CABBAGETOWN LIVING [December 2017] - Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown Living


The holidays are here and we are busy in Cabbagetown with all sorts of things to do. From the first annual Cabbagetown Cookie Swap and the local Cabbagetown Holiday Lights Contest, not to mention a jolly man in red visiting us once or twice, the festive spirit (and some gift ideas) can be found in our historic neighbourhood.

Scroll through this month’s edition of Cabbagetown Living to find out why so many people love to visit us and please make sure to shop local this season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: time for the 3rd Annual Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest!

In what has become a popular annual tradition sponsored by the Cabbagetown Residents Assocation, it’s time to show off Cabbagetown’s houses in all of their illuminated glory. Whether the inspiration leans toward Martha Stewart or maybe the Griswold Family, show off your decorating style or nominate one of your neighbours in the Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest.

There are three ways to enter:

– Post a photo to Twitter with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;
– Post a photo on their Facebook page (@Cabbagetowner) timeline with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;
– or email your photo to

Please include the address of the home in the photo, so they can include the street name on the voting website and know how to contact the residents if their house wins. To learn more about rules, dates and everything else please visit

With friends and family stopping by for the holidays many of us will be decorating our homes to celebrate the season. Alex and the team at MiCasa, 238 Carlton have worked to bring in all sorts of ideas to help you create a winter wonderland. Talk to them for advice on creating the perfect vignette or for help with gift ideas.

The Cabbagetown Holiday Kick Off was hosted by the Cabbagetown BIA on Saturday November 25th. Photos from the event have been added to our Facebook page (@Cabbagetown.TO.) The event included wagon rides, a choir, selfies with Santa, a kids crafts table and treats from our event partners at The Scullery, The Epicure Shop, Grinning Face Non-Dairy Gelato and Buds and Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids.

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This time of year is all about family and friends. It is the perfect time to get together and have a hygge night in. Our friends at Labour of Love, 223 Carlton are packed with all kinds of hygge essentials (which by the way make great gifts.) From tea and cozy socks to the perfect klippan blanket, you will be all set to enjoy a hygge night…. afternoon… or even morning!

Are you ready for the holidays? At Dixon Hall, they’re busier than ever, preparing warm and nutritious meals for their two shelters, 16 Out of the Cold Sites, and their Meals on Wheels Program. They’re also ensuring no one is left behind – that our community’s most isolated and vulnerable are receiving the connection and companionship everyone deserves, especially during this time of year.

This holiday season, Dixon Hall needs to raise $100,000 to meet the anticipated need for their housing and food security programs. Please help ensure no one if left out in the cold this winter. Give generously at

It is that time of year for festive celebrations. Spruce Home Decor at 455 Parliament kicked off the season last month with a holiday party with co-hosts Laura Collins + Kelly Lynn Armstrong of Elsie + Kel Design Co. Guests were treated to an early look at holiday gifting ideas, refreshments and lots of cheer. If you are looking for some great fun, funky and useful stocking stuffers under $20 or gifts they will love under $60, check out the Spruce blog at for tons of ideas!

Know someone who loves Cabbagetown just as much as we do? If so, why not give them some Cabbagetown swag this season. The Cabbagetown BIA Office Swag Shop has t-Shirts, flags, tote bags, hats and even baby onesies available for sale as part of our year long fundraiser. You can see everything online at

Carol T. Culhane of International Food Focus in Cabbagetown recently joined others from Canada’s food manufacturing sector at the STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: A CLOSER LOOK AT CANADA’S FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY conference. They heard a financial outlook from one of Canada’s eminent economists – Doug Porter from the Bank of Montreal with the big take away being Canada’s economy is doing very well, as is that of the USA! The group also received an interesting and informative update on online grocery shopping from Isabel Morales of AC Nielsen learning that Canadians of all ages now shop for groceries online, however, we are way behind the UK in terms of market penetration.

Many other topics were covered and Carol thoroughly enjoyed the event. Carol encourages everyone to take time to expand your knowledge in your field, no matter what that might be and no matter what level you are at. With the season of new year resolutions coming up soon, perhaps you might incorporate this into your plans for 2018.

Fun fact about our friends at Fair Trade Jewellery, 523 Parliamemnt: While at first glance they might look like only a jewellery store, in fact they design and manufacture RIGHT HERE in Cabbagetown in their studio. Want to see HOW they do it? Check out this video showing you behind the scenes of the process from design to final polish. ( Interested in custom jewellery? Reach out to them and ask for a tour of their studio.

