Archive for the ‘Shop Local’ Category

Do you care about making the Danforth safer, more fun and useful for people of all ages (whether you are age 8 or 80 or anywhere in between)? We do too! That’s why DECA is so excited to be partnering with 8 80 Cities, Better Block, and the Danforth Mosaic BIA to create an exciting Danforth Pop-Up Street Makeover!

We’d love to have your input and ideas! Please join us for a presentation and community discussion on Thursday (tomorrow). You’ll meet some neighbours, the folks from 8 80 Cities and Better Blocks who are coming to make this amazing thing happen – and you won’t have to make dinner because Hirut is cooking for everyone. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Where: Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave.

What: Danforth Pop-up Street Makeover Discussion and Free Dinner!

When: Thursday, September 6 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

If you can, please RSVP here, or just drop by!


Keen to lend a hand or know someone who might be?

We’ll also be needing some pop-up street makeover volunteers who can roll up their sleeves and lend a hand to re-design the street. We’ll be using temporary paint and materials, building and installing wikiblock furniture, and overseeing program activities for neighbours of all ages. The event and prep will take place October 4th – 6th. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to be involved, please email gay@deca.to for more information.

Read more about this exciting project here.

Community Meeting Sept 6


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This weekend!

Now, we all know that Silly Goose Kids is an amazing store. Recently, this was verified by Now Magazine readers who named them one of the best Toy Stores in the city! (Many, many of our beloved locals earned nods in the city-wide “Reader’s Choice Best of Toronto” – click here for all of the winners)

The fact that this awesome little store manages to undertake many community events only makes us love them more. Join Silly Goose Kids this Saturday, November 18 for Neighbourhood Toy Store Day where they will be offering 15% off all day along with exciting events, giveaways and activities including a visit from the Gruffalo himself!! (So excited…er, I mean, my kids will be so excited…).

See you there at 2054 Danforth, just west of Woodbine from 9:30am-6:00pm.


Another shopping event is happening at the Nooks!

Shop for all of your holiday gifts at the EVERYTHING IS UNDER $50 POP-UP Market on November 18th from 11am-6pm. This is the perfect pop-up to shop for everyone on your list! Featuring a curated selection of hand-made, local and artisanal good (again, ALL UNDER $50! You can’t go wrong!). 2005 Danforth Avenue

Check out their Facebook event for more info.

Add A Little Purr To Your Life: Wag on the Danforth Cat Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday!

Adopt! Adopt! Adopt! Please Toronto Cat Rescue on Saturday, November 18th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with Wag on Danforth! Kittens and cats will be waiting for you in-store to adopt them and bring them home.

*** Special Adoption Fees at the event only! Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.

Wag is a family-run shop located in the East end of Toronto at Danforth Ave. & Woodbine Ave., Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or TTC (Woodbine station). 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263

Next weekend!

The Danforth Mosaic BIA is hosting an all-day local shopping celebration next Saturday, November 25 concurring with DECA’s 6th Annual Festival of Lights from 5-6pm. Here’s what they have to say about the event:

Make the Holidays special by shopping, eating and playing on Danforth East this Holiday Season!

Join the Businesses of The Danny BIA on November 25, 2017, for Shop Local Saturday – a great opportunity to explore and discover the great businesses that are in this neighbourhood that have everything you need to make your holidays special!

You’ll Love What You Find Here! There will be buskers moving through the neighbourhood between Jones & Westlake from 2pm-5pm to entertain you while you explore our local businesses.

Here’s the Facebook event for more info

One more thing…

Are you coming to our Annual General Meeting & Party on Monday? Hope you can make it, but if not, please do sign up to be a member of DECA. It takes 5 minutes, costs $10/household (per year) and you will feel great about supporting our 100% volunteer run community association. Here’s the link!

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Lots happening around the neighbourhood. Be sure to follow your faves on social media to keep on top of sales and events!

