Minimalist decor ideas for your apartment

 

Clutter can compromise the look and feel of your home. If you like clean lines and an open aesthetic, modern and minimalist interior design might be the right style for you.

 

To pull off a minimalist aesthetic, you’ll need to ensure your decor involves a small amount of furniture, decor and detail. Pay special attention to shape, colour and texture when cultivating a minimalist look and feel. Modern minimalism allows for maximum personal expression without needing to draw too much attention to any one piece. Here are some minimalist decor ideas for your apartment, and where to shop in Toronto to pull off the look.

 

Urban Outfitters Home

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Urban Outfitters has always been where the cool kids shop — and as those cool kids grew up, they started to need some cool stuff to display in their beautiful homes. Urban Outfitters responded by launching a line of home furnishings for small-space living. Visit them to pick a few pieces. Everything in the line is designed to simplify and not overwhelm. An oversized Hub Mirror or a new rug can really tie a room together, and help you pull of your minimalist look with less. There are a couple of locations nearby — their downtown store at 235 Yonge Street and their west-side store at 481 Queen Street West.

 

H&M Home

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H&M is a well-established source for affordable, trendy fashion. They’ve extended that same sensibility to their home decor line. If you want to save money on sleek and stylish home furnishings and achieve a modern minimalist decor aesthetic, you need to check out H&M Home.

 

The right accessories can really change the look and feel of a room. You can find bathroom decor pieces from $6.99! Less is more, so if you’re looking to get rid of some clutter, be sure to replace it with only what you need and love. This understated throw rug can create a whole new feel in a room. You can complete the transformation for just a few bucks by adding a brass candlestick, a cozy crinkled cotton throw and a few new pillow covers. If “less is more” is your motto, you’ll love that this store gives you more for less.

 

CB2

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CB2 is Crate and Barrel’s more modern and affordable sister store. The design aesthetic here leans toward the minimalist and mid-century modern look. The eclectic sensibility of the shop means that practically everything in the store goes with everything else in the store. This can either make shopping simple, or incredibly complex. You may be overwhelmed with options. There is a lot of opportunity to mix and match pieces to create your perfect style. From Parisian-inspired sofas to minimalist dining tables, they’ve got everything a trend-savvy Toronto minimalist could hope for.

 

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, their associates will help you locate it and/or order it in from their full online collection which includes contemporary furniture, modern lighting, sculpture and much more. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, you can work directly with their team to custom-design sofas, chairs and headboards to fit your design dreams and dimensions to a T.

 

Downtown Toronto dwellers can consider themselves fortunate as the 651 Queen Street West location of CB2 is the only one in Ontario. Pay them a visit Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

 

West Elm

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West Elm is a Brooklyn-based branch of Williams-Sonoma Inc. It was established in 2002 in order to focus on affordable modern design. West Elm prides itself on working with local makers and allowing local store managers to tailor their inventory to suit the community. From sofas with clean lines, to colour pop throw pillows and rugs, bedding and lighting — everything West Elm designs and sells is created with the goal of helping you express your personal style. Over 90% of what they sell is designed in-house using organic, handcrafted materials and Fair Trade Certified™ products whenever and wherever possible. Shop their store in Liberty Village (109 Atlantic Avenue) Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

 

IKEA

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IKEA may not have invented modern Scandinavian minimalism, but they certainly played a big part in popularizing it and making it affordable and accessible. From simple and clean looking chrome accessories for kitchens and bathrooms,  to living room furniture and more. If you can use an allen-key, you can enjoy and assemble their affordable modern furniture.

 

There are two Toronto area locations to serve you. You’ve probably visited them at 1475 The Queensway in Etobicoke, open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. You might not be familiar with their location at 15 Provost Drive in North York, open 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Take advantage of the free IKEA Shuttle Bus that serves Downtown Toronto and Kipling Station. It takes people to the Etobicoke location every weekend.

 

Stroll through their vast show rooms to plant clever design ideas in your head. If you can’t carry home what you’ve purchased, delivery and even assembly options are available.

