Where to shop for a killer Halloween costume

 

Halloween is just around the corner! Have you found a killer costume yet? Here are a few great places to look for a great Halloween costume near Davisville Village. Trust us, you’ll look spooktacular in a costume from one of these midtown and uptown Toronto shops!

 

Candy’s Costume Shop

 

Candy’s Costume Shop Toronto

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You can browse thousands of costumes and accessories in Candy’s Costume Shop (685 Mount Pleasant Road)! They have an incredible selection of costumes for kids and adults, costume makeup, masks, wigs, hats and accessories.

 

Whether you’ve planned your costume down to a T or don’t know where to begin, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you find everything you need – plus a few things you didn’t even know you needed!

 

They also have an excellent costume rental service – so you don’t have to blow your budget on a great costume.

 

Spirit Halloween

 

Spirit Halloween Toronto

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There are two Spirit Halloween locations near Davisville Village. One in uptown Toronto at 1654 Avenue Road, and one in downtown Toronto at 334 Yonge Street. Neither are within walking distance from Davisville Village, but both locations are totally worth the trip. This chain lives for Halloween and Halloween alone.

 

Spirit Halloween has an almost unfathomable collection of costumes, makeup, hats, wigs, accessories and more. You can find incredible kids costumes, adult costumes, costumes for couples, costumes for groups, character costumes, anime costumes, and more! You can even shop for Halloween decor if you’re hosting. Best of all, they have pet costumes!

 

A Buck or Two

 

 

A Buck or Two (2300 Yonge Street) is a great dollar store located in the Yonge and Eglinton Centre. You’d be surprised what things you can find there on a shoestring budget when you’re attempting to make your own Halloween costume. Best of all, they are open late (till 9 pm) daily, making a homespun last-minute Halloween costume plausible when you’re crunched for time on the day.

 

Theatrics Plus

 

Theatrics Plus Toronto

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Theatrics Plus (660 Yonge Street)  is located near the Yorkville neighbourhood. This little shop has a surprisingly large and incredible selection of costumes and costume accessories for adults, children, babies, toddlers and teens. They’re currently having a great sale on Halloween costumes – everything is 30-50% off! If you’re looking for a high-quality costume that will knock your friends’ socks off, this is the place to go.

 

We hope this post helps you find an incredible Halloween costume at one of these nearby shops! Don’t be ordinary for Halloween, it’s the one night of the year where you can be as extraordinary as you want!

 

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The best pumpkin-infused treats in Toronto

 

The aroma of autumn is in the air. The sweet smell is part Mother Nature and part pumpkin spice. It’s time to celebrate the season, so break out your best cozy sweaters and get ready to take a big bite of fall.

 

Pumpkin desserts aren’t just for Thanksgiving, they’re an incredible addition to any meal. Dig into these pumpkin-infused treats in Toronto this fall.

 

Dufflet Uptown

 

Dufflet pastries Toronto

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Dufflet is well known in the city for its exceptional lineup of sweets, no matter what season it is. But when fall rolls around, Dufflet definitely hops on the pumpkin wagon. Dufflet Uptown (2638 Yonge Street) offers an array of seasonal pumpkin treats, from September 5th to November 22nd, including: Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Tarts, Cheesecake Mini: Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Loaf.

 

Wanda’s Pie in the Sky

 

Wanda’s Pie in the Sky Toronto

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Wanda Beaver is the Wanda behind Wanda’s Pie in the Sky. She has been baking pies since she was 9 years old, and you can taste the fruits of her labour at her Kensington Market mainstay, at 287 Augusta Avenue. Their traditional Pumpkin Pie is perfectly spiced and perfectly creamy. Wanda likes to keep you guessing, so there are often unadvertised seasonal treats to try, if you ask. The Pumpkin Coffee Cake is well worth the trip. Many pies are available in gluten-free and vegan varieties. Stop in for a seasonal slice of heaven, Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Sundays from 9 am to 7 pm.

 

SanRemo Bakery

 

SanRemo Bakery Toronto

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Natale Bozzo opened SanRemo Bakery (374 Royal York Road) in 1969 with his brothers Giuseppe, Peter and Giancarlo. In 1995, Natale’s sons Edward, Nick and Robert took control of the family business, creating the finest Italian baked goods using traditional methods and quality ingredients. Come by the cafe for your favourite treats, or pre-order your seasonal favourites including their Pumpkin Cheese Tart, Pumpkin Cheese Donuts, Regular Pumpkin Tart and Classic Pumpkin Pie. They are closed on Mondays, but open to serve you Tuesday to Saturday from 8 am until 7 pm, and Sundays from 8 am until 6 pm.

