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It may be colder than it’s supposed to for mid-November, but that’s no reason to miss out on walking our amazing neighbourhood.

Yesterday I was on a little stroll running errands and I saw so many nearly-open new businesses and other fun things that this blog post practically wrote itself.

Coming Soon…

My Sewing Studio

1898 Danforth (formerly The Handwork Dept)

The door says “alterations and repairs”. Since the hem just fell out of my favourite pencil skirt, (and I have zero interest in learning to fix it myself) this is great news!

Little Ones Closet

1854 Danforth (formerly Merrily, Merrily)

Looks like it’s a kids consignment store selling new clothes too – great news!

Cumin Fine Indian Kitchen

1820 Danforth (formerly Forth Ave Kitchen & Bar)

When they open up, their website will be: http://www.cuminkitchen.com

Flourishing Sprouts

2039 Danforth (formerly Caketown Coffee)

It’s a child’s activity centre – here’s the website to follow for more info.

https://www.flourishingsprouts.com

…And more!

Other recently-opened businesses you want to know about:

The Workaround, 2080 Danforth (formerly TD Bank)

A parent-friendly co-working space. For membership and other info, visit https://theworkaround.ca

The Ellery, 1870 Danforth

(formerly Melanie’s Bistro)

A great new restaurant with lunch, dinner, and brunch. http://www.theelleryto.com

Common Threads, 2026 Danforth

(formerly condo sales office and before that an abandoned jewellery store)

“We teach life skills – sewing, cooking, organization and money management – in a fun environment.”

https://ourcommonthreads.ca/

Gyoko Sushi, 2143 Danforth

(formerly Happy Sushi)

This may be in the same genre as it’s predecessor, but it’s an entirely different place owned by a local family. It has been nicely renovated and everyone raves about the delicious and reasonably priced food.

https://www.facebook.com/Gyoko-Sushi-226922467965331/

Virtual Experience (VX), 2069 Danforth (upstairs)

Virtual Reality Arcade & Lounge, family and kid-friendly.

https://virtualxperience.ca/


Although the Handwork Dept https://torontovintage.ca just moved a few stores to the west, the new space is amazing. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but definitely go downstairs. Their basement is brimming with treasures from yesteryear and will make you strangely nostalgic for your parents’ basement. I snapped a few pics but you really have to see for yourself. (Yes, that’s a pinball machine and yes all those records are for sale.)

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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. 

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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

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LOCAL SALES!

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!

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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! 

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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

HOURS: 

Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday to Friday 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM


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





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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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