The sun has arrived in OTT and we are thrilled to welcome you to our hood for some summer shenanigans. In this edition of Where to Support Local we have a dog friendly patio, fresh baked croissants and a bunch of other delectable eats. We even share a tip on how to score some extra chocolate.

Scroll on to discover more, including a great wine sale, info on Thai Massage classes, a fun way to stay cool while you celebrate Pride and as a bonus, a Pride weekend getaway contest! Thanks for supporting local. 🙂

Fresh Baked Croissant and small Coffee for $3.75

Get your in store baked croissant and a fresh brewed cup of coffee for only $3.75. We bake our croissants fresh daily, sometime twice or 3 times a day! The fresh croissant paired with a cup of coffee makes a delightful start to any day.

This offer only lasts until the end of June.

Berkeley Cafe
262 The Esplanade, 647-818-3883
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

Beer garden now open at C’est What?

The C’est What beer garden, down the lane from the restaurant at 94 The Esplanade, is open for the season. We feature individual heaters at the tables, draught beer, food service, TVs, bike racks, and canopies for shelter from spring rain showers. We welcome dogs and their well behaved humans to come and visit.

C’est What?
67 Front St. E., 416-867-9499
Instagram: @cestwhatto
Wed-Sat: Noon-1am. Tues & Sun: 4pm-Midnight. Mon: Closed

Great deals at ChocoSol when you bring your own container!

We can’t wait to see you all at the market! Bring your own container and get extra pieces of chocolate when you buy from our bulk section. If you’re bringing your own mug, we’ll fill it up with delicious drinking chocolate, Oaxacan coffee, or our Mayan mochas, all the way!

Our friendly ChocoSolistas are always ready to answer your questions and give you samples of our ecological, bean to bar, dark chocolate.

We’re now open during all market hours at the St. Lawrence Lower Level Market. Come visit us and feel the ChocoSol experience!

ChocoSol’s Chocolate Bar & Boutique
93 Front St E Unit 22B, (416) 551-6670
Instagram: @chocosoltraders
Tues-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 7:30am-4pm.

Get your hands on a Pride hand fan from Noda Designs

These fans have the PRIDE area hand-painted with SUPER GLITTER in a technique that will keep your fans sparkly long after the parade. They look amazing under the sunshine or catching the lights of the dance-floor. Special!

All fans come beautifully packaged with bespoke bag and care label.

Noda Designs
11 King St E, 416-867-9153
Instagram: @nodadesigns
Mon-Fri: 11am-6:30pm

NAMI June Promotion

We are excited to share we will be offering HALF PRICE bottle of White Wine, Sapporo Draft beer and our original Nami Sake in June!

Join us for dine-in and drink specials EVERYDAY both for lunch and dinner.

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

Tues-Fri: Lunch 11:30am-2pm. Dinner 5pm-9pm.
Sat Dinner 5pm-9pm

Fabulous new sofa beds at The Chesterfield Shop

There’s nothing better than being able to settle into a perfect sleep on an incredible sofa-bed designed expertly for your space. For example, The Paolo (top right photo) is available with a double or queen bed (or without!), in multiple configurations and sizes – from a City-Size™ sofa to large sectional, with a huge (and endless) choice of fabrics and leathers for every discerning taste.

Designed and handcrafted in Canada, our sofa beds pictured above feature the easy-open mechanism which magically transforms your beautiful sofa into a bed with minimal effort. Bed frames are supported by a grid instead of a traditional bar, and the gel-infused memory-foam mattress is the ultimate answer to a solid night’s sleep.

Sizing available in single, double and queen. Choose from a huge selection of fabrics and leathers, contemporary leg designs, and customize your sofa or sectional configuration – for the best in style and the comfort.….ZZZZZZ…!

In-stock- or custom order! Come find the sofa bed that’s right for you.

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

Bottle Shop Wine Sale at Runner Market

Runner Market is having a Spring Wine Sale! Your favourite wines are on sale for a limited time only. If you haven’t already, swing by and visit our bottle shop that’s full of exclusive curated wines. From international must-haves to domestic gems and numerous biodynamic and organic wines, there is something for every wine lover! The best part? You can enjoy your wine of choice on our fully licensed patio! Because… wine not?

