The best steakhouses in midtown

 

Sometimes nothing but a steak will do. When you’re in the mood for perfectly cooked meat, you’ve got some great options nearby. Do you want a classic, elegant steakhouse atmosphere or a party atmosphere? Do you want to feel like royalty as you dine? Or like you’re in a music video? All of this and more is possible nearDavisville Village. Here’s a roundup of the best steakhouses in Midtown.

 

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

 

 Yonge + Eglinton Keg Toronto

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The Keg has been the king of the steakhouse scene for decades, and for good reason. Visit The Keg Steakhouse + Bar (2201 Yonge Street) for the finest aged beef, plus fresh seafood, shareable appetizers and signature cocktails, all in a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere.


Steak purists will love the Prime Rib, with horseradish and red wine herb jus (10oz for $32 and 14oz for $36). The pescatarians in your party will love the Pistachio Crusted Salmon served with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts, and maple butter ($34). The Keg doesn’t forget about vegetarians, either. You’ve got to try their Cauliflower ‘Steak’ ($16). It’s grilled cauliflower with chickpea and sundried tomato relish and asparagus.


Visit The Keg Yonge and Eglinton, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am until midnight, Friday from 11:30 am to 1:00 am, Saturday from 4 pm to 1 am, and Sunday from 4 pm to midnight. Limited reservations are accepted 7 days a week.


Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse

Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse Toronto

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The Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse (150 Eglinton Ave E) is an all-you-can-eat dinner and a show restaurant all rolled into one incredible experience. If you are looking for a night of great and plentiful food –including steak, chicken and fish, grilled to perfection and carved for you at your table, plus a Samba show on weekends and live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays– there is nothing quite like a night at the Copacabana.


With a selection of crisp salads, rice, black beans, mac and cheese, lasagna, mashed potatoes sauteéd vegetables, cassava frites and much more, it would be easy to make a meal out of the Galleria Buffet alone. This is exactly what non-meat eaters will do. The all-you-can-eat Galleria Buffet (minus the meats) is $35 Sunday to Thursday, and $40 Friday and Saturday. The full experience of the buffet, plus all-you-can-eat grilled meats, is priced at $45 on Thursdays, and $50 on Friday and Saturday. Kids under 6 are $10 and 6 to 11 year-olds eat for $20.


They are open Monday to Friday, from 5:00 pm till late, Saturday from 4:00 pm till late, and Sunday from 4:00 pm till late. Make your reservations today!


BlueBlood Steakhouse

 BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma

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When you want to dine like royalty, BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma ( 1 Austin Terrace) is the place to do it. To access BlueBlood, you need to stroll through the opulent and gorgeous gardens on the Casa Loma grounds. As soon as you set foot inside the restaurant, you’ll know you’re not in for a run-of-the-mill diningexperience. The plush leather booths, dark wood panelled walls, and modern art from Warhol, Dali and more will have you feeling like new-world royalty. You can get an 8oz Canadian Prime Centre Cut Filet, aged 28 days, for $65 a la carte. But if you’re here, it’s a special occasion, or you’re fabulously well-to-do, so why not go all out? A Japanese Kagoshima A5 6 oz Filet Mignon will set you back $200. And of course, you can add some surf with a Lobster Tail, Crab Legs, Jumbo Prawns or Scallops.


If you brought a vegetarian to BlueBlood, they must like you very much. Your herbivorous friends can fill up on a la carte vegetables for $16 per dish, including dishes like crispy kale with lemon aioli, or sautéed spinach with quail egg, as well as a la carte starches for $14 each, including housemade gorgonzola gnocchi and polenta squares. Reservations are required.


STK Toronto

STK Toronto

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STK Toronto (153 Yorkville Ave) is a must try. Ok, so Yorkville is exactly Midtown, but STK Toronto may be worth expanding your boundaries a bit south. This sleek and ultra-modern steakhouse has an almost clubby feel, with live DJs daily. Their food is simply fantastic!


Choose your favourite cut, including Filet, Sirloin, Bone-In Filet, Dry-Aged Delmonico, Dry-Aged Bone-In Strip or the larger Dry-Aged Tomahawk and Dry-Aged Porterhouse. Top it with your favourite luxury fixings including Canadian Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, Shrimp, Truffle Butter, Foie Gras Butter or Peppercorn Crusted. Next, choose your sauce from STK, STK Bold, Au Poivre, Horseradish, Chimichurri, Blue Butter, Béarnaise or Red Wine. There are also amazing sides like Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Mac n’ Cheese, Parmesan Truffle Fries and much more. It’s enough to make any steak lover’s mouth start watering.


If steak isn’t what you’re in the mood for, there is also an incredible seafood platter which features a whole roasted Dover Sole, served bone on or off with beurre noisette, capers béarnaise and grilled lemon. Vegans can keep it light with the savoury Vegetable Plate with braised daikon, pickled hon shimeji mushrooms, and baby bok choy with a sesame black bean vinaigrette. Book your table, today.