 

The Rolling Pin

 

Rolling Pin Bakery Toronto

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Isabelle and Vanessa are the owners and self-proclaimed ‘dessert specialists’ behind The The Rolling Pin. Stop by the shop at 1970 Avenue Road for some of the finest baked goods anywhere, and some fall favourites you will look forward to all year. Try autumn indulgences like their Chocolate Pumpkin Pie ($25.00), Jacked Up Pumpkin Pie ($30.00), Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie ($30.00) and Traditional Pumpkin Pie ($25.00). The Rolling Pin also rolls out a seasonal selection of Donuts (Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake or Pumpkin Pie — 6 for $19), Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (6 for $19) and Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars. You can place an order for their incredible seasonal cakes, too. They are available in Chocolate Pumpkin or Pumpkin Spice. The Rolling Pin is your pumpkin-infused fall paradise! They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. They are closed on Mondays.

 

Roselle

 

Roselle Bakery Toronto

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The Pumpkin Chiffon Cake is back at Roselle Desserts (362 King Street East). It’s only sold in the fall and is well worth the wait, but fall always feels like the shortest-lived season. Make sure you live it up this year and treat yourself (and your friends and family, of course) to this indulgent, perfectly-spiced, perfectly-sweet delicacy.

 

Steph and Bruce are the partners behind Roselle. They met while working in Paris and have both worked in Michelin-starred kitchens across Europe and Asia. Thankfully, they have brought their worldly (or maybe other-worldly) experience and talent home to Toronto. Their cute little shop in Corktown is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm, Fridays from noon until 6 pm, Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. You can also stop by for evening desserts on Saturday and Sunday nights, from 8 pm until 11 pm.

 

Bake Shoppe

 

Bake Shoppe Toronto

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Sisters Cindy and Sarah Coelho are the sweet minds behind the Bake Shoppe at 859 College Street in Little Italy. They live the sweet life all year long, but when fall descends on Toronto they help lift locals’ spirits with homemade pumpkin pie pop tarts. Pop by the Shoppe, Wednesday to Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. They are closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

Don’t let pumpkin season pass you by. It’s time to dig in and savour the sweetness. Just like the fleeting fall season itself, these pumpkin-infused treats will be gone before you know it.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the seasonal sweetness your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The EX is back!

 

Another Toronto summer is flying by, but you still have lots to look forward to! The Canadian National Exhibition (AKA the CNE, AKA The EX) is a late summer tradition in Toronto. From August 17th to September 3rd, The EX is back!

 

How do you sum up something as fabulous as The EX? It’s a carnival, county fair, concert venue, world food pavilion and exhibition all rolled into one great big end-of-summer EXtravaganza that is not to be missed. Here are just a few examples of what you can extend this year.

 

FOOD

CNE The EX Food Building

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Every year, more than one million people visit the CNE Food Building to sample fare from local restaurants and cuisine from around the world. No matter what you like to eat, they’ve got it. You’ll find options for vegans, the gluten-intolerant, those who eat halal, and even raw foodies. Best of all, there are plenty of under $5 options! The Food Building is open from 10am to 10pm daily. All buildings close at 7pm on Labour Day Monday.

 

There’s plenty more food to taste outside of the Food Building. Ribfest is back by popular demand. It will take over Bandshell Park every day from 11am to 10pm. You won’t want to miss Food Truck Frenzy, just inside the Princes’ Gates, featuring the finest food trucks in town. Wash it all down at Craft Beer Fest, which conveniently coincides in time and location with Food Truck Frenzy. The Asian Market is the CNE’s version of a popular tradition that dates back to the Chinese Tang dynasty. This Night (and day) Market will delight your senses and your sensibilities with its food, artisans and entertainment. It’s open from August 30th to September 3rd.

 

AIR SHOW

The EX CNE Air Show Labour day

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Over the Labour Day weekend, the final days of the CNE are filled with the thrilling sights and sounds of the Canadian National Air Show as it soars over Lake Ontario. This year is the 69th annual edition. It will feature performances by two of the best aerial acrobatic jet teams anywhere. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds open the show, and our very own Canadian Forces Snowbirds will close it out with an incredible and dramatic crescendo. See it all, September 1st to September 3rd, from 12 pm until 3 pm.