 

We hope this article helps you do less with more and cultivate your own understated style.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to experience all the style and creativity that your community 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.

Bite into fall at these nearby bakeries

 

Fall is a fantastic time of year to live in Davisville Village. There are beautiful green spaces all around where you can take in fall’s beauty, and an abundance of amazing restaurants, bakeries and stores where you can dig into fall’s bounty. If you love fall treats as much as we do, you need to visit these nearby bakeries to taste their seasonal offerings. Hurry, they’re only available for a short time!

 

Thobors

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Thobors (627 Mt Pleasant Road) is an authentic Parisian-style Boulangerie and Patisserie. Their fresh bread and magnificent pastries are baked fresh, in-house, every day. Stop by for a hot bowl of their seasonal soup and a fresh baguette sandwich, or indulge in some of their seasonal sweet treats. Their Apple Turnovers ($3.45) are a good choice for a light snack, but if you adore fresh-baked apple desserts at this time of year, you should treat yourself to a full Tarte aux Pommes with sweet paste, almond cream and fresh apples — starting at $33. Though not a seasonal dessert, it’s worth noting that their Almond Croissants ($3.55) are probably the best you’ll find on this side of the Atlantic. Thobors is open daily from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

 

Bakes & Goods

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Don’t overlook Bakes & Goods at 2523 Yonge Street. This nut-free bakery whips up moist and rich cupcakes from scratch and tops them with real buttercream frosting. Single cupcakes are just $3.25 and you can buy a half dozen for $19.50 and a full dozen for $36. They’re currently offering pumpkin cupcakes with light pumpkin frosting! They also have mini cupcakes, cake-pops and specialty cupcakes including Gluten-Free and Vegan, Egg-Free and Dairy-Free, all $4 each. If cupcakes aren’t your cup of tea, their pure and simple shortbread cookies may be what you’re looking for. Made with all-purpose flour, sugar, butter, margarine, baking powder, vanilla extract and fresh eggs. You can order Decorated Shortbread Cookies for any occasion, including Halloween (shapes like cute little pumpkins). They also have a delicious pumpkin Blondie on offer for a limited time only. Pay them a visit on Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm or Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm. They are closed on Sundays.

 

La Boheme Cafe Patisserie

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La Boheme Cafe Patisserie is a cute and cozy Parisian bakery and cafe at 2481 Yonge Street. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savoury, they have a great selection of authentic French pastries and baked goods served in a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. They offer a variety of Seasonal Danishes and Seasonal Mini Cakes to make your fall even more comforting. La Boheme is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm.

 

Phipps Bakery Cafe

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Phipps Bakery Cafe has been a Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood fixture for 31 years. Come by their shop at 420 Eglinton West and taste the difference experience can make. They are open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

At this time of year, you can indulge in their Pumpkin Cheesecake. Take one home for $33.99 for an 8 inch and $58.99 for a 10 inch. It features two classic fall flavours — pumpkin and maple! They also make a fabulous Spiced Pumpkin Cake ($33.99 for an 8-inch cake and $58.99 for a 10-inch). It’s a moist pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting and spiced pumpkin seeds. Don’t forget to try their Pumpkin Bundt Cake ($19.99) with maple drizzle and cinnamon-spiced pumpkin seeds — it’s also very popular.

 

The Cupcake Shoppe

 

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The Cupcake Shoppe is located at 2417 Yonge Street, 2 blocks north of Eglinton Avenue on the east side of Yonge. They first opened their doors in 2003, making them Toronto’s first and (quite possibly) finest specialty cupcake bakery. This nut-free bakery also offers gluten-free cupcakes and hand-illustrated custom cakes for any occasion. This fall, you’ve got to try their Naughty N’ Spice cupcake. It’s freshly-baked spice cake topped with vanilla buttercream. Pop in Monday to Wednesday from 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.  All their cupcakes are baked daily with the freshest ingredients. They also offer custom cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops, gluten-free cupcakes and hand-illustrated cakes made to suit your special celebration.

