Cabbagetown GIft Guide for Christmas 2015

Cabbagetown Living


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This holiday season come to Cabbagetown to find gifts for everyone on your list and celebrate the season with family and friends in our many eateries. This Gift & Celebration Guide highlights just some of the local businesses to visit before you even consider hitting the dreaded mall. We guarantee you will be happy you chose to shop local in Cabbagetown!




Toast the holidays with a bottle of Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir from the LCBO. Russian River Valley is among the world’s finest areas outside Burgundy for growing Pinot Noir. This wine is intense, with plum, cherry, beet, smoke and spice flavours. Pair with thick grilled pork chops, rotisserie chicken or grilled tuna steaks. 750 mL bottle, made in California, US By: Rodney Strong Vineyards, XD – Extra Dry, Medium-bodied & Fruity. Reg. $24.95.


Sourced & Salvaged

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No matter who is on your list, Sourced & Salvaged industrial lights are guaranteed to brighten any holiday! And who said industrial isn’t pretty? Reclaimed wood is transformed into beautiful furnishings. Their hand poured soy candles in vintage canning jars make great hostess gifts. Be sure to check out their new line of greeting cards made by a local artist.


The Epicure Shop

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The Epicure Shop offers personalized and corporate gift baskets. Orders placed before December 14th receive a 15% discount so order now!

Also available in our Cabbagetown shop for the holidays is King George Christmas Pudding as featured in LCBO Food and Wine Guide 2014. This classic pudding uses 13 different fruits, brandy and is steamed for nearly 4 hours. See in shop for details.


The Irv Gastro Pub

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Looking to do a holiday party? The Irv Gastro Pub features a private dining room for parties of up to 34 guests. Ask them about their many options including prix-fixe menu, buffet or cocktails and h’orderves. They are happy to work with you to create your menu and entertainment. Contact The Irv Gastro Pub at 647-350-4787 or


Jordano Skin Care and Day Spa

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Treat yourself and your loved ones to some much deserved pampering. Let Jordano Skin Care & Day Spa melt the stress away with their luxury facials and body treatments. Visit them to relax the body and enrich the soul.

Jordano Skin Care & Day Spa offers a rejuvenating facial to help you look your best this holiday season. It combines light therapy, micronized currents and polarized currents to rejuvenate the skin. The photo-rejuvenation process treats aging skin on three levels: epidermal, dermal and muscular. It corrects and slows down skin’s aging by stimulating normal biological cell activity and restores youthful muscle tone.

Rose Jordano has been perfecting her craft for over 30 years and is looking forward to helping you achieve your personal best. Gift Certificates Available always.


Cabbagetown BIA (Business Improvement Area)



Stop into the Cabbagetown BIA office weekdays 10am – 5pm to find official Cabbagetown swag including flags, tote bags and T-shirts (more styles available). All proceeds go right back into the Cabbagetown BIA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping your local businesses grow.

The Cabbagetown BIA hosts the annual Cabbagetown Festival, provide streetscape improvements such as decorative floral baskets and pedestrian lighting, are working on two new parkettes for 2016/2017 and actively promote the area as a whole on social media with items such as this Gift and Celebration Guide.

Want to volunteer with us? We are always looking for administrative assistance and event volunteers. Contact us at



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Why cook when Cranberries is featuring their Christmas dinner with two seatings on the 25th. For $28 per person, your feast will include to start cream of butternut squash with apple and bacon soup OR organic greens drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy a main of oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and gravy topped with cranberry sauce and served with stuffing and a freshly baked dinner roll. Still have room? How about some apple pie with ice cream? Call to book your table now on the 25th at either 5pm or 7:30pm: 416-925-6330.


Healthy Whey

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Give yourself or someone you love, the gift of feeling great this Christmas! Visit Healthy Whey to find Himalayan salt lamps which are made of natural salt from the Himalayan Mountains, with a small bulb inside giving a warm soft amber glow to any room. It purifies and deodorizes the air by emitting negative ions to clear the air of smoke, dander, pollen, and other pollutants. It reduces allergy and asthma symptoms, eases coughing, increases mental energy levels, reduces drowsiness, makes you more alert and improves the mood. Electronic devices give off positive ions which sap our bodies of energy.

Having a salt lamp in your room invigorates you like you just came back from a drive to the countryside with the windows down or went camping in the mountains! $25.99-$49.99, see in store to learn more. Gift certificates and other gift ideas are available.


Del Ray Cleaners

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Is your favourite dress fresh and pressed ready for the big party? Family-owned and operated since 1962 by the Kwan Family, Del Ray Cleaners have an established reputation for their superior quality, being environmentally friendly, providing solvent-free dry cleaning and excellent repairs and alterations.

Steve Kwan is the renowned “Zipper Whisperer” in Cabbagetown.   He can repair or replace most broken zippers. Currently, store hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30am until 7:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am to 5pm. Closed on Sunday. For more information, please visit


Merryberry Cafe and Bistro

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Looking for something different for this holiday season? Merryberry’s cooking classes are a fun group activity between friends, family or colleagues. Starting at $45 per person (minimum 6 people) and customizable on the theme of your choice, they are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Call them at (647) 348-0411 to find out more or to book a table or an event in their whimsical dining room.


Grinning Face Non Dairy Gelato Goodness

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Celebrate the holidays with non-dairy gelato goodness from Grinning Face. It will be your dessert’s BFF, or just keep it to yourself and indulge in front of a roaring fire. This holiday get festive with their 4 seasonal flavours, Classic Gingerbread, Rum & Raisin, Spiced Pumpkin & Maple, and Ginger & Chocolate Crackle.


