A pup welcoming patio, thrifting tips, live theatre, sakura and matcha flavoured drinks and desserts, paint night, a sliding TV door, the delicious papa burrito bowl, wedding shoes, a new night life destination, a dance workshop where even people with two left feet are welcome, and (pause for drum roll) Toronto’s Best Waffles! Whatever you are looking for, Old Town Toronto has it! Scroll on to discover all this and more (including a raspberry + pistachio mini cake that will have you drooling.)

As always, thanks for supporting local. 🙂

New patio opening April 15th
at AAA Bar

AAA Bar’s brand new patio will be opening on the sidewalk out front on April 15! Please come check it out, and please, please, please, please bring your dog friends in for a dog treat or two. Dogs are always welcome at AAA Bar, and we always love to see them! See you soon!

138 Adelaide St E, 416-722-6402
Instagram: @tripleabar

4pm – 2am

The Fixing Girl
on stage at YPT!

From celebrated UK playwright Kevin Dyer comes the world premiere of The Fixing Girl. Mum is lost in her own thoughts and it’s making Meghan’s horrible day even worse. So Meghan retreats to the backyard shed where she and Grandad have always fixed broken things. It’s there that she hopes to find the answer to feeling better – but instead finds only more questions. Can something that’s broken become whole again? Tender and uplifting, The Fixing Girl tells the heartfelt story of a young girl coming to terms with loss and grief.

Featuring Zoé Doyle, Eponine Lee and Eric Peterson (CTV’s Corner Gas).

By Kevin Dyer
Directed by Stephen Colella

Apr. 15 – May 2, 2024
Recommended for Ages 8-13
Run time: approx. 70 minutes

Young People’s Theatre
165 Front St E, 416-862-2222

Meet Altitude Ambassador Thomas Comeau

Meet Thomas Comeau, a mountaineer and detective with the Toronto Police Service, poised to conquer new heights in support of first responder mental health. We’re thrilled to announce Thomas as our new ambassador of Altitude Athletic Training. Thomas’s journey embodies resilience, determination, and a steadfast commitment to championing mental wellness among frontline responders.

From his early days as a litigation lawyer to his career in law enforcement, Thomas’s path has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a deep-seated passion for adventure. Inspired by transformative experiences trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and reaching Everest Base Camp, Thomas has set his sights on an unprecedented challenge: the double summit of Mount Lobuche (6,119m) and Ama Dablam (6,812m) in Nepal. Powered by a desire to raise awareness and funds for Toronto Beyond the Blue, Thomas’s ascent serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to confront their own mountains and navigate their mental health journeys with resilience and determination.

Thomas has been training with us here at Altitude for his climbing adventures, including a recent trip to Ecuador to climb Chimborazo (6,263 m). You can follow Thomas’s adventures on Altitude Athletic Training’s social media channels. Through his journey, Thomas aims to inspire more Torontonians to push their limits, embrace adventure, and pursue their dreams of climbing. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or a novice enthusiast, Altitude offers the resources and training you need to prepare for your own mountainous endeavors.

To learn more about climbing and how to prepare, book a complimentary consult with one of our coaches and get ready to start your adventure.

Altitude Athletic Training
56 Colborne St, 416-366-3838
Instagram: @altitudeathletic

Mon-Fri: 6am-9pm.
Sat & Sun: 7am-1pm.

Sakura Bloom at Chatime

Welcome Spring with us at Chatime with our limited time offer drinks that will definitely make you feel refreshed!

1) Sakura White Peach Green Tea with Real Peach Bits
Savor the delicate fusion of floral notes and fruity hints of white peach and sakura flavours. Topped with real peach bits for an added touch for your perfect spring beverage!

2) Sakura Lychee Juice with Real Lychee Bits
Bloom into spring with the perfect blend of lychee and sakura flavours. Topped with real lychee bits, this refreshing beverage offers a delightful combination of sweet and floralnotes!

Drinks available in store and online! Available from April 4th to May 20th, or while supplies last!

