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

chartreuse styleWho: Chartreuse Style
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

 

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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)

Get Date Ready in Parkdale

Make the most of the end of summer by taking your special someone out for a night on the town! Not only does Parkdale have numerous award-winning restaurants and bars to choose from, but the neighbourhood can satisfy all your pre-date prep too. From hair stylists to high fashion, aestheticians to accessories, everything you need to get date ready is at your (newly polished) fingertips.

The only question that remains, ladies, is what kind of Parkdale date are you?

The Organic Romantic

She’s the girl who likes things au naturel. Dinner for her is a vegetarian buffet at Le Date 1Tibet followed by a stroll around Queen West’s vintage and antique shops with a mint tea at The Mascot. Her eco-friendly dress is from Chartreuse Style, and she does her own hair with organic shampoo from JR’s Natural Health & Bulk. Her date’s in comfy unisex TOMS from Boutique Café and a crewcut from Lionel’s Barber Shop. Bring her flowers from Coriander Girl and she’s yours!

 

The Canadiana Chick

O, Canada, this girl is true, strong and free. She’ll start the date with a Date 2terrarium workshop at Crown Flora Studio, then take you to Keriwa Café for bison and rutabaga, and whisk you to The Boreal Gelato Company for dessert. Keep the night going with Ontario craft beers at The Rhino Restaurant + Bar. Wearing her favourite tank from North Standard Trading Post, she had her hair done at Quinn West, and if you’re lucky, you may get to see the set of Hudson’s Bay items from Future of Frances Watson at her place later.

The Fabulous Girly Girl

This girly girl likes to go all out, and lucky for her, Parkdale can be Date 3fabulous too! Wine her and dine her at Maialino Enoteca Italiana, followed by a contemporary art gallery party at General Hardware. She’ll be wearing a slinky backless dress from Shopgirls Gallery Boutique with handcrafted jewellery from Made You Look. Her date prep includes a glamorous full makeover package at Red Carpet Queen that covers all the bases: facial, manicure & pedicure, eyebrow wax, eyelash extension and so much more!

 

The Hip Girl

Date 4Starting the night with tacos and bourbon at Grand Electric, the hip girl knows to line up early at this high-energy hotspot. She’s wearing a vintage chambray button-down from Philistine, and her long hair hangs loose with ombré highlights from Fringe. Her date’s got on a silk-screen printed tee from The Public Butter and tattoos from Fabrizio Divari. After dinner the couple heads to Wrongbar to catch a concert and dance the night away.

Find your own favourite place to get date ready with our resourceful Business Directory!

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.