No matter what atmosphere you’re in the mood for, when you feel like some stupendous steak, you can’t go wrong with these hotspots near Davisville.


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Discover Crothers Woods

 

Living in the heart of Midtown at Davisville Village has some huge advantages. Whatever you need is within easy reach. Whether you are looking for shopping, dining, nightlife, or to reconnect with nature, this fabulous neighbourhood has it all. One of the best parts of the area is Crothers Woods.

 

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Crothers Woods is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. This 52-hectare parcel of land sits along the banks of the Don River and is loaded with mature woods consisting of beech, maple and oak trees, as well as new growth and some rare undergrowth plants. There are also meadows and approximately 9 kilometres of metre-wide dirt trails.

 

To the south, it is bordered by Pottery Road, and to the northeast by Millwood Bridge. It is easily accessible by TTC. Take the number 28 bus Bayview South toward Brick Works. Transfer at Moore Avenue to the 88A South to Millwood Road and Redway Road South. From there it is a short, two-minute walk to access the trail from the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead. The access point to this 2.4-kilometre trail is tucked away behind the Loblaws at 11 Redway Road. You’ll find a trail map posted there and you can view the map online in the Crothers Woods Trails brochure (PDF). There is also ample parking.

 

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Once you hit the trail and begin the winding descent down the hill, it’s easy to feel like you’ve entered a different world. From the bunnies that can be seen feeding on the vegetation, or if you’re really lucky you can catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer bounding into the bush. During the fall, right around Thanksgiving, you can even head down to the river and see salmon swimming upstream, leaping the man-made waterfalls to make it to their spawning grounds. It’s kind of magical. If you follow the trail north from the trailhead, you can catch some great views of the city.

 

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here are three access points for Crothers Woods, each of them with parking. One parking lot entrance can be found at the Don Valley Mountain Bike Trailhead on Pottery Road, across from Todmorden Mills. This path heads north, parallel to Bayview Avenue to the northern end of the park where you will find another access point from Bayview Avenue. This area is also known as Sun Valley, the former home of the Sun Brick Company which shut down back in the 1930s. It was owned by the Taylor family, who also owned Todmorden Mills and the Don Valley Brick Works. The family built their homestead here. A well-preserved re-creation of it can be found on site at Todmorden Mills. When the clay for brick making was exhausted, the area was transformed into a landfill pit that was capped with clean fill in the 1980s.

 

It is difficult to believe that this designated Environmentally Significant Area was an industrial landfill only a few decades ago. Since then it has become a hotspot for mountain bikers, nature lovers and urban hikers. Be sure to watch and listen for the cyclists as you share the trails with them. It is in large part thanks to these cyclists that Crothers Woods is so well-maintained today. Since 2005, organized groups of cyclists, volunteers and enthusiasts have lobbied and pushed for the city to maintain the area. Crothers Woods also easily connects to the newly renovated and revamped Lower Don Trail. If you want to explore these and other trails near you, check out our recent article.

 

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As you continue along the trail by the Lower Don River, you’ll come to the abandoned CN Rail Bridge that runs parallel with the old abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway corridor which first began operations back in 1891.  There’s also an active set of Canadian National Railway tracks if you want to do some trainspotting.

 

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Crothers Woods is an urban nature lover’s paradise, rich in history and wildlife. It can be easy to overlook such hidden gems. They sit patiently, just waiting to be discovered right in your own backyard. Once you do discover them, you may wonder how you ever got along without them.

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all the natural resources available in your community and give you a taste of the rich history that surrounds you. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

The best places to shop for Fall in Midtown

 

It’s a brand new season, and that means you may be in the market for some fresh new clothes from quality brands. You can find everything you need and more nearDavisville Village. To help you make your fall fashion dreams come true, here are some of the best places to shop for fall in Midtown.


Reitmans

Reitmans Toronto

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Reitmans has been dedicated to providing affordable fashion with great customer service since they were founded in 1926 by Herman and Sarah Reitman. The brand has come a long way since those days. What started as a small women’s clothing store on Boulevard St. Laurent in Montréal has become a publicly owned company. Despite scaling up significantly, it’s still a family-controlled business. It has 642 stores across the country operating under six different banners: Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity, RW&CO and Hyba Activewear. Visit their location in the Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) for the latest fall fashions and essentials at prices you can afford. Walk in on weekdays from 10 am until 9 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm — you’ll walk out with something you’ll love!


Moores Clothing for Men

Moores Clothing for men Toronto

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They say that clothes make the man. For more than 30 years, Moores has been helping men look their best. They know that the right clothes do more than improve your appearance, they can improve your confidence. The staff at Moores Clothing for Men are dedicated to improving men’s lives — one suit, shirt or sports coat at a time.


From suits to casual wear, choose from top brands including Kenneth Cole, Joseph Abboud and Ralph Lauren. They carry hard-to-find sizes, too. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, their team of master tailors and expert stylists can create custom clothing to suit you perfectly. In addition to on-site tailoring, free pressing is available for suits, sports coats and pants, so what they sell is truly ready to wear the moment you leave the store.