 

Flaky Tart

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Everyone loves a Flaky Tart. You’ve got to pay this bakery at 711 Mount Pleasant a visit this fall! Grab a slice of their fresh Pumpkin Spice Cake ($5) or take home a whole Pumpkin Pie ($19). They also offer Pumpkin Date Loaf, Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes, Pumpkin Scones and Pumpkin Cheesecake. If Pumpkin isn’t pleasing to your palate, their Butter Tarts ($3.50) are the perfect blend of sweetness, tangy raisins and flaky crust. The Flaky Tart knows how to make a flaky tart! They are also peanut and tree nut free. They are open Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.

 

Dufflet Uptown

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Dufflet Pastries opened their second retail location, Dufflet Uptown (2638 Yonge Street), back in 2002. Since then it has become one of the most popular pastry destinations in the city. Dufflet offers a whole line of signature cakes, pastries and chocolates and their Uptown location also offers light lunches, cold drinks and specialty coffees. Your best bet at this time of year is their heavenly Brown Sugar Apple Cake ($17 for an 8 inch). This seasonal coffee cake is moist, buttery and loaded with brown sugar apples. Most orders require 48-72 hours notice. Find out more information about how to order here. They’re open Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.

 

You really can’t go wrong with any of these incredible midtown Toronto bakeries. It’s time to dig in and enjoy the sweet and spicy season.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to share the best things about your neighbourhood and community. 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.

 

 

 

Tour the world without leaving your neighbourhood

 

Toronto is a fabulous multicultural city. From food and fashion to furniture, there is major international influence here. When you call Village Green your home, you can enjoy the world right at your doorstep. Here are a few nearby places where you can discover something exotic in your neighbourhood.

 

Morning Star Furniture

Morningstar Trading Co Ltd Toronto

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ou have to take a look at the exquisite array of unique and beautiful furniture at Morningstar (621 Yonge Street). For almost fifty years, Morningstar has been your neighbourhood gateway to the beauty of India. The store was a clothing and fashion business for their first 25 years. After that, Morningstar moved into the furniture space. Stop by their showroom, Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. You can also shop online for quality pieces of solid wood furniture and finely upholstered chairs, with exceptional attention payed to carving, colour and detail. Morningstar can bring beauty and craftsmanship to any room in your Village Green home.

 

Maska Yorkville

Maska Toronto

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Maska Yorkville (55 Avenue Road) makes it easy to get the latest looks from the runways of Milan, without having to wander far from home. Everything at Maska is imported from Italy and is ready to wear. Maska is always on the lookout for the latest trends and fashions. They make it easy to stay on the cutting edge of European fashion, nearby.

 

Kinka Izakaya

KINKA IZAKAYA Toronto

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Kinka Izakaya (398 Church Street) is a great local spot to enjoy excellent and authentic Japanese cuisine. An izakaya is a Japanese pub. The word Izakaya translates literally as “stay sake shop”. It’s a place to sit, settle in, sip sake, share some food and share some time. Transport yourself while you treat yourself to amazing and interesting small shareable plates. It’s the perfect way to connect with friends over fantastic cuisine and a few drinks.

 

The moment you step inside Kinka Izakaya you’ll feel as though you’re dining in Japan. Why limit yourself to simply sushi? Kinka offers an authentic dining experience that goes well beyond it. Executive Chef Ippei Iwata has created a blend of modern and traditional dishes to share.  The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, for dinner Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to 12 am, and Friday and Saturday nights from 5 pm to 1 am.

 

Stop by and share an authentic Japanese experience.

 

Galleria Supermarket Express

Galleria Express Supermarket Toronto

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Whether you are looking for a taste of home, or you want to expand your culinary horizons, Galleria Supermarket Express (558 Yonge Street) is the spot to shop. This small Korean grocery store also offers a selection of delicious hot and cold prepared foods. From rice, fresh seafood, meats and produce, to packaged snacks and products you may not be able to find anywhere else, this is the shop. Expect Korean favourites like Binggrae Banana Flavoured Milk ($7.99) , Emart Onion Chips ($2.19), and Cone Corn ($2.29). Come by hungry and leave happy.

