Is it just us or do the holidays creep up earlier and earlier every year? Sure it is December now, but wasn’t it September two weeks ago? Ah well, we are ready to celebrate so grab your eating and shopping pants and come join us in OTT!

First things first… cards. Time to send your merry greetings to friends, family and those co-workers you only ever see on Zoom calls lately. If you are looking for a holiday card discount, we’ve got it below! Then there are the holiday parties and dinners out. We know a great private dining room in a local independent Italian restaurant with lots of holiday spirit. Or if you are craving something different, well scroll on to find a smattering of food offerings from just a few of our local eateries.

Now what about a staycation or somewhere for Uncle Jan and Aunt Sandra to rest their heads? Face it, that air mattress has seen better days. Maybe a room at one of our local hotels at a special OTT rate is in need. Or could you use a staycation in the glitz and glam of one of our hotels fit for a king?

After the holidays it will be time to snuggle up on the sofa, but face it, you’ve hated that thing since the day you pushed it through your door and realized it was less than everything you hoped it would be. Good thing that store that sells chairs, chesterfields and more (what’s it called?) down on King Street has a new SOFA EXPRESS program to help you out.

Before you head out to all the holiday events, be sure to relieve that back pain so you won’t be in a Grinchy mood. To do so, check out Damian’s  video and you will be the Cindy Lou Who of the holiday ball.

Time to Stock Up on Cards at Toronto’s First Post Office!

Toronto’s First Post Office is finishing off the year with a sale on all cards! This is an excellent opportunity to get ready for a big holiday mailing, and to get ready for another year’s worth of birthdays. Use code BUY4GET1 in the shop or at, and get every fifth card free! This includes greeting cards, boxed card collections, and postcards. This offer is good until the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2021.

Toronto’s First Post Office,  260 Adelaide St. E., 416-865-1833
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5:30pm. Sat: 10am – 4pm. Sun: Noon – 4pm.
Instagram: @TOs1stPO

Sunday Night Specials  at Pearl Diver

Celebrating 20 years of oysters at 100 Adelaide Street East! Starting in 2001 with Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill, then in 2014 Pearl Diver. Join us every Sunday night for our Divers Dozen for $21. Additionally, all Hospital or Hospitality workers can enjoy Tawse wine or Wellington beer for $7.

Pearl Diver, 100 Adelaide St. E., 416-366-7827
4pm – 10pm
Instagram: @pearldiverto

Special Holiday Season Rates for Old Town Toronto Friends & Neighbours

Perfect for a staycation or for out of town visitors! Book a king or two queen beds starting from $115/night plus applicable taxes and fees from December 1-30, 2021. Rate includes a hot breakfast, WIFI, local calls, microwave and fridge in all rooms! Contact Anston Mendes, Director of Sales & Marketing to book your stay at 416-367-5555.

Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown, 111 Lombard St., 416-367-5555
Instagram: @hiexpresstorontodowntown

2021 Orthotics Deadline Is Mon Dec 6th

Want to claim your orthotics for 2021?
The last day for orthotics appointments is Mon Dec 6th.
Why? True custom orthotics take about 2 weeks to make.

Book an appointment at your home or work today and avoid disappointment

HealthCasa, 200 – 47 Front St. E., 647-691-5150
8am – 8pm

Deck the halls and be jolly, come and grab your goodies for Christmas at Noda!

Enjoy the 30% off sale on dishcloths and collectible Blamo toys. Get your organic environmentally friendly and brazenly silly dishcloths for everyday use. Our creatures are alive in our minds. Quirky yet substantial, composed of natural materials like leather, wood and brass, each inhabitants of Blamoville has his/her own personality and story.

Noda Designs, 11 King St. E., 416-867-8608
Mon – Fri: 11am – 6:30pm
Instagram: @nodadesigns

Le Papillon on Front  is now open on Sunday!

We are now open on Sundays, same hours as the rest of the week: 4pm to 10pm. Come try our delicious French Cassoulet which we suggest you pair with a glass of Bordeaux Château Haut-Rozier for the ultimate Sunday night out. Looking forward to seeing you at Sunday dinner!