Pay them a visit weekdays from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.


Carter’s

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You can count on Carter’s in the Yonge Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) to keep your kids looking their best. Carter’s is the leading brand for children’s apparel in Canada. From infants and toddlers to big kids up to 14 years of age, you’ll find clothes they’re happy with at prices you’re happy with. They are open weekdays from 10 am until 9.pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm.


Carbon

Carbon clothing store Toronto

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Carbon (2591 Yonge Street) first opened its doors in 2009. Since then they have become a staple of the neighbourhood. When you want the latest seasonal styles in a small, personal setting, you’ll want to visit Carbon. Alex and Sharon Mazelow are the owners and they travel the world in search of the best for their store and their customers. They also believe in selling top-quality fashion from some of the world’s most relevant brands, at a reasonable price.


Pop by and browse the shop, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Or you can book a Personal Shopping experience. These appointments can take place before, during or after normal store hours. It starts with a short discussion about your style and goals. If you don’t know what those are, Carbon Personal Shoppers will provide you with an overview of current trends and classic styles. They will teach you how to blend classic and current looks to create whatever look you desire.


They will even book In-Home Wardrobe Consultations. An experienced stylist will come to your home at an appointed time and review what pieces you should keep, and what should be replaced, based on your needs, lifestyle and budget.


Hatley Boutique Toronto

Hatley boutique Toronto

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Hatley Boutique Toronto (2648 Yonge St) is an excellent resource for quality clothes, sleepwear and rain gear for women and children. It all began as a small cottage business in the small lakeside town of North Hatley, Ontario. Alice and John Oldland began selling cow and pig aprons. It caught on and grew from there. When the couple wanted to retire, their three sons took over and grew the business into what it is today, with stores throughout North America, New Zealand and the UK. They managed to keep the small town feel of the store, too. Stop by Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.


We hope these shopping hotspots near Davisville help you look and feel your best this fall!

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all the fashionable resources available in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

The best antique shops in Toronto

 

There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.

 

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival Toronto antiques

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Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.

 

The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

 

Green’s Antiques

Green's Antiques Toronto

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Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.

 

Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

Trianon

Trianon Toronto antiques and design

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Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Cynthia Findlay Antiques Toronto

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Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.

 

Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

Bernardi's Antiques Toronto

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For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Mrs. Huizenga

Mrs. Huizenga Toronto antiques

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Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.

 

Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the valuable resources and hotspots that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Where to eat Thai food near Davisville Village

 

There are a ton of great restaurants in the Davisville Village neighbourhood. Because of the area’s diversity you can dig into authentic dishes from across the globe, just around the corner from home, at Davisville Village. If you’re hungry for something exotic, there are some excellent Thai restaurants to try nearby. Here are our favourite places to eat Thai food in the area:


Bolan Thai Cuisine


Bolan Thai Toronto

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Bolan Thai Cuisine (709 Mt Pleasant Road) is not your average ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant. It’s small, but it feels cute, cozy and contemporary. The atmosphere and the attention to detail in the presentation of the food here is a cut above other places in the same price range.

 

Bolan Thai Toronto

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Bolan does amazing things with sticky rice. Their Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce ($5.95) is an out-of-this-world appetizer, and their Mango Sticky Rice ($7.95) dessert is almost too beautiful to eat. For a main course, you can’t go wrong with their Golden Curry Chicken ($13.95). If you’re trying to make healthy choices when you eat out, you can upgrade from jasmine to brown rice for an additional $2.50. Their Pad-Kee-Mao is simple, yet tasty. It is a filling dish of stir fried flat rice noodles, basil sauce, basil leaves, bell peppers, onions and garlic. The vegetarian version is only $11.95, and you can add chicken, beef or shrimp for an extra $1, $2 or $3.


Pay them a visit to eat-in, or pick up some take-out. You can also skip the queue and order online for home delivery.


Thai Spicy House


Thai Spicy House is an unassuming little shop at 517 Mt Pleasant Road. Their food is full of authentic Thai flavour, is well spiced, and prepared with good quality ingredients. Everything comes in large portions, which is a bonus. Start with their Deep Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce ($6.99) or their Green Mango Salad ($8.99). Their aptly named Authentic Pad Thai is a delicious main course to try. It’s just $10.99 for the vegetarian version, $11.99 for the chicken version, $12.99 for the shrimp version, and $12.49 for a chicken and shrimp version. If you’re in the mood for beef, their Beef Malaysian Curry with rice is a house specialty that will set you back just $13.99.


Dine in or order online for pickup or delivery.


Siam Square Hut

 

Siam Square Hut Toronto

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Siam Square Hut is a hidden gem tucked away in Sunnybrook Plaza (660 Eglinton Ave E #120). This modest establishment is cozy and inviting. They don’t try too hard to impress you with their decor, they just let the food speak for itself.

 

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Begin with a fragrant Tom Ka Soup (Coconut Lemongrass) for just $5. Their decadent Cream Cheese Crab Rangoon ($8) is a great starter to share. It’s 5 pieces of Thai pastry stuffed with imitation crab meat, cream cheese and sweet chili sauce.


