Supporting Local 2021!

NOW more than ever, we need you to share in the spirit of #parkdalelove and spread the word about our incredible business community. Everything you need for the holidays is at your fingertips in Parkdale; holiday party venue; check! catering ideas; check! jewelry; check! one of a kind gifts; check! haircut; check! local charity to support; double-check!

The weekend of November 26th help us kick off a month of supporting your community, make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive deals offered by the businesses in our area. The weekend celebrates small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives. 

Check our Instagram Stories for deals, announcements, gift ideas, and local events, or take a look at the Sneak Peak below!. Visit our directory for full lists of shops and organizations. Share your own local recommendations and favorites by tagging us or using hashtag #parkdalelove

A Sneak Peek at this Holiday Season in Parkdale Village, check back daily for updates!

  • Gift Ideas: Black Friday Sale on Bikes & Accessories
  • MetroCycle
  • Gift Ideas: Black Friday Sale up to 30% Off
  • Nov 26-28, 2021
  • The Rug Club
  • Gift Ideas: Black Friday Sale 30% Off Everything. Use code “BLACKFRIDAY” at check out and add some glorious reading to your pile. ⁠
  • The Raid Studio
  • Gift Ideas: Black Friday Sale 25 Off
  • Nov 26-29th, 2021
  • Armed Jewelry
  • Live Album Recordings with Harpreet Sehmbi
  • Nov 27th, 2021
  • Peach Berserk
  • Local Causes: PARC
  • Parkdale Village is home to dozens of locally serving agencies/ organizations, explore the Community Contacts on our website to find.

Queen St West & Roncesvalles Ave Reopening: KQQR Construction

The Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR Construction) will be transitioning into Stage 2 the weekend of Saturday November 13, 2021.

The major changes in Stage 2 are the reopening of Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue to vehicles, and the closure of King Street West to vehicles. Learn about Stage 2 here.

TTC Service (During Stage 2): 501/301 Queen Replacement buses will operate through the King/Queen/Queensway/Roncesvalles intersection via regular routing on Queen Street West – both ways. 504C/304 King Westbound replacement buses will divert around the new closure via Dufferin Street and Queen Street West turning north on Roncesvalles Avenue to Dundas West Station. There will be no westbound service on King Street West between Dufferin Street and the King/Queen/Queensway/ Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection. Eastbound replacement buses from Dundas West Station will divert from Roncesvalles Avenue via Queen Street West and Triller Avenue and continue east on King Street West to Strachan Avenue. *Prior to the new service routings taking effect, TTC will post updated Information Pole Cards at transit stops.

For KQQR Details please visit us here; KQQR Construction | Parkdale Village BIA

Annual General Meeting

As a member of the Parkdale Village BIA, you are invited to attend our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Thursday December 2nd, 2021 6:30pm via ZOOM

Agenda

  1. Call to Order, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  2. Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
  3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  4. Approval of 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes
  5. Auditor’s 2020 Report
  6. Appointment of Auditor (to prepare 2021 Audited Financial Statements)
  7. Community Updates
  8. Program Highlights:
    1. Streetscape
    2. Marketing
    3. Future initiatives
  9. Proposed Program and Budget for 2022
  10. New Business
  11. Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and general program for 2022.  This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties.  As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved.  If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA.

Due to COVID 19, this year’s AGM will be held virtually. BIA members will be able to attend the meeting via ZOOM by logging online or calling in. Members wishing to attend must pre-register with proof of membership to obtain the login/call in details. Please contact the BIA at 416-536-6918 directo[email protected] for more information and to pre-register.

Please RSVP/pre-register on or before Wednesday December 1st, 2021.

General Meeting Procedures:

To be eligible to vote, photo identification will be required and:

  • For Business Operators: A business card, or other proof of tenancy.
  • For Property Owners: A property tax bill or other proof of ownership

Only members of the BIA, and legal representatives of BIA members (proof required), are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting.  The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, states that Business Improvement Area Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.”

A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to the law.” No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

Please note:  As per the amended City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, adopted by City Council at its meeting on July 4-7, 2017, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIAmembers at annual general meetings.   Therefore, a designate form has not been included in your AGM notice package.

