OK all you Old Town Toronto enthusiasts, we have rounded up a few highlights of what your beloved local businesses are offering this April and now it is up to you to keep doing what you do best, support local by enjoying a good book, a great burger or pasta, and a thirst quenching malt. Don’t forget April has an unofficial holiday that might leave some of you with the munchies and if that’s the case, well look below for a menu and patio deal you won’t want to miss! 😉

Thanks for your continued support of our local businesses as they fight tooth and nail to keep chugging along while keeping you and their staff safe by following all safety protocols. Your patronage means more than ever. On behalf of all of our area merchants, thank you for spending your money right here in your neighbourhood of Old Town Toronto!

Bamberger Rauchbier

Bamberger is a dedication to the beauty of malt. Rauch, or smoked, beers were originally produced in Bamberg Germany. Malts would be kilned over open fire, resulting in strong smoke flavour and aroma. Brewed with over 40% Weyermann beech smoked malt, this beer delivers wonderfully balanced notes of smoke, brown sugar, and caramelized bread crust.

Goose Island Brewhouse Toronto, 70 The Esplanade, 647-952-4501
Open: Mon-Sat: 11am – 8pm. Sun: 11am – 6pm

Gaggenau Appliances

Gaggenau Appliances. What the professional chef comes home to. Gaggenau craftsmanship: dedicated to excellence since 1683
The creation, conception and design of a Gaggenau appliance is a fusion of art and function.

italDESIGN Group Ltd., 325 King St. E, 416-346-4922
Open: Mon – Sat: 10am to 6pm

The New Ideas Festival

The New Ideas Festival is going virtual! With a 33-year legacy, we’re still doing what we do best — bold, adventurous theatre. After heartbreaking cancellations last March, we’re resurrecting two weeks of NIF 2020 productions, and presenting them in a dynamic new format. You’ll experience 9 Alumnae premieres from the comfort of your own home. Join us online April 14th-25th for two action-packed weeks of groundbreaking works from both emerging and experienced theatre artists.

Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley St, 416-364-4170
During Covid we are not operating within our space at all so all our events, meetings, and clubs are happening online! We have lots of weekly and monthly goings-on – email us at ContactUs@alumnaetheatre.com to find out more.

Best Burgers You’ve Ever Had

Woods famous burgers are made from scratch, focusing on using home-grown, seasonal, fresh, and sustainable ingredients. We offer different flavours and combinations, from the Signature Cheeseburger with ground aged Ontario prime Striploin to Capre Burger with Burrata cheese and balsamic reduction… Served on a house-made brioche and delicious hand-cut fries. We’re here to satisfy your cravings! (Gluten-Free options available)
Open for take-out & delivery and though the following partners: Ritual, SkipTheDishes, DoorDash.

Woods Restaurant, 45 Colborne St, 416-214-9918,
Open: During Covid our hours are: Tuesday – Saturday, 4PM – 10PM

Canadian Made Solid Wood Bookcases

Multiple colors and finishes available, several heights can be customized. Over 1,000 sold over the past 50 years.

Office Shop and Furniture, 181 King St E, 416-363-4406
Please call for curbside pickup during regular daytime business hours.
www.officeandshopfurniture.ca (item is not listed on the site)

Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee, organic. Customers can also purchase tea in bulk if they like what they ordered. Everything is to go. The tea is $2.00 per cup. We have detox teas, energy teas, feel good teas, green teas. We have about 40 different teas to choose from.

Royal Blush Salon & Spa, M 47 Colborne St, 416-304-1814
Open: 11am – 4pm

Spring Reads

We’ve got some amazing new releases just in time for spring reading season! Many new scholarly and university publications are now available along with many new art books! Publishers include: Yale University Press, Goose Lane Editions, Columbia University, Dundurn Press, Universe, Penguin, Princeton University Press, University of California Press, Reaktion books and others.

Available in-store and online. You may drop-in, phone or email us at rarebooks@delake.com for any purchase inquires. We offer in-store shopping and also offer curbside pick-up as well. P.S. We love making recommendations!

D & E Lake Ltd., 239 King St. E., 416-863-9930
Open: Mon – Fri: 10am-6pm. Sat: 10am – 6pm. Sun: 11am-2:30pm

Specialty Coffee, Premium Tea & Hot Chocolate

At Third Wave Coffee, we are focused on bringing an exceptional experience to coffee lovers through our passion for every step of the production process.

We are proud of our sustainably sourced, expertly roasted and meticulously brewed coffee, raising awareness of social and environmental justice issues while creating a sense of community in our cafe.

It is our mission to share our love of coffee with you in the most enlightening way.

Third Wave Coffee, 42 Church St, 416-366-0666
Open: Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm. Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm

Munchie Menu

With weed shops popping up like sprouts in spring, we’re putting together a special menu to deal with your munchies – all accompanied by some fine beers to wash away the taste of smoke.