For your main course, try the Green Curry. It comes with bamboo shoots, squash, bell peppers, carrot, basil and lime leaves, starting at $13. It’s available with chicken, beef, shrimp, seafood or fish (deep fried or steamed fillet). Wash it all down with a refreshing Thai Ice Tea ($3).


They’re open daily from 11:30 am (noon on Sunday) until 12 am. You can eat in, or order food online for delivery or pickup.


Thai Mango


Thai Mango Toronto

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Thai Mango (641 Dupont Street) is a comfy and contemporary spot for great Thai cuisine. If you like shellfish, start your meal the Shrimp Satay ($6.99) and a bowl of Hot & Sour Soup with tofu, bamboo shoots, black mushroom and egg ($7.99).


Their Gai Phad Med Ma Muang (Cashew Chicken) is a must-try. It’s a robust dish of sauteed chicken with roasted cashew nuts, sweet peppers and chilis ($15.49).


If you’re feeding a few folks, make sure to opt in for the free food you’re entitled to at this restaurant. You’ll get free Spring Rolls if your order exceeds $40 before tax, and Mango Chicken or Chicken Pad Thai for orders over $60! To claim your freebies when you order online for pickup or delivery, simply write your free item of choice in the comment section on the checkout page.


They’re open daily from 11 am until 11 pm.


Riz on Bayview

 

Riz on Bayview Toronto

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Riz on Bayview (1677 Bayview Ave) serves up amazing Thai cuisine. They offer a standard menu and a separate certified gluten-free menu. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, with elegant and understated modern decor, as well as comfy booths and chairs. There is also a patio for warm weather dining.


Can’t decide on what to order? No problem. Go for the All-You-Can-Taste Menu, available from 4 pm until 10 pm from the regular menu ($32.99 per person) or thegluten-free menu ($34.99 per person)! If you order from the gluten free menu, you’ll get BBQ Korean Beef Ribs, Drunken Garlic Tiger Shrimp, Ginger & Green Onion Lobster, Drunken Garlic Lobster, and Thai Black Bean Lobster. These dishes would cost around $60 if ordered separately, so it’s a great deal!


Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is open daily from 11 am until 10 pm.


We hope this post inspires you to take a Thai inspired tour of your neighbourhood!


Greenrock Property Management loves to share the best that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, includingGreenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Make art, nearby

 

Late summer and early fall is the time of year when most of us feel refreshed and ready for new challenges and projects. If you’re a creative type, it’s a great time to make some art. With tons of natural beauty all around you, it’s easy to be inspired. Check out these amazing places to make art this fall, near Davisville Village.

 

1. Artbarn School

 

Artbarn School Toronto

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Artbarn School (50 Eglinton Ave W) is a neighbourhood not-for-profit art school. Its mission is to inspire and encourage people of all ages to explore their creativity. Artbarn School offers classes and courses for people of all ages.

 

Adult Classes:

 

Artbarn’s course Watercolour for the Beginner allows beginner level artists to dive into the world of watercolour painting for a one day ‘playday’. The course will take place on Sunday, September 16th, from 10 am until 4 pm. The class will be led by Barbara Hotson, a working artist who has been teaching at Artbarn for over a decade. The workshop costs $175 and includes all required painting materials. Reserve your spot online while you still can!

 

Go with the flow at Artbarn’s Wet + Wild Abstract Acrylic Workshop on Sunday, Oct 21st, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Discover the magic of abstract painting with “High Flow” and “Fluid” acrylics. High Flow has an ink-like consistency, perfect for pouring, dripping, drawing and staining. Fluid acrylics will be used to explore and contrast transparent and opaque pigments. In this workshop you will learn about acrylics, practice different techniques, and produce a few small finished paintings!Book your spot in this great workshop online now. The course fee is $155 and  includes all materials.

 

Kids Classes:

 

Artbarn offers courses for children of all ages – from 1 to 16 years of age! Their Mini Mini Art courses, for 1-year-olds and 2-year-olds, give very young children the opportunity to learn through art. Kids can choose their own colours and have some agency over their art even before they can speak. Studies show that early art classes enhance perception, spatial-awareness, attention and cognitive skills, as well as fine motor skills. Parents and caregivers are invited to take part in the creative activities, too! Register now for 10 week courses for your 1 Year Old ($224) or 2 Year Old ($235). Classes begin on September 18th and 17th, respectively.

 

You can view all available adult and kids classes at Artbarn here.

 

2. Art Workshop

 

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Art Workshop (2510 Yonge St #205) offers art lessons for everyone. Their programs have what they call “Perpetual Enrolment,” meaning year round. They realize that real life can get in the way of your art classes, so they offer flexible attendance as well. All you have to do is let your instructor know 24 hours in advance if you will be absent and you won’t be charged for the class. All materials are included and you can choose to explore an array of different techniques, or focus on one discipline for the entire program.

