You’re Invited – to get lost in FullWorth!

If you`ve ever ventured into FullWorth, a local grocery & bargain store at Close Avenue, one of the first things you may notice is the tinted window office that hovers over the cash teller and store, in there lays a Parkdale staple – Kam! Having helped start the family business over 30 years ago in 1980, he`s been working the store ever since and loving it. From luggage to groceries, FullWorth is truly a one stop shop! One of the biggest misconceptions about the store is its size, although it is currently half the original size, new and current customers are still surprised when they venture to the back of the store where fully stocked kitchen, bed and bath departments await. FullWorthAlthough not a resident, Kam is a big part of the Parkdale community, having a few other Parkdale properties under his belt and the store keep him pretty busy, which he doesn’t mind as meeting people is his  passion.

Kam invites you to get lost in the isles, come check out FullWorth on Sunday January 27th for their NO TAX Parkdale Anniversary Sale on all housewares, gifts and clothing!

 

Go Lounge Celebrates!

What better way to celebrate an Anniversary then with a Party!

This Friday Jan 25th Samantha and Alisa invite you to join them at Go Lounge as they raise a glass to Parkdale Village`s anniversary with drink specials, giveaways, $1.34 Americanos all week long and of course board game fun! If you`re not the board game type at heart, not to worry, the friendly and social atmosphere is just enough to want to sit back and start to wish you were the board game type at heart – it`s never too late!

Go Lounge

Wondering what all the hype is about, read more: blogto, Toronto Life, Well Preserved, The Grid.   

Check out Samantha and Alisa`s neighbours: Eggs Benny please, enjoy some Sicilian food, eco shop, or paint that spare bedroom.              

Photo: Go Lounge, PVBIA

Celebrate Parkdale Village with a Reading at PARC!

If you’ve ever walked through, near or around the Queen St. W. and Sorauren Avenue intersection then you’ve certainly walked passed PARC, however, like many visitors and even residents you may not have realised that there lies an organization that is the heart of Parkdale.

The idea of PARC (a social service agency) was born in 1977 when a group of volunteers observed the large number of adults living in Parkdale rooming houses and boarding homes. Many were survivors of the psychiatric system, had little money, few family contacts and no real place to go and connect with peers. Throughout its 30+ year history, PARC members have been making their presence known to the community in positive and creative ways such as a street-side flea market in the late seventies (photo below). Other arts + craft groups to come out of PARC include Bitch ‘n Stitch, a candid harm reduction group from the 80’s and the modern-day Knitting Group, responsible for various ‘yarn bombings’ seen on traffic poles around the neighbourhood.

A recent edition to PARC’s programming is the BOOK WITH US, reading and discussion series, with next week’s guest author Andrew J. Borkowski, Winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award, as he shares his collection of short stories from “Coppernicus Avenue” on Monday January 21st, 2013 at 7pm.

PARC Book with US

Set primarily in the neighbourhood of fictional Copernicus Avenue, Andrew Borkowski’s debut collection of short stories is a daring, modern take on life in Toronto’s Polish community in the years following World War II. Featuring a cast of young and old, artists and soldiers, visionaries and madmen, the forgotten and the unforgettable, Copernicus Avenue captures, with bold and striking prose, the spirit of a people who have travelled to a new land, not to escape old grudges and atrocities, but to conquer them.

To learn more about PARC, visit them here.

Get to know PARC’s Neighbours: grab some breakfast, cater your next party or order more cowbell!

Photo: PARC

Artscape helps Celebrate Parkdale Village Anniversary!

There’s no shortage of history at 1313 Queen Street West at Cowan Avenue, currently the home of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area and other community groups.The corner lot, including Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre has evolved from the areas Fire Hall and Police Station to a community based centre. The original building at 1313 Queen St W was demolished in 1931 to make room for a more modern police station, which still stands today. The buildings more recent development wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Artscape, which opened the space as the Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre in 1998 and is now home to the BIA as well as groups such as Gallery 1313 and Kababayan Community Centre. Thanks to Artscape for helping us to retain and celebrate Parkdale’s diverse culture. To read more, click here.

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To read more about Parkdale Village History, click here.

Get to know our neighbours:  buy some artvolunteer your time, read a book, reupholster that chairbuy some vintage fashion or replace that broken light bulb.

Photos: City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Public Library Archives

Jinks Art Factory Celebrates Parkdale Village Anniversary!

If you haven’t yet met Parkdale’s identical twin sisters Sarah and Jen Wetmore, this month is the perfect time, they’re celebrating Parkdale’s Anniversary all month long with a 30-70% off sale at Jinks Art Factory (1664 Queen St. W). The factory space has no shortage of gems and distractions, offering tattoo services, coffee and fashion, it’s an ideal place to support Parkdale made and Canadian inspired! Jinks Art Factory

To learn more about Jinks Art Factory and their story, take a peak: Post City

Get to know Sarah and Jen’s Neighbours: Order some custom pastries, bring your furry friend in for a checkup, hunt for treasure, get your hair done.

Photos: Jinks Art Factory

Glory Hole Doughnuts Celebrates Parkdale Village Anniversary!

Since opening her doors to the D-Nut lovers of Parkdale, Ashley’s Glory Hole Doughnuts (1596 Queen St. W.) has added new dimension to the growing food movement in Parkdale, and we love her for it!Having only opened in 2012, one would never think the shop was a new kid on the block, but the GHD team has embraced Parkdale as much as Parkdale has embraced them (bear hug!).

If you think your guts can’t handle another delight, you’re wrong, come out and support Glory Hole Doughnuts and Parkdale by taking a big bite out of the Parkdale Village Anniversary inspired Doughnut – the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Cracker Jack!!!

Parkdale Anniversary themed Doughnut!To learn more about Glory Hole Doughnuts and Ashley’s story, take a peak: Coriander Girl Blog, blogto.comThe Food Files, Little Red Umbrella

Get to know Ashleys Neighbours: Pick up some flowers, read a Comic, get a tune upbuy some art, make a dinner reservation

Photo: Glory Hole Doughnuts

AODA Wheelchair Accessibility Information Session

accessibilityDid you know that Accessibility Ontario (AODA) requires all businesses to support people with disabilities through mandated Customer Service Standards? 

The AODA standards also include requirements for accessible employment practices (such as policies on hiring and accommodation of people with disabilities) and accessible communications (such as websites).  The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and AODA are hosting a free online meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:00 am, to share information about the wheelchair accessibility standards for businesses in Ontario. For more information contact Constance Exley, Accessibility Ontario at [email protected] or [email protected]  or call at 1-866-807-2227 | 647-521-5341