The lazy hazy days of summer are here! This list has everything from ways to thrift extra summer thrills, a rooftop patio with craft burgers (and one awesome view), where to get your trivia game on, to the perfect raspberry matcha latte.

Looking ahead to the school year? We have one thing you might have forgotten about as you prepare to send your little scholars back, so be sure to scroll down to learn more. Oh, one last thing, for all of you chocolate lovers, one of our delicious chocolate retailers offers a Bring Your Own Container discount.  We like the sound of this!

See below to find all this and more happening in Old Town Toronto this month. Thanks for supporting local 😀

Soak up the final days of Summer
with Wildlife Thrift Store!

Can you believe it? August is here, and we have everything you need to make the most out of your summer, from backyard BBQ essentials to the perfect summer clothing staples. Beat the summer heat in style with our trendy and affordable clothing options! From flowy tops to lightweight shorts, we have the perfect outfits to keep you cool and fashionable on a budget with deals every week! Don’t miss out on the chance to stock up on your favourite warm-weather items before they’re gone!

Wildlife Thrift Store
67 Front St E, 416-861-9080
Daily: 10am – 8pm
Instagram: @wildlifethriftstore

Designed to get you moving and enjoying our park, these 6pm – 7pm Tuesday fitness classes are offered free of charge thanks to Friends of St James Park and your local business community, represented by Old Town Toronto‘s BIA.

Join the Facebook Event to invite others to this free event series and to have it added to your Facebook calendar.

Click here for upcoming class info.

Juicy craft burgers, cold beer
and a rooftop patio on an iconic location!

Our rooftop patio is the perfect spot to be this summer! Build your gourmet burger with different types of fresh patties, toppings, sides, and buns, with many options for vegans, Halal, gluten free & more. Order your beers, milk shakes and pops to sip on as you take in the view!

Look for our daily specials and offers and enjoy our rooftop patio.

The Works Craft Burger And Beer
60 Wellington St E, 416-594-9675
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 10pm.
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm.
Instagram: @works_burger

Back to School Eye Exams
at St Lawrence Eyecare

With school around the corner now is the perfect time to get your child’s eyes examined. Scheduling a regular eye exam plays a vital role in ensuring academic success. Children rely on their vision to interact with their teacher and the material they are learning. Effective learning begins with good vision. Book your eye exam today!

St Lawrence Eyecare
12 Church St, 416 5047532
Tues – Sat: 10am-5pm
Instagram: @stlawrenceeyecare

ChocoSol’s Bring Your Own Container Sale

Save money when you bring your own container to take advantage of our Eco-Bulk Bar deal. Bring your own container and buy any 3 bulk bars and you’ll get $4 off as well as one bar free. For even more savings, buy any 10 bulk bars to get $25 off!

St Lawrence Market, lower level, 416-551-6670
Tues – Fri: 9am – 7pm.
Sat: 7am – 5pm.
Sun: 10am – 5pm.
Instagram: @chocosoltraders

Pilates Summer Special

It’s not too late to take advantage of Rebalance Pilates’ special summer rate on our private 5-class package! Pilates focuses on alignment, core work, full body toning and strength. Its versatile nature makes it perfect for fitness clients, prenatal and postpartum bodies and those recovering from injury. See how amazing you feel in just five sessions.
Offer available from August 1 – August 31, 2023.

Rebalance Pilates
75 Sherbourne St Unit 22, 416-894-8553
By appointment
Instagram: @rebalancepilatestoronto

Cool off with a Raspberry Matcha Latte
from The Black Canary Espresso Bar

This summer beat the heat with our amazing raspberry matcha latte. Made with ceremonial grade matcha from Hokusan Tea, and delicious raspberry Monin syrup, this delicious drink is an amazing option for a cooling and refreshing summer iced drink. Or, if you are a fan of latte art, it also tastes amazing in its original hot form!

The Black Canary Espresso Bar
61 Sherbourne St, 416-301-7633
Mon – Fri: 7am – 6pm.
Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm.
Instagram: @blackcanarycoffee

Seeking dedicated individuals to join our Board of Directors

New Visions Toronto is seeking dedicated individuals to join our Board of Directors in our mission to support, connect and advocate for full community inclusion for people with disabilities. We believe that a strong and diverse board is essential to our success, and we are looking for individuals who are committed to our cause and possess the skills and expertise necessary to help us achieve our goals. As a board member, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of the organization and play a critical role in shaping the future of our community.

New Visions Toronto
222 The Esplanade, Lower Level , Unit 10, 416-868-1493
Office Hours Mon – Friday 9am to 5pm
Instagram: @newvisionstoronto

Happy Hour: Cocktails and Apps Happy Hour just got happier
at Pravda Vodka Bar!

Join us every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Happy Hour(s) from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. and receive a COMPLIMENTARY appetizer with any drink purchase and mention of this ad.

Cocktails & Apps. Bite, sip and relax.