 

Art Workshop offers a relaxed and encouraging studio environment in small tutorial groups, customized for individual needs and interests. They offer programs for adults in Drawing, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Watercolour, Collage and Mixed Media. You can also enroll your children in their courses and classes for childrenincluding Drawing, Painting, Pastels and Watercolour.

 

Group and family courses are also available.


3. Picasso’s Garage

 

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Picasso’s Garage (525 Hillsdale Avenue East) is a Davisville art studio for creative kids, teens and adults. Run by artist, art therapist and studio owner Claire Nicholls, Picasso’s Garage has been catering to the creativity of the community since 2005. The programs here are tailored to suit any skill level, and expose people of all ages to a new world of techniques and materials including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, sketching and more.

 

There are a number of programs and courses to explore, including:

After School Art programs for all age groups. These classes consist of customized art projects for each school year and are a favourite for both the students and the instructors.

 

Adult Art Clubs are monthly evening meetups held from 7:30 pm until 10 pm. Club groups of up to 8 people meet from September to June to explore, connect and create a body of work. They cover everything from impressionism to expressionism, abstract to realism, sculpture, mixed media and more. Learn it all for just $25 per class, including materials.

 

Picasso’s Garage also offers courses in art therapy for adults and children. Kids dealing with mild to moderate anxiety might benefit from Little People Big Worries and Children of Divorce. All art therapy programs are designed to:

 

Access emotions

Release through imagery

Transform through reflection and defining.

 

We hope you’ll check out these fabulous local art schools in your neighbourhood. They’ll help you explore the world of art and connect to the creative energy that is all around you in Davisville Village.

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to celebrate the creativity of our community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Outdoor workouts that will kick your butt

 

The heat of summer may be dwindling, but you’ve still got plenty of time to get outside and work up a sweat! If you’re trying to stay active or get in shape, but don’t like being cooped up inside a gym while the weather is nice, we have some great workouts for you to try, outdoors. There are some gorgeous green spaces close toDavisville Village where you can get your sweat on. Here are a few killer outdoor workouts that will kick your butt.


HILL SPRINTS


Lacing up running shoe on park bench


If you’re up for a challenge, hit a local hill for an intense HIIT workout. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It’s comprised of short-but-intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, rest periods. It’s a great way to burn more calories in less time. Due to the intensity of the workout, HIIT should only be performed two to three days a week with at least 24 hours of recovery time between sessions. Alternating HIIT with strength/resistance training can be a winning combination.


Running up hills is also a great functional strength exercise. Begin with a 5 to 20 minute light run. The distance between Davisville Village and Eglinton Park should be just about right. The park has a good hill that is not too steep. In the winter it’s a popular tobogganing spot. The 9-hectare park also features five multipurpose sports fields, four tennis courts and two baseball diamonds – so there are plenty of options for outdoor exercise here.


After you warm up, begin the workout with a run up the hill at 50% effort. The walk back down will serve as your active rest period. Complete a total of 4 sprints up the hill at 50%, then another 4 at 75% effort, and 4 more at 90% to 100% effort.


Cool down with a walk or light run home, to Davisville Village.


RUN, WALK or BIKE the BELTLINE


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The Beltline is a beautiful nature trail that winds alongside an old railway line. It runs through lush ravines and parks. There are three sections that make up the Beltline. The York Beltline begins at the western end of Bowie Road, near Eglinton West and Caledonia Road, and runs to Allen Road. The Kay Gardner Beltline section picks up east of Allen Road and continues to Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The final Beltline section runs south through Moore Park Ravine past the Evergreen Brickworks. The ravine is shady and relatively cool, even on hot and sunny days. The stream that runs alongside much of the ravine section makes for a much nicer run than dodging traffic or being stuck on a treadmill. The trail is about 9 kilometres in total.


If you like walking, hiking and biking, you can learn about some great local trails to explore in our feature article.


JUMP ROPE


jump rope, skipping rope


Jumping rope may sound like child’s play, but it’s actually a great warm-up exercise or intense whole workout. It’s excellent for cardio conditioning and coordination. Give this workout a try if you’re up for a challenge. There are three sections or ‘blocks’ of this workout. Don’t rest between jumps in a single block. Complete the entire block, then rest for two minutes and move on to the next block.


Do each of the following jumps for 60 seconds:


Block 1:


  1. Forward Jumps (jumping forward with both feet, swinging the rope forward)
  2. Side to Side Jumps (left and right, getting into a rhythm as you swing the rope forward)
  3. Backward Jumps (swinging the rope backwards and jumping with both feet)
  4. Single-Leg Jumps (a few jumps on your left leg, then on your right leg, swinging the rope forwards)
  5. Rest for two minutes

Block 2:


  1. Forward Jumps
  2. Alternating Jumps (one foot, then the other)
  3. Foot Cross Jumps (where you cross your feet over each other on each jump, alternating which foot lands in front)
  4. Single Leg Jumps (on your left leg for 60 seconds, and then 60 seconds on your right)
  5. Rest for two minutes

Block 3:


  1. Forward Jumps
  2. Double Jumps (this is an advanced move requiring you to jump high enough to pass the rope under your feet twice before you land)
  3. Backward Jumps and more Double Jumps
  4. Rest for two minutes


June Rowlands Park is a 2.6-hectare park on the corner of Davisville Village and Mount Pleasant Road. It’s just steps from Davisville Village and a great spot for some jump rope.


