February Newsletter: Parkdale Love, MPAC & Digital Main Street

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Our February Newsletter is out and covers items such as:

  • Parkdale Love: Thank you to everyone who supported the Parkdale Village 137th Year Anniversary campaign & reception! Photos from our community reception are now on Facebook & Website courtesy of photographer Kendra Marjerrison.    Our campaign saw over 100 community leaders, shops & residents get together to celebrate our rich history and make connections. Additionally, we saw great imitative from the many shops offering incentives during the campaign and a big thank you to the shop owners who provided door prizes for the reception. We encourage you to continue the Parkdale Love, meet your neighbors, promote each others businesses, work together and help build another 137 years of Parkdale!
  • 2016 Event & Marketing Snapshot:A reminder that the 2016 Event & Marketing snapshot has been distributed, please check your mailboxes, additionally our website for details. We have started to receive inquiries about participating in upcoming events or requesting support in promoting your marketing/promotions, remember we are here to help so please reach out to us.
  • Vandalism: We have seen increased damage and vandalism to our winter floral plants within the planters this season. If you see any vandalism please contact us, likewise if the planters are damaged or need to be cleaned out.
  • Graffiti Removal Contract: In the coming weeks we will be posting a Request for Estimate regarding the extended maintenance contract for Graffiti Removal within our BIA. The RFE will be available online, once a vendor is awarded the contract we will notify members about the extended Graffiti removal service and how this may benefit your business even more.
  • Digital Main Street: We’re excited to announce that the Parkdale BIA is taking part in a City of Toronto & TABIA pilot project ‘Digital Main Street Portal’.  Free to BIA members, the Digital Main Street Portal helps small businesses navigate the often confusing and overwhelming online universe. From helping set up a Facebook business page to deciding what Point of Sale system is the right choice, the Digital Main Street Portal is Toronto small businesses guide to all things digital.A select group of BIA businesses & organizations have been chosen for the pilot phase and will be contacted within the next few weeks. If you have any questions about this program please contact us today.
  • MPAC Property Assessment Session: As always, MPP Cheri DiNovo will be hosting a residential MPAC information Session to assist residents with questions they may have about their assessment, how it works and what to do if they disagree with the assessment.
    Tuesday February 9th @ 7:00pm
    Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor St W)

Check out our Photos from the Parkdale Village 137th Year Anniversary Reception!

The Parkdale Village BIA thanks all the shop owners, community leaders and residents for joining us at last weeks 137th Year Anniversary Reception and for shopping the hood throughout the weekend! Thank you to all the shops who offered deals and provided door prizes!

More photos are up on our Facebook!

Photos: Kendra Marjerrison

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Parkdale 137th Anniversary Deals!

Join us January 21-24th and help celebrate Parkdale’s 137th Anniversary by shopping local, sharing Parkdale stories, memories and strolling the strip!  Visit some of the local shops celebrating our rich history:

  • Duggan’s Brewery – Parkdale 137th shop owner and community Reception Thu Jan 21 @ 8pm, RSVP required ([email protected]), space limited
  • The Grand Trunk – Parkdale 137th Birthday Party Friday Jan 22 @ 10pm. Drink specials, fun and friends! A few sweet surprizes too! No cover.
  • Chartreuse Style  – Enjoy 10% off all regular priced items & up to 50% off select items
  • Contrast Living – Receive a gift with purchase when you spend $40+, and all walk-in customers will be entitled to enter a draw for a 7kg giant salt lamp!
  • Yummy Stuff – 15% off birthday cakes
  • Sylvie & Shimmy – 15% off new arrivals on Jan 23 only
  • Gloryhole Doughnuts – D-nut special
  • This Little Piggy – up to 25% off winter clothing & accessories
  • Studio 1484 – up to 20% off
  • Public Butter –  up to 50% off

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Happy 137th Anniversary Parkdale Village!

January Newsletter: New Board Members, Parkdale 137 Anniversary & 2016 Events!