163 King St E, 416-223-9871
Sun-Wed: 11am-11pm.
Thurs-Sat: 11am-12pm.

TO Live Presents John Coltrane: Legacy – Featuring Joe Lovano
& the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Edwin Outwater

Performance Date & Time: Wed., May 15th, 8pm

Calling all jazz music lovers! Our friends at TO Live present John Coltrane: Legacy, featuring Joe Lovano and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edwin Outwater.

This world premiere event features opulent new orchestral arrangements that take you through hits from the 50s and 60s, including “Alabama,” “Blue Train,” and more, with never-before-seen visuals from classic jazz photographers.

With John Coltrane: Legacy, the compositions of John Coltrane are given a new treatment that has never been heard. With the larger format of a symphony orchestra playing new arrangements specifically written for this setting, audiences will hear Coltrane’s most enduring work expanded and reimagined by most lauded arrangers of the current era. Coltrane played his songs in new ways in every performance, and that quest to discover new meaning in the pieces continues today.

TO Live
1 Front St E, 416-366-7723
Instagram: @tolivegram
Daytime hours: Mon-Fri: 1pm-6pm.

Enjoy dedicated attention to your fitness at 6S
It all starts with a No Sweat Intro

You might do things at 6S Fitness that you would never do at a normal big-box gym.

Like talk to our coaches about your goals and struggles, get dedicated attention to your wellness and eating, and be a part of a community that actually cares about you.

We know life is hectic, so we’re here to give you a home where you can get away from your long task list and enjoy your fitness.

So how do you get started at 6S Fitness?

Step 1: Book your FREE No Sweat Intro
Step 2: Connect with a Coach and come up with a plan
Step 3: Follow the plan and reach your goals!

Visit us at 6sfitness.ca to book a No Sweat Intro, so we can learn more about your health and fitness goals today!

209 Adelaide St E, 416-518-5746
Instagram: @6s.fitness

New and Limited Spring Items
at Velvet Lane Cakes & Cafe

As we embrace our first spring season here at St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, we’re thrilled to unveil some new and limited-edition additions to our menu. Throughout April and May, we’re introducing two special delights: the Lemon + Blueberry cupcake and the Raspberry + Pistachio retail mini cake. The mini cake serves 6 people, and both treats will be available daily starting April 2nd.

But that’s not all! We’ve also sweetened the deal with our latest addition to the cookie jar lineup: the Confetti cookie. This delightful treat is sure to evoke nostalgia, reminding you of the joyous birthday cakes from your childhood.

And for those craving something a bit more indulgent, we’re proud to introduce the 6” Basque cheese cake to our menu. After receiving an overwhelming amount of love for our mini Basque cheese cakes, we couldn’t resist creating a larger version to share with you all.

Thank you for your continued support, and we can’t wait to see you in the coming months as we celebrate spring with these delectable treats!

Velvet Lane Cakes & Cafe
173 King St E, 416-262-4159
Instagram: @velvetlanecafe
Tues-Thurs: 8am-5pm.
Fri: 8am-6pm.
Sat: 9am-6pm.
Sun: 9am-4pm.
Mon: Closed

now available from Estheteak Inc.

When it comes to TV positioning and storage in areas with limited wall availability, innovation is what we look for. Here, we offer a revolutionary design solution: the Raumplus Sliding TV Door. This innovative door is a multipurpose solution that harmoniously combines entertainment and interior design.

Estheteak Inc.
411 Richmond St E, Unit 203, 236-512-8466
Instagram: @estheteak
Weekdays: 10am-8pm. (Appointments available through website.)

Paint Nite: The 6
at Novotel Toronto Centre

The Original Paint Nite: Unleash your inner artist. We are very excited to host you in the glamorous Novotel Toronto Centre on the Esplanade! We are painting in the bright and colourful La Gallerie Room where we will have access to all of Cafe Nicole’s food and beverage options, while being surrounded by the works of local artist Anthony Ricciardi. Join in on the fun and paint a masterpiece of your own. This event is not to be missed! Click here to learn more.