 

VIP tickets are available if you want to watch the show in superb style. Ticket packages include things like: tented tables and chair seating, Air Show swag bags, access to an open beer/wine bar, a catered lunch, performer autograph sessions and same day admission to the CNE.

The rest of us will just look up.

 

RIDES

The EX CNE rides

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One of the main attractions of The EX is the rides. There will be dozens of thrilling, twirling contraptions for the young and the young at heart. Kids will love taking a spin on the Berry Go Round, Bumper Cars, Dragon Coaster, Lollipop Swing and many more! There are 30 rides in all at the Kiddie Midway, located at the west end of the CNE grounds, just east of Kid’s World. Height restrictions apply for some rides.

 

Grown ups can get their thrills on some CNE classics like The Zipper, The Twister and the Polar Express. Of course no trip to The EX would be complete without taking a turn on the Sky Ride for an elevated, scenic view of the CNE. The Sky Ride made its debut at the 2012 CNE and has become a crowd favourite. Transport yourself across the CNE grounds east toward the historic Princes’ Gates or west towards BMO Field, while being lifted up to 40 feet in the air!

 

PRICES/PASSES

 

You’ve heard the expression “good things come to those who wait”. That does NOT apply at The EX. This is definitely more of an “early bird gets the worm” kind of situation. You can save big (up to 38%) on advanced tickets if you buy before August 16th! Here’s the breakdown for ticket prices:

 

Regular Admission includes all shows and attractions, but not the rides. Advanced Tickets are $15, or $19.99 after August 16th.You’ll save big if you buy the Ride All Day Pass. This pass includes admission, attractions, exhibits and unlimited midway rides. Act before August 16th and get it for $41. Regular price is $65.99. All tickets include 13% HST. No refunds are available.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at participating GO Transit Stations, or you can purchase tickets online. Online tickets get you Express Entry at the CNE gate. So, unless you like waiting in line to get in, online is your best option. Express Entry is not available at vehicle gates. Take the TTC and avoid the hassle.

 

The Canadian National Exhibition is the perfect cure for the end-of-summer blues. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things 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 buy gourmet Easter treats in Toronto

 

Winter is finally on its way out the door in Toronto and Spring is coming! One sure sign of the changing of the seasons is the arrival of Easter. The holiday comes as early as possible this year, on Sunday April 1st. To help you celebrate with some of the sweetest Easter treats in Toronto, here are our favourite options for gourmet Easter sweets and treats.

 

Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate

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If the finest Belgian chocolate in the city sounds scrumptious to you, you need to visit Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate. Since 1993, they have sold the finest imported Belgian chocolates and truffles. They are one of Toronto’s favourite online chocolate shops, offering quality and convenience with same day delivery within the city. Their Easter Chocolate selection includes a 14cm Happy Easter Bunny Oscar (115g), available in dark or milk chocolate for only $8.50. Other great options include the 16-piece colourful Egg Cone for $16, or the ultimate Chocolate Easter Egg (250g) for $23. Order online, or call 416-968-7777.

 

The Chocolate Messenger

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The Chocolate Messenger makes it easy to send the sweetest message this Easter. You can order online and count on same day delivery within the city core on orders placed by 12 noon. These manufacturers of fine chocolates, truffles and pralines offer one of the biggest and best selections in the city. All chocolates are made on site, in the old Swiss tradition, using only the finest (and most) expensive ingredients – with no added chemicals or preservatives. All of their dark chocolate contains a minimum of 70% cocoa. Their Easter Collection is truly something to celebrate — from Custom Coloured Easter Eggs ($18.95) to their ultimate Easter Gift Tray sampler ($100). If you’d rather make your purchase in person, you can visit their showroom at 1645 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton at Fleming).

 

Squish Candies

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There’s more to sweet Easter treats than just chocolate. Squish Candies is a Montreal based candymaker that specializes in gourmet gummies! They work with gummy artisans, who work (almost) exclusively in the field of gummy, and offer over 100 flavours divided into six categories — intense, fruity, calm, decadent, cocktail and mixed. Their gourmet candies come in fat-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, Kosher, and certified organic varieties. Their Easter Collection includes a 600 gram Easter Jumbo Mix of gummies ($22), an 80 gram Thanks a Bunch box of carrot shaped gummies, and a fun (140 gram) Fried Egg bag, with a delicious orange flavour. Visit their outpost at The Bay (176 Yonge Street) to pick something up, or have your order delivered to your door. They offer free shipping on orders of $75 or more.