Snapshot of 2021 & 2022 Budget:

  • Levy to remain the same in 2022
  • 2021 Decrease & 2022 Increase in Streetscape Expenses resulting from programs being postponed and shifted due to pandemic
  • 2021/2022 Decrease in Amenity & Maintenance Expenses resulting from programs being postponed or canceled due to pandemic
  • General and Administrative expenses include; office rent & equipment, consulting fees, accounting fees, auditing fees, WSIB, salaries, insurance etc

Join our Board

Are you interested in serving the Parkdale Village BIA member community? Are you a current BIA member or employed by one? Are you passionate about Streetscape Improvements, Tourism, and the community at large – then consider joining the Parkdale Village BIA Board of Management.

The Parkdale BIA office is located at 1313 Queen Street West at Cowan Avenue and employs an Executive Director, the office is governed by a volunteer Board of Management which is made up of up to eleven members serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Toronto City Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA members (the shop owners & property owners).

The Board helps guide a Workplan that outlines its multi-year goals within the community, which the BIA office works to achieve with the support of numerous City of Toronto departments, community stakeholders, partners and vendors.

The Board meets monthly over Zoom to support and further the BIA’s mandate, ensuring the Workplan Strategies are implemented and to Vote responsibly by reviewing and understanding the issues facing the BIA through discussion and documentation.

To learn more about how funding works, workplan planning, the commitment level required, and the application process, please contact [email protected] for details.

We thank all past Board Members and Committee Members who served the Parkdale Village BIA since its inception in 1978, your commitment and dedication are appreciated. The following is a brief snapshot of some of the Parkdale businesses/organizations who have contributed their time to the BIA as Board Members;

  • Cici’s Pizza & Wings
  • Chartreuse Style
  • Made You Look
  • The Assembly Hall
  • The Grand Trunk
  • Glory Hole Doughnuts
  • Isla Filipino Restaurant
  • Rustic Cosmo Cafe
  • Rice and Noodle
  • The Parkdale Flea
  • Bacchus Roti
  • Apogee Financial
  • Yummy Stuff
  • Strategic Properties JV
  • JR’s Natural Health & Bulk
  • Designer Fabric Outlet
  • Wrongbar
  • Community 54
  • North Standard Trading Post
  • Tomas Pearce Interior Design
  • Parkdale Activity and Recreational Centre
  • This Little Piggy
  • Arcadia Antiques
  • Hair For Better Extension Zone
  • Danijela’s Simply Delicious Restaurant
  • Belle Optical
  • Feather Factory
  • Café Taste
  • Poor John’s Cafe
  • Parkdale Accounting
  • Yoga Queen
  • Shopgirls Boutique
  • Century 21 Regal Realty
  • Ana Maria’s Hair Salon
  • Soho Art & Custom Framing

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination: Resources & Links for Businesses

Effective today, Ontario will require proof of vaccination to access select settings. Please find below some links to business signage and additional resources.

Between September 22 and October 22, 2021, in addition to proof of identity, a patron must show a paper or digital version of the PDF receipt. After October 22, 2021, in addition to proof of identity, a patron may present a paper or digital version of the PDF receipt or a paper or digital version of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code to gain access to designated settings.

What is the full list of settings (i.e., businesses or organizations) where patrons must provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs, and other similar establishments
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions o Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas 3
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences

Can I choose to have my business require individuals to show proof of vaccination at the point of entry to gain access? Can my restaurant require proof of vaccination for the outdoor patio?

While only specified businesses or organizations are legally required to ask their patrons for proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Ministry’s Guidance do not prevent other businesses or organizations from establishing a vaccination policy. The Ministry’s Guidance also do not prevent the specified businesses or organizations from establishing additional policies or requirements pertaining to their patrons. This could include businesses or organizations that want to implement policies or requirements for part of their business (e.g., entire restaurant including the outdoor patio). Businesses or organizations considering creating their own additional policies or requirements may wish to consult a lawyer. However, all Ontarians, regardless of their vaccination status, should continue to have access to necessary medical care, food from grocery stores, and basic medical supplies.

Why do patrons at the specified businesses and organizations have to be vaccinated but workers (i.e., staff/employees) do not have to be?

