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We know you are doing all you can to support local this holiday season, while staying home and making the festivities a little more intimate this year. Thank you! With our list of December features, right here in OTT, you’ll discover new ways to support our hard working local businesses, while celebrating the holidays.

Whether you want to send or order for yourself a prepared meal, gift certificate, or need to restock the beer fridge, this list has the goods. Oh, and as the end of the year approaches, don’t forget to max out those benefits before they disappear into the black hole of 2020. From physiotherapy to massage, you’ll find the services you need right here in the good ol’ OTT.

Happy holidays and thank you for striving to support local. 🙂

Table for Two: Curated Finish-at-Home Dinners From Mercatto

As the temperature drops, let our chef handle the heat of meal planning and preparation. Table for Two meals are ready in less than 30 minutes. Each week we feature a different menu, complete from starters to main dishes to sides and dessert & wine for $95 before HST.

You also have the option to supplement your Table for Two with more wine or additional sides, etc., from our a la carte menu.

Choose to have your weekly Table for Two delivered right to your door in the GTA for an additional $15. Pickup is available at all of our locations as well.

If you choose to pick up your Table for Two dinner in person be sure to take a moment to peruse our pantry featuring some of our chef’s favourite items. We’ have also put together a Chef’s Holiday Collection of gift boxes priced at $39, $59, and $95 and are the perfect gift for every food lover, even if that food lover is yourself.

You can order from any of our stores’ websites, or by the link in our Instagram profile @mercatto.to.

Cantina Mercatto, 20 Wellington St. E #1,  416-304-0781
Takeout/Delivery/Wine Shop open Tuesday to Saturday 12-8pm

Gift Certificates Now Available

Our Gift Certificates are hot off the press, in time for the holiday season. Give the gift of delicious food. Give us a call for more details.

Uncle Tony’s, 38 Wellington Ave E.,  416-868-9564
Mon- Thurs: 11:30am-9pm. Sat: 12noon-9pm. Sun: 3pm-9pm

New clients receive 20% off their Initial Assessment!

Happy Holiday Savings from Kinect Rehab & Performance!

Come check out our brand new Health Clinic at 78 Richmond St East. Our team consists of progressive thinking therapists with extensive experience assessing, identifying, and treating the underlying factors that results in the array of different musculoskeletal symptoms, conditions, and problems that people seek help for.

​These rehab services are covered by your Extended Health Insurance under various categories like Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy & Kinesiology.

New clients will receive 20% off their Initial Assessment as our gift to you! Don’t wait as our Holiday Promo ends December 31st 2020. To claim your discount, please email us at richmond@kinectrehab.ca and mention the Old Town Toronto Holiday Promotion.

Happy Holidays!

KINECT Rehab & Performance, 78 Richmond St E., Unit 100, 647-797-8530
Mon: 10:30am-7:30pm. Tues: 8am–6pm. Wed: 10am–8pm. Thurs: 8am–7:30pm. Fri: 8am–7pm. Sat 7:30am–1pm. Sun: closed.

Virtual DIY Tea Blending Workshop presented by BMO King & Church and BMO Front & Berkeley

Learn about creating soothing, healing and comforting types of herbal infusions that can
support our bodies and prevent the winter blues. We will work with different types of flowers
and herbs and discover how they can bring out the most amazing flavours. This is fun,
creative and just in time for delicious holiday blends! Sign up using the link below!

Bank of Montreal, 101 King St E., 416-360-8430
Open: Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm

2 for 1 Day Passes

During December, give the gift of co-working to a friend, family member, or yourself. Our Drop-in Day passes are 2-for-1 until the end of December. Available in blocks of 2, 4, 10 or 20 passes, these make the perfect gift for the entrepreneur in your life who needs a safe space to get work done away from home. Better yet, they don’t expire! Please email frontdesk@verkspace.ca for more details.

Verkspace, 32 Britain St. 416-286-5749
During lockdown our hours remain the same with reduced capacity in our space for physical distancing.

Free $10 gift card with purchase from bottle shop

In these dark December days we have come up with something to cheer you up. Spend at least $20 at our bottle shop (take-away or delivery) and you will receive a $10 C’est What gift card. It’s that simple.

Spend a little, save a lot.

C’est What?, 67 Front St. E., 416-867-9499
Open Daily: 2 pm to 10pm for take-away and delivery

Lear more by clicking here to visit www.shopoldtownto2win.com.

Holiday Tourtiere

There is a long-time French Canadian tradition to serve tourtiere for dinner during the festive holiday season.  At Le Papillon we prepare them oursleves, so you can enjoy them in the comforts of your own home, whenever you want. (As often as you want.)

Since this year we can not gather in large groups we have decided to sell  our tourtiere in half sized portions. (Editor’s note – Consider buying extra, as leftovers make the holidays that much better.) These delicious pies are always served with home made chutney. Sold frozen or fresh. Kindly order 24 hours in advance.

Le Papillon on Front, 69 Front St. E., 416-367-0303
Takeout and delivery: Tues-Sat: 3pm-9pm.


Look after your physical and mental well-being with your physiotherapist at Pilates4Physio

You can still visit your physiotherapist in the current lockdown. The Chief Medical Officer permits physiotherapy clinics to remain open for non-urgent medical care. We operate full infection control measures in accordance with Public Health to keep you safe. We can treat aches and pains as well as provide in-clinic therapeutic exercise programs taught by a physiotherapist. Therapeutic exercise includes pilates, yoga and resistance training, depending on the treatment goals. Programs with specific treatment goals can be claimed on your insurance. Use your insurance by the end of the year!