Our January Newsletter is out and covers items such as:
  • New Board Members: We’re excited to announce 3 new Board Members to the BIA, please join us in welcoming Tashi Chomphel from Garuda Tech; Alison Barrie from The Grand Trunk; Michael Duggan from Duggan’s Brewery Parkdale
    For more details about the Board, please click here.
  • Anniversary Campaign: A reminder about Parkdale’s 137th Anniversary. It’s not too late for you (shop owners) to celebrate Jan 21-Jan 24th, please confirm if you will be:
    • Providing a deal or sale item in store Jan 21-24 (we will provide balloons
    • Attending the reception Thursday January 21st 8:00pm at Duggan’s Brewery Parkdale, 1346 Queen St W at Brock Ave. RSVP at [email protected]
    • Interested in donating a Door prize item for the Reception

Parkdale Village Celebrates 137th Year Anniversary Jan 21-24!


Parkdale Village 137th Anniversary - 2016The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents and visitors to celebrate the 137th Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village.

Although January 1st marks the date that Parkdale became a village, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village from January 21-24th, 2014 by inviting residents and visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and admire the Victorian architecture within Parkdale Village. The four day celebration kicks off with an evening Reception on Thursday January 21st, 2016, 8pm at Duggan’s Brewery 1346 Queen West. Please RSVP at [email protected]


Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the new Parkdale Village BIA website and Facebook page, where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month.
Visit us online for daily announcements and share your memories of this wonderful neighbourhood!

Happy Anniversary Parkdale Village!

Spend your Holidays & New Years in Parkdale!

Haven’t finished your shopping yet, no worries there are still so many great deals and opportunity to shop local in Parkdale Village. But the holidays don’t stop there, take a look at some New Years celebrations, consider making a reservation at one of the dozens of Restaurants and of course shop the hood for your perfect Holiday and New Years outfit & accessories!


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Who: Black market at Black Artists’s Networks in Dialogue 
What: Saturdays & Sundays browse handmade beauty products, one-of-a-kind clothing, hats, photographs, jewelry and more!
When: Dec 19-20


Who: Holiday Market at Crown Flora
What: Check out & try their full line of products plus get free samples
When: Dec 19


Who: Kids Workshop Series at West End Food Coop
What: Kids workshops ages 6-10, register online
When: Dec 23

Greenest City

Who: Community Craft Nights at Greenest City
What: Free craft workshops for all skill levels
When: Dec 22


Who: The Grand Trunk
What: Festivus Party
When: Dec 23


Who: Miss Things
What: New Years Dinner & Party
When: Dec 31


Who: The Shameful Tiki Room
What: New Years Party
When: Dec 31


Who: Cadillac Lounge
What: Disco Dance Costume Party
When: Dec 31


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What: New Years Eve Party
When: Dec 31


Who: Parts and Labour
What: New Years Eve Party
When: Dec 31

Shop The Hood Deals & Events this Holiday Season!

There’s so many great places to visit while you #ShopTheHood this weekend and throughout December, here’s a snapshot of where to explore, we’ll be updating this list regularly so check back soon!



Who: Black Friday and Shop The Hood Deals at Shopgirls Boutique
What: Up to 25% off online and in store
When: Nov 27-30

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Who: Black Friday Deals at Cambie
What: 20% off everything in store on Nov 27 and 20% off online from Nov 27-30 using discount code “HOLIDAY 20′
When: Nov 27-30

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Who: Black Friday Deals at Toronto Designers Market
What: Up to 50% off select vendors
When: Nov 27 11am-midnight

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Who: Black Friday Deals at Boutique Café
What: 25% off in store
When: Nov 27

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Who: Black Friday Deals at Community 54
What: Up to 70% off
When: Nov 27


Who: Shop The Hood Ellingwood Soaps Pop Up Shop at Crown Flora
What: Try their full line of products just in time for the holidays   
When: Nov 28th 12-6pm