Novotel Toronto Centre
45 The Esplanade, 416-367-8900
Instagram: @novoteltorontocentre

Find Sukho Thai on UberEats

Check out Sukhothai on UberEats for so many options to get that Thai heat delivered straight to your door or ready just in time for your convenient pickup! Also look out for great offers available exclusively through UberEats! Order today at sukhothaifood.ca or find us on your UberEats app!

Sukho Thai
52 Wellington St E, 647-351-4612
Instagram: @sukhothaifood
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at The Chesterfield Shop

The Madison is the perfect mix of classic style, and ultimate comfort.

Featuring espresso wood legs, seat and back cushions with extra down filled for ultimate comfort and a slightly relaxed look. Cushions are not attached to the frame, and can be easily removed.
Available in over 20 configurations including as a chair, loveseat, and sectional sofa. Your choice of 3 arm styles – Track, Roll, and Modern English.

Choose between a wide selection of soft leathers and beautiful fabrics.
The storage chaise is perfect for pillows and a comforter!
Dimensions: 110 x 64″

Come to 275 King St. E. for a sit, touch and feel!
Your Seating Store, since 1948!

The Chesterfield Shop
275 King St E, 416-667-1150
Instagram: @thechesterfieldshop

Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm.
Sun: 11am-5pm.

Move Your Body! Do Pilates!
Check out the 3-class introductory package a Rebalance Pilates

What is Pilates? It’s a movement method that will tone, lengthen and strengthen your body. Its versatility makes it perfect for all levels of fitness, injury recovery, prenatal and postpartum.
Rebalance Pilates caters to one-on-one and semi-private Pilates session where classes are designed to support your unique fitness goals.
Check out our 3-class introductory package today and bring Pilates into your movement practice.

Rebalance Pilates
366 Adelaide St E, Unit 226, 416-894-8553
Instagram: @rebalancepilatestoronto

NEW #AtTheOmni:
Mokara Spa Insider Membership & Consort Bar Menu

🌟 Discover the Ultimate in Spa Luxury: Mokara Spa Insider Membership! 🌟
We’re thrilled to introduce the Mokara Spa Insider Membership at Omni King Edward. Elevate your wellness journey with exclusive access to unparalleled pampering and savings. Indulge in Monthly Spa Treatments: Treat yourself to a customized spa treatment every month, whisking you away on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation. Irresistible Discounts Await:
Enjoy enticing discounts—10% off for 6-month members, 15% for 12-month commitments—making your pampering sessions even more rewarding! Exclusive Perks to Enhance Your Experience: Enjoy Friends & Family deals, sumptuous discounts at Consort Baer, complimentary fitness center access, and lavish spa amenities for an unforgettable escape. Join the Mokara Spa Insider Membership Today: Embrace the joy of unwinding and saving simultaneously—contact us at mokaraspatoronto@omnihotels.com and start indulging in ultimate spa luxury today!

🍽️✨ Indulge in the NEW Consort Bar MENU ✨🍽️
Embark on a gastronomic journey with a plethora of delectable dishes now available at the Consort Bar. Savor Every Bite: From succulent 8oz New York Striploin to flavorful Butter Chicken Curry, each dish elevates your dining experience. Daily Specials to Tempt Your Palate: Discover diverse specials throughout the week, from Baja Fish Taco on Mondays to indulgent Lobster and Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese on Fridays. Beyond Ordinary Bar Fare: Explore substantial offerings, from traditional Caesar salad to innovative Plant Protein Power Bowl, catering to every palate. Unwind in Style: Pair your meal with signature cocktails or fine wines, expertly chosen to complement your dining experience. Join Us Today: Experience culinary indulgence at The Consort Bar—gather friends and family for an unforgettable dining experience.

Omni King Edward
37 King St E, Toronto, 416-863-9700
Instagram: @omnikingedward

Wildlife Thrift Store on CTV’s The Social!

The Wildlife Store was featured on CTV’s The Social! Stylist and thrifting guru Rachel Spencer and Jessica Allen came by the shop and talked about all things thrifting.

Here are some tips they shared!
1. Create a mood board, to help figure out what kind of aesthetic you’re on the hunt for.
2. Get out of your comfort zone, try looking in racks you usually don’t go to.