Employers are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. This includes identifying the risks and implementing appropriate controls. This is an existing requirement for workers to wear protective personal equipment that provides protection of the eyes, nose and mouth if, in the course of providing services, the person is required to come within two metres of another person indoors who is not wearing a mask or face covering and is not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier. This is specifically designed to protect workers, especially where they are required to come into close contact with many patrons who are unmasked (e.g., restaurant, gym). Businesses or organizations are also required to implement comprehensive public health and workplace safety measures that are specific to protecting their workers. Businesses and organizations may choose to implement policies that require workers to be vaccinated.

What are the proof of vaccination requirements for Indigenous partners?

Ontario is committed to ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations, including ensuring OCAP principles are fully met. A receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider may be used as proof of vaccination. An Indian Status Card or an Indigenous Membership Card with the name and date of birth are appropriate documentation to provide proof of identity.

Are outdoor areas covered by tents, canopies, retractable roofs, etc. considered indoor or outdoor settings?

A setting is considered to be outdoors if an outdoor area of the business or place is: Covered by a roof, canopy, tent, awning, or other element if at least two full sides of the area are open to the outdoors and not blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers; or Equipped with a retractable roof and the roof is retracted, at least one full side of the outdoor area is open to the outdoors and is not blocked by any walls or other impermeable barriers. It is possible to have indoor spaces in an outdoor setting (e.g., indoor food or drink establishment at a fair).

Can a restaurant allow unvaccinated patio patrons to dine inside if it starts to rain?

Patrons can dine in indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments if they are fully vaccinated. Patrons must provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the point of entry

How can a business ensure the safety and security of its staff if they are forced to turn someone away who does not have proof of vaccination?

Many businesses are experienced at declining entry for legitimate reasons. For example, some establishments have experience preventing people under 19 from ordering or consuming alcohol or entering bars. Individuals who have any trouble with patrons could, if the situation permits, inform the patron of the requirements under O. Reg. 364/20 and offer alternate solutions (e.g., to sit on an outdoor patio, takeout). All Provincial offences officers, including by-law, police, public health inspectors and regulatory officers from several ministries and agencies may provide education and enforcement of all the requirements under the ROA, including the new proof of vaccination requirement.

If situations escalate, law enforcement, such as local police, can be contacted. In an emergency call 9-1-1. If employers update their workplace violence and harassment policies and procedures, as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and all workers are informed of such, workplaces will be better able to respond to any unfortunate incidents that may occur in relation to the requirement for vaccination certificates. Tools and resources are available to help businesses implement the necessary safety measures including guidance to develop workplace violence and harassment measures and procedures as part of their COVID Safety Plan. Examples of some other helpful resources are (but not limited to): a) Developing your COVID Safety Plan b)Understand the law on workplace violence and harassment c)Are your employees prepared to handle COVID-linked violence? d)WSPS Workplace Violence and Harassment Toolbox.

Please follow the Ministry of Health: Questions & Answers link to view more questions as well as submit your own questions.

Buy Parkdale Time

It’s small businesses that make our city interesting. But on average they racked up $170K in debt over the last year. If we lose them, what kind of city will we be? The lockdown may be ending, but supporting our neighbors is more urgent than ever. As more businesses close down weekly, we need to buy time for the remaining who are just barely hanging on. Please support local!  #buytorontotime

Learn more here: Toronto Star, blogto, CTV, Daily Hive

Follow this Toronto Association of BIA’s campaign here.

June Newsletter: Buy Toronto Time, KQQR, CafeTO, Resources

KQQR Construction

OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Although the Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King St W, Queen St W, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Ave (KQQR Construction) are well underway, the sidewalks are accessible and open to pedestrians. We remind visitors to dismount from bikes when travelling the block and encourage everyone to use street or Green P parking when shopping. 
To stay in the loop, please visit the dedicated page on our website here, or attend the weekly virtual calls the City hosts where members of the public can join, (virtually), to ask questions about the ongoing KQQR construction work. City staff and a representative from the local City Councillor’s office will be at the meeting to either provide answers on the spot or report back shortly after.

The KQQR Construction area will be supported in the coming weeks with Posters, 3,000+ Canada Post flyers, Transit Shelter, Radio and more. Posters will be delivered to storefronts and installed around the community in the coming weeks. 