Pilates4Physio, 134 Adelaide Street East #201, 647-499-6685
Open for in-person visits Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 7pm

Holidays at Home with Cafe Nicole

Cafe Nicole is offering to cook for you for the Holidays, relax and enjoy while you leave the cooking and dishes to us! Cafe Nicole will be having a 4-course Christmas Dinner on December 24th and 25th, a 3-course New Year’s Eve Dinner on December 31st, as well as a New Year’s Day Brunch on January 1st. For full menu and more details, visit us at www.cafenicole.ca, meals will be available for take-out or curbside pickup. Also look out for out Weekend Dinner Specials starting December 12th.

We are also now available on Uber Eats, Skip The Dishes, and Ritual. Starting December 12th, we will be offering a weekend special for Saturday and Sunday nights, and our Fish & Chip Friday’s are still available as well!

Cafe Nicole, 45 The Esplanade, 416-367-8900
Open for take-out/curb side pick-up daily: 3pm-9:30pm.

$79/night stays plus we are now pet friendly!

We at the Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown are extending a special $79/night room rate (taxes and fees additional) to all BIA members/newsletter subscribers and their families.

Come and spend a night at the Hotel and experience our breakfast, wifi and local calls. Offer valid December 15-31, 2020 only. Booking window December 7-20, 2020 for stays December 15-31, 2020.

To book your stay contact:
Anston Mendes, Director of Sales & Marketing at:
anston.mendes@innvesthotels.com or call the hotel directly at 416-367-5555 and ask for the “Home for the Holidays 2020” guest room rate!

Plus, this holiday season bring your pet to stay at the hotel (pet cleaning fee applies).

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

Farm’r Holiday Gift Boxes

Our Farm’r Holiday Gift Boxes come in 2 sizes and include some of our very own Farm’r Prepared Meals, a personalized card, a special surprise gift from a Toronto producer and a discount code for future Farm’r Prepared Meals. We’ll deliver all gift boxes between December 14th and 24th anywhere in the Greater Toronto area. All meals will arrive frozen. Check out our website for more details and to place your order!

Farm’r Prepared Meals, 140A The Esplanade, 416-901-8676
Open Thurs & Fri: 12pm-6pm. Sat: 9am-2pm

We are open for in-person appointments!

We’re still here for you during lockdown!

Our clinic remains open and all our practitioners continue to be available for regular in-person appointments. As regulated health professionals, we are considered an essential service so are not affected by the current lockdown restrictions.

Rest assured we will continue our enhanced infection control protocols to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff. We continue to have virtual appointments available for physiotherapy as well.

We realize the impact that the lockdown has on all of us, and we want to do our best to keep you moving! As gyms and indoor fitness facilities are closing, we are continuing to offer our physiotherapist-led personal training program from our physiotherapist Brian Kim. This program provides you with a personalized training program tailored to your needs, fitness level, and injuries. It allows you to train one-on-one with our physiotherapist in our safe and clean clinic environment in our fully equipped gym. This service can be covered under your extended health benefits for physiotherapy and is a great, cost-effective way to improve your overall health!

Contact us at downtown@trilogyphysio.com or call 416-504-8383 to book your appointment.

Trilogy Physiotherapy, 75 Sherbourne St., 416-504-8383
Available: Mon-Thurs: 8am-7:30pm. Fri: 8am-6pm.

1922 is now offering delivery for downtown Toronto and at the store with curb-side purchases

1922 is an independently owned and operator licensed recreational retail cannabis business that supports education to promote a new social understanding of cannabis and cannabis use.

1922 Cannabis, 120 Sherbourne St., 416-407-2161
Open: Mon-Sat: 10am–9pm. Sun: 10am–8pm.

1/2 price takeout wine!

Available for local delivery through our website or through Uber, Ritual, Skip the Dishes and Doordash. As well as pickup orders!

HOTHOUSE RESTAURANT, 35 Church St., 416-366-7800
Open Mon-Fri: 12pm-9pm. Sat-Sun: 11am-9pm.

Irish Breakfast Holiday Hampers

All the Fixin’s you will be needing this holiday Season for your Make at Home Irish Breakfast.

Farrellys famous Irish Soda Bread Mix
Barrys Tea
Irish link Sausages
irish link cocktail sausages
Irish link black and white puddin
Farrellys famous orange marmalade
A packet of Irish Rashers
Heinz baked beans
a Tin of Mccains steel cut oatmeal

We have a fabulous range of luxury food hampers and luxury Holiday gift Baskets available for delivery us to you and yours.

We pride ourself in selecting only the finest food from Irish imports and our independent producers for our gift hampers. Each hamper is carefully made by our small wee Irish Business, Hand packed with loads of Care, hand tied in ribbon and delivered with our personalities.

All our Hampers and luxury holiday gifts are delivered by us so you can be assured of timely arrival.

Also please consider Curbside pick up from The Diner.

The George Street Diner, 129 George St., 647-388-9934
Open: Wed-Sun: 8am-2pm

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Looking for more local businesses to support? Check out our Biz Directory by clicking here and contact them to learn about current hours and delivery/service methods. Thank you to everyone making an extra special effort to support local this holiday season!

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