall & Co. Holiday Hours 
227 Carlton St. 

Kendall & Co. is open this Saturday from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 

Monday, Dec. 23: from 10:00am to 6:00pm 
Tuesday, Dec. 24: from 10:00am to 3:00pm 

Closed from Wednesday, Dec. 25 until January 2nd, 2014

No Frills Holiday Hours 
449 Parliament St. 

Friday, December 20th, 2013: 8:00am to 9:00pm 
Saturday, December 21st, 2013: 8:00am to 8:00pm 
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013: 8:00am to 8:00pm 

Monday, December 23rd, 2013: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013: 8:00am to 6:00pm 
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013: CLOSED
Thursday, December 26th, 2013: 10:00am to 5:00 pm 
Friday, December 27th, 2013: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday, December 28th, 2013: 8:00am to 8:00pm 
Sunday, December 29th, 2013: 8:00am to 8:00pm 

Monday, December 30th, 2013: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013: 8:00am to 6:00pm 
Wednesday, January 1rst, 2014: CLOSED

Shoppers Drug Mart Holiday Hours 
467 Parliament St. 

December 23rd - 9:00am to 12:00am 
December 24th - 9:00am to 12:00am 
December 25th - CLOSED
December 26th - 9:00am to 12:00am 
December 27th - 9:00am to 12:00am

Good News: Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum finds a home

After years of setting up shop in a variety of different locations, the Cabbagetown/Regent Park Community Museum (CRPCM) is a step closer to having a building of its own to call home.
“This gives us a lot more room for our exhibits,” said Carol Moore-Ede, the main driving force behind getting the museum up and running nearly a decade ago. “We’ll have room for storage, a resource centre, research facilities and of course an exhibit space.”
The museum has secured a site in a row of heritage buildings on the northwest corner of Gerrard and Parliament streets, near where the third phase of the Regent Park revitalization is underway.
The idea for a museum to look at the history of the Cabbagetown and Regent Park communities came about in 2004 and the museum itself was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2008.
The CRPCM was set up to showcase the long history and multicultural nature of the venerable area, from its early days as some of Toronto’s oldest communities through Regent Park’s rise as a major social housing experiment right to today. It features photos, artifacts and oral histories from residents.
The new announcement finally gives the local organization its own space.
Though the deal to secure the property for the museum’s use went through last week, the museum will not be able to move into the space for a while. The site features a row of residences dating back to 1879 that were subsequently turned into businesses, including a pharmacy and a Mr. Sub.
The venerable buildings will make a fitting home for the museum.
“It’s going to take at least a year for us to raise the money to start the restoration,” Moore-Ede said. “We want to restore the building back to the way it was and show its historical significance.”
The interior of the building will also need work to ensure it has the proper lighting for a museum setting and heat and moisture controls that will help preserve the artifacts it holds.
“Right now, we’re supported by donations, foundations and some government programs that are related to schools and students, but we’ll be starting up a proper capital campaign to help cover the costs,” Moore-Ede said.
In the meantime, it will be business as usual for the CRPCM, with its usual exhibition space still open at Riverdale Farm and a satellite location in the lobby of the Toronto Police 51 Division headquarters. The museum has also exhibited in Mackenzie House and has made use of space in Daniels Spectrum.
Moore-Ede said the museum is not planning on withdrawing from those locations provided the opportunity to continue on in those sites remains.
“We’re hoping to keep our satellite spaces open and continue to have exhibits there,” Moore-Ede said.
For more information about the CRPCM, visit