Search Jess Thrifts an outfit | The Social on youtube for the full video or click here.

Wildlife Thrift Store
67 Front St E, 416-861-9080
Instagram: @wildlifethriftstore

Daily: 10am-8pm

Papa Burrito Bowl
at AAamazing Salad

We are thrilled to introduce our new product—Papa burrito bowl!
It’s a warm bowl with protein, salad greens, cheese, vegetables and delicious homemade spicy BBQ sauce! The shredded beef has limited quantity every day. We cook and shred it everyday!

We are here to welcome you and hope you enjoy this delicious and feeling Papa bowl!

AAamazing Salad
82 Adelaide St E, unit C, 647-342-6888
Instagram: @aaamazingsalad

Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm.
Sat 12pm-6pm.

Experience Blooms Year-Round:
Flowers & Flowers Subscription Service Launch

At Flowers & Flowers studio, we specialize in corporate flower subscriptions and individual flower subscriptions. Our subscription services offer the convenience of having fresh flowers delivered weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, straight to your doorstep.

Subscribing to our flower service is an easy way to brighten up your space or someone else’s day with beautiful seasonal blooms. Whether you’re a flower lover looking to enhance your home or office with fresh florals, our subscription service is the perfect solution.

Visit our website https://flowersandflowers.ca/pages/corporate-flower-subscriptions to learn more about our subscription options and how you can sign up today. If you have any questions or special requests, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@flowersandflowers.ca. We’re here to help!

See you soon at Flowers & Flowers!

Flowers & Flowers
37 King St E, 1-800-213-9050
Instagram: @flowersandflowers.ca

Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm.
Sat: 11am-3pm.

Sakura (cherry blossom) pastry and drink
at Neo Coffee Bar

Spring has sprung at NEO COFFEE BAR! Our spring special is in full bloom and available at all locations. Delicate Japanese Sakura infused flavour takes you into that spring feeling. Let your taste buds blossom with every sip and bite. Come sip into the season with us!

Neo Coffee Bar
161 Frederick St, Unit 100, 647-348-8811
Instagram: @neocoffeebarto


April Promotion & Night Bar
at Nami Restaurant

April Promotion (Monday ~ Saturday)
Special Dinner Plate $60. You can choose one item from Sushi, Kitchen, and Robata.
Sushi: Assorted Sushi 5pcs / Salmon Avocado Chumaki / Mini Barachirashi
Kitchen: Chicken Karaage 3pcs / Tempura 3pcs
Robata: Salmon Kama / Hamachi Kama / Harami Steak

Comes with Miso Soup and Garden Salad.
*Must be purchased with any alcoholic beverages or drinks

〜Nami Restaurant Night Bar〜
Thursday ~ Saturday 9pm ~ 1am (Last Call 12:30am)
A new nocturnal oasis has finally opened its doors! Operating from Thursday to Saturday, from 9pm to 1am, Nami Night Bar offers delectable food perfectly paired with a wide variety of drinks. Our bar is the perfect spot to enjoy the evening. Immerse yourself in a stylish ambiance while indulging in fantastic drinks and delicious cuisine. Come on down and join us. Last call is at 12:30am, so make sure to arrive early. Experience a wonderful night at Nami Night Bar. We look forward to welcoming you!

We extend our sincere thanks for your continued patronage at Nami Restaurant. We wish to express our deepest gratitude for the unwavering support from all our patrons who have graced our restaurant with their presence. The entire team at Nami remains dedicated to serving you wholeheartedly, and we eagerly anticipate the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.

Nami Restaurant
55 Adelaide St E, 416-362-7373
Instagram: @namirestaurant

C’est What now open earlier on Sundays!

C’est What? Now open at noon on Sundays! Whether you have just been to the Sunday Variety Vintage Market or out for a walk, come down to C’est What for lunch or an afternoon pint of your favourite craft beer. Cozy up by the fire, or shoot a game of pool! While you are here, check out our new merch!