Show a receipt from a local cannabis shop with your purchase and get a $10 gift card good for use on our patio in May.

C’est What?, 67 Front St E., 416-867-9499
Open Daily: 2pm – 10pm

We’re Celebrating 4/20 and You’re Invited!
+ Artists Enter Our Contest Now!

Did you know the (un)official cannabis holiday falls on April 20th? “420” is one of the most iconic cannabis catch phrases, and to celebrate our very first one as part of this amazing community we’ve got some exciting things planned!

Tokyo Smoke has launched a High Art contest and is searching for Canada’s best 4/20 art! We’re asking our guests (19+ only of course) to show us what 420 means to you by creating a 420 inspired piece of art. Submit your expression through tokyosmoke.com for a chance to win: A $420 cash prize, plus a $420 donation to a local art charity of your choice, a 1 year subscription to MasterClass, and an artist feature at your local Tokyo Smoke store! Also get featured on Tokyo Smoke’s official Instagram page.

On Tuesday April 20th we will be hosting a Family & Friends event and that means you’re all invited! Enjoy special offers for the community and a few surprises we can’t wait to share with you. But don’t forget to stock up for your 420 festivities early to avoid disappointment. Spend April 20th with our crew at Tokyo Smoke King & Princess. We are now open for in-store shopping from 9am-11pm daily as well as Click & Collect orders via Dutchie.com

This communication is intended for adults only and should not be shared with minors. For contest rules & regulations, visit bit.ly/3vYcwEh

Tokyo Smoke, 250 King St E., 416-943-9692
Now open for in-store shopping 9am-11pm daily!

Attention all CAA/AAA Members

As a valued CAA/AAA member receive 15% off your room rate when you book directly on our website.

Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown, 111 Lombard St, 416-367-5555

Alterna Caviar- Replenishing Moisture system

Say goodbye to dry, damaged hair!

The Alterna Caviar replenishing moisture line is a luxe system infused with caviar that restores moisture to dry, dull hair! Toronto weather can be extremely harmful on our hair which is why its essential we tackle any signs of damage the minute we see it! Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins A, C, and D and free from parabens and sulfates, these products are safe to use on colored/chemically treated hair. A proprietary blend of Sea Silk® and an Age Control Complex® help target the physical, environmental, and natural signs of aging and stress that can cause hair to look older and start to lose moisture, becoming dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage.

Come on by to see our Alterna Caviar line! We carry a variety of options, from volume to bond repair hair products! Let us help you restore your hair’s health! We are open for in store shopping.

The Beauty Supply Outlet, 14 Church St, 416-362-4444
Current Hours of Operations: Tues – Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am-5pm. Sun & Mon: Closed.

Chicken Alfredo with Mushroom and Mascarpone Cheese Ravioli

Sauteed chicken pieces and bacon crumble in our creamy Alfredo sauce and mixed with wild mushroom and mascarpone cheese ravioli. Available on our recently opened patio, as well as for take out and delivery!

Old Spaghetti Factory, 54 The Esplanade, 416-864-9761
Hours: During Covid our hours are Mon-Sun: 12PM – 9PM.  Please visit our website to view our hours as we adapt to provincial protocols.

Easter Feast – To Go

Cafe Nicole is excited to announce that they have teamed up with our sister cafe, Cafe Locale to be able to offer you the special occasion take out meals you have grown to enjoy. We, in partnership with Cafe Locale, located at the Radisson Blu Downtown Toronto (on Queens Quay West) are offering a 3 course Easter Meal for take out, so you can enjoy the holiday at home, without the hassle of cooking and clean up. We have a delicious choice of Lamb or Salmon for your Easter Dinner, which is served with a salad and creative play between the beloved hot cross buns and bread pudding for dessert. We have a Vegan option of Roasted Veggies & Farro Strudel, which will also be served with a salad to start and a great chocolate “cheesecake” to finish off the meal. Both options will be available in a kid sized portion, so the whole family can enjoy. This meal will be available for pick-up at the Radisson Blu, 249 Queens Quay West on Saturday, April 3rd, and Sunday, April 4th. Please visit cafenicole.ca for more information and to order.

Cafe Nicole, 45 The Esplanade, 416-3678900
Cafe Nicole is currently closed for take-out and dine in services. However, we are offering special occasion meals, please visit cafenicole.ca for details.

Pouding chomeur family size to go

Traditional French Canadian dessert Pouding Chomeur is now available in family size (4-6 portions) to go for $20.

Le Papillon on Front, 690 Front St E, 416-367-0303
Takeout and delivery during Covid restrictions: Tues – Sat: 3pm-9pm

Traditional Thai Massage

We could all use some compassionate kindness right now. Traditional Thai massage brings that gift of touch. Stay tuned! We will shortly be launching an online Workshop to teach you and your loved ones this wonderful art form.

Bahn Thai Spa Traditional Thai Massage, 136 Adelaide St E., 647-284-5524
Open: Fri – Mon for RMT services only

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