Will it be a white Christmas? It’s quite the winter wonderland this morning here in Toronto so if this weather keeps up, it just might be. The next few days are about taking the time for family and passing along some holiday cheer to others. These few days should have you feeling jolly in no time. Have fun!
It’s coming up quickly people. One easy way to get ahead of the holiday madness is to have a stockpile of ready-to-go items for easy gifting. Growing up my mother would do a different homemade treat each year. The treats would be used for hostess, neighbour, teacher or any other gift we needed. She’d spend a weekend and package up homemade Bits’n Bites or spreads and have a few dozen ready to go. This is a goal for me this month, so I have one less thing to think about in December. Whether you want to do homemade or store bought (preferably local!) here’s what’s on our inspiration list for 2019. Our goal was to think functional and thoughtful, with items that were either local, reusable or consumable. Less “stuff” for the win!
Wonder what’s going on this week in the city? Want to get some ideas for the kids for the PA Day next Friday? What fall festivals are happening this weekend? The Little Paper is your one-stop online resource for all things family fun. You can even sign up for a weekly newsletter (“Weekend Tip Sheet”) to get reminded of all that is going on. We are THRILLED to share our latest business spotlight with you. Vicki is the owner of The Little Paper, a local mama, a city girl, a nature lover and continues to give back so much to the west end she calls home. Thanks for sharing Vicki!
If you are looking for a summer camp that will provide an educational, inspirational and adventurous week for your kids, look no further. We had the chance to learn more about the lovely Amy Montemurro and her KidKind summer camp programming and hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her just as much as we have. Over to you Amy!
We have had the pleasure of working with Julie for many years now and it’s time that you get to know her a bit better as well. She is a talented musician, dedicated local business owner and one of the loveliest people we know. If you are looking to enrol your children in music programs in the west end of Toronto, look no further. From her commitment to the community to super fun open-mic nights, this boutique studio has something for everyone! Over to you Julie!
Every once in a while you meet someone who you want to add to your Friends Roster (it’s a thing) immediately! That’s Lauren. Smart, dry and totally committed to bringing lovely things to our neighbourhood. I am officially a crazy plant lady thanks to her! When Lauren started out in the back of CMD on Dundas she quickly gained a huge following of loyal customers. Wildhood has since expanded & opened shop at Keele & Dundas, if you haven’t been by this cozy spot filled with beautiful things, get there now! But not before I pick-up a bunch of ranunculus – they go gast!
This week we are throwing a spotlight on what is undeniably the hippest area in the west end, The Junction. Who knew that the only thing standing in the way of delicious IPAs, well-coiffed facial hair & bike culture was prohibition? Since the alcohol ban was lifted in 1998, The Junction has been thriving, so to help you navigate this awesome area, we have put together a list of everything you need to know, along with our favourite places to indulge, play and shop!
There is a reason the Village Players in Bloor West is celebrating its 45th year. Well, a few reasons. Top of that list, is all of the amazing volunteers who have kept the lights on, the sets designed, the costumes made, the stage managed and the arts scene alive in our community. One of those volunteers is a wonderful client of ours who is embracing her new neighbourhood and giving back at the same time.