 

Adam’s Shawarma

 

When you’re in the mood for the delicious taste of the Middle East, Adam’s Shawarma (78 Wellesley St East) is your scrumptious source for late-night Lebanese fast food. From falafel and juicy shawarma to a fresh salad bar, you’re sure to satisfy your halal hunger with an abundance of affordable meal options. You can easily dine in or take-out from here. Pay them a visit (almost) anytime. They are open daily from 8 am until 4 am.

 

Thai Fantasy Restaurant

Thai Fantasy Restaurant Toronto

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Make your tasty Thai dreams comes true at Thai Fantasy (578 Yonge Street). This simple storefront restaurant may not catch your eye if you’re not looking for it. The atmosphere is simple and comfortable. They’re not trying to impress you with the ambiance because the food is impressive enough to speak for itself. You can dine-in, takeout, or order online for delivery. From soups and salads to curries spiced to suit any taste, you’ll leave satisfied. We recommend the Vegetable Spring Rolls ($5.45), Mango Salad ($9.95, made with fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, palm sugar, peanut, bell pepper and red onion), and House Pad Thai (starting at $9.95 for the veggie). Everything is made according to traditional Thai recipes.

 

Nando’s Bay Street

Nando's Canada

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Nando’s is a chain of Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken restaurants. The secret is their spicy PERi PERi style chili sauce. The food may be spicy, but the atmosphere is pretty chill.

 

If you’re new to the wonders of PERi-PERi, why not start off with a little nibble of PERi-PERi Nuts ($4.25) — a spicy and satisfying selection of almonds, cashews and macadamias. It’s sure to stoke your fire for more. Whether you prefer legs, breasts, skewers or Grilled Chicken Livers ($11.25 with 1 side, $13.25 with 2 sides), you can’t go wrong. Choose your chicken, then choose your delicious sides. Their menu boasts salads, spicy rice, corn, coleslaw and more. It’s time to wake up your taste buds.

 

Take a tour of the world without leaving your neighbourhood. It’s just one of the many advantages of living at Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you enjoy all the world-class experiences that your neighbourhood and community 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.

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

Carters Oshkosh Canada

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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.

Where to go apple picking near Toronto

 

The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.

 

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

Carl Laidlaw orchards self pick, u pick, pick your own apples

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Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.

 

Organics Farm

Organics Farm GTA apple picking

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Organics Farm  (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.

 

The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.

 

There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.

 

Chudleigh’s Farm

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Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.

 

Applewood Farm Winery

Applewood Farm Winery

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Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.

 

Frootogo Orchards

Frootogo Orchards

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Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.

 

Myers Apple Farm

Myer's Apple Farm

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Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.

 

For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the amazing things that surround you. 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 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.

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

It’s summertime in Toronto and the weather is hot. We wait all year long for these few, short months. Celebrate another season in the sun with a new bathing suit! Shopping for swimwear can be stressful for some. Finding the right style at the right price isn’t always an easy task. To help take some of the stress and guesswork out of your shopping experience, we wanted to share some hotspots where you can shop for the best swimwear in Toronto. Take a look before you take a dip.

 

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers Sports & Funwear have locations at 2580 Yonge Street and 87 Yorkville Avenue. They have been a go-to source for swimwear since 1985. They bring the best of the beach lifestyle home to Toronto, from across the country and overseas.

 

La Vie en Rose

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You can count on the undergarment experts at  La Vie en Rose  (2300 Yonge Street unit #c25), in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, to offer a great selection of products that properly fit any woman. Let their experience help make your choice easier. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you look your best, and help you find the perfect style for you. Check out their latest collection of Mix & Match, One Piece, Beachwear, and Beach Accessories. They have everything you need for a hot summer look.