Book Shop Brass @ Press (free concert!) Friday, March 24, 7pm | 2442 Danforth, across from Sobey’s

Such a great thing to have more live music in our neighbourhood. Press has said that there will be treats and refreshments for all. Kicks off at 7pm and this is a family-friendly event. 

Click here for a video sneak preview!

No really, watch the video. It’s awesome. 


DECA Pride “Last Sunday”, March 26 from 3:30-5:30pm @ Time Capsule Board Game Cafe | 2183 Danforth (east of Woodbine)

Come and have a drink, play a game, meet some LGBTQ+ neighbours and/or just hang out. Allies are also welcome.
This month we will also be looking for people to step forward to volunteer to help with future DECA Pride events/activities that *could* include: social events (time and place tbd), Pride @ the East Lynn market in June, fundraising to support LGBTQ+ refugees and [insert your great idea here!]. We need a more people to help in order to be sustainable as a group so now is your chance! 

Light snacks on DECA and Time Capsule waives the gaming fees for us. 

Click here to be added to the DECA Pride mailing list or here to join the fb page



Silly Goose Kids – Goode-Bye Winter sale! (Mar 24-26) | 2054 Danforth 

Old’s Cool – weekend sale (Mar 25-26) | 250 Westlake @ Lumsden 

30% off many of their unique & handmade goods all day on Saturday & Sunday. 

See their post here!

LEN: Democratic purveyors of fine art & beautiful things – 20% off entire store until March 31 | 698 Coxwell Ave

See their fb post here

You may have heard that LEN will be relocating to Hamilton at the end of April, so be sure to stop in and show them some love for so many years of #DanforthEast love! 


VII Design & Gifts – 20-50% off until March 31 | 1434 Danforth Ave

MARCH MADNESS Customer Appreciation event! Enjoy savings of 20% to 50% off everything in our store until March 31, 2017!  Including: Pillows, vases, giftware, jewelry, blankets and throws, felted bags, scarves, “shoe chairs” and more.

See their post here!

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Mother's Day

Crappy weather making it feel like March.  Long and busy week at work. Long history of forgetting things you should be remembering.

What do these have in common? These are reasons why it’s less than 48 hours to Mother’s Day and you are totally unprepared.

Here’s the good news: our neighbourhood has everything you need to impress even the most discerning matriarch!

Below is a list of local shops to visit to find something for every kind of #DanforthEast mama, organized by categories in an entirely unscientific manner.

note: each business name has a link to the best place for info – websites or Facebook pages – so you are one click away from all the pertinent info (locations, hours, sampling a of what they have to offer) because this tired mama needs to make this blog post quick!

cultured moms: Len: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art and Beautiful Things  Coxwell & Danforth

  • They are having a birthday party May 7 with free cake and giveaways, AND this is the starting point for the Jane’s Walk featuring much of DECA’s work to revitalize the Danforth on May 7th at 1:30pm

vintage moms: Handwork Dept  Woodbine & Danforth

eclectic moms: Old’s Cool General Store  Lumsden & Westlake

artsy moms: Artisans at Work Woodbine & Danforth

hipster moms: Press books coffee vinyl  Danforth & Westlake

eco moms: Moberly Natural Foods  Woodbine & Danforth (note: cheese and cookies also sold here)

tasteful moms: VII Design & Gifts on Danforth (formerly Pillow Shoppe) Danforth & Monarch Park

silly moms: Silly Goose Kids  Woodbine & Danforth

nerdy moms: Face to Face Games  Woodbine & Danforth

handy moms: Tool Library Danforth & Coxwell

foodie moms: Vincenzo’s Supermarket Danforth & Westlake

We also have so many florists, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and other places that sell yummy things to eat at home, gift cards, or are great places to go to celebrate! Follow the Danforth Mosaic BIA and the Danforth Village BIA Facebook pages to see even more about what our Danforth has to offer.

Whether you celebrate Mother’s Day or avoid it like the plague, shopping local is a great way to help the neighbourhood. Good luck, friends!