Pravda Vodka Bar
44 Wellington St E. 416-366-0303
Thurs – Sat: 5pm – 2am
Sun – Wed: Available for private bookings
Instagram: @pravdavodkabar

Level 1 – Traditional Thai Massage

Learn everything you need to know to provide a full body Traditional Thai massage to your loved ones by enrolling in our Level 1 Traditional Thai course taught by our Master Practitioner, Orachon Meechai!
Start Date: Monday, August 21st until Thursday, August 24th
Time: 9am – 4pm

Bahn Thai Spa
136 Adelaide St E, 416-594-3406
Instagram: @bahnthaispa

The King Edward Afternoon Tea New Summer Menu

We invite you to step through The Omni King Edwards Hotel’s doors, pass into a world where old-world luxuries become revived, and experience the personality and charm our hotel has to offer with our Afternoon Tea’s New Summer Menu. Chef Daniel Schick and his innovative team constantly push the boundaries of sweet and savory in whimsical and playful manners to truly create a royal experience.

Voted one of 2023’s Top 25 Historic Hotels Worldwide Afternoon Tea Experiences. Whether it be for a celebration, a stolen moment, or a languid repose, join us for Afternoon Tea in our iconic lobby, or the quaint Victoria’s. Let us help you find the time for yourself, your loved ones, and your special moments. Let The Omni King Edward help reintroduce you to the luxury of taking a moment in time.

Available Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Omni King Edward Hotel
37 King St E, 416-863-4125
Instagram: @omnikingedward


THE CHESTERFIELD SHOP has the best, most comfortable, extensive selection of SOFA-BEDS in the city!

Large selection of mattresses, with easy-to-open contract mechanisms, choose your frame style, fabric, leather….customize or in-stock for next-day delivery!

AND….with purchase* enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate The Chesterfield Shop’s 75th Anniversary! (*conditions apply.)

For the best seating in Toronto and the GTA – come in and meet our excellent, professional staff- they will be thrilled to assist you in choosing and designing the perfect piece for your home!

The Chesterfield Shop
275 King St E, 416-667-1150
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm.  Sun: 11am – 5pm.
Instagram: @thechesterfieldshop

Trivia in our Beer Garden at C’est What?

🗓 Join us on Wednesdays August 2nd, 16th and 30th in our Beer Garden for our beloved TRIVIA night!!
🏆 We have some great prizes lined up for you, win or lose you’re guaranteed a great time with your favourite craft beer in hand.
📍 Located around the corner at 94 The Esplanade!
🍺 Great ambiance, craft beer and comfort food all sourced from Toronto’s finest!
🍻 Can’t wait to see you there! Cheers

C’est What
67 Front St. E | 94 The Esplanade, 416-867-9499
Beer Garden:  Tues – Sat: 4pm – 10pm.
Restaurant: Sun & Mon: 4pm – 12am.
Tues & Wed: 12pm – 12am.
Thurs – Sat: 12pm-1am.
Instagram: @cestwhatto

Sustainable Impact: Custom Tote Bags That Make a Difference!

The eco-friendly solution to promote your business and reduce plastic waste. Crafted with heavy-weight 100% cotton, these durable totes are available with screen-print or full-color imprint options. With a minimum order of 50, they are perfect for businesses, events, or personal use. Say goodbye to plastic bags and embrace sustainability with our practical and stylish tote bags. Visit us or contact us now to make a positive impact with your custom designs!

314 Adelaide St E, 416-815-7770
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Instagram: @artiktoronto

August Special at Nami Restaurant

Nami Japanese Restaurant celebrates its 39th anniversary this year. Thank you for your support. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again.

In Japan, the number 39 is sometimes used to mean “Thank You.” As a token of our appreciation to all our customers, we are offering our dishes for $39.

Special Lunch Set $39
(Available Monday to Friday)
3 pcs Sashimi, 3 pcs Tempura, Gomaae, and Miso soup
choose the main from these three options
・Unagi Warayaki
・Harami Steak
・Bara Chirashi

Special Dinner Plate$60
($90 Value)
(Available Monday to Saturday)
Assorted Sushi or Sashimi, Fresh Oysters 4pcs, Chicken Karaage 3pcs, Edamame, Garden Salad

Including 1 Drink

Kids Special Plate $FREE
(Available Monday to Saturday)
Rice Ball, Karaage, Tamago-Yaki, Salad, Cut fruit

Nami Japanese Restaurant
55 Adelaide St E, 416-362-7373
Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2pm & 5pm – 9pm. Sat: 5pm – 9pm
Instagram: @namirestaurant

Novotel Toronto Centre

DCFA x Novotel Toronto Centre Presents Illuminations: A Journey of Lights & Shadow
Prepare to be captivated, moved and inspired by the luminous beauty that emerges when light meets shadow. Featuring artists Cem Basarir & Agata Wisniewski.

Pearl MD Express
At PearlMD Rejuvenation, Dr. Pearlman blends the evidence-based science of western medicine with a holistic approach to help patients optimize hormones, health & beauty and achieve ageless vitality.
Book online, call 416 664 1112 or email

Cafe Nicole Bistro + Bar
Join us for Happy Hour specials everyday from 4-7pm!

Novotel Toronto Centre / Cafe Nicole Bistro + Bar
45 The Esplanade, 416-367-8900
Instagram: @novoteltorontocentre / @cafenicolebistro

Our weekly Thursday night (7pm – 9pm) Music in St. James Park series takes place at the Michael Comstock Pavilion in St. James Park. Join the Facebook Event to invite others to this free event series and to have it added to your Facebook calendar.

Click here to check out upcoming dates and performers.

Want More?
Discover more local businesses in our Business Directory by clicking here. Everything from sushi to pet care, fitness gyms and tranquil massages… we have it all!

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