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Your Perfect Parkdale Day to #ShopTheHood

By Carolyn Grisold

Parkdale is a microcosm of Toronto: it’s where you’ll find almost every ethnicity represented, almost every language spoken, and almost every walk of life accounted for. That’s what makes it the perfect place to Shop The Neighbourhood – no matter what your style. What kind of day in Parkdale is perfect for you? From November 28th and throughout December tag us online in your perfect #ShopTheHood day in #Parkdale!

The Girly Girl

You’re a girly-girl, through and through. Femininity is your favourite style and spendingFullSizeRender (004) time with your girlfriends makes you smile. Start your perfect day getting your hair done at the delightfully eclectic Quinn West Salon. Then, head over to Sylvie and Shimmy for the prettiest shopping experience ever. You’ll love browsing the uber-feminine displays. Afterwards, take a little break at Kitten and The Bear’s tea room. Seated in a cozy window nook, indulge in house-made preserves, scones and tea served in beautiful pastel china or visit them online to learn more about their ‘pastel christmas tea party’ ideas and inspirations. Then finish off with a stop at charming floral boutique Coriander Girl, where you can pick up an artistic bouquet of fresh flowers or vintage vase to remember the occasion.

The Rock-and-Roller

A true rock-and-roller, your soul belongs in music. Start your perfect Parkdale day at a selection of vintage shops, including Stella Luna and The Public Butter, picking up FullSizeRender (008)some authentic duds from whatever era rocks loudest in your heart. Then head over to Playdead Cult for some unique art that will bring out your dark side, before lining your belly with an Easy Rider all-day breakfast at Easy Restaurant. Party away the rest of your perfect day at Stones Place or the Cadillac Lounge. They always have something going on – from trivia to karaoke and live bands.

The 6ix Styler

Drake is your god and you wear the 6ix style with pride. Kick off your day in Parkdale with a classic shave and a haircut at Lionel’s Barber Shop before stocking up on top FullSizeRender (00C)gear at Community 54. With headwear, tees & tanks, footwear and bags, this Parkdale style mecca has got you covered. Once you’re sufficiently decked out, saunter down the Milky Way Graffiti Alley to check out some cool street art. Afterwards, head over to the Parkdale Drink and dance the night away to old school ‘90s and R&B.

The Dapper Gentleman

The masculine version of the Girly-Girl, you’re a dapper gentleman and you only want to present your best. Parkdale has the perfect day for you and it starts at Elevator, a FullSizeRender (003)clothing and accessories shop with a classy and vintage feel. From brogues and Oxfords to ties and bow ties, everything you need for a polished persona can be found here. Then head over to the west end’s year-round indoor market, the Toronto Designers Market, to pick up some thoughtful holiday gifts. Finish off your day with a pan-Asian dinner at Miss Thing’s, followed by a nightcap at The Grand Trunk.

The Locavore

You shop the neighbourhood every day, and support local establishments whenever IMG_6966possible. Decked out in Canadiana cool from North Standard Trading Post, you pick up your organics at Good Catch General Store. Your perfect Parkdale day includes sipping on craft beer at Toronto beer baron Mike Duggan’s Brewery and chowing down on 100-mile Ontario beef. Then head down to appropriately named The Yukon for some oysters while you browse Worker Bee Supply Co.’s online shop for your next order of inspirational Prints from local artists.

The World Traveller

You get around, but you always come home. And when you’re home, you like to remember what it was like to be out travelling the world. In Parkdale this is easy to do – FullSizeRender (006)you can eat your way through Tibet, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Italy, India, Asia, Mexico, South America and more. Plus, there are so many shops featuring items from around the globe that you will feel like you’re still travelling. End your perfect Parkdale day at The Shameful Tiki Room. This brand new destination is the first Toronto outpost of a Vancouver favourite, and features wood totems inspired by Polynesian culture that are hand-carved by the bar’s owner.