BUY TORONTO TIME 

The Toronto Association of BIA’s has launched an awareness Media campaign around the City which focuses on a few communities such as Parkdale and reminds residents and visitors that on average local businesses have racked up $170,000 in debt. Supporting our neighbors is more urgent than ever. As more businesses close down weekly, we need to buy time for the remaining who are just barely hanging on. Please support local! The campaign is supported by billboards, transit shelters, subway posters, digital advertising, radio, and TV, and will feature some Parkdale businesses. Follow along here.

CAFETO 

Queen St West will see approx.16 cafe’s installed along sidewalks or curb lanes this summer. This CafeTO initiative is to assist Restaurants and Bars and help animate our streets. Please enjoy these cafes safely and eat locally! 

SUMMER FLORALS, MAINTENANCE ETC

As we work towards increasing the capacity of our office, please note that some services will continue to be impacted by the current Pandemic. Thus floral services, graffiti removal, street cleaning, and overall maintenance requests may be delayed at times. We thank all the individuals, organizations, and City department staff working tirelessly as a team. 
Floral planters are being installed within the next week. The flowers will be regularly watered and cleaned of debris, however, we encourage all business owners to assist by reporting any damage or theft of plants, and giving your storefront a regular sweep. Help us keep Parkdale Village clean and colorful!


RESOURCES

  1. Support for Indigenous Businesses
  2. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program
  3. Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program
  4. Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
  5. Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI)
  6. Business Credit Availability Program 
  7. Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) 
  8. COVID-19 Business Support Grants – Energy and Property Tax Rebates
  9. COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP-SB)
  10. Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant
  11. Ontario Community Environment Fund – Deadline June 23rd

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Program

The Government of Canada has announced that the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is now accepting loan applications from Black business owners and entrepreneurs through the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE). It will provide loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs. Loans can be used for capital investments, working capital, short-term receivable financing. Visit FACE to apply.

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

Business licensing and permit application portal
BusinessTO Support Centre: Provides one-on-one virtual support to help businesses
CurbTO: Provides temporary curbside parking pick-up zones for main street businesses
Digital Main Street: Provides support for businesses interested in adopting technologies 
COVID-19: Guidelines for Businesses & Community OrganizationsMandatory mask-wearing guidelines
Printable posters 
Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace: Requirements of employers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace
ShopHERE powered by Google: Get help to set up and launch an online store quickly, easily and at no cost 
Free Webinars

RESOURCES TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR REOPENING!

As businesses prepare to reopen there will be a need to re-engage with your customers and clients. New strategies will vary based on your location, industry, and as the environment changes overtime. Developing a thorough reopening plan provides businesses with an opportunity to be transformational. 

ANTI RACISM & INCLUSION RESOURCES!

Every business can put a plan in place to address racism and help eradicate it. Below are some resources to help. 

BUSINESSTO

Support for one-on-one help with applications for any of these programs. 

Parkdale Hub Project Community Meeting – May 27, 2021

You’re invited to the Community Meeting for the Parkdale Hub Project.

Virtual Community Meeting

Join us online or by phone on Thursday, May 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a Community Meeting about the Parkdale Hub project. At the Community Meeting, CreateTO will share and seek feedback on a preliminary development concept for the Parkdale Hub project, answer questions and provide information on next steps.

Additional details about the meeting and how to join and participate are included below:

Meeting Notice
Instructions on how to join and participate in the meeting
Join Online (link to be provided here on the day of the meeting)
Join by phone:
On Thursday, May 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dial: 416-216-5643
Access Code: 132 896 4920

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The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years in order to maintain current service delivery levels.

The Parkdale Hub Study Area includes approximately 4.24 acres of City-owned lands and includes the following properties:

Potential Redevelopment:

  • Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre (220 Cowan Avenue)
  • Parkdale Library Branch (1303 Queen Street West)
  • Parkdale Arts and Culture Centre (1313 Queen Street West)
  • Toronto Parking Authority lot (1325 Queen Street West)

    Potential Enhancements to Public Realm and Site Integration
  • Masaryk Park and Dunn Avenue Parkette
  • Public Laneway at rear of library (Milky Way Lane)
  • Toronto Community Housing residential apartment building (245 Dunn Avenue)

Reimagining the future of this area provides a unique opportunity for CreateTO to collaborate with City divisions, agencies, the non-profit sector and the broader community to create spaces that will more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community into the future.