 

Hudson’s Bay

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Have you been to The Bay, lately? It’s a great home base for all your summer swim and beachwear needs and wants, for both men and women. Whatever your style, whatever your shape, The Bay has you covered – or as uncovered – as you’d like.  From lounging by the pool, to looking cool with the latest and greatest accessories. The Bay is a one-stop-shop for all your summer fun supplies. Find Hudson’s Bay locations at 44 Bloor Street East, and its flagship store at 176 Yonge Street in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

 

Bikini Village

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Sometimes it takes a village to help you find the swimsuit you’re most comfortable in. If The Bay isn’t you brand of choice, take a short trip to Bikini Village. They are also conveniently located in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. They feature top brands, including Bauhaus, Billabong, Body Glove, Boto and Diesel for men. And all the latest styles for women from brands like Ellen Tracy, Red Carter, Christina, and more. From bold to bashful, and everything in between — you’re bound to find your next bathing suit here.

 

Boathouse

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If you’re looking for stylish swimwear that is also comfortable and affordable, you need to visit Boathouse. They offer very reasonably priced swimwear in the latest styles, so you can take a dip, without getting soaked. Find them at 316 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas).

 

Whatever you’re style, shape or budget — everyone needs and deserves a swimsuit they feel great in. It’s required attire for summer fun. So before you hit the beach, or chill out by the pool, treat yourself to the best bathing suit you’ve ever owned. It’s a great start to a great summer. We hope these convenient shopping options in your community help make your choice easy and enjoyable.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. We hope these local swimsuit shop recommendations help you feel comfortable and look your best. 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.

Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

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The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

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Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

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If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

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If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

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Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. 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.

Save on groceries near Village Green

 

Whether you love to roam up and down every aisle, or you’re more of a surgical strike, get-in get-out kind of shopper, everyone needs groceries. Prices and selection can vary wildly from one store to the next, and these days, every dollar counts. To help you save a little money and time, check out these ideas on where to save on groceries near Village Green.

 

Rob’s No Frills

 

Rob’s No Frills (345 Bloor Street East) is a big and bright grocery store with very affordable prices. No Frills are all about delivering the goods for less, without all the, well…frills. This store is the polar opposite The Loblaws at 60 Carlton. This store isn’t meant to wow you, it’s meant to save you money. That said, the food is fresh and well displayed. There is a good selection of canned and frozen food. You may even be surprised by the selection and discover some Indian sweets or Asian veggies that you weren’t expecting to see. The selection on weekends can begin to run low by afternoon, and the hours are shorter too. Rob’s No Frills is open from 8am to 8pm on weekends, and until 9:30 pm on weekdays. It’s a great affordable option for your midweek shop.

 

Sobeys

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Sobeys (777 Bay Street) is a great choice for prepared foods like soups, fresh salads, and ready to eat options like sushi rolls. It’s also great for fresh produce. They’re open until 11pm during the week, and 10pm on weekends. This location is their upscale ‘Urban Fresh’ brand, so be prepared for a bit more of a markup. You can save a few bucks by taking the escalator down to the Metro, in the same plaza.

 

Metro

 

Metro (444 Yonge Street) at Yonge and College is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s Urban Fresh. Metro may not have the same selection and specialty products, but they are sure to have almost everything you could want, for slightly more affordable prices. The big plus is that they are open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are.

 

Loblaws

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As long as you have to do a weekly grocery shop, why not do it in a space that’s unique and has extraordinary style? The Loblaws at 60 Carlton street is housed at the awe-inspiring, historic, original site of Maple Leaf Gardens. The moment you step inside, you realize that it’s much more than just a grocery store. There is an in-store Ace Bakery pumping out quality baked goods along with extraordinary aromas.  There is a giant wall-of-cheese, a huge deli, and a great prepared food section. Don’t forget to grab coffee at Loblaws Café, complete with a Nutella Bar! There is even an LCBO and a Joe Fresh.

 

It may not be the cheapest store in the neighbourhood, but for a flagship store with so many premium features, the prices are very reasonable. Maybe not No Frills reasonable, but definitely Sobey’s reasonable. It’s also the store to find those hard-to-find items that you can’t find at regular stores. It’s open daily from 7am to 11pm.