Runner Market
114 Berkeley St, 416-364-0191
8am-9pm seven days a week

Have you tried the Tagliere di Salumi e Formaggi
at Cafe Oro di Napoli?

Our Chef’s choice of Italian salumi and cheeses, with flatbread, pickles and condiments, is the perfect starter to any meal. Come enjoy it inside or on our CafeTO patio this summer, just steps from St James Park!

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

Spiritleaf Artist Series Continues

May showers, plus the sunnier and warmer temperatures, brought May flowers to our ‘hood, including those in our store’s flower planters!

A big thank you for supporting our 2nd Art ‘n About* series. In addition to having the art work of World Salon’s very own Gary Allen on display for all of May, we had a very well-attended and highly successful “meet the artist” reception on May 15th. Again, thanks for supporting our local artists and for helping us to support them as well!

In June, our continuing “Art ‘n About*” series will feature another local artist – Hasti Rayramesh. Hasti is a Toronto-based painter, who was born and raised in Tehran. Hasti’s first artistic aspirations were shaped by her home country’s art and culture and she continues to be inspired by human emotions and the inherent struggles that result. While working with different media, including digital art, she predominantly creates using oil paints on canvas. Self-taught originally, Hastu later studied under Hooman Derakhshandeh. The goal of her work is giving her art the ability to tap in the viewers emotions and allow them to experience a sense empathy and understanding of what the painting is feeling, to achieve a personal level of connection with her viewers.

Come in and meet Hasti in-store on Saturday, June 11, from 2-5pm.

As well, look for for various innovative activations in our store, including for Father’s Day, PRIDE and Canada Day (“Cannabis Day” 😉).

*This is strictly an exhibition only; Spiritleaf is not acting as an agent or participating with the selling of any art in any way. To purchase anything from the artists, kindly contact them directly.

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

Culture Weizen has Arrived at
Goose Island Brewhouse Toronto

Culture Weizen is now available at Goose Island! Culture Weizen was born from a collab with our friends at Brew Culture. For this one, we decided to go back in time and brew the style of beer that got everyone involved in this project excited about Craft Beer, Hefeweizen. This beer pours cloudy yellow with a fruity and slightly floral aroma. On the palate, subtle flavours of banana and clove. Combined with its medium body and spritzy mouth feel, this beer is ready to get you started on patio season!

Goose Island Brewhouse Toronto
70 The Esplanade, 416-862-7575
Instagram: @gooseislandca
Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm. Thurs-Sat: 11am-12am.

ITM School Course

In Thailand there is a wonderful saying: “Same, same but different” meaning similar, but with a slight variation. With Thai massage, our approach is that, whilst it is similar to all the styles taught in Thailand, both in the North (considered gentler, and more popular in North America) and South of the country (Bangkok style which is faster and can sometimes be more intense), our practitioners bring their own unique personalities to it.

At Bahn Thai Spa we believe in sharing this knowledge. We are affiliated with ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand and established our School here in Toronto in 2014. We are proud of the advances that both our Students and Apprentices have made since then.

Our Traditional Thai Massage Foundation program is 30 hours in length.  Don’t miss our upcoming summer Level 1 Traditional Thai Massage course at ITMToronto and learn how to give a full 90 minute Thai Massage!!️ Dates: June 13, 14, 15, 16 OR weekend dates 18, 19, 25, 26!

Check out our website for more information!

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

Last chance at The Corner Shop Gardens

Friends, all good things must come to an end! Please join us until Saturday June 11th for all your local gardening needs. In the meantime, help us reduce waste and take part in our “take a pot, leave a pot” initiative. Swing by with your pre-loved pots, and maybe find a cozy home for your new plant baby!

The Corner Shop Gardens
93 Front St E
(under the overhang of St Lawrence Market, towards The Esplanade)
Instagram: @thecornershopgardens
Tues-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 5am-4pm.