The benefits that will be delivered to the Parkdale community through this project include:

  • The revitalization and expansion of the Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, to better deliver recreational programming through a more efficient design and the addition of up to 30,000 square feet of space;
  • The revitalization and expansion of the Parkdale Library Branch, to provide increased visibility and accessibility to the third busiest library branch in the city;
  • The creation of new affordable rental housing delivered through the Housing Now Initiative;
  • The ongoing delivery of Artscape’s cultural hub program, which provides affordable live-work housing for local artists as well as an art gallery and community office space;
  • The creation of new inclusive and accessible community space and design elements that will strategically connect programs, services and people – creating an integrated “Hub”; and
  • Significant enhancements to the public realm in the heart of the Parkdale neighbourhood, through the sensitive adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and improved connectivity with the adjacent residential neighbourhood.

This project was initiated by City Council in 2017, with a request for City staff to convene an Inter-Divisional Agency Table to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for the City-owned properties located at 1313, 1303 Queen Street West and 220 Cowan Avenue.

In 2018, CreateTO was directed to undertake a Feasibility Study during which the agency, in collaboration with the City of Toronto Real Estate Services division, held several preliminary stakeholder and community meetings to learn what Parkdale residents, community organizations and local City agencies would like to see included in a future community hub.

This included meetings with Parkdale Arts & Culture Centre’s live-work tenants, the community organizations currently operating in the Study Area, public survey and community organization surveys and public town hall meetings. View materials from the 2019 community engagement here:

In December 2019, a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project was adopted by City Council. That report provided an overview of the findings from the first phase of the Feasibility Study and recommended next steps for moving the project forward. CreateTO and several other City divisions were directed to develop the following:

  • A more detailed design;
  • Heritage impact assessment;
  • Construction phasing study;
  • Operations and collaboration framework;
  • Community engagement strategy;
  • Programming model;
  • Affordable housing model;
  • Environmental studies; and
  • Capital budget and financing model

At the direction of City Council, the Parkdale Hub project will be following the guiding principles and objectives of the Housing Now Initiative, and 1303 Queen St. W. will be considered for a future phase of the Housing Now Initiative.

The Parkdale Hub project was one of CreateTO’s first projects launched under the new city-wide model to centralize the delivery of the City’s real estate services. The project is a great example of CreateTO serving as a catalyst for city-building and supporting the vibrancy of the community, while contributing to the City’s broader city-building objectives.




KQQR Construction

Please visit our KQQR Construction Page to view up-to-date details involving this project. The page is dedicated to the Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR Construction)
Start Date: September 8, 2020 End Date: August 2022



Virtual Trailer

The City is also hosting Virtual Trailer Drop-In Sessions where members of the public can join, (virtually), to ask questions about the ongoing KQQR construction work. City staff and a representative from the local City Councillor’s office will be at the meeting to either provide answers on the spot or report back shortly after.

Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

Throughout construction, the City will be meeting on a regular basis with affected groups adjacent to construction locations. The CLC is an advisory committee and not a formal commenting or decision-making body of the City of Toronto. The purpose of the CLC is to provide community input and advice to City staff regarding construction. The CLC is comprised of the following local interests:

  • Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Resident’s Associations
  • Community Organizations
  • Neighbouring Properties
  • Ward Councillor
  • City Staff: Project Manager, Transportation Services and Senior Public Consultation Coordinator

Contact

Michael Vieira
Metro Hall
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
Telephone: 416-392-3074
Email: [email protected]

To View more please visit our KQQR Construction page link here.

CafeTO 2021 Now Open

Toronto City Council unanimously approved a bigger and better CaféTO program to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars. The first wave of registrations is open and, pending public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for 2021 would be in installed as soon as May – almost two months earlier than last.

I encourage you to attend the free webinar listed below and to let our office know right away if you plan on applying for 2021.

  1. Free webinar about CaféTOTuesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. Sign Up here
  2. The Registration Guidebook for 2021 has been updated and can be viewed here.
  3. The Actual Registration Form can be viewed here.
  4. Blank Insurance Certificate can be viewed here.

For Restaurants Located within the KQQR Construction Zone, we know that CafeTO Applications in your area may be difficult to get but we are working with the City to find solutions.

If you have any questions about the CaféTO program, you can also contact the project team directly at [email protected]

The Shameful Tiki Room Patio – 2020