 

H Mart

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When you’re in the mood for food, but not in the mood to deal with crowds, H Mart (703 Yonge Street) is a great go-to. This Asian grocery chain is open daily from 8am to 12am and features a variety of Asian specialty drinks and pastries that you usually have to head to Chinatown for. Prices are a bit higher than they are in Chinatown, but it saves you a trip! There is also a small-but-good-quality produce section, prepared meals, and a surprisingly good selection of fresh meats that are on par with what you may find at Sobeys and Loblaws.

 

Bulk Barn

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Bulk Barn (2 Carlton Street) isn’t going to replace your weekly grocery shop, but it is a great stop for the dry goods you want to stock up on, or store away. From grains and pasta, to nuts, beans, baking ingredients, even coffee and tea. They also carry a good selection of snacks, spices, spreads and pet food. Buy as much as you can carry home and save!

 

Hopefully, shopping at these stores helps you shave a few bucks off the bottom line of your grocery bill.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you save money while stocking up on the abundance that is all around you. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Check out the Green Living Show

 

From food and fitness classes, to fashion and travel ideas, many of us are looking for healthier, cleaner and greener options for all aspects of our lives. The 12th annual Green Living Show returns to the Metro Convention Centre April 6th, 7th and 8th. It’s the largest eco and healthy living show in Canada! It features a huge array of products, speakers, food and more to help us all live more optimally, efficiently and sustainably.

 

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Health and well being is what the Green Living show is all about. Both our own personal health, and the health of the planet we all share. Over the three days of the show, visitors will have the opportunity to learn from speakers and their talks, get advice on food, nutrition and fitness, or shop for the latest products in order to lead a more balanced lifestyle. Come and get a taste of all there is to discover at this year’s event.

 

Delicious Delicacies

 

The Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavilion celebrates the wealth of diversity and health-conscious cultural traditions that make the Canadian food landscape so unique. Using local and sustainably sourced ingredients, over 20 chefs, breweries, and wineries from Canada and around the world will showcase recipes, dishes and drinks that reflect their heritage. Choosing what to enjoy is the hardest part, so sniff out the finest fare from the aromas that surround you. Food tickets are available at the Green Living Show Box Office or upstairs at the Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavillion.

 

Fitness

 

The Sweat Equity and Fitness Pavilion will show how to take action toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you wish to take part in a free yoga class, or just chat and connect with a guest lecturer, this is the place to stretch your body and expand your healthy horizons.

 

Eco Travel

 

Take an eco-tour of the world, without adding to your carbon footprint. The Eco Traveller Pavilion features booths representing over 60 exciting countries. Get a taste of the culture as well as the cuisine. Access special travel packages and information on some of the best eco-friendly beach trips, eco-lodges, historical cities, and more.

 

Fashion and Beauty

 

These days, being fashion conscious is a whole lot deeper than simply keeping up with the latest trends. The impact of our fashion choices on the environment and the workers who make our clothes are at the forefront of eco-fashion and cosmetics. Lean how to naturally look and feel your best.

 

Urban Forests

 

There are forests hidden all around us. Modern Canadian cities are home to around 7 billion trees, and growing! The interactive Urban Forests exhibit explores the importance of our forests, how trees fight climate change, and how to use urban fallen wood and portable sawmills to create quality wood products.

 

Wood Artisans

 

Discover the quality and variety of local Ontario wood, with a 2,000 square foot exhibit featuring 14 Ontario wood artisans and the glorious gallery of locally hand-carved creations.

 

Eco Kids

 

Kids 12 and under get into the Green Living Show for free! Once inside there are interactive exhibits to enjoy while getting a bit of an education on the natural world that connects us all. Kids will give a green thumbs up when they get their hands dirty and learn about gardening with the Midgard Insect Farm booth. Children of all ages can choose to transplant the seedling of their choice, and take it home to see it grow!

 

The 12th annual Green Living Show offers the opportunity to take meaningful steps toward a more sustainable world, while reducing our carbon footprint. Learn how to embrace a healthier, more vibrant way of being in both the local and global community. Show tickets are available now.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you explore a healthy and green lifestyle within your community. 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.