Soma Chocolate Maker

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From its humble beginnings in the corner of an old distillery, to one of the city’s finest chocolatiers, Soma Chocolate Maker is a can’t miss choice this Easter. Their Easter Collection has options to suit every budget. Their tiny Runaway Bunnies (2 per bag) are available in dark or milk chocolate for only $4. The Cutest Bunny Ever (hand painted with love) is available in dark, milk or vegan friendly chocolate for just $16. If you’re having trouble choosing, the One Of Everything Truffle Box for $75 is the way to go! Their delicate and delicious products are best pre-ordered and picked up in store. They have two Toronto locations to serve you and your sweet tooth at 32 Tank House Lane in the Distillery District and 443 King Street West.

 

Stubbe Chocolates

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With over 20 years of experience, Stubbe Chocolates (653 Dupont Street) has earned its position as one of Toronto’s top chocolatiers. Their unique creations are sure to wow the crowd at any Easter brunch. Their Easter offerings include, the Painted Egg ($14.75) – a handmade 13cm hollow egg available in your choice of chocolate. To truly impress your Easter guests, choose the Chick House ($43.50). Available in your choice of milk, dark or white chocolate, this chocolate house is home to a happy little marzipan chick and bunny, along with some hollow eggs. Pay Stubbe a visit at their 653 Dupont Street location to browse their beautiful creations and purchase a freshly made masterpiece.

 

Treat yourself or someone you love to the best this Easter. Go the gourmet way and shop local to enjoy an even sweeter holiday!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help spread the sweetness of the season and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood 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.

 

 

Celebrate Family Day, nearby

 

Is there anything better than a long weekend? How about the Family Day long weekend?! Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, designed to give families, big or small, the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There is a lot to see and do in Toronto. Family Day is for everyone to enjoy, so whether you’re a parent or not, it’s time to make the most of the Family Day long weekend, nearby.

 

Evergreen Brickworks

 

There is a lot going on during the Family Day long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

(550 Bayview Avenue). The long weekend begins for many families on Friday, February 16th due to the PA Day at many Toronto schools. Evergreen Adventure PA Day Camp will allow campers from 6 to 12 years of age to take on an adventure of discovery of the city’s urban wilderness. There will be animal tracking, fort building and storytelling sessions! Registration is required.

 

Celebrate Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works (Monday, February 19th). The Children’s Garden provides fun outdoor and indoor activities for kids, including free play in the Garden, and the opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. Kids can construct themed shelters, learn about worker bee stewardship, and get their hands dirty with land-based handwork from 1 to 2 pm. Indoor activities include access to the clay table, greenhouse, urban agriculture activities, and more! Bring your own vegetables and contribute to the Stone Soup Prep and storytelling, from 11am until 12pm.

 

The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Family Day with the kickoff Winter Warmers event. Local craft Breweries will be represented and you can pair your beverage with a bite from great local food vendors. Admission is free for all ages and no tickets are required.


Vikings

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Set sail for a new adventure at the ROM (100 Queen’s Park) this Family Day long weekend. Vikings is a thrilling and informative exhibition that sifts through the myths and stereotypes of this ancient, artistic, seafaring culture. This unique window into their world explores the lifestyle and daily life as a Viking. Take a trip over 1000 years back in time, to when Vikings set foot on the east coast of Canada. Track their journey across the Atlantic, see rare Viking artifacts and enjoy interactive and immersive experiences that provide a greater understanding of these legendary and mysterious people. Tickets are available now.

 

Winter at Ontario Place

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If you haven’t been to Ontario Place this winter, you’re missing out! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to warm up by the bonfire and check out the Winter Light Exhibition. The twinkling fairy lights light the way to even more lights! A dozen exhibitions using light as art are on display and admission is free!

 

If things get too chilly, you can step inside the newly re-opened Cinesphere theatre and catch the Best of Hollywood 2017 – catch all the great movies you may have missed this year!

 

Learn more about the Winter Light Exhibition in our recent feature article.


Toronto Light Fest

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Come out and bask in the warm glow of the Toronto Light Festival during the chilly Family Day long weekend. It’s on now, from sundown until 11pm (Thursday to Saturday) until March 4th at the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street). Experience the art of light as well as IT Laser Shows, the Magic Dance Mirror show, Fire show and more. Admission is free, but bring some money to enjoy the fabulous food and drink vendors that line the cobblestone streets.

