I know how you feel. You feel a teeny bit guilty for going a teeny bit overboard at Christmas in terms of shopping. Well you can turn that guilt into self-righteous glee by shopping local and supporting your small business owners right here in your own neighbourhood. Got a great gift idea from the neighbourhood – why not post it on the blog and share the love. I’ll start. I bought a lovely poinsettia centerpiece at City Flowers (Danforth and Woodbine) last weekend. I gave it to my wonderful neighbours who donate many many hours to DECA by looking after my kids when I trot off to meetings.
Other notes for your shopping pleasure…
1. LucSculpture School and Studio on Greenwood, just North of Danforth is holding an art and craft show and sale from December 1st to January 3rd. Sculpture, painting, drawings, photographs, post cards, pottery, jewellery from $1 to $200. The opening reception and sale is December 5th from 2 – 6 p.m.
2. As far as gifts go, you cannot go wrong with a gift certificate to Sugar Moon Salon or a little gift of pampering to yourself because let’s face it – you deserve it. Owner, Paola is opening a new Dermalogica Skin Bar and a brow bar next week. It’s right next door to Sugar Moon at 1509 Danforth, just west of Coxwell. If you don’t know what a brow bar is, don’t worry, you probably don’t need to know.
3. Daina Liepa has opened up a new shop at Pape and Danforth (I know it’s a bit out of district, but I’m feeling the generosity of the season.) It’s called Continuum Modern Vintage and it’s all about ‘upcycling’. She’s taking stuff from estate sales and auctions and giving them a new lease on life. It’s open now at 707 Pape on the S.E. corner at Danforth.
4. This season, Toronto Hydro will give you a free string of LED christmas lights in exchange for two strings of incandescent lights. Here is the where and when.