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This just in from Sweet Serendipity Bake Shop:

Come on in and warm up with a free small coffee or hot chocolate when you purchase a cookie from March 18 to 27!  We have lots of choices including Chocolate Chip Walnut, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Cranberry and Double Chocolate Chip.

1335 Danforth Avenue   416 837 3254


Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday to Friday 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM


Free crafts at Silly Goose Kids this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-noon. 


Free screening!  Filmmaker / Visual Humourist Cameron Tingley presents his series of short live-action films LIFE AS WE KNOW IT at the S. Walter Stewart Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave., Tuesday, March 24th 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. 

More info on the screening:

Modern society …. we’re all part of it. 

But how often do we step back from the hubbub of daily life to look at it with fresh eyes?


With the theatrical troupe The Flying Spot Players, Cameron has produced a collection of short films that offer a humorous yet thought-provoking look at our modern world and the times we live in.


Modern life in the developed world is moving at a dizzying pace”, says the filmmaker. We are losing sight of the relationship between our individual actions and the general condition of our culture and our environment. These little movies are meant to put a face on those relationships to help bring the underlying connections and patterns to the fore.”


Pollution, advertising, popular culture, electronic communication, consumerism, and social etiquette are some of the topics that are examined in the various films.


The program of shorts is interspersed with personal commentary by Cameron about what motivated him to make each movie and how he approaches each subject.


For further information please contact Cameron at 416-469-3033  or CTLA@sympatico.ca    Also Facebook:  Flying Spot Players

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Thanks to the Tool Library for sending this along…

The Tool Library is hosting our 2nd annual ‘Alternative Gift Fair’ on December 14th from 10am-3pm. The way it works is you bring in 3 or more lightly-used goods to the fair and you leave with 3 or more to be used as gifts for your friends/family. You can also use our 3D printer and woodshop to make more gifts.

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Shop your neighbourhood!

We put a call out on social media and asked local businesses to send us blurbs for a holiday shopping post. Also included are businesses that support DECA throughout the year, and a link to our Arts Fair exhibitors.

In no particular order, here are some amazing local options for your holiday (and year-round) shopping needs. There are options for all ages in all price points – you can find someone for everyone on your list in our neighbourhood.

This is not a full list of all that Danforth East has to offer; for that you need to take a stroll sometime and to see for yourself.

Festival of Lights Sponsors

Sugarmoon – hair removal and skin care salon, 1509 Danforth

Ages & Stages – children’s consignment store, 1552 Danforth

Art Cave – art classes for all ages, 155 Lamb

Dragonz Martial Artz Centre – 1998 Danforth

Kids Fun Town – indoor playground and party centre, 2040 Danforth

Merrily Merrily – children’s consignment store and DECA pop up shop until Dec 15, 1948 Danforth

Oaks & Acorns – Activity Studio for Parents & Tots 0-6 years, 1856 Danforth

Pegasus Studio – dance and arts studio for all ages, 361 Glebeholme Blvd

Silly Goose Kids – NOW Magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Choice award for best toy store! 2054 Danforth

Melanie’s Bistro – Get 10% off gift certificates on Nov 28 & 29, 1870 Danforth  DEAL

Celena’s Bakery – baked goods, lunch, and custom cakes, 2036 Danforth
Danforth Sandwich – eat in, take out or delivery, open late, 2116 Danforth

Ciraco Custom Framers (1946 Danforth) DEAL

We are having our annual 15% Off Xmas Sale on all custom framing, including custom mirrors and custom chalkboards. Come and visit us to see our in-store specials!


Ciraco Custom Framers was established in 1979.
We maintain the highest standards in customer service and craftsmanship. Our integrity has kept our retail and corporate clients returning for custom framing services for over 35 years.

Presentation is Everything
Visit us at www.ciracoframers.com

Jujumama Designs (online – Danforth East Arts Fair exhibitor)

Jujumama Designs design specializes in hand-painted, customized growth charts. They make an excellent gift for children of all ages. We work with families to incorporate the child’s name, style, favorite colors or favorite animals.