 

Listening to Art, Seeing Music

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The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive) transforms into a world of immersive musical soundscapes and video installations that mesmerizes and celebrates the traditions of the Muslim during Listening to Art, Seeing Music. It’s on now until April 22nd. This multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey that explores the interconnectedness of the arts and the world itself. Visitors will have the opportunity to translate musical patterns and rhythms into visual art, as well as take in live music, storytelling and share a cup of tea in the Mongolian yurt in the courtyard and much more! Get your tickets today!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help improve the quality of your quality time this Family Day long weekend and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood 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.


The best chocolate shops in Toronto

 

There are many ways to let the one you love know how much you care this Valentine’s Day. If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with chocolate. Rather than stopping on the way home to grab a box of mass-produced treats from the drugstore, why not treat them to something truly special this Valentine’s Day? To help you impress the one you adore, we’ve rounded the best chocolate shops in Toronto.

 

SOMA chocolatemaker

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Since its inception in 2003, SOMA chocolatemaker has grown from its original spot in the corner of a whiskey distillery. They now have their own small chocolate factory and 2 stores to serve you at 32 Tank House Lane and 443 King Street West. They specialize in artisanal, hand-crafted chocolate made with the finest ingredients. SOMA was a mythical substance mentioned in Vedic rituals and was referred to as the food of the gods. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering several special products. The Cosmic Heart ($20) consists of a dark chocolate shell filled with roasted, house churned peanut butter and chocolate ganache, and layers of praline, peanut and gianduja (hazelnut milk chocolate). The Valentine’s Day Truffle Collection ($22.50) is a deluxe box of 9 handmade truffles. If you want to go wild, the Crazy Love Box ($100) is a wooden box, loaded with limited edition Valentine’s Day chocolate and more!

 

ChocoSol Traders

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ChocoSol Traders (1131 St Clair Ave W, Toronto) is more than a chocolate shop. They describe themselves as a ‘learning community social enterprise’. They work in partnership and cooperation with cacao growers to make the finest, stone ground, artisanal, fair trade product possible. The company was founded in 2004 in Oaxaca, Mexico, but has been based in Toronto since 2006.

 

Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry

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Chef Daniel Stubbe has over 20 years of experience as a chocolatier, making him a veteran in the gourmet chocolate industry. Taste the difference experience makes at Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry (653 Dupont Street). For Valentine’s Day, they are offering several custom made masterpieces. The small Heart Box ($13.75) is a chocolate heart, decorated with white chocolate and filled with 3 or 6 handmade truffles. The Champagne Bottle of Love ($38.75) is a hollow chocolate bottle filled with ten assorted truffles. The message on the bottle can be customized to say anything your heart desires! The Chocolate Stiletto ($45.25) is a shoe-shaped chocolate base filled with 11 truffles and decorated with a bow. All their Valentine’s Day options can be made with dark or milk chocolate, and you can choose the type of truffles your box contains.

 

AMBIANCE CHOCOLAT

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AMBIANCE CHOCOLAT (683 Mt Pleasant Rd) has a passion for top quality chocolate and creating unforgettable taste experiences. They use fair trade and local ingredients whenever possible to contribute to a sustainable chocolate community. Their Valentine’s Day treats include an 8-piece Pink Heart ($15.75), an impressive Valentine Tower ($52.75) – 27 chocolates on three layers, with swing-out trays, and the ultimate 36 piece Red Heart ($58.00).

 

Treat the one you love (or yourself) to something truly special this Valentine’s Day with some help from the best chocolate shops in Toronto.


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help spread the love and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood 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 celebrate Valentine’s day near Village Green

 

Another Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day can stir up not only feelings of love, but also feelings of stress and pressure as you struggle to come up with a fun and romantic plan for the evening. Every couple is different, so whatever the two of you want to do is up to you. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a few suggestions for where to celebrate Valentine’s Day near Village Green this year.

 

ElmSpa: Couples Massage

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Tension is no fun, especially on a romantic V-Day date night! Let the talented massage therapists at elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor) melt away your stress with a relaxing Couples Massage — so you and your sweetheart can start the night on a mellow note. Consider a side-by-side Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Bamboo Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage in a room designed for two!

 

Learn more about your friendly, neighbourhood boutique oasis at elmspa and the deluxe Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) in our feature article.