The Hipster

Not that you want to admit you are one, but the Hipster is to Parkdale what the Yummy FullSizeRender (009)Mommy is to Leslieville: an integral icon. Your perfect day starts by picking up a cup of Sam James Coffee at The Tempered Room before your bike tune-up appointment at Metro Cycle TO and MacBook service at Garuda Tech. Grab some quality vintage duds at Three Fates or In Vintage We Trust, before heading to Parts & Labour for dinner. If you want to keep the night going, pop downstairs for some sweet DJ sets.

The Artiste

For the Artiste, Parkdale offers a myriad of antique shops to peruse like Captains Treasures and Black Pug DMK. The gallery selection here is just as vast, from the FullSizeRender (005)florescent strokes at Shawn Skeir Gallery, to the contemporary art at General Hardware and the cultural centre at Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (B.A.N.D.). Parkdale is a hub of creativity; check out the exhibits at the non-profit Gallery 1313 or join the Poetry Circle at the Toronto Public Library’s Parkdale Branch. And when you’re all done, stop by the Rustic Cosmo Café for a coffee and a chat about your perfect day.

The Philanthropist

For the Philanthropist, a perfect day is not complete without a charitable component, and there’s many ways to give back in Parkdale. You can donate to less-advantaged youth at West Neighbourhood House, volunteer to serve lunch at St. Francis Table, or attend a fundraiser for one of Parkdale Intercultural Association’s many programs. Why not cap off your day by donating your gently used clothing to The Salvation Army’s Thrift Store or drop off baby/kids clothing at the Creating Together Family Resource Centre.

The Green Goddess

Green Goddesses love to create a holistic lifestyle that’s gentle on themselves and the environment. Parkdale is the perfect place to spend a healthy day for this health-FullSizeRender (007)conscious lady. Begin your morning with a Far Infrared Sauna at The Well of Alternative Medicine to release toxins and relax your body & mind. Afterwards, pick up an all-natural fresh fruit smoothie made with almond milk at Boreal Gelato. You’ll love the canning and cooking workshops at the West End Food Coop. And JR’s Natural Health and Bulk has all the organic ingredients you need for tonight’s vegan dinner. Stop by the Toronto Tool Library to pick up a hot glue gun for your weekend D.I.Y. project, before ending your perfect day with restorative yoga and meditation at Parkdale Prana Room.

Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015

Parkdale Village Welcomes Back the Contact Photography Festival!

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Please join us throughout the month of May as we welcome back for the fifth year the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival!

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered again with the students and teachers at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, this year. Led by the talented team at Hello Foto, the students were instructed and guided through a number of photography methods and techniques. The photos displayed this year featured some very special subjects, Parkdale businesses and their owners! We are thrilled with the work the students have produced and look forward to sharing the portraits of local businesses and the people that own and operate them, with you the whole month of May, 2015.

Join us for the opening reception Friday May 1st, 5:00 – 8:00pm at each of the participating venues: Elevator, Community 54, JR’s Natural Health and Bulk, Common Sort, Wind Grove Interiors, Food and Liquor, Glory of India Roti CuisineTibet Hair and Beauty Salon Inc, and Tibetan Emporium and Entertainment.

Parkdale Village Celebrates 136 Years!

136 years of history is a great reason to celebrate!

Why not plan to join us January 24-25, get bundled up and spend the weekend visiting some local shops and stores for some amazing deals, sales and promotions all while enjoying some of the local history and culture of Parkdale Village!Boreal Gelato

Playdead Cult

Petagree Grooming Glory Hole

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Elevator Crown Flora Captain's Treasures

Yummy Stuff

Tibet Beauty Salon

Bacchus RotiRustic CosmoPublic Butter

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Boutique Cafe

FrouFrou This Little Piggy Wind Grove

Spend the Night in Parkdale with QWAC!

