Looking to support local businesses this May? Getting ready for Mother’s Day on Sunday May 9th? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this list is for you!

As the pandemic continues, our local businesses value each and every dollar you spend with them. Government subsidies and grants, while appreciated, just don’t cut it. The truth is many of our restaurants, retailers and service providers are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. When you place an order, or get takeout, you are helping them stay open and keep staff employed. To you it might just be ordering lunch, but to them, it is the world. Thank you for supporting local! 🙂


All ingredients in Manotas Guacamole are carefully chosen then prepared using traditional methods and preparation to bring you a true taste of traditional Guacamole. Our lemon and lime juices are always cold pressed for more nutrition and deliciousness. We offer curbside pick-up by calling or text 416-523-3577. We deliver with a minimum of $80.

Manotas, 93 Front Street East B30, 416-523-3577
Open: Tues-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 7am-4pm

Wine & Dine Mom

Treat your mom to a stress-free, zero prep meal with our Commo Frozen Foods and choose from a selection of 100+ bottles of Commo curated wines. Our chef-prepared frozen meals are made with classic ingredients with simplicity and flavour in mind. Easy to reheat so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Come in and check out our hot take-out menu, frozen food selection and fully stocked beer and wine shelves. Open everyday 11am-9pm.

Online pick up ordering through Ritual and delivery through Skip the Dishes.

Commo, 242 King St. E., 416-368-1300
Open: Everyday 11am-9pm


Tell your mother how much you love her with one of these messaged ceramic hearts. Made in Italy with non toxic glaze and ceramic. For use as decoration, paper weight or a simple message to your loved ones. We offer curbside pick up or local delivery. We also offer online shipping.

Noda Designs Inc,11 King St E., 416-867-9153

Queen Salad For Your Queen Momma

You can enjoy the Queen salad with a free protein when you are ordering in the store. Treat yourself or your beloved mommy as a queen!!!

AAamazing Salad, #C-82 Adelaide St E., 647-342-6888
During Covid-19 our hours are Mon-Fri:11am to 4pm

Online Summer Drama Camp

This summer, don’t miss out on all the drama – join us for Young People’s Theatre’s Online Summer Drama Camps! From July 19 – August 27, fun-filled camps will be held online for JK-Gr. 12 for one or two-week sessions, led by an experienced faculty of professional artist educators. For Grades 4 & up, each camp culminates in a play performed for family and friends online. Plus, we’re offering specialty camps for Gr. 8-12, including Contemporary Canadian Monologues and Film Camp! Registration opens Monday, May 10. Now in its 52nd year, YPT Drama School’s priority is to create safe and fun spaces for kids to grow, learn, express themselves and find community. We can’t wait to see returning students, and to welcome new students – wherever you are – this summer!

Please note that we are checking voice messages remotely. Please email: yptboxoffice@youngpeoplestheatre.org or to reach the Drama School, please email YPTDramaSchool@youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St E., 416.862.2222 x2

Coffee and Plants!

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day like a cup of coffee and a plant. We’ve converted our dining area into a retail plant boutique, carrying a curated selection of artisanal self care products. Window shop while grabbing a coffee and shop online at blackcanarycoffee.com for in store pick up or local delivery.

The Black Canary Espresso Bar, 61 Sherbourne St, 416-301-7633
Open: Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm. Sat: 8am-5pm. Sun: 9am-5pm

Reward yourself with 2,000 IHG Reward Points this May!

Book our Best Flexible Rate this May 1-31/2021 and get a Bonus 2,000 IHG Reward Points when you mention that you are a member/subscriber to the BIA’s newsletter at our Front Desk upon check-out. Rate includes breakfast, WIFI and local calls!

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

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets – Inspiring Irish Women In History

Shown above is our Grace O’Malley Mother’s Day Gift Box:

No list of formidable Irish women would be complete without tomboy icon Gráinne Ní Mháille, the notorious ‘Pirate Queen’ of western Ireland.

Born on Clare Island, Co. Mayo in 1530, Grace famously cut off her hair after her father refused to take her on a voyage in case her locks got caught in the ropes.

In her prime, O’Malley commanded 3 galleys, 20 ships and over 200 men against her perpetual nemesis – the English – and even met with Elizabeth I before living to the ripe old age of 73. Not bad.

The box is filled with your Mother’s favourite lovely stuff.

Guinness Cheddar cheese
1lb George Street Diner fair-trade organic coffee beans
Glenstal old Cheddar cheese
Irish tomato relish
1lb home made granola
Farrellys famous homemade crackers

Find more baskets here: https://thegeorgestreetdiner.com/collections/gift-baskets

The George Street Diner, 129 George St, 647-388-9934
Open: Wed-Fri: 8am-2pm. Sat & Sun: 8am-3pm

Mother’s Day Lunch/Dinner

Cafe Nicole is partnering with their sister Cafe, Cafe Locale located at the Radisson Blu Downtown Toronto at 249 Queens Quay West to offer you a lovely 3 course lunch/dinner that will be sure to impress you Mother this Mother’s Day! Start with a fresh spring salad with fresh berries, then have your choice between delicious prime rib with all the fixins or arctic char with green pea risotto, and follow it all up with a trio of creme brûlée because just one flavour is never enough. We also have Vegan and Children’s options available. All meals will be available for pickup on Sunday, May 9th at Cafe Locale on Queens Quay. Every order of 2 adult meals or more will include a bottle of wine to toast mom this Mother’s Day. Please visit CafeNicole.ca for more information and to Order.