Le Papillon on Front is now open on Sunday

The team at Le Papillon on Front is now very glad to welcome you on Sunday night. We will be offering the same dinner menu option as the rest of the week, as well as the same hours of operation: 4pm to 9pm every Sunday. Take out and delivery are also available on Sunday.

Le Papillon on Front
69 Front St E, 416-367-0303
Instagram: @lepapillononfront

Gift your body nutrients this spring season

Our cold-press juices are rich in essential nutrients from organic ingredients. These nutrients are not stripped away through a juicing process using a hydraulic press and it’s unlike your regular juicer! Come try different juice combinations and let us know your favourite!

St. Lawrence Juice Bar
Lower level, 93 Front St E, 416-304-0061
Instagram: @stlawrencejuice
Tues-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 5am-4pm.
Sun-Mon: CLOSED.

NEW Sober Summer Sips at Urban Cova!

A refreshing, ice-cold beverage is a perfect way to enjoy the heat of summer! This new collection features handcrafted fresh lemon tea with a perfect balance of sweet and sour taste. From a sweet strawberry to a zesty grapefruit, there are flavour profiles suitable for every preference. Let’s sip on a taste of goodness today

Urban Cova
16 Church St, 416-867-1616
Instagram: @urbancovacanada
Mon-Sun: 12noon-8pm.

Homemade sauces are available at AAamazing Salad

You can now order our homemade sauces from our website. There are many options to choose from. The most popular ones are Caesar, Asian sesame vinaigrette and Ginger peanut sauce! With them, you can create your own delicious salads at home!

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

A Culinary Taste of Italy

Experience “a culinary journey through Italy” on the last Thursday of each month as Amano Trattoria’s features a Chef who will prepare a delicious five-course tasting menu along with Alcohol pairings designed to enhance your tastes and senses.

The menu for the evening will showcase chef’s delightful creations of an astonishing array of different styles, flavours and dishes of a different region of Italy each month.

Amano Trattoria
9 Church St, 647-349-7297
Instagram: @amano.trattoria


Elderberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

Summer is here, and with it the return of our fan-favourite, Organic Elderberry Hibiscus Iced Tea! This deliciously fruity drink is great for when you want to beat the heat, but a fourth iced coffee might not be an option. Cold-brewed and mixed with honey for a bit of sweetness, this is the perfect summer drink for walking around and soaking up the beautiful summer sun!

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

Order pick up direct from sukhoTHAI.

Place your next pickup order directly from sukhoTHAI. Now you can avoid 3rd party carriers and order your pick up directly from us! Visit and choose “ORDER PICKUP” at the top of of our homepage.

52 Wellington St E, 647-351-4612
Instagram: @sukhothaifood

For hours, please visit our website

Nua Office can help you bring the outdoors into your workplace – Cabana style!

We all know the positive impact being outdoors has on our wellbeing, yet far too often companies fail to bring the outdoors in to support their employees’ work experience. We’re changing that with our biophilic product portfolio, as such, we are excited to introduce you to the Allsteel Beyond Cabana!

Nua Office
366 Adelaide St E #150, 416-601-0793
Instagram: @nua_office
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm (by appointment)

Happy Pride & Indigenous History Month Toronto!

We’ve curated a great selection of books to celebrate this month! (See photo above for a sample of titles.) Show your pride and discover Indigenous history and culture with books. From literature to art books, there is so much to explore this month!

Visit our family-owned Toronto bookstore at 239 King St. East or shop online at &

D & E Lake Ltd.
239 King St E, 416-863-9939
Instagram: @delakeltd

Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm. Sun: 11am-2:30pm

Enter to Win A Toronto Pride Weekend Getaway

Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown and TSC are excited to announce an upcoming Pride themed instagram contest. Watch for the official contest to launch on the @ShopTSC instagram account on June 9th (ends June 12th) with all the entry details. One lucky winner will win a 2 night’s stay in an Executive King Bedroom at @Holidayinnexpresstoronto plus breakfast for 2, dinner at @Hothouserestaurant along with parking and an in room movie of your choice on Pride Weekend June 25-27, 2022. Make sure to follow all accounts today!

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

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