Spruce Home Decor

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Find the perfect gift at Spruce Home Decor and take advantage of their FREE gift wrapping service featuring paper and ribbon for the holiday season.


Stout Irish Pub

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Say Happy Holidays with Stout Irish Pub Holiday Gift Cards! The right gift choice for craft beer lovers!
Over 100 craft beers to enjoy this holiday season.
Now through Dec. 31st buy a gift card and GET A BONUS.*  Buy gift cards of $25, $50, or $100 and receive a $5, $10, or $20 bonus respectively! For details, inquire at Stout 221 Carlton St., or email


Little Shmiddy’s Hot Meat House



Head to Little Shmiddy’s Hot Meat House and snuggle next to their fireplace while enjoying some of their specialties. Try their poached pear, drool over their gravlax (cured salmon with maple syrup, Tete de Moine cheese with accompaniments), or try their delicious notable burger. Finish things off and delight your tastebuds with their gotta have sticky toffee pudding served with caramel sauce and chantilly cream. Don’t forget to ask about room rentals for group gatherings!


KENDALL & Co Interior Design + Décor

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’Tis the Season for Amazing Ornaments at KENDALL & Co – whether adding to your own tree, filling those stockings or gifting them to teachers, coworkers, family and friends. They make for unique party favours or as a present to the wonderful host. With over 200+ different styles, many of which are handcrafted with delightful details, there is something perfect for everyone on your list. Plus, their collection of Dome Ornaments makes them just that extra special. Click here for just some of your choices.

Limited quantities per style though. Get yours NOW at KENDALL & Co. They are so nice and easy when their Shop Associates can even gift box and gift wrap them for you.

Did you know that Ornaments are a Victorian Tradition? KENDALL & Co explains here.

Open everyday til Christmas. Visit:


The Scullery

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The Scullery has their popular candied ginger mini scones, frozen and packed for you to bake Christmas morning, $18 for a dozen. Just pop them in the oven and serve with a smile.


Labour of Love

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Something for Everyone. At Labour of Love they pride themselves on being the one-stop shop for everyone on your list. Stop by and let them help you find just what you’re after – whether it is the perfect stocking stuffer, an inspired gift for the home chef or bartender, a great conversation-starting host gift, an adorable kids gift that little ones and their parents will love, or one-of-a-kind jewellery for that very special someone.



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Looking for a unique gift basket they will be sure to comment on? Check out Murgatroid’s baskets featuring a litre jar of soup, a 250ml jar of jam, and a goodie bag full of a dozen nut-free pralines. $40, pre-order by email and get 10% off.

Of course, soup and jam, and also naturally-fermented pickles, are all available for purchase separately. These make great gifts, or great snacks for holiday parties. Make your cheese tray a real standout with naturally-fermented local pickles!

Party platters and frozen meals are also available to help you save time! Ploughman’s platters feature Murgatroid’s housemade chicken rillette or hummus, local cheeses, house-fermented pickles, and locally-grown fruit. Sandwich platters can be made from any of their sandwiches, or combinations of them. Please order platters at least 48 hours in advance.


ME to WE Holiday Pop Up Shop



Now through Thursday December 24, 2015, ME to WE is inviting shoppers to visit their Pop Up Shop located at 227 Carlton Street in Cabbagetown which will feature a curated selection of their products and ME to WE Artisans pieces.

ME to WE Artisans products are handcrafted by more than 1,400 mamas in Kenya and give two gifts in one: by purchasing a ME to WE Artisans product, a life-changing gift is given to a child or family in a Free The Children partner community – from school supplies to clean water to medicine.

Connect with us online at, Twitter @metowe, Instagram @metowe.


420 Smoke House

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Conveniently located in the heart of Cabbagetown, 420 Smoke House is an authentic smokehouse with a log burner smoker on premises offering an unmatched authentic BBQ experience. They slow smoke all their own meats: ribs, pork, and chicken and their premium meats are rubbed with a secret combination of dry spices, marinated for 12 hours to 10 days, then are smoked slow and low. It’s all in the rub! Make sure to check out their daily  features below.

TUESDAY – 1LB WINGS AND A PINT $16. Served any style and choice of side.
WEDNESDAY – RIB NIGHT $16, 1/2 rack of ribs with fries.
THURSDAY – SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN DINNER $16. Served with mashed potatoes and collard greens.
FRIDAY – FISH-FRY DINNER $18. Served with veggies and mash potatoes.—Ask your server about the fish.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY – BRUNCH. Enjoy a $5.00 1oz. Brunch Caesar 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SUNDAY –1/4 CHICKEN & RIB COMBO $18.95. Served with mashed potatoes & sautéed kale

Don’t forget their HOME-MADE DESSERTS:
THE 420—Oh My Henry $7: A chocolate ganache treat with peanut butter ice cream.
Turtle Cheese Cake $7: Topped with pecans, caramel sauce, and chocolate ganache.
Butter Tart $6: A 3 inch tart served with vanilla ice cream.
Carrot Cake $7: Topped with cream cheese icing


Thanks for checking out Cabbagetown’s 2015 Gift & Celebration Guide. Be sure to share your holiday shopping and holiday celebrations in Cabbagetown on twitter and instagram using #Cabbagetown. We love to get tagged and our handle is @Cabbagetown_BIA.

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