Starting in May, Cafe Nicole will be available on Uber Eats, and Ritual for all of your Take-out needs. We are offering a brand new menu and EVERY item on our menu is Buy One, Get One FREE. Be sure to check us out on your favourite take out apps!

Cafe Nicole, 45 The Esplanade, 416-367-8900

Sending Love to Mom and Dad!

Toronto’s First Post Office has #madeinToronto cards and gifts to make any parent’s heart swell this Mother’s Day.

Shop online at TownofYork.com for curbside pick-up or to have your gift shipped directly to you or your loved one.

Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide St E.,416-865-1833
Open: Mon-Fri: 9am-5:30pm. Sat: 10am-4pm. Sun: 12pm-4pm.

Mother’s Day Gifts

Homemade natural products & tea, perfect for Mother’s Day, now available. Curbside pick up available to make it even easier to spoil Mom, (our yourself) this month! Visit our website to learn more.

Royal Blush, 47 Colborne St, 416-304-1814
Open: 11am-4pm

COVID 19 Rehab and Recovery Program

Are you still feeling the effects of COVID-19 weeks after your diagnosis? You’re not alone. Preliminary research shows that 1 in 10 people suffering from COVID-19 can develop “Long COVID” where symptoms can last up to 12 weeks or more.

We can help! Whether you are struggling with fatigue, weakness, difficulty breathing, balance issues, or you just don’t feel back to normal, our multi-disciplinary team will help you get back to life!

The program was developed in collaboration with leading healthcare professionals across the country and reflects the most current research on the topic. Our rehabilitation services are available in-person or virtually.

Our therapists are trained on the latest COVID-19 research and clinical best practices. Our multi-disciplinary approach to assessment and treatment is designed to help you recover as quickly and safely as possible.

As every situation is unique, we tailor our care to meet your needs. We can help address the physical symptoms, which may include physical deconditioning, difficulty breathing, decreased balance, impaired cardiac function, and more. We work with you to develop a specific treatment plan to help treat your specific issues.

Trilogy Physiotherapy, 366 Adelaide St E., 416-504-8383
Open:Mon-Thurs: 8am – 7pm. Fri: 8am-6pm.

Mother’s Day with HOTHOUSE

HOTHOUSE is here to help you celebrate Mother’s Day with two great offers: our Sunday Brunch in a Box and our special Dinner & Drinks menus.

For brunch, we have a well-rounded mix of the flavours you have been missing from the iconic HOTHOUSE Sunday Brunch Buffet over the past year and for dinner we have a limited time menu featuring dishes sure to make the mother in your life feel special. Plus, we have flowers, special treats and featured beverage selections! Pre-order on our website or call us at 416-366-7800.

HOTHOUSE, 35 Church St, 416-366-7800
During COVID our hours are 12pm-9pm every day

Mother’s Day Gift With Purchase – Double Dinner Gift

When you buy dinner from C’est What? on Mother’s Day you will get a gift card for $10 off your next visit to our new Beer Garden.

C’est What?, 67 Front St E., 416-867-9499
Open Daily: 2pm – 10pm


Order direct from our website

When you order direct from us we pay less fees to the delivery apps and you’ll be able to support us in a greater capacity.

SukhoTHAI, 52 Wellington St E., 647-351-4612

Custom Wall Murals

Add a feature wall to your office or storefront with custom print wall murals! Show off your favourite photograph or a bold design and make it the focal point of your space.

These wallcoverings stand out by being:

1. Durable and easy to clean
2. One-of-a-kind with custom-made designs
3. Commercial-grade (display your company logo)
4. Scuff and tear-resistant
5. Having versatile material options, such as suede, felt, and PVC free paste the wall.

Our team can recommend the perfect solution for your needs, whether it’s short term or long term. Visit tph.ca/locations to get started and talk with your local Manager. We over curbside pickup from the Branch location of your choosing!

The Printing House (TPH), 26 Wellington St E, 416-538-5068
Find hours for your local TPH here: www.tph.ca/printing-near-me

Open for Mother’s Day (takeout/delivery)

Exceptionally on Sunday we will be open May 9th for Mother’s Day from 3pm to 8pm. Our regular menu will be available and we accept orders placed in advance by phone or email.

Le papillon on Front, 69 Front St E., 416-367-0303
During Covid our hours are: Tues-Sat: 3pm-9pm

Electric Warlock Sour Ale with Blackberry and Raspberry

Crafted with loads of Blackberry and Raspberry, Electric Warlock returns to zap our taste buds to life! Featuring bright, refreshing sourness and moderate carbonation, it drinks like a summertime raspberry lemonade, with notes of fresh berries, raspberry jelly dessert, and red gummy candy. Best enjoyed under the sun!

Goose Island Brewhouse Toronto, 70 The Esplanade, 647-952-4501
Retail Shop Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm. Sun: 11am-6pm


Use code: MOTHERS2020 for 15%off web orders, limited time.

Everyday Gourmet Coffee Roasters, St Lawrence Market, 416-363-7662
Open: Tues-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 6:30am-4pm



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