If jumping rope doesn’t sound like something you’d like to do, but you’d still like to check out the park, gather some friends and take advantage of the volleyball court, the six tennis courts or the baseball diamond.


PARK BENCH WORKOUT


park bench


A park bench can be used as your workout equipment and a great place to rest between sets. Any park bench will do, provided someone isn’t already sitting there. Remember to be respectful of other people’s space.


If you’re up for a difficult bench workout, begin with bench hops to work your legs. Start by sitting on the bench in a squat position. Jump up as high as you can, throwing your arms in the air. Return to a squatting position and repeat as many times as possible in 60 seconds. To challenge yourself further, lift one leg off the ground, bend the other knee and do a one-legged sit. Repeat as many as you can for one minute, then switch legs.


Next comes bench climbers. This exercise will target your core. Face the bench and place your hands on the seat with your legs straight, as though you were about to do an incline push up. Draw your knee toward your chest, alternating legs for 30 seconds. Move to the grass, get into push up or plank position and repeat the climbing motion with your legs for another 30 seconds.


Move onto park bench step-ups. Keeping one foot on the bench, step up with the opposite leg, bringing it to your chest, then do the same exercise starting with your other leg. Repeat 20 times.


Rest for a minute between each of the three exercises. Repeat this circuit 5 to 10 times.


Make sure the bottom of your shoes are clean, and/or wipe down the bench when you’re done.

We hope these outdoor workouts have inspired you to get fit outside while the weather is warm! Remember to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. If you’re new to exercise, be sure to talk to a healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program.


Greenrock Property Management loves to help you live your best and healthiest life. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Where to get a good beer in Midtown

 

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly poured pint on a hot summer day. In Midtown Toronto you’ve got no shortage of places to get one, but if you aren’t sure where to go, here’s a list of our favourite places to enjoy a good beer in the area. Cheers to summer!

 

1. Granite Brewery

Granite Brewery Toronto

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Granite Brewery and Tied House (245 Eglinton Ave E) isn’t just another hotspot trying to ride the wave of the craft beer trend. They’ve been busy brewing in their own on-site microbrewery since they opened their doors in Toronto back in 1991. Today, the brewery is regarded as an industry leader. It began as a family business in Halifax in 1985, and remains a family-run enterprise today. It’s a brewery, beer store and bar and grill, all rolled into one.

 

At Granite, they brew small batch, handcrafted, all natural, open fermented ales with no preservatives and no pretension. They’ve won awards, earned their regulars, and have been written about in many reputable beer publications.

 

Grab a seat on the front or back patio, and enjoy a beer that has only had to travel a few feet to reach you. Choose from one of their Cask Beers, or their extensive selection of Draught which includes seasonal favourites like their Summer Ale. It’s only brewed from May to October, so don’t miss out! It’s a crisp, golden wheat malt ale that tastes like pure summer refreshment.

 

Their on-site beer store is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday, from 11 am to 11 pm. Grab a growler or two to take back home to Davisville Village. Learn more about Granite Brewery in our exclusive interview with the owner.

 

2. Prohibition Gastrohouse

Prohibition Gastrohouse Toronto

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In many ways, the days of Prohibition were a simpler time. If you knew the password for your local Speakeasy, you came in and drank whatever they had on offer. Prohibition Gastrohouse (40 Eglinton Ave E) believes in keeping it simple. Why overwhelm yourself with a hundred choices of beer? Prohibition curates a selection of about 20 high quality beers on tap. Each one is a winner, so can’t go wrong. A few currently available options worth mentioning include O’Hara’s Irish Stout (Ireland), Lagunitas IPA (California), Golden Beach Pale Ale (Gravenhurst, ON), Houblon Chouffe (Belgium), and Thornbury Cider (The Blue Mountains, ON).

 

Visit them during Hooch Hour, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and again from 10 pm to midnight. During this special time, all taps are priced between $5.09 and $8.85. They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am until 2 am. Expect a cover charge and a dress code on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Learn more about some great Happy Hour specials near you in our recent article.

 

3. The Belsize Public House

Belsize Pub Toronto

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The Belsize Public House (535 Mt Pleasant Rd) is an outstanding neighbourhood pub. They specialize in Canadian craft beer. They have a great selection and each month guests can also enjoy a special ‘guest brew’. Check out their chalkboards when you walk in to see what they currently have in store for you. They are currently pouring Amsterdam “3 Speed” Lager (Toronto, Ontario), Boshkung’s “North Country” Kellerbier (Carnarvon, Ontario), Durham Blak Katt Stout (Durham, Ontario), Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe Blonde (Toronto, Ontario), Great Lakes Pompous Ass Ale (Toronto, Ontario), Hendersons Best Bitter (Toronto, Ontario), Muskoka Detour IPA, (Bracebridge, Ontario), Steamwhistle Pilsner (Toronto, Ontario) and Waupoos Cider (Waupoos, Ontario).