PS – If you cannot join us on Sunday come enjoy our 1/2 price bottle of wine promotion every Thursday. Cheers! 😉

Le Papillon on Front, 69 Front St. E., 416-367-0303
Tues – Sun: 4pm to 10pm
Instagram: @Lepapillononfront

S+B Sample Sale Dec 2-5

We’re hosting our largest Sample Sale yet! Shop from over 100 discontinued dresses – ranging from most of our designers; in sizes ranging form 6-12. You can score an amazing deal with discounts up to 70% off! This event is by appointment only! Book your spot today to find your dream dress at a steal.

Sash + Bustle, 111 Berkeley St., 647-340-5850
Tues – Fri: 10am – 7pm.  Sat & Sun: 8:30am – 7pm. Mon: CLOSED.
Instagram: @sashandbustle

SUKIYAKI Special at Nami Japanese Restaurant

For a limited time you are invited to enjoy our Sukiyaki December Promotion! Available for LUNCH and DINNER. Choose from one of these delicious options:

A) A5 MIyazaki Wagyu beef $240→$199
B) Ontario Grass Fed Halal Beef $110→$98
C) Half & Half $175→$150

Limited order each day, reservation recommended. First come, first served.
*Special price until December 31st.

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

Celebrate Festive Season at The Omni King Edward Hotel

The Omni King Edward Hotel captures the spirit of the festive season with a variety of delectable offerings, including our Festive Brunches featuring traditional offerings like eggs Benedict, flaky breakfast pastries, chilled seafood and, of course, our famous beef Wellington. Visit our website or call to make reservations. From late November to New Year’s Day, family and friends can experience this and other time-honoured traditions or create new adventures while enjoying the refined service, elegant touches, and historic architecture at Toronto’s first luxury hotel. We look forward to welcoming you.

Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E., 416-863-9700
Open Daily – Please visit website for specific outlet hours.

Switch it up at  C’est What?

No matter how creative you get with toppings, it’s hard to change the essential nature of a beef burger – just a bit safe and not all that exciting. Instead, try minced Ontario lamb grilled to medium topped with Emmental, lettuce, cucumber, and tzatziki, on naan. Add purple coleslaw and sweet potato chips and you are ready to take your tongue for a walk on the wild side. Say what? No bun, no beef, no boredom!

C’est What?, 67 Front St. E., 416-867-9499
Tues & Sun: 4pm – 11pm. Wed – Sat:12noon – 1am.
Instagram: @cestwhatto

The tCentric Hybrid Gaming Chair is Here!!

Attention gamers! The tCentric Hybrid ergonomic task chair is perfect for offices and gamers alike! Custom built, the tCentric Hybrid provides enough support to keep you comfortable throughout the workday and into a night of gaming. There are many things to like about the tCentric Hybrid, but in the end it’s about the support it gives you.

This holiday season, get ahead of the game and get the gamer on your list a custom designed tCentric Hybrid ergonomic chair. Try it at our showroom&store located inside the Omni King Edward Hotel.

ergoCentric INC., 37 King St. E., 416 550-8233
Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am – 5pm. Sun: 11am – 4pm.
Instagram: @ergoCentric

Tis the Season for Gift Cards & Curated Boxes at Spiritleaf Adelaide

Your friendly neighbourhood Spiritleaf has been working hard to help you by taking the guess work out of gift giving this holiday season. Spiritleaf gift cards are now available for as little as $10, perfect for a stocking stuffer! Or ask about our curated gift boxes. These contain a gorgeous collection of items that have been hand selected by the Adelaide team and are available in several “themes” including Spa Night, Date Night, Cannasseur, and Bro Box.

Follow us on Instagram for up to the minute information on new products, weekly promotions, and photos of neighbourhood pets that pop in to visit from time to time (we like to think it’s us, but we think they just come for the treats!)

Spiritleaf Adelaide, 142 Adelaide St. E., 416-361-9333
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 10pm. Fri – Sat: 10am – 11pm. Sun: 11am – 7pm
Instagram: @spiritleaf_adelaidejarvis

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana at Cafe Oro di Napoli

Originating from the town of Amatrice, the Amatriciana is a traditional Italian specialty. Spaghetti, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, guanciale, red onion, dried chili and olive oil come together to create a superb pasta, where flavour reigns supreme.  Come dine with us this holiday season in Old Town Toronto!

