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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 Invites you to Shop Local this Holiday Season!

Parkdale Village is the place to be this Holiday Season, with many events, sales and promotions taking place to provide shoppers the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists.
Why not make a day of it, come to Parkdale, get all your holiday shopping done in one day, while you’re here, treat yourself to some of the great cafes and restaurants and pick up some gift certificates while you’re at it. Check out the list below and make sure to check back often as we will be updating as more great Parkdale deals, sales and events are added!

Black Friday Sales

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What: ONLINE ONLY Black Friday Sale! Our American friends are some of our biggest online supporters and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are offering 20% off EVERYTHING to EVERYONE now until Monday December 1st. Code: THANKYOU
When: Friday November 28 – Monday December 1
Where: ONLINE only at Cambie Designs

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What: Save the equivalent to the TAX on everything in the shop, including sale merchandise.
When: Friday November 28, 11:00 – 6:00pm
Where:1692 Queen Street West

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Who: Sylvie and Shimmy
What: 30% off regular priced items
When: November 28, 11:00 – 8:00pm
Where:1640 Queen Street West

 

Elevator

Who: Elevator
What: Enjoy Warm cider while shopping for winter accessories all at 10% off all weekend long.
When: November 28 – November 30 11:00 – 5:00pm
Where:1273 Queen Street West

nstpWho: North Standard Trading Post
What: 30% off the entire store, including sale items, there will also be great giveaways.
When: Friday November 28, 11:00 – 8:00pm
Where:1662 Queen Street West

Events and Parties

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November 29
Family Holiday Portraits
Who: This Little Piggy, Children’s Clothing Store
What: Baby & family holiday portraits for only $25. Book at [email protected]
When: Saturday November 29th by appointment
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

December 2
Ugly Sweater Party
Who: Small Town Food Co
What: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Where: 1263 Queen Street West
When: Tuesday December 10:00pm

CambieDecember 4
Holiday Sale
Who: Cambie Designs and Kid Icarus
What:. Treats, drinks and a one day only in-store sale
When:Thursday December 4, shop until 10PM
Where:1535A & 1537 Queen Street West

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December 5
Holiday Party and Art Show
Who: Jinks Art Factory
What: Holiday Party and Art Show
When: Friday December 5, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where: 1164 Queen Street West

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Grand Opening Party
Who: Wind Grove
What: Grand Opening Reception, rsvp to Mark @ [email protected]
When: Wednesday December 10, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where: 1712 Queen Street West

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Holiday Cheer Party
Who: This Little Piggy, Children’s Clothing Store
What: Holiday Cheer Party
When: Sunday December 14, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

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Anniversary Party
 WhoSmall Town Food Co  
What: 1 Year Anniversary Party
When: Tuesday December 16, 6:00pm
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

crown flora workshopDecember 20
Classic Terrarium Building Workshop
Who: Crown Flora Studio
What: Holiday Woodland Terrarium Workshop, the final Classic Terrarium workshop of the year. Turn your classic terrarium into a Woodland wonderland. Gift your terrarium or living ornament to your BFF or special someone.  Book online and give the gift of terrarium
When:Saturday December 20,10:00am
Where: 1233 Queen Street West (Rear of Building, entrance on Gwynne Ave.) 

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December 6
Pop-up Shop
Who: This Little Piggy, Children’s Clothing Store
What: Lou Harvey Pop-up shop offering 30% off purchases.
When: Saturday December 6, 11:00 – 4:00pm
Where: 1594 Queen Street West

Holiday Markets

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November 29 & 30
Who: The Tenant of Parkdale
What: Pop-Up Holiday Market featuring great holiday gear, vintage art, natural skin care products, woolies, jewelry, gourmet food and MORE!
When: Saturday and Sunday November 29 & 30 11- 6:00pm.
Where: 1267 Queen Street West

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November 29 – December 21
Who: Black Artist’s Network in Dialogue (BAND)
What: Food vendors, arts and crafts for sale, performances and prizes to be won.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from November 29 – December 21, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Where: 1 Lansdowne Ave

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December 6
Who: Crown Flora Studio
What: Make sure to stop by as Crown Flora launches their holiday collection and plays host to 13 local food vendors, crafters and artisans (including other Parkdale favourites; Cambie Designs, Kid Icarus, and Glory Hole Doughnuts). This will also be the perfect time to pick up your seasonal greens, as they will have trees and wreaths and everything else you need to get your home holiday ready!
When: Saturday December 6th 11:00 – 6:00pm
Where: 1233 Queen Street West (Rear of Building, entrance on Gwynne Ave.) 

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December 7
Who: West End Food Co-op
What: Holiday Food and Craft Show – Live Music, Free Admission, Door Prizes
When: December 7th 11-4:00pm
Where: 1229 Queen Street (Queen and Dufferin)

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December 14
Who: The Rhino
What: Holiday Craft and Beer Market –  Free Admission, Crafts
When: December 14th 4:00 – 7:00pm
Where: 1249 Queen Street

 Ongoing Events

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Winter Sale the whole Month of December
Who: Daisies Vintage
What:
30% off furs, sweaters, outwear, boots and more.
When:
All December long
Where:
223 Jameson Ave

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Open House Weekends at Shawn Skeir Gallery
Who: Skeir Gallery, 1537 A Queen Street
What: Come see and buy new affordable works (starting at $100) from Shawn Skeir as well as other local artists
When: Fridays 12:00-10:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12:00- 7:00 pm

Sales and Promotions

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Parkas on Layaway
Where: Future of Frances Watson, 1390 Queen Street West
What: Parkas on Layaway – 30% down and three months to pay.
Contact Future of Frances Watson for more details: [email protected]

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$50 Tattoos
Where: Jinks Art Factory, 1664 Queen Street West
What: Winter Special on Tattoos – $50 every Wednesday and Thursday (some conditions apply, see website for more details www.jinksartfactory.ca)

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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