Share your Parkdale love and vote for the Best of 2014!

It’s that time of year again, time to have your say in picking the top shopping spots, bars and restaurants throughout the City with NOW Magazine’s Best Of Toronto Reader’s Choice. Parkdale is full of great spots to shop, grab a bite or have drinks with friends and this year’s list of nominees prove that well. Take a few minutes to vote for your favourites and let the rest of Toronto know that Parkdale is the place to be!

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Best Dance Club

Wrongbar

Best Florist

Coriander Girl

Best Green Store

Common Sort

Best Jewellery Store

Made you Look

Best Unisex Clothing Store

North Standard Trading Post

Best Vintage Furniture Store

Queen West Antique Centre

Best Bar

Cadillac Lounge

Best Beer Selection

The Rhino

Best Breakfast

Easy Restaurant

Best Caribbean Restaurant

Bacchus Roti

Best Cocktail Bar

Zeze Food and Drink

Best Cupcake

Yummy Stuff

Best Donut

Glory Hole Doughnuts

Best Mexican

Grand Electric

Best Mixologist

Esther Kang @ The Yukon

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Steve McKeon @ Small Town Food Co

Best Patio

Cadillac Lounge

Best Prix Fixe

Local Kitchen

Best Restaurant

Restaurant Chantecler

and

Grand Electric

Best Roti

Bacchus Roti

and

Mother India

Best Taco

Grand Electric

Join us for a Facade Improvement Workshop February 26, 2014

Are you thinking of improving your commercial building facade?

Once again, the Parkdale Village BIA will be hosting a Workshop for property owners and tenants who are interested in learning more about receiving funding to redesign, renovate or restore their commercial building facades. Join the many businesses who have taken advantage of this opportunity, including Made You Look, Chantecler and Speedy Queen Coin Laundry.

Join us on Wednesday February 26th 6-8pm as Economic Partnership Advisor Michael Saunders discusses which improvements are eligible, the benefits of applying, application process and more. Improving your facade is a great way to show customers and residents that you care about your neighborhood streetscape and want to provide a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.

This workshop is free, please email or call us to confirm your attendance and workshop location. If you are unable to attend, you can contact Michael Saunders at [email protected], 416-392-1005 or access the presentation online. The application deadline is May 29th, 2014.

Parkdale’s International Flair Makes for a Welcoming Tourist Destination

In two years, Toronto will host the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Held every four years, the world’s third largest international, multi-sport games will attract an influx of tourists, athletes and spectators to municipalities from Oshawa to Welland, giving Toronto—and Parkdale—the chance to demonstrate its hosting ability as a welcoming, world-class destination.

Nearby Exhibition Place will play home to Toronto Pan Am Park, the largest of the Games’ seven venue clusters. With events such as volleyball, rugby, gymnastics, weightlifting and triathlon, it will also be the starting and finishing lines for road cycling. Exact numbers of expected visitors vary, but for reference, the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, drew over 450,000 visitors, spending upwards of US $210 million. It’s clear that the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games offers an incredible opportunity for Parkdale businesses to generate revenue through tourist spend.

Recently, celebrated Toronto Star food writer Corey Mintz showcased Parkdale as a featured destination in Porter Airlines’ re:porter magazine. This exciting five-page spread highlighted Parkdale’s desirability and covered local businesses Porzia, Capital Espresso, Chantecler, Electric Mud BBQ, The Future of Frances Watson, Studio Brillantine, Hideaway Antiques, General Hardware Contemporary and The Workroom. Read the full article here > 

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

In The Not-So-Wild West, Mintz credits Parkdale’s diverse community of artists and immigrants for what he calls a robust revival—but we know has been here all along. This dynamic neighbourhood’s international flair and inclusive atmosphere makes it the perfect destination for tourism. 

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

Comprised of 41 countries in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, the Pan/Parapan Am Games will create a varied group of travellers, each seeking new—and familiar—experiences. Southern Caribbean and Guyanese visitors can sample a bite of home at one of Parkdale’s many roti shops, such as Roti Lady, or explore new tastes at Om Tibetan Restaurant. Grand Electric provides Mexican fusion, and there are numerous affordable options for American tourists looking for a quick slice of pizza, or perhaps a more Canadian icy treat to cool them down from The Boreal Gelato Company

Beyond cuisine, the uniqueness of Parkdale Village BIA’s businesses provide both residents and visitors alike with a variety of shopping possibilities that would satisfy any fashionista or bargain hunter. From bustling antique markets like Passion for the Past, specialized boutiques, such as Sylvie and Shimmy, to contemporary art galleries like Shawn Skeir, this diverse community offers something for everyone.

And when the Games end and the sun sets, any one of Parkdale’s bustling bars, such as The Parkdale Drink or The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, would make the perfect place to sip a cocktail and chat the night away with new friends!

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re:porter Words: Corey Mintz Photography: Dan Ehrenworth

Parkdale has clearly undergone a renaissance, rediscovering its roots as a vibrant neighbourhood that delights and welcomes visitors. The presence of a large immigrant community and an influx of artists and young professionals have helped create the distinct personality that will entice tourists and enhance business for years to come.