Join the Queen West Art Crawl’s Parkdale Nightcrawl 

On September 21st from 8pm-12am, the Parkdale Nightcrawl takes over Queen Street West from Dufferin to Roncesvalles! Part of the Queen West Art Crawl, this exciting night of innovative, immersive art exploration offers multiple levels of interaction for artists and patrons. Reflecting an ongoing commitment to events which allow visual arts and the performing arts to intersect, meld and inspire one another, the Parkdale Nightcrawl invites and encourages participation. At various venues along Queen West, you’ll be able to create or interact with art in a number of unique and memorable ways: enjoy a beverage, draw, paint, sing and dance your way through a unique art adventure!

Celebrating their 11th anniversary, the Queen West Art Crawl’s Parkdale Nightcrawl is consistently one of the most popular events held over the weekend of September 21-22. Participating venues include Goodfellas Gallery, The Baitshop, Elevator, Common Sort, Captain’s Treasures, Quinn West, West End Comics, Food & Liquor, Cambie Design, Crown Flora Studio, Shawn Skeir Gallery, North Standard Trading Post, Chartreuse Style, Where Design, My Roll Life, Go Lounge and more! 
The Nightcrawl Passports costs $10 and can be picked up in advance at Queen West Art Crawl headquarters (1313 Queen Street West) or on September 21st at Trinity Bellwoods, participating venues or 1313 Queen Street West.  Don’t forget to turn your stamped passport in for great prizes!

Follow the action live on Twitter @ParkdaleBIA and @QWAC2013
#Parkdale

For more information please email [email protected] or visit www.queenwestartcrawl.com!

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Parkdale Gift Guide for Fathers Day

Is your father a man-about-town? A handyman? A family man? There’s something for every Dad in Parkdale Village.

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West End Comics

Nothing satisfies dads childhood cravings better than comic books—or graphic novels as the grown-ups call them. West End also sells action figurines, collectibles, cufflinks and toys. They are also having a Father’s Day Sale with 10% off storewide.

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FullWorth

Parkdale’s one-stop-shop for all your departmental desires. From groceries to appliances, Fullworth has everything you need, and at a price point that’s well within your budget. Get lost in the aisles hunting for the perfect gift that represents Dad’s full worth!

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Cattlemen’s Meat Market

Not all gifts need to be displayed on the fireplace mantle. Some are best consumed at the dinner table. When you can’t find the right thing for your old man, why not cook him a great steak dinner? And there’s nowhere better to go for that than Parkdale’s oldest butcher shop. You may even want to bring Dad to the counter as part of his present—for a walk down memory lane!

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Skyline Restaurant

Not all Dads want breakfast in bed, but every man loves a traditional fry up. Skyline is a no-frills “greasy spoon” in the best sense of the term. With an old school style (and an original ‘50s milkshake maker), feel-good classics on the menu, vinyl on the chairs and a smile on the servers’ faces—this neighbourhood staple is a winner all around. Skyline is affordable, comfortable and a great place to take Dad for a casual meal and chat about life.

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Crown Flora Studio

It’s not just Mom who appreciates gifts of the floral variety. But why not upgrade those commonplace stems and get Dad a stunning terrarium from Crown Flora Studio? If you want to have more of an interactive experience as part of your gift, the shop offers terrarium-making workshops as well. There are also handmade leather goods to be had—perfect for a stylish Dad.

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Elevator

For the discerning Dad in your life, take him to the next level with Elevator. These quintessentially charming accessories are perfect for the modern man. With a British twist, and surprisingly affordable prices, Dad can be a well-dressed man with stylish hats, scarves, cufflinks, ties, socks and shades. Be warned: it will be hard to resist picking up a little something-something for yourself as well.

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Home Hardware

If your Dad is more handy than handsome, why not help stock his tool belt with a gift card from Home Hardware? He can pick out the missing piece for his renovation collection, and perhaps even help you fix that broken hinge or hang that cool garage sale find. After all, isn’t that what dads are for?

For more shopping ideas, visit our online directory here.