C’est What
67 Front St E, 416-867-9499
Instagram: @cestwhatto
Mon: 4pm-12am.
Tues/Wed: 12pm-12am
Thurs-Sat: 12pm-1am.
Sun: 12pm-12am.

The Fifth’s Fifth Anniversary Event

Could THIS be any cooler!? We are turning 5!

Over five whirlwind years, we’ve shared laughter, tears, weathered a pandemic, and relocated across the city – yet emerged stronger. The Fifth has become the home of so many, dancers, non-dancers, movement enthusiasts, and mindfulness, yoga, pilates and meditation practices. Within dance alone, this past year we’ve welcomed dancers and dance groups in the realms of Ballet, Contemporary, African Contemporary & Afro-fusion, Heels, Latin Dances, Bollywood and Irish Dance.

This year, as we celebrate at our new digs, we’re inviting you to join the festivities! Expect a day packed with dance classes, performances, delectable treats, and thrilling raffle prizes because what is a community without dance and food!?

NONDancer Workshop: Led by the extraordinaire lovable weirdos of Rockbottom Movement. Prepare to enter the whimsical bottom world, where even the most two-left-footed individuals can find the group. Bring your loved one or your nemesis, either way, we’ll all have fun!

Raffle: Get ready for an exciting raffle featuring prizes from our generous partners, from osteo appointments to private reformer classes. Earn tickets by attending classes in the week leading up to the event or snag more on the day, with all proceeds funding a special project to be revealed.

Potluck: Share the love with your favorite dish and earn extra raffle tickets for each contribution.

Dance Performances: Enjoy different dance performances by artists in our community

Join us as we commemorate five years of joy, growth, and community spirit. Here’s to many more dances and memories together!

Click here to RSVP: https://thefifthschedule.as.me/thefifthanniversary

The Fifth Dance
366 Adelaide St E, 647-746-5355
Instagram: @thefifthdance

Indulge in April: Vodka Flights and Caviar Delights
at Pravda Vodka Bar

Join us for an exclusive vodka tasting experience during happy hour throughout the month of April, from 5pm to 7:30pm. For just $35 + HST, indulge in our vodka flights package, which includes three meticulously selected vodka pours. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through each tasting, providing insights into the unique stores and flavours behind each vodka.

Enhance your experience with our decadent caviar sample platter, available for $50 + HST. Savour the delicate flavours of premium caviar paired with the smoothness of vodka, creating a luxurious and unforgettable culinary journey.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the world of vodka and caviar in a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere. Reserve today at info@pravdavodkabar.com and treat yourself to an evening of indulgence at Pravda Vodka Bar.

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

Bella Belle Pop Up Shop at Sash + Bustle

Sash + Bustle is hosting the Bella Belle Pop Up Shop Event! May 2 – 5 you can shop Bella Belle best sellers and their NEW 2024 collection! + Get 20% off your Bella Belle purchase!

Get ready to step into a world of timeless beauty and find the perfect pair of shoes to complement your dream wedding look.

This is a bridal event you won’t want to miss!

Date: May 2-5
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Location: Sash + Bustle, 111 Berkeley St, Toronto

Sash + Bustle
111 Berkeley St, 647-340-5850
Instagram: @sashandbustle

Tues-Fri: 10am-7pm.
Sat-Sun: 8:30am-7pm.
Mon: closed.

BlogTO’s List of The Best Waffles In Toronto
is lead by Old Town Toronto’s Le Petit Dejeuner

The best waffles in Toronto are fluffy and puffy with grids that cradle syrup, whipped cream, fruit and even fried chicken. Some may argue that many in this city might love waffles even more than Leslie Knope.” BlogTO lined up a list of where to find the best waffles in our great city and Le Petit Dejeuner claimed the number one spot! Click here to find the full list.

Le Petit Dejeuner
191 King St E, 416-703-1560
Le Petit Dejeuner on Google

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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What is a Business Improvement Area?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is made up of commercial and industrial property owners and their non-residential tenants who join together under a volunteer Board of Management (BIA Board) to carry out improvements and promote economic development within their designated area…(click here to continue reading.)

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