 

They also offer a rotating cask ale. Pay them a visit for a perfect Canadian pint. They’re open Sunday and Monday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 1 am. See you there!

 

4. The Wallace Gastropub

The Wallace Gastropub Toronto

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The Wallace Gastropub (1954 Yonge Street) specializes in unique and highly coveted beer selections. From annual releases to hard to find brews and brewery collaborations — only the best beer makes the cut.

 

A few special brews that are currently available include: Hofbrauhaus Original Munich Helles, Black Oak Pale Ale, Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale, and Shiny Apple Cider from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

The Wallace also serves delicious and high quality food. Their dishes feature produce from local organic farms, sustainable seafood, and hormone and antibiotic free meat and poultry. Ask your server about pairing the perfect beer with your meal.

 

They’re open to serve you on Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 am, and on weekends, from 10 am until 2 am.

 

5.  Five 2 Five

Five 2 Five Grillhouse Toronto

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Step inside Five 2 Five (525 Mount Pleasant) and you’ll find a delightfully laid back atmosphere, unique draught beers, fast service and amazing food. Pride of ownership is apparent in everything they do. Everything is fresh, the place is super clean, and the staff are friendly and attentive. It’s the perfect neighborhood bar, without any pretension. They try hard to please you, without trying too hard. Choose your favourite draught, or discover a new favourite, and pair it with one of their incredible burgers, exceptional hand cut fries, and amazing chicken wings.

 

Being able to enjoy a perfect pint close to home in a nice atmosphere is one of those little things that makes your neighbourhood feel like home. We hope this guide helps you find your new favourite place. Cheers!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you discover all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer.  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

Get your pet summer ready

 

Summer is here! It’s a great time to spend some quality time with your furry best friend. Here are some tips for how to get your pet summer ready, plus some useful information about the pet resources that are all around you!

 

Eglinton Dog Walker

Eglinton Dog Walker.

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You love spending time with your best friend, and they love spending time with you. But when you can’t be there, the friendly folks at Eglinton Dog Walker may be the next best thing. Here’s what they can do for you and your buddy:

 

Dog Walking

 

Their main service is Dog Walking. Their professional dog walkers love dogs and provide fun, safe and energetic outings in and around your neighbourhood. Spending time with a pack of well-behaved dogs can be great for your pet’s well-being. Not only will they get some exercise, they’ll get to know other dogs and maybe even make a few friends! Together they will explore local trails and parks, chase each other around, play fetch and learn some social skills.

 

Daycare

 

When you’re at work all day, do you worry about how your dog is doing? The Daycare services at Eglinton Dog Walkers might be just what you and your pet need. They provide double walks, and can even invite your pet to spend the day with other dogs and their loving caregiver/walker, in their home, just hanging out and having fun. Active dogs will get to spend more time outside, playing and being social. They will come home to you happy and tired. Free pickup and drop off is included.

 

Boarding

 

Sometimes life takes you away from your pet. When you need to head out of town, but you can’t bear the idea of a kennel, the home-style boarding services available at Eglinton Dog Walkers may be just what you’re looking for. Your pal will stay in the home of a bonded, trusted, and insured pet-care professional, right in your community, with other screened and friendly dogs. No kennels, no cages, just familiar parks to play in, and lots of love. They will be walked a minimum of 3 times a day, plus enjoy frequent potty breaks. Feel free to drop them off with their favourite toys, their blanket, and even their bed. It’s the next best thing to having your best friend with you.

 

Parks and Walking Trails

 

When you live at Davisville Village, there is no shortage of options to explore for walks, parks and play areas nearby. Just a few steps away, you’ll find June Rowlands Park, at 220 Davisville Avenue. This 2.6 hectare park, at the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road, is the perfect spot for some morning or evening exercise and playtime. Eglinton Park (200 Eglinton Ave West) has a little more room to run around. This 9 hectare park, on Eglinton Avenue West, is located just west of Yonge Street, a few blocks west of the Eglinton Subway Station. It is tucked away behind the Eglinton Community Centre. It is bounded on the south end by Eglinton Avenue West, on the north by Roselawn Avenue, Oriole Parkway on the west side, and Edith Drive on the east.

 

When you’ve got time for a big adventure, the Beltline Trail system has all the nature you and your dog can handle. This 9 kilometer trail is broken into 3 sections. The York Beltline connects to your local Kay Gardner Beltline at 378 Mount Pleasant Road. It heads west past Allen Road. Following the Kay Gardner leads you south through Moore Park Ravine to the Ravine Beltline Trail. From there you can connect to an extensive trail network that runs for several kilometers. For more information on the extensive trail system that is all around you, check out our recent article. Happy trails!