As the holidays approach, have peek in their window and see some of the wonderful pieces they have created, including a new minimalist diamond-bar collection.

Hey Cabbagetowners are you going to the first Annual Cookie Swap in Cabbagetown? Our newest members at Buds and Blossoms – Happy Parents and Happy Kids, 517 Parliament have volunteered to be the hosts for the inaugural year.

Here is how it works… Package up nut-free, home-made (by adults!) cookies in bags with 6 cookies in each. You can use zip-lock bags or seasonal bags from the dollar store. Drop off your bags of cookies at Buds and Blossoms, 517 Parliament, Suite 200 on Saturday December 9th, no later than 3:45 pm – mix and mingle with other Cabbagetowners for a few minutes – and the swap will start at 4pm. You will receive a token for each bag of cookies and are encouraged to bring at least 4 bags (i.e. 2 dozen) so that you can swap for 4 or more types!
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For 8 years, KENDALL & Co, 514 Parliament has delivered a grand vision for their Christmas Window to the delight of Holiday shoppers near and far. Months in the making through iteration of ideas from Kendall, it then takes a village (aka their Interior Design Team) to put together. This year with research into the Toronto Archives, it features a snowy illuminated streetscape of Cabbagetown’s Victorians and our main street buildings standing today along with those from our by-gone era.

Soaring from this vignette is a spinning tree, rotating their assortment of dazzling ornaments and topped by a ceiling of stars. Inside, Kevin and his elves complete the magical transformation from a Design Furnishings Store to a glorious Wonderland of Gifts. Brimming to the ceiling are fantastic presents for every age, at every budget. KENDALL & Co is a wonderful example of Toronto’s merriest and brightest reasons why we should all #shoplocal and #shopsmall. It is no wonder they are again awarded “Best Design Firm” (Runner-Up) by NOW Magazine, “Best Shop Window and In-Store Display” by Cabbagetown BIA and “Best Service” by houzz. Visit them during their extended holiday hours, Mon-Wed 10-6, Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-6, Sat 11-5 + Sun 12-4. Follow them on facebook and instagram for Daily Advent Deals and more! (Facebook: @KendallandCoDesignDecor. Instagram: @kendallandco)

The holidays are upon us, and with it comes a much-needed break! But instead of going into hibernation or bingeing on screen time, why not change it up this year and create some special new traditions with your family that will make memories for years to come? Our friends at Buds and Blossoms’, 517 Parliament (Suite 200) are a family activity studio, and below they share their top three ideas on what you and your kids can do this holiday together.

1) Volunteer! So many wonderful organizations in the neighbourhood and throughout the GTA need extra hands during this busy time of year, and signing up to help for a morning or afternoon of service with your family will give you the experience of being creative, working co-operatively as a team and teaching the beauty of giving back.

2) Cook! Although it’s a time of year where it seems like there’s more food than house, having the time to walk through the cooking process and involve your children in what they’re eating is precious (and fun)! Make a special treat to bring to a holiday party together, let them get their hands dirty, or create something entirely new and put it in the family recipe book!

3) Get moving! Thinking of ways to stay active when there’s snow on the ground is pretty easy, but how about when it’s just cold, dark and grey? Go outside and try out different ways to keep warm, go on a nature walk and note the seasonal changes, or stay inside and learn a dance routine together!

A message from our new friends at Happy At Home Petsitter Toronto – “As a new member of the Cabbagetown Community and the BIA I am pleased to say we are thrilled to be a small business owner in such a predominant and up and coming trendy community where everyone is out to help and guide one another. I thank so many of our small businesses for your help whether it’s our local pet stores great sales and prices on pet essentials for our business and my own pets or it’s our local Indian conveniences fresh butcher for chicken and seafood, the quality cannot be beat. Our most memorable moment this year is being given a Chairman’s Welcome Award for A New Small Business.”

If your pet needs someone to look after them while you are away this holiday season, contact the Happy At Home Petsitters team to learn more about their pet care services because nobody, even pets, like to be alone for the holidays.

Did you know your pet’s “doggy breath” is much more than just bad breath your holiday guests will notice? Our friends at Cabbagetown Pet Clinic, 239 Gerrard tell is it is a sign of dental disease that can affect your pet’s long term health.
The best way to prevent dental disease is daily oral home care.