Cafe Oro di Napoli, 75 Jarvis St., 416-315-7979
Mon – Sun: 12noon- 10pm
Instagram: @cafeorodinapoli

Standing Cat Cow with Pilates4Physio

Many of you are still working from home and not able to use ideal ergonomics. In this monthly series, Damian Wyard, Physiotherapist/Pilates Instructor, demonstrates a simple standing version of the Cat-Cow exercise.  The upper back (thoracic spine) can get very stiff and this can cause neck issues and pain. Keep your upper back moving and your neck will be happy! 

Instructions for the Standing Cat Cow:
Here is a simple version of this exercise that you can do as a ‘movement break’. I recommend watching the video to do this one properly and to know how you support the head and neck.
Stand hip width apart with knees bent. To support the head, interlace the fingers with both thumbs pointing downwards. You cup the base of the skull. The hands support the head and neck.
1. Exhale and round through your chest and upper back.
2. Inhale and bend backwards from the chest and upper back: 
Keep the hands supporting your head and neck always. Do not pull on the neck or let it go. The head and neck follow the movement of the upper back, so there is not much movement in the neck itself.
Do 10 reps 2-3 x day as a movement break. Work gently into stiffness, not pain or pinching.

To learn more about our Pilates based physiotherapy services and to book a personal appointment, please visit our website.

Pilates4Physio, 134 Adelaide Street East, 647-499-6685
Mon: 3pm – 7:30pm. Tues – Thurs: 12pm – 7:30pm. Fri: 12pm – 6pm.
Instagram: @pilates4physio

Plan your Private Christmas Party at Mangia&Bevi

Looking for a cozy place to host your Christmas Event? It’s that time of year, and we are filling up quickly. We have a Private Dining Room that accommodates up to 25 people. Inquires can be made by e-mailing or calling us at 416-613-1236

Mangia&Bevi, 260 King St. E., 416-613-1236
Wed – Fri: 11:30am – 9:30pm. Sat – Tues: 4:30pm – 9:30pm.
Instagram: @mangiabevii

SOFA EXPRESS at The Chesterfield Shop

Introducing… (insert drum roll here)… a fabulous NEW program to The Chesterfield Shop’s current lineup called Sofa Express. Discover 13 styles and 35 fabrics, amazing price-points, and the best part…4-6* weeks delivery from a local custom factory! (*Time frames may vary dependent on material availability.) Beautiful sofas, sofas-with-chaise and sectionals! Customize your style, configuration and fabric. Highlights include: hardwood frames, great construction, high density seat cushions, custom detail and tailoring, and locally made in Ontario!

Pictured testing out the Stewart sofa above is our very own, Alex – The Chesterfield Shop’s Accessories Buyer, & Manager of Website & Digital Marketing, getting caught up on the day’s events. Come in and have a seat. Meet Alex or any one of our dedicated team here @275 King St. East – and celebrate 2022 with a whole new level of comfort!

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

Celebrate with Growlers & Howlers from Goose Island Brewhouse

Our Growlers are back at the Brewhouse! These are the perfect size to have on hand while hosting a holiday party. Enjoy rotating draught offerings in two sizes: Growlers (64oz) & Howlers (32oz).

Taps subject to change based on availability. Available NOW for purchase at our Toronto Brewhouse.

Goose Island Brewhouse, 70 The Esplanade, 647-952-4501
Sun – Wed: 11am – 10pm. Thurs – Sat: 11am – 12am.
Instagram: @GooseIslandCA

Tokyo Smoke’s first ever Food & Winter Apparel Drive!

We know there has been an influx of dispensaries opening in the area lately but as we were among the first, we are so happy to have built, and continue to build, such an amazing community over the past (almost!) year we’ve been open! We’re certainly not just another dispensary; we care about and are committed to enriching and giving back to this community. As such, we are very pleased to announce our first ever Food & Winter Apparel Drive!

