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

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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

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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