Happy Birthday Silly Goose Kids!

We’ve written about how awesome we think Silly Goose Kids already, noting the toy store as a Danforth Gem early on in its existence. This store has everything – all things train, a vast selection of books, the most fashionable kids shoes, princess dress-up clothes, super fast scooters, eco friendly teething toys, change table in the washroom, rocking chair to nurse in, play area for the toddles, gorgeous gift wrapping, plus all the amazing guests that they’ve brought into the neighbourhood.  SGK has added to community events by bringing crafts and activities to many DECA events as well.


The gang at SGK asked that we pass along this note to the neighbourhood:

This weekend Silly Goose Kids is celebrating our first birthday!
When opening our store we had hoped  that we would become a “hub” for our community, somewhere that people could hang out, meet friends, feed their babies,make music , share insights on parenting and have a coffee once in awhile.

This past year we have met so many wonderful people in our Neighbourhood and feel very fortunate to be where we are today. We would like to say thanks to DECA for all of their support while we were getting started and continuing to promote local businesses.

We would also like to say thank you to everyone for coming to us for your birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, new baby, new sibling, get well, back to school, moving in, moving out and just because gifts!!

Please come and celebrate our birthday with us. We have lots of fun planned for Saturday and Sunday (Sept 22-23).
Pssst.. Save the tax all weekend!

See you soon!
The gaggle Silly Goose Kids


DECA’s Call for Proposals & Free documentary screening


Arts and/or Social Enterprises interested in pop-up placement on the Danforth, Monarch Park to Main

DEADLINE:  September 23, 2012

We here at Danforth East Commmunity Association are interested in filling the empty stores along Danforth Avenue between Monarch Park and Main with short-term enterprises. We believe that more activity along our commercial strip = a safer, more walkable and vibrant neighborhood. We are looking for artists and social enterprise projects that:

  • Can fill (and vacate) an empty space quickly and easily
  • Will add value to the street and the community

If you have an idea for a creative enterprise that could be placed temporarily in an empty store, we are interested in hearing from you!  In 200 words or less, tell us what you would like to do. If we are interested, we’ll ask you for more!

We are now accepting statements of intent for a weekend showcase this October.

What would YOU do with one free month on the Danforth?

Click here to email us with your proposals and/or your questions.



Next Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ Danforth/Coxwell Library


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?

Something Old

Tintypes are back!

If you came to last year’s Danforth East Arts Fair, you likely noticed a photographer hiding under the hood of an old-timey camera to take portraits of other patrons. That’s Horst Herget, and he was creating tintypes right in East Lynn Park, developing the images on tin in just a few minutes and recreating an ancient art form in the process. Perhaps you caught his recent “Face the Danforth” show at Crema.

We’ve been getting questions about whether he’s returning on September 15 & 16. Lucky for you, the answer is yes. If you’re interested in having Horst take your picture, click here to drop him a line in advance, or stop by his booth in the northwest corner of the park.
Prices range from $45 to $75. You can even get your image framed right there in the park after Horst develops it. Doesn’t that make gift giving easy?
Something New
Have you noticed the store called Shoe Clearance on Danforth, just east of Monarch Park?
This is a clearance store associated with a shoe store with locations in Riverdale and the Beaches, with many prices discounted to far less than half the original. So our neighbourhood gets great quality shoes for adults, kids and babies at a fraction of the cost? Yay us! Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon – 7 p.m.
Something Borrowed
You’re invited to the next DECA Board Meeting
The next DECA Board meeting is on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Are you a DECA member who would like to attend, or someone else with a reason to want to go? If so, we’d love to borrow you for an evening. We meet at a local licensed establishment, so think of it as a night out with neighbours rather than a “Board meeting” per se. If you would like more information, please email info@DanforthEastCommunityAssociation.com and someone will get back to you with more details.
Something Blue
Did you stop receiving DECA Diaries to your email?
We’ve heard that some people stopped getting our blog posts right to their inbox. We think that this occurred when the emails stopped coming from Natasha’s email account, and switched over to decadiaries(at)gmail.com. If this happened to you, please check your spam filters and add our new email address to your safe list. You can click here to notify us if any problems persist.

‘Restaurant Takeover’ takes over Danforth’s Golden Pizza

A keen DECA Board Member (okay fine, it was me) was strolling along the Danforth today and noticed some TV-types taping black plastic over the windows of Golden Pizza, near Danforth and Oak Park Avenues . The sign in the window said “Closed for Restaurant Takeover”.  So I did what anyone would do – I took a picture!

Click here for Huffington Post’s article about this new show, Restaurant Takeover, and you will get a sense of what our neighbourhood is in for.  It sounds like by next week, we might have a new Danforth Gem on our hands!  Stay tuned.

New(ish) Nibbles in the Hood

We may be a bit late with this one, but in case you’re not a regular passer-by of Lumsden and Woodbine Avenues, a new shop has opened on the corner.  Harvest Grill and Panini Shoppe moved into the space previously occupied by Nutralicious Kitchen.  Owner John moved his business here from Queen street recently looking for something new.  Although his primary specialty is corporate and private catering, he offers walk-ins a variety of coffees, pizzas, salads, paninis, wraps and burgers.  He will also be offering frozen meals in the near future, such as curries, jambalayas, lasagnas and pastas.  For more info contact info(at)jscatering.ca or call 416-725-1596.