 

Sit! Stay! Dog Emporium

Sit Stay Dog Emporium

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Sit! Stay! Dog Emporium (2074 Yonge St) is your one-stop shop for pooch-pampering products and services. Browse their store and pick out some fun new toys or treats for your pet. Have a seat and enjoy a coffee or tea while their staff of dedicated groomers make your best friend look their best. They offer excellent grooming options — from a quick no-appointment-needed nail clipping, to a one-on-one Full Groom. Does your pup have a birthday coming up? Let the Emporium plan and host a doggy Birthday Party — complete with loot bags, games, cakes, treats, and more. The Emporium can also arrange for specialty food to be made for your dog to suit his or her dietary needs, or get them fitted for protective footwear, clothing, collars and more!

 

Davisville Park Animal Hospital

 

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and safe, you can trust the experts at Davisville Park Animal Hospital (518 Mt Pleasant Road). Their team of doctors, technicians and support staff are caring, knowledgeable and dedicated to your pet’s well-being.

 

Their annual exams are crucial for early detection of health issues. Their blood work services are also recommended for more senior pets. They offer a full range of services, including nutritional counseling, vaccinations, preventative services, surgical services and more.

 

The staff at Davisville Park Animal Hospital know that going to the vet can be stressful for your pet, and for you. They are dedicated to providing a comfortable, caring and low pressure environment to make you both feel at home and well cared for. New patients are always welcome. They are open Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays, from 9 am until 2 pm. They are closed on Sundays.

 

We hope these exceptional pet resources, close to home, help keep your best friend healthy, happy and safe this summer!

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Green up your balcony this summer

 

A balcony garden is a simple and beautiful way to add some colour and life to your balcony. There is nothing quite like the act of planting something, nurturing it properly, and watching it grow. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, Greenrock wants to help you green up your balcony this summer.

 

They’re are several options when it comes to balcony gardens. First, you should determine what your light conditions are. This will determine the type of plants that will thrive in that environment. There is no point in purchasing new plants, only to watch them struggle to survive.

The Sunny Side

If your balcony gets a lot of sunshine, you will want to choose sun-loving plants, such as Geraniums. If you hang plants in baskets, they will dry out faster. Make sure to water them regularly and check on them daily. Lots of full sun plants are also naturally drought resistant, making them perfect for potted environments and busy lifestyles. Rosemary is a good choice for a fragrant, low maintenance herb that can also enhance the flavour of your cooking. With any balcony garden, you will have to ensure proper drainage to avoid damaging the plants, or your rental property.

The Shady Side

If your balcony is on the shadier side, without much direct sunlight, you still have many beautiful options for a balcony garden. Fuchsia flowers are lovely, colourful, and exotic flowers that don’t like too much sun. They will do best in hanging baskets or balcony boxes. Look for hanging basket brackets that do not require any drilling or permanent fixtures. Some other great options are Begonias, Violets and Double Impatiens. If those aren’t to your taste, there are many more!

Once you’ve determined your light conditions (or if you need some help determining that) it’s time to head to a local garden centre to purchase your plants, soil, and supplies. And get some advice on how to proceed. You’ve got a few great neighbourhood resources nearby.

Bob’s Garden Centre

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Bob’s Garden Centre (959 Mt Pleasant Road) is a family run business that has been serving the community since 1976. This small, corner-store-style shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 7pm, and Sundays from 9:30am until 6pm. You can count on the folks at Bob’s for fast, friendly service, and helpful advice. From plant selection, care advice and optimal arrangement for your light conditions, let Bob’s help make your living balcony come to life for a reasonable price.

 

Sheridan Nurseries

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Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge Street) is your source for the largest selection of plants in the area. There prices may be on the higher end, but so is their service and selection. Plant warranties are honoured. Many plants can be returned within 90 days of purchase, and they offer a complimentary Personal Shopping Service. That means their knowledgeable personal shoppers will help you create your personal horticultural masterpiece, offering the best options to suit your light conditions and lifestyle. You can rely on their custom design services to help you select the best plants, planters, containers and hanging baskets.

 

They’re open year round, 7 days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Family Day). Their summer/fall hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays 9am to 5pm.

 

Davenport Garden Centre

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Davenport Garden Centre (1466 Bayview Avenue), at the corner of Davisville and Bayview, is only steps away from home, at Davisville Village. This independently owned, seasonal garden centre is open from April until December 24th. There are 3 locations in Toronto. Their Bayview location is open daily from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm, and weekends from 9am until 6pm. Davenport Garden Centres specializes in providing plants that thrive in Toronto gardens, including condominium and apartment containers. They are advocates of organic and sustainable gardening. They purchase from growers and suppliers that apply these principles whenever possible.

 

Whether you’re looking for hanging baskets, balcony boxes, or potted plants suitable for sun or shade, they’ve got what you need. Their location at 368 Davenport Road offers in-store design services from Monday to Friday. An appointment is recommended for this service.

 

Ready to get growing?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the vibrant life your community has to offer, and to help you grow.  For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.