 

AGO Bistro

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Practice the art of love at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West and the AGO Bistro. They are offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at AGO Bistro. For $70 per person (plus taxes and gratuities) you get a sumptuous 4-course meal from this top rated restaurant.

 

Start with Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, béchamel, Gruyère cheese and Pernod. Next, choose between Goat Cheese Brûlée with plum, ginger, heirloom carrot, beet, passion fruit and tapioca OR Romaine and Treviso, with pickled fennel, oven-dried cherry tomato, sourdough, basil-pine nut pesto. Your entrée is a choice of Duck Breast with leek, roasted carrot, sautéed escarole and cherry jus OR Black Cod with bay scallop, potato, green onion, soy, balsamic and yuzu. It’s followed by dessert for two. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Book your table, today!

 

Scavenger Hunt

 

If you’re an adventurous and fun-loving couple, try this Scavenger Hunt from Narcity. The two of you will have to work as a team to see how many of the items you can find, or have a Valentine’s Day double date where you pair off against another couple to see who wins!

 

Rhubarb Festival

 

The 39th annual Rhubarb Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kick off of Canada’s longest running new works festival? Watch as boundaries bust and envelopes get pushed. It’s an exciting and unique evening of dance, music, performance art and more! Your ticket always gets you more than one show in a night – often 3 or 4! Get your tickets today to avoiding being disappointed on V-Day.

 

Ontario Place

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You may not think of Ontario Place as a Valentine’s Day destination, but you should! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, sip hot chocolate by a bonfire, and explore the magic of the Winter Lights Exhibition. Bask in the glow of 12 illuminated exhibits from local artists as you wind your way along the path of twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, it’s all free! If it gets too chilly, remember that the IMAX Cinesphere is open again!

 

You can learn more about the Winter Lights Exhibition in our recent feature article.

 

No matter what you and your sweetheart are into, there is something that you will love happening this Valentine’s Day near Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to spread the love and connect you with all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village

 

The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.

 

Yonge and Eglinton Centre

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy

 

Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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Lululemon

 

For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby

 

Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life

 

No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.

 

Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your neighbourhood and all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

How to give back this holiday season

 

The holiday season can be a hectic time and it can be easy to lose focus of what it’s really all about — joy and giving. If you want to support your community and those in need this year, here are a few ways to give back this holiday season.

 

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Volunteer at a Shelter or Food Bank

 

Toronto soup kitchens and food banks are dedicated to serving the community, but they need your help, especially during the holidays. If you can spare some time, you have neighbours who could use some assistance. The Yonge Street Mission has several locations to serve the community. You can also contact North York Harvest Food Bank,The StopFort York Food BankSecond HarvestDaily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few.


Donate to a Food Bank


If you don’t have spare time to donate, there are many ways you can help support food banks in your community. You can donate food, or funds or even host a fundraiser.Donating on someone’s behalf is a great holiday gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.


Random Act of Kindness


You can give back to your community this holiday season in small ways, everyday. Buy a homeless person a meal or bring them a blanket, smile at the people you pass on the street, bake cookies and share them with your neighbours and coworkers, or collect canned food while you drop off the cookies and donate the food to a food bank.


Give to UNICEF


UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to ensure the wellbeing of children all around the world. You can donate to UNICEF or purchase a Survival Gift of your choice.


Support MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a volunteer-led organization committed to ending impaired driving through litigation and education, and to supporting victims and survivors of impaired driving. With chapters all over Canada, it’s easy to get involved. The best way to volunteer with MADD is to contact your local chapter.  You can also make a donation. Greenrock is currently supporting MADD with our Make It Home campaign. We will donate $250 of the first month’s rent for new residents who begin renting with us this December. Eligible properties include Greenrock at Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village.


Support the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive


The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity that helps pre-screened families in need. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a fire hall near you to make someone’s holiday special.


Donate Blood


Even if you can’t spare a cent this holiday season, you can still give generously to someone in need. Giving blood through Canadian Blood Services can give the gift of life to someone in need. It only takes a few minutes.



Adopt a Pet


There are many animals in need of good homes this holiday season. Before you adopt a pet, remember that the responsibility of loving and caring for it will continue long after the holidays have passed. Adopting a pet means committing to the well-being of the animal for the rest of its life. Older pets need love too and require less of a long-term commitment.  Pet adoption should be discussed and planned beforehand with your family members or roommates or partners. Giving a pet as a holiday surprise may sound like a fun idea, but may not be in the animal’s or the owner’s best interests.  Once you’ve made the decision, pets in need of a home are available at city shelters, or through the Toronto Humane Society.