**For a full list of 2014 Arts Fair exhibitors, click here**

Face-to-Face Games (2077a Danforth @ Woodbine) DEAL

Face to Face Games Toronto is here to add even more fun to your celebrations! The holidays are fast approaching and what better way to spend the snowy days than with family and friends gathered around a new tabletop game? From November 29th until Dec 31st satisfy your gaming desires with 10% off on all board game purchases made in store.
Happy Holidays Christmas Edition

Moberly Naturals (2044 Danforth)

We are a natural foods grocery store located at 2044 Danforth Ave. in Toronto. Specializing in organic and conventional cooking, baking, and snacking needs, Moberly Natural Foods is your one-stop shop for health! 
For monthly specials (many of which would make great gifts/stocking stuffers) click here

Origin Wellness, Registered Massage Therapy (2017 Danforth)

Take a break from the cold weather and all the stress of the holidays: visit Origin Wellness for a massage!
Origin Wellness — located at 2017 Danforth, behind Ankh Yoga– has been open for 6 months now! If you haven’t met Erin and Yvonne yet, this is a great time to treat yourself to some therapy and relaxation right in your own neighbourhood. Evenings and weekends get booked up quickly at this time of year, so give us a call or book online soon!

Bomb Fitness (1502 Danforth) – DEAL for DECAdiaries readers

Happy Holidays! We have an exclusive offer for DECAdiaries readers – a 4 class FREE trial pass for:

  • All new members AND
  • Past members who have not made an appearance at the studio in 2014

Click on the following link, enter the password “shopthehood” and complete the sign-up process.


Hurry, offer closes December 15th and you have until January 15th to begin your first step towards lifting your own darn suitcase!



Len: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things (698 Coxwell – a few doors north of Danforth)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for shopping local!
We will be open late (until 9pm) on Nov. 29 for the Festival of Lights – and Shop the Neighbourhood…PLUS you can come and see LEN at the Distillery District Christmas Market starting this Friday through December 21!!!


(Pssst – have you heard that Len received Now Magazine Reader’s Choice for Best Design Store? Since this was one of DECA’s first pop-up shops, we are so proud! Congratulations, Len!)

Fa•real Custom Tees (1900 Danforth) 

This great custom t-shirt shop is a DECA pop-up shop success story!
FCT Christmas Flyer
(416) 696-Tees (8337)

Wag on the Danforth (1918 Danforth)

Welcome to Wag on the Danforth, a family-run business that carries a wide variety of all natural foods for dogs, cats, small animals and birds. Because we are a small store, we are willing and able to run that extra mile to find ~ or special order ~ the product that’s right for your pet companion.


(Another NOW Magazine Reader’s Poll WINNER, for best pet store!)



Canine Social Company (1872 Danforth)


The Pillow Shoppe (1434 Danforth)



Royal Beef (1968 Danforth)


We opened Royal Beef over 25 years ago with the vision of bringing quality meats at reasonable prices to neighbourhood families.  Never losing sight of our that vision, we have expanded the store to include cheeses, gourmet groceries and deli items.

Priding ourselves on the craft of butchery, we source the best of naturally-raised, hormone-free meats from close to home.  Featuring Mennonite-raised chicken, Berkshire pork, in-house made deli meats free of nitrates and more.  Just this year, we discovered a great angus beef from Prince Edward Island raised naturally without hormones.  We think it is the best Canadian beef yet!

The rest of the world has a lot to offer as well.  I love importing cheeses from Italy, olive oils from Spain and Portugal, and the best olives from Greece.  Just a sampling of what you will find in our gourmet grocery section.

Always striving to bring you the best, we believe great meals start with great ingredients.   If it’s not good enough for our table, it’s not good enough for yours.


Artisans at Work (2071 Danforth)

Local artists and artisan market right at Danforth and Woodbine.

Sugar Me Up (1792b Danforth) DEAL

Join us for our Christmas Specials to get a Facial and Dermalogica Products for 10% OFF.

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