More Shopping

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.

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  1. For the first time last week, I wandered into Red Sable (Danforth, just east of Coxwell on the south side) and I was very excited to see a little shop selling artisan wares from pottery to handmade soaps to jewellery. I think someone could get all of their holiday shopping done in this store alone! It was like the one-of-a-kind craft show, but just down the street with free admission!

  2. Here’s another great one – our neighbours recently gave us a wonderful birthday gift – a jar of homemade tomato sauce and a jar of homemade pesto from Gerrard’s Pizza – just west of Coxwell on Danforth. I know they also have some olive oils there too.

  3. Posted on behalf of Pat Chartier…

    I’m just back from a little shopping expedition on our stretch of the Danforth. First I went to Better Bulk and am delighted to report that their inventory keeps getting better and better (hence their name, I guess). They even have fleur de sel in bulk! What a huge savings. And some really neat skin care products that I’m going to put in my daughter’s Christmas stocking.

    Next I stopped by Wag on the Danforth. What a terrific place to shop for our cats’ needs. You might think the prices would be higher here than in a large chain store but they’re not and the selection is superior.
    Plus Ruth is very knowledgeable about her product line.

    And finally I stopped by Small World for a coffee and a chat.

    As I just said to my husband upon returning home, I love our little stretch of the Danforth. I rarely go to the big chain stores anymore because this kind of shopping is warm and satisfying–feels like I’m living in a small town–plus the prices are good (often better than the big chains) and the quality is outstanding.

  4. I always buy some sort of “artsy” present at DeSerres for my nieces and nephews. They have great craft ideas and easy projects.

  5. Bamboo is the new “it” textile as it is highly renewable (grows like a weed) and can be converted easily [citation needed] into yarns and fabrics. Some say it is naturally anti-bacterial, very absorbent (towels), biodegradable etc. I’ve not looked into the claims though. You may see a lot of bamboo/cotton blends in the future.

  6. Hello -love your blog. I am so happy your have it as it has really helped me feel welcome in this, my new neighborhood.

    I have been to **Better Bulk** on Danforth just west of Woodbine and I think it is fantastic! If you make food gifts for the holidays or give nifty jars of ingreadients as gifts -this is THE place to go. Their stuff is extremely fresh and you can particularly notice this with their nuts. I got some great organic coco powder there that was among the best I’ve tasted too. I think this could be a nice place for holiday gifts for foodies.

  7. We at the True Brew Cafe are doing gift certificates too in $5 increments. Especially great for teachers – our cafe is very close to Gledhill.

  8. I’m a local coach that helps moms get their lives in shape after baby – from both a fitness and career perspective.

    Fitness Class Passes or Personal Training makes a great gift!

    I offer baby & mom speciality classes and women’s only classes at Dance Kids Canada (Cosburn & Woodbine).

    In-home Personal Training makes exercising really convenient. Especially helpful for new moms or those of us who are very busy (who isn’t!).

    If you know someone who needs motivation and encouragement in their career, I provide resume writing, interview prep sessions and job search action plans. Gift certificates are available for Career Coaching services.

    Please visit my website for more info or email me:

  9. used furniture – Furniture Bank 11 Peel ave 416 934 1229 to donate furniture / auto mechanic Daniel’s Auto 1165 Woodbine ave 416 421 3111

  10. Re: Do Bamboo–I know it’s a little late to reply to posts from December but I shop at this great little store regularly. The owner is very friendly and the clothing feels amazing on and wears well. I just got my son two shirts there for his birthday. It’s his first time wearing bamboo clothing and he can’t believe how soft and comfortable it is. Currently (Mar/10) Do Bamboo has “golf” shirts (the three-button style t-shirts, with a collar–I think they’re called golf shirts) on sale for $15, and super soft hoodies for, I think, $35. (I’m not sure how long this sale will last but it was in effect two days ago.)

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