Donate to an Animal Shelter


If adopting a pet isn’t the right choice for you and your family right now, you can still make a difference in an animal’s life. You can donate money, time, toys or anything else your local shelter may need.


Support the Canadian Cancer Society


Cancer touches all of our lives. You can help make a difference this holiday season by donating or volunteering your time. Volunteers are an essential part of The Canadian Cancer Society. You can structure your volunteer time to have the greatest effect, based on your time, skills and scope of focus.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season, the only limit is your imagination.


Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to help you support your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


The best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays? There is no shortage of store options in a city like Toronto. In fact, there may be too many options! With so many great shops, boutiques and specialty stores in the city to choose from, deciding where to shop can feel a bit overwhelming. To help make the most of your time this season, here are the best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green.

 

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Toronto Eaton Centre

 

Back in the 19th century, Timothy Eaton opened a dry goods store that revolutionized the Canadian retail market and became the largest department store in the country. The Eaton’s department store closed it’s doors in 1999, but the Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) retains the name as an ongoing tribute to the man and the original store.

 

Today, the Toronto Eaton Centre is one of the busiest malls in North America and Toronto’s top tourist attraction. The iconic “Flight Stop” geese sculpture by artist Michael Snow is instantly recognizable. You can find everything you’re looking for under one, soaring glass roof. The mall is home to over 250 retailers, restaurants and services. Once you’ve found all the great gifts you need, let someone else worry about wrapping them with their Gift Wrap Valet service. Let their Concierge assist you in choosing from range of decorative styles, then enjoy a complimentary snack and drink in the lounge as your parcels are elegantly wrapped. Take advantage of The Eaton Centre’s extended holiday hours, Monday to Saturday 9am to 9:30pm, and Sundays (including Christmas Eve) from 10am to 8pm.

 

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Yorkville Village

 

Original known as Hazelton Lanes, the luxe shopping centre was rebranded as Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Road) following a one hundred and twenty-five million dollar renovation last year. Here you will find some of the most high-end and quality shopping options in the city.

 

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Shop fine footwear at Jean-Paul Fortin, or treat someone special on your list to luxury eyewear from Dior, Armani, Gucci and more at DuMonde Optical. Make someone’s day with a piece of jewellery from Serli & Siroan Fine Jewellers. And stop in to the BRIKA Pop Up for the best in modern craft. They sell heirloom quality products that make extraordinary gifts. The centre’s complimentary gift wrapping station provides gift wrapping for purchases of $50 or more (2 parcels per visit). Yorkville Village is open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.

 

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Manulife Centre

 

Built in 1972, the Manulife Centre (55 Bloor West) helped to make the corner of Bay and Bloor a landmark shopping destination. The three floor concourse is filled with quality retailers to make your holiday shopping a breeze. In addition to the boutiques and shops, there is also a specialty grocery store, drugstore, Indigo book store, LCBO and a VIP movie theatre where you can take a load off once you’ve crossed all the names off of your list.

 

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Urban Outfitters

 

Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge Street) is cool-central. The brand has come a long way since it began selling T-shirts, jeans and lifestyle products in Pennsylvania back in 1970. Today, the store is more like a super-hip mini-mall for cool stuff. The Yonge Street store features a Vinyl Shop featuring records, turntables and more for the analog amigos on your list. There is also an Apartment section where you can browse bedding, lighting and more. UO is the best place around to buy cool clothing and shoes for the hipster in your life. They’re open from 10am to 10pm.

 

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Hudson’s Bay

 

The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, AKA “The Bay”, is a long one. The company was incorporated by English royal charter in 1670. The fur trading company even functioned as the de facto government in parts of North America for a time. Today, the flagship store at 176 Yonge is a one-stop treasure trove for all your holiday shopping needs. The store is connected to the Eaton Centre by a pedestrian sky bridge walkway — perfect for big shopping expeditions on cold Toronto days. You can find everything from designer apparel to premium candy and chocolate, houseware and even appliances. Of course, anything adorned with the company’s iconic stripes, makes a great gift.


With so many options in the neighbourhood, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of shops. We hope you visit one of these great places for holiday shopping this season!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all that your community has to offer. For information of Greenrock Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.