Who: Black Friday and Shop The Hood Deals at Public Butter
What: 50% off everything  
When: November/December

d9032b_9c41e3a21e114023a0f58780b2176963Who: Black Friday & Shop The Hood Deals at Contrast Living
What: 15% off All regular-priced item and 10% off all Sales items (until Dec 6) or Order a Haz & Pal Dining Table (shown below) & get a matching bench for 0nly $80
When: Nov 27-29th and some extensions till Dec 6th


Who: Black Friday and Shop The Hood Deals at Love & Greed
What: 15% off shoes, sweaters and suits for the Black Friday and 15% off accessories Nov 28th.
When: Nov 27-28


Who: Black Friday Deals at Sylvie and Shimmy
What: 20% off in store 
When: Nov 27



Who: Black Friday and Shop The Hood Deals at This Little Piggy Shop
What: Up to 40% off in store and online
When: Nov 28-29

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 Who: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals at North Standard Trading Post
What: 30% off entire store (Nov 27) and 30% off all online orders (Nov 30) 
When: Nov 27 & Nov 30


Who: Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deals at Wind Grove
What: Up to 50% off in store & up to 40% off online using code “blackfriday2015′
When: Nov 27 & Nov 30


Who: Black Friday Deal at Chartreuse Style
What: Up to 40% off select merchandise in store
When: Nov 27


Who: Black Friday Deal at Common Sort
What: 25% off all solid black 2nd hand clothing
When: Nov 27


Who: Black Friday Deal at Frances Watson
What: 20% off everything
When: Nov 27


Who: Shop The Hood Deals at Yummy Stuff
What: 15% ginger bread cookies, cookie advent calendars & ginger bread house kits
When: Nov 28

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Who: Shop the Hood Deals at JR’s Natural Health & Bulk
What: 10% off in store purchase
When: Nov 28-29 


Who: Students for a Free Tibet at Tsampa Cafe
What: 0% off Students for a Free Tibet t-shirts ($10) with proceeds supporting the non-profit
When: Nov 28


Who: Shop the Hood Deals at Skeir Gallery
What: Up to 30% off all Art
When: till Dec 6th


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Who: Black market at Black Artists’s Networks in Dialogue 
What: Saturdays & Sundays browse handmade beauty products, one-of-a-kind clothing, hats, photographs, jewelry and more!
When: Nov 28-Dec 20


Who: Ketchup Art Closing Party at Jinks Art Factory
What: Art by Mickey 5 Bucks  
When: Nov 28th 8pm


Who: Bonar-Parkdale Church 
What: Annual Christmas Bazaar
When: Nov 28th 10-3pm


Who: Our Lady of Lebanon  
What: Annual Holiday Bazaar; browse ornaments, toys, art, baked goods & more!
When: Nov 29 & Dec 6

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Who: Holiday Food, Art & Craft Market at West End Food Coop
What: Over 25 Food & Craft Vendors 
When: Dec 6th 11am-4pm

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Who: Parkdale Public School Annual Winter Fair
What: Silent Auction, artisan market, bake sale, activities for kids & more!
When: Dec 5th 10am-2pm

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Who: White Kitschmas Celebration at The Cadillac Lounge 
What: A Toronto Vintage Society Holiday Celebration
When: Dec 5th 7pm


Who: Book signing at West End Comics
What: Come out to the book signing of the brand new graphic novel The Voyageur. Created by documentary screenwriter and filmmaker Jeff Sturge and Toronto illustrator Nick Marinkovich. Drop by to pick up a copy and to chat with the creators! 
When: Dec 9th 5pm


Who: The Dale Ministries
What: Come and join The Dale as we carol through the neighbourhood. We will gather at 201 Cowan Avenue (in the Jeremiah Community space at the back) at 7:30 pm for homemade goodies, leaving at 8 pm to greet Parkdale with song.
When: Dec 9th 7:30pm

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Who: 1st Annual Onesie Party at The Grand Trunk
What: Come dressed in your finest onesie and have some fun times and delicious beverages! Drink specials, tasty snacks and sweet prizes! 
When: Dec 11th 10pm


Who: Holiday Market at Parkdale Flea
What: Brose the Holiday Market; antiques, collectibles, designer objects, crafts, food & drinks!
When: Dec 12-13th


Who: Holiday Market at Crown Flora
What: Check out & try their full line of products plus get free samples  
When: Dec 19


Who: Kids Workshop Series at West End Food Coop
What: Kids workshops ages 6-10, register online 
When: Dec 2, 9, 16 & 23

Greenest City

Who: Community Craft Nights at Greenest City
What: Free craft workshops for all skill levels 
When: Dec 1, 8, 15 & 22

#ShopTheHood never looked this good!

