Archive | April, 2010

Bye Bye Bloor West, Hello Rosedale

22 Apr

Last month, our company’s offices moved from Bloor West Village (where we’d been located since I started working there three years ago) to the strip of Yonge St. between Rosedale and Summerhill subway stations.

The change has been significant.  Living as I do in the east end of town, the new location is welcome firstly because it cuts down on my commute time by almost an hour a day.  And the new neighbourhood, while a little pricier than Bloor West, is cheery and full of the energy that comes with loads of people walking up and down Yonge St. all day long.  (It doesn’t hurt that spring has sprung, filling patios and putting a little extra jazz in everyone’s step).

Though I wasn’t very familiar with Bloor West prior to starting at the firm a few years back, I will be missing some of the local businesses that were in and around the old digs.  Here are some of the neighbourhood shops I came to be thankful for:

Alfredo’s – Local grocery store with a deli and everything. Very handy for last minute lunch purchases of all kinds.

Java Joe’s – Slightly quirky folk but the panini I used to think was expensive and only got as a treat every so often is looking mighty reasonable relative to a panini in midtown!

The Pastry Chef – Sadly this lovely little bakery has recently closed due to the owners