There are key steps to promote oral health:
Reduce and control plaque. Plaque is the root cause of periodontal disease.
Match plaque control techniques to meet the needs of the individual pet. For example, water additives, tooth brushing and treats.
Feed a dental diet with an appropriate texture to contribute to oral health.
Stay ahead of plaque accumulation and schedule professional cleaning as recommended by your veterinarian
To book a free dental consult with a Cabbagetown Pet Clinic registered veterinary technician to discuss your pet’s dental health and take advantage of dental promotions, call them at (416) 928-6761.

There is still time to help YSM spread hope and Christmas cheer! You can help YSM spread holiday cheer to families in need, street youth and adults experiencing chronic poverty. Go to for more details on how we can #TransformTorontoTogether.

Our member friends at Yeti Law are celebrating their 31st Christmas in Cabbagetown! They want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and are pictured here with a Cabbagetown Christmas poster from 1986!

Everyone knows the Cabbagetown Youth Centre has some amazing programs for youth, but did you also know they offer room and event space rentals to raise funds for their programs? If you are planning a holiday event, a birthday or want to start a weekly or monthly club and need a meeting space, call (416) 960-1032 and ask for Donald. They have a kitchen, tables/chairs, and sound system and are glad to welcome you to their space. They are located in the heart of Cabbagetown at 2 Lancaster.

FACT #1: Not everyone can have dairy. FACT #2: Gelato melts under the tree and your dog will likely “unwrap” it before the kids get up. With that in mind our friends at Grinning Face Non Dairy Gelato, 540 Parliament are pleased to offer gift certificates this season in ornamental balls. (They just could not bare the thought of their gelato melting all over your rug.) Check out their holiday flavours including Classic Gingerbread which is gluten free and full of toasty spices, Rum & Raisin loaded with boozy Bermudan Black Seal rum soaked golden raisins and cinnamon rum sauce, Merry Merry Cranberry made with fresh Ontario cranberries, spice and all things nice or our personal favourite (hint hint Santa) the Ginger & Chocolate Crackle with Ontario Ginger and dark chocolate crackle. Talk about a yummy holiday season!

Patty at The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament has been busy deep in the shop’s basement at her basket making table. (Down there is where all the magic happens. It is almost like Santa’s workshop but with less toys and more delectable delights and stacks of baskets.) Every year she sets up a station for herself and gets to work filling baskets with all kinds of goodies and wrapping them up for shoppers to give friends and family. If you are in need of something custom, just ask and Patty will build one for you during her next basket making frenzy with arms flying and ribbon spiraling.

Not only do strawberries and bananas taste delicious (especially in a smoothie) but did you know the health benefits they provide?

Our friends at Freshed Right Salad & Juice Bar, 298 Gerrard tell us bananas not only relieve constipation (something no one likes to talk about) but they also aid in weight loss and are useful for healthy weight gain, relieve menstrual problems, protect against ulcers, cure kidney disorders, help in treating anemia, give arthritis relief and also boost eye and bone health.

Strawberries boost your immune system, help maintain normal blood pressure levels, lower the risk of arthritis, gout and cancer, help regulate proper functioning of the nervous system and help prevent heart disease and reduce cholesterol.

Great on their own, but even better together in a Freshed Right Strawberry Banana Smoothie 😉

Cabbagetown’s very own Cycle Solutions at 444 Parliament love getting involved. One cause they have been supporting (for over 15 years now) is the FRIENDS FOR LIFE BIKE RALLY. They have been donating a bike each year which riders are entered into a draw for and this year the lucky winner took home a Specialized Diverge Road Bike valued at $1300!

During the holiday season Cycle solutions is hosting a food drive in their shop for the PWA Essential Market and hope you will stop by with an item. They can also tell you more about the FFL Bike Rally which they themselves have ridden in!

Santa will be at F’Amelia, 12 Amelia Street in Cabbagetown, on Sunday December 17th, 4pm to 6pm with hot chocolate, cookies and crafts for the kids and hot maple butter rum for the adults! Bring your wish list and come celebrate the season. Of course F’Amelia will be open at 5pm for dinner as well if you are in the mood for a festive sit down.

Eleanor Matheson has lived in Cabbagetown for 7 years… which she clarifies is her whole life. Over on Eleanor shares why she likes living in Cabbagetown and where she likes to go. Take a look at Cabbagetown through the eyes of this seven year old and don’t be surprised if you like Cabbagetown for the same reasons 🙂 Find the original post at:


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