From December 1st-23rd, come by our store with any non-perishable food items or clean, pre-loved or new winter apparel items and in exchange for your kindness we’ll hook you up with a discount on your favourite regular priced items! One non-perishable food item = 1% off, one winter apparel item = 5% off and we encourage you to stack and/or combine the two for up to a maximum of 20% off per customer, per day!* What could be better than helping us give back to those in need this holiday season and saving up to 20% off your purchase? It’s truly a win-win! We can’t wait to see what kind of magic we can make happen together ❤️

As always, every Tuesday seniors 55+ get 15% off regular priced items, and every Thursday students 19+ also get 15% off regular priced items! Are you a member of our High Rollers Club yet? Come by and ask one of our super friendly Educators how to get hooked up!*

*Must be 19+ with valid ID to shop with us, cannot be combined with any other offers

Tokyo Smoke, 250 King St. E., 416-943-9692
Sun – Thurs 10am – 10pm. Fri & Sat: 9am – 11pm 

Holiday Goodies at The Black Canary Espresso Bar

It’s the season for all things cozy, and we got you covered. Come by and sip on one of our seasonal specials, like a cinnamon bun latte which will instantly get your tastebuds in the holiday spirit! On your way out, be sure to check out what goodies we have in our retail plant and general store.

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

Terroni Holiday Gift Baskets

We are back once again this holiday season with new gifts featuring the very best artisanal foods of Terroni, Sud Forno, Spaccio. (Available at our sister location listed below.) Take your pick from our selection of curated gift baskets full of best selling products from our online store, La Bottega. From baskets perfect for hosting holiday get-togethers to our Panettone Artigianale (handcrafted in-house by our team of bakers led by Head Baker Luca Rotatori with two flavours to choose from), you will find a gift for everyone! Visit to explore our full range of holiday gifts.

Gifts available at:
Terroni Sud Forno Produzione e Spaccio, 22 Sackville St, 416-368-4248
Shop Hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm.
Kitchen Hours: Sun – Tues: 10am to 8pm. Wed – Sat: 10am – 10pm.

For dining in Old Town Toronto, visit us at:
Terroni, 57 Adelaide St. E., 416-203-3093
Sun – Wed: 11:30am – 10pm. Thurs – Sat: 11:30am – 11pm.

Bahn Thai Spa Gift Shop 20% OFF EVERYTHING!

Christmas comes early at Bahn Thai Spa with 20% off our entire Gift Shop. We have an array of Gift Baskets too and with purchases of our Gift Shop items of a $100 or more, we have special gifts for FREE! So why not treat yourself too? We also have Gift Cards with a Gift with Purchase of starting at $100. The more the value the bigger the gift for you!

Bahn Thai Spa, 136 Adelaide St. E., 416-594-3406
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm. Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm.
Instagram: @bahnthaispa

Same-day Gift Delivery Across Toronto

Introducing: Runner’s Same-Day Gift Delivery. Don’t let the holidays stress you out this year, Runner will do the leg work for you. We’ve added some features to make gifting this holiday season as seamless as ever. Shop from your smartphone or desktop and start crossing names off that list!

Check out Runner’s curated gift bundles, there’s something for everyone. (OTT’s pick is the Come on, Baby, Light My Fire bundle perfect for snowy nights in.) If there’s one you think would be a real hit, send to multiple recipients at once with a few easy clicks. You have the option to add a card and gift wrapping at checkout. More of an in-store shopper? Swing by the store and do your holiday shopping in person! Sleighin’ it.

Runner Market, 141 Berkeley St., 647-360-8262
Daily: 8am – 9pm

Mercatto Holiday Gift Boxes

Have your started your holiday shopping or is it time to pick up the slack? We’ve upped the ante and come up with lots of offerings for your favourite foodies, cocktail enthusiasts, wine lovers, and aspiring chefs! Our gift boxes this year will make everyone want you as their Secret Santa. Be sure to browse all of our pantry & market add-ons and truly customize all of your gifts. Reach out to to order yours today!

Cantina Mercatto, 20 Wellington St. E., 416-304-0781
Mon – Wed: 11:30am – 10pm. Thurs & Fri: 11:30am – 11pm. Sat: 5pm – 11pm.

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