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

Are you ready to Shop the Neighbourhood Nov 28!

Shop the HoodOn November 28, 2015, Canadians nationwide are being encouraged to Shop the Neighbourhood and make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive event deals offered by the businesses in their neighbourhood. The weekend celebrates small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives.

So we ask you Parkdale, help us celebrate and chose to #Shoplocal or #Shopthehood on Nov 28 within our amazing Parkdale Village! Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs end on Nov 28, we hope you’ll continue to shop and re-explore your community throughout December.

Stay tuned for dozens of deals, promotions and local stories we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Share your own local recommendations and favorites to shopping local by using hashtag #parkdale #shopthehood & #shoplocal

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October Newsletter: Shop Local Campaign, Facebook, Small Business Forum & Holiday Decor

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Our October Newsletter is out and covers items such as:

  • Shop Local – Starting November 28: Don’t miss out, join hundreds of businesses across the City as they Celebrate Shopping Local! We will be launching a Shop Locally campaign in November with print advertising, radio, eblasts , subway & in store Posters! Simultaneously you can upload any Holiday deals to the City of Toronto/Yellow Pages Shop the Neighborhood website.
  • Facebook Contest: Win $100 in Free Facebook Advertising Credits when you participate in the Shop The Hood and/or Shop the Neighborhood Campaign in November/ December. How to Enter: Celebrate shopping locally in store by offering a deal, hosting a sale, doing a giveaway, making a holiday window display, hosting a holiday party….anything goes. Share your ideas with us and/or upload them onto the Shop The Neighborhood website. We will promote your campaign online as well as enter you into the draw! A winner will be picked before the New Year! Good Luck!
  • Board Vacancy: The Parkdale Village BIA wants you to join the Board of Directors! The BIA is governed by a volunteer Board of Management made up of eleven members serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA members (the shop owners & property owners), along with an Executive Director & Assistant Coordinator and meets regularly to ensure Marketing and Streetscape Strategies are implemented. Contact us today for details about how to join.
  • Merchant Cycling Survey: CycleTO Ward 14 is completing their residents/ visitor surveys and still needs many business owners to cpmplete the Merchant Cycling Survey. Please take a moment to fill out the survey which was emailed to merchants or to take the survey when a volunteer visits your store.
  • Thanks for a Great AGM: Thank you to everyone who participated in last nights Annual General Meeting. The approved 2016 Budget and programming will be up on our website shortly. We have three (3) Board vacancies and encourage you to contact us today to find out how you can join. We are also still recruiting Marketing & Streetscape Committee members to help executive strategies in 2016 – join us today!
  • Pigeon Issues: If your store front is experiencing challenges with Pigeon’s, here are a few resources you may want to review, if you need assistance exploring your options please contact us; Humane Society; Pigeon Control ; Control Products

  • Small Business Forum; Join 2,500+ small businesses at the 2015 Small Business Forum to learn more about how your business can survive and thrive in the digital economy. Thursday Oct 15, 9am-4:30pm Metro Toronto Convention Centre Registration is Free!
  • Naming the Dufferin Amphitheatre: The Dufferin Amphitheatre needs a name! If you have any ideas about what the parkland should be called, email us or Councilor Gord Perks office today; more details to come!
  • Winter Holiday Décor: In the coming weeks you will notice the Summer Florals being removed, followed by a period of time where the planters sit empty, before Winter Florals are installed in November. We ask members to do their part and help keep the planters clean should they see anyone using them as garbage cans.