We have officially shovelled our way out of January (photographic evidence below) and right into February, which is not looking too shabby. Valentine’s Day is fun and Family Day is a great reminder to spend time with your family, be they biological or chosen. Here in Old Town Toronto we are excited to spend the month finding ways to be cosy, happy and warm as the bustle of the city motors on… (we hope with a few less plows needed!)

Speaking of cosy, we recently discovered the best stay in bed all day PJs. They are covered in sloths and if a sloth does not make you want to have a slow paced day, what will? That said, you can’t stay in bed EVERY day (even if it is an extra comfy sofa bed… more on those below) so when you are out and about, to stay warm, be sure to visit some of our local coffee and bubble tea shops with teas, coffees, hot chocolates, treats and so much more. If, however, you are not all about the hot drinks then we have the perfect juice shop, right in St Lawrence Market. Those veggie smoothies are looking grand and so is the deal on them this month!

Tired of your bland walls at home? Then update your interiors with new furnishings and wall decor. No we are not talking about photos of your dog, although they are cute. Wallpaper featuring one of the hottest trends for walls (wood) is sure to help your space pull a one eighty.

Speaking of pulling a one eighty… want to know the secret to kicking up the spice level (food wise) and taking things in a whole new direction? Chili oil. We found the perfect jar of it and while it is great with Thai food, please don’t judge us if we add a few drops atop the locally made frozen pizza we are about to pull out of the oven, even if we do so while wearing a white gown we scored at a local sample sale. (Hey, the sloth PJs were in the wash!)

Oh gosh. We have been blabbering on quite a bit and we have not even mentioned the massages, physio or our new eye glass frames (which we keep receiving compliments on in every Zoom meeting we join). Good thing it is all below in this month’s edition of Where To Support Local, which by they way is perfect for reading while eating dessert pizza from an Instagram worthy vending machine.

Sloth Pjs available at Kochi Stores

Don’t let the cold get to you! Cuddle up in our very cute Sloth PJs. Made from 100% double brushed cotton to keep you extra warm and cozy. Machine washable.

Kochi Stores, 83 Front St. E., 416-721-6653
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm. Sat: 9am-6pm. Sun: 11am-5pm

Goose Island Collaborating with Brave Noise For a Big Goal

Available at our Brewhouse and on our eCommerce store on February 26th, Goose Island is collaborating with Brave Noise to advocate for a safe and inclusive space. The Brave Noise collaboration is working to honour those who have spoken out about their gender discrimination, racism, sexual assault and harassment; and to bring further awareness to the issues that women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals face in craft beer.

Goose Island Brewhouse, 70 The Esplanade, 416-862-7575
Tues: 3–10pm. Wed: 11:30am–10pm. Thurs-Sat: 11:30am–11pm. Sun: 11:30am–10pm. Mon: Closed
Instagram: @gooseislandca

Dessert Pizza is back for only $8 at PizzaForno!

It’s the sweetest time of year! (Literally.) Enjoy for a limited time our Dessert Pizza for only $8! It’s topped with a delicious sweet cream cheese icing, Nutella, raspberry coulis, and chocolate chips! Available February 1st – 28th.

PizzaForno, 225 King St. E., 1-888-652-0957
Available 24/7
Instagram: @thepizzaforno

Handmade Eyewear at St. Lawrence Eye Care

Andy Wolf is an Austrian made handcrafted eyewear line that focuses on creating frames for diverse personalities! We are talking about frames that highlight and celebrate vibrancy, boldness, and eclectic personalities.

Celebrities that can be seen sporting this line are Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Rihanna. You can rest assured that each frame is handmade with love and care. Our new metals from Andy Wolf are sure to bring some colour and style to your everyday life! Book a shopping appointment today!

St. Lawrence Eye Care, 12 Church St., 416-504-7532
Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm

Instagram: @stlawrenceeyecare

How we have made it safe for physiotherapy

Concerned about coming to physiotherapy appointments? We are seeing patients who now have chronic issues, because, understandably, they did not want to come for appointments. Damian Wyard, Registered Physiotherapist, explains how he has made it safe for you. Click the video link here!

Safety Protocols include: HEPA Air Filters; Natural Ventilation; Therapist full Vaccinated; Disinfection of all Equipment; Private Appointments; Covid Screen before each visit.

Pilates4Physio, 134 Adelaide St. E., unit 201, 647-499-6685

Melt Your Heart Warm Collection at Urban Cova

Nothing sounds better than a nice warm cup of hot tea or hot chocolate latte in the cold winter months. Indulge in our Melt Your Heart Warm Collection and treat yourself to a healthy hot beverage. Every drink is handcrafted with sommelier-tested tea base and premium ingredients. Drop by whenever you are in the area and enjoy this series of fabulously fresh hot drinks to warm yourself!

Urban Cova, 16 Church St., 416-867-1616
Instagram: @urbancovacanada

Spiritleaf Collective Benefits Program

This month Spiritleaf is offering 10% off all regular-priced purchases for Collective Members, as well as free delivery for all members who live in their delivery zone (see website for the most up to date delivery info)!

The Collective is Spiritleaf’s free benefit program where members collect points every time they visit (*no purchase necessary). Those points can then be used to pick up great Spiritleaf swag and experiences.

The Collective also gives you access to insider sales, advance notice on storewide sales, promotions, in-store events, as well as on limited product drops.

Join The Collective by visiting Spiritleaf in-store today!

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

S+B Sample Sale

We’re hosting our best ever Sample Sale! No, seriously. Don’t miss your chance to shop from over 100 past season or discontinued wedding dress floor samples marked down to $500-1500; ranging from most of our designers. Sizes range from 6-12 (most are size 10), there are limited samples sized 18-24.

On a budget or short timeline? This sale is for you!

Sash + Bustle, 111 Berkeley St., 647-340-5850
Mon: Closed. Tues-Fri: 10am-7pm. Sat-Sun: 8:30am-6pm

Instagram: @sashandbustle

Sofa Beds – The Best in the City! (really!) at The Chesterfield Shop Ltd.

When you have something great for your customers – why not shout it from the roof-top? The Chesterfield Shop has a curated, deep selection of the best, most comfortable SOFA BEDS in the entire city! Here’s the pitch….

1. The best selection anywhere….our specialty since 1948
2. Huge inventory for immediate delivery or special order to your size, colour and
3. Functional options for sleeping or seating
4. A ‘good, better, best’ selection from local and US suppliers
5. Heavy duty mechanisms that are hotel-contract quality to add extra support to quality mattresses….you don’t feel the cross bars or springs
6. Select models with cushions that stay attached when opened (no storage or hassle!)
7. Various sizes to fit any room and configuration
8. Huge selection of leathers and fabrics
9. Expert advice from seasoned professionals
10. Tilt mechanisms for cleaning .

Come lie down and see for yourself!
275 King St. East – 2 floors of fun! (Elevator accessibility)

(Alex – our merchandise and website/social media co-ordinator is doing today’s demonstrating honours in the photos above.)

The Chesterfield Shop Ltd., 275 King St. E., 416-457-4200
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm. Sun: 11am-5pm
Instagram: @thechesterfieldshop

We are excited to be open again at Bahn Thai Spa (with limited capacity)

We have reopened again at limited capacity with all our COVID19 protocols in place to keep you safe. We recognize how difficult a time it has been for everyone and know the importance of compassionate kindness at a time like this. Our Practitioners are here to welcome you with healing hands and hearts!

Bahn Thai Spa, 136 Adelaide St. E., 416-594-3406
Appointments available 7 days a week
Instagram: @bahnthaispa

Mercatto Frozen Pizza Bundle: Pick Your Faves!

Stock your freezer with your favourite Mercatto frozen pizzas. Choose your 4 favourite pies – also available with Gluten Free Crust! Pizza bundles offer special limited edition pies and changing wine pairing deals weekly: make sure to follow us on Instagram for the latest! Available for pickup and delivery from Cantina Mercatto.

Cantina Mercatto, 20 Wellington St. E. #1, 416-304-0781
Tues-Sat: 12-9pm
Instagram: @mercatto.to

Artik is Your #1 Provider of Promotional Products!

We’ve dug out Artik and are open for business! Refer to this ad and get $50 off your order in February 2022! We can fulfill all of your promotional product needs, from customized t-shirts and hoodies to branded water bottles and journals. 

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

Winter Seasonal Specials  at Neo Coffee Bar

Enjoy our winter specials featuring Sweet Potato Mini Pie, Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffin, NEO Spiced Hot Chocolate and Kurogoma Hojicha Latte. Our homemade Sweet Potato Mini Pie is made with real sweet potato while our Banana Chocolate Muffin uses organic banana and dark chocolate.

Our special drinks are great for cold winter weather. NEO Spiced Hot Chocolate is made with organic milk with a hint of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and other spices and our Kurogoma Hojicha Latte is a Japanese-inspired latte made with organic milk and hojicha.

Neo Coffee Bar -161 Frederick St., unit 100, 647-348-8811
Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm. Sat-Sun: 8am-7pm
Instagram: @neocoffeebarto

Introducing: Runner + Superette Collab

The 2022 collaboration of the year is already here! Runner has officially partnered with Superette which means you’ll now be able to get snacks, food, beverages, AND cannabis all on the same platform. Order through the Runner platform by 5pm and a Superette staff member will be at your door same day. Use this convenient delivery service all winter long so you don’t have brave the Toronto cold and let the good times roll.

Runner Market, 141 Berkeley St., 647-360-8262
8am-9pm seven days a week
Instagram: @runner.market

Spicy beef noodle soup at AAamazing Salad

Our spicy beef noodle soup is one of our most popular soups! It includes steak, spinach, carrots, corn, tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions, rice noodles and delicious beef tom yum broth. It’s so yummy and healthy! It’s perfect for this cold weather! Hope you like it 🙂

AAamazing Salad, 82 Adelaide St. E. unit C, 647-342-6888
Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm
Instagram: @aaamazingsalad

Interior Design Service Available at BoConcept

BoConcept is one of Denmark’s largest retailers, seamlessly blending functionality and modern luxury in residential staples at an affordable price point. We know interior design and space planning can be a challenge. Our in house Interior Design Service aids you in choosing the perfect furniture to create extraordinary spaces tailored specifically for your taste. Visit our showroom and let our design consultants create your perfect home.

BoConcept, 230 Adelaide St. E., 647-352-8802
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm. Sun: 12pm-5pm.
Instagram: @boconcept_toronto

50% off your 2nd veggie smoothie at St. Lawrence Juice Bar

St. Lawrence Juice Bar wishes you a great year ahead! It’s a fresh start to create new healthy-eating habits and we want to be part of your routine! This February, we’re giving you 50% off your second veggie smoothie! 🙌🏻 Grab your partner, bestie, parent, child, neighbour, co-worker and start the year right!

👀 Promotion valid Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

St. Lawrence Juice Bar, Lower level St Lawrence Market, 93 Front St. E., 416-304-0061
Tues-Thurs: 8am–6pm. Fri: 8am–7pm. Sat: 5am–5pm. Sun & Mon: Closed
Instagram: @stlawrencejuice

Give the gift of luxury this Valentine’s Day

It’s the ultimate gift of romance and wellness. Indulge someone you love with a Mokara Spa package that soothes the body and mind in an inviting oasis. (See below for options.) Located in the iconic Omni King Edward Hotel, the brand new 6,000-square-foot Mokara Spa complements the elegance and prestige that its history represents.

Cupid’s Arrow
2.5 hours $332 l $377
Pamper that special someone from head to toe and have your sweetheart fall in love.
Start with a de-stressing full body and scalp massage then be treated to a Mokara Manicure with paraffin treatment for the hands and a Mokara Pedicure.

P.S. I Love You
2.0 hours $322 l $352
Roses are red and violets are blue, give the gift of a spa day to say I love you.
This spa journey begins with a Hydrating Body Glow to revitalize the body then rejuvenate the face with a Mini Facial and finish with the Mokara Manicure with paraffin treatment for the hands.

The above Valentine’s Day offerings will be available February 1-28, 2022. Mokara Spa will be open on Monday, February 14, 2022, from 11am-7pm.
For more information, please call us at 416-863-3131 or visit our website.

The Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E., 416-863-9700
Fri: 12pm-8pm. Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm.

Wood wallpaper designs from NewWall to consider when renovating

At NewWall, we are advocates for the potential wooden wallpaper designs have to create a visual representation of natural material. Using this medium to apply your design ideas offers limitless possibilities. With the sophistication and coziness that wood can bring to interiors, wallpaper is a cost effective and environmental alternative to the real thing.

Easily purchase a wallpaper sample!

NewWall, 363 Adelaide St. E., 905-238-2700
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm (By Appointment Only)
Instagram: @newwall

Mangia&Bevi’s Fresh Sealed Pizzas

Looking to stock your fridge with Authentic Italian Pizza? We have a solution for you! Order our Fresh Sealed Pizzas on our website or give us a call.

Mangia&Bevi, 260 King St. E., 416-613-1236
Mon-Sun: 4-9pm
Instagram: @mangiabevii

sukhoTHAI housemade chili oil is 100% nice!

The heat is on this winter at sukhoTHAI! Bring home a little spice with a bottle of our housemade Chili Oil. Add it to any of our dishes for an extra little kick or any of your own home dishes!

sukhoTHAI, 52 Wellington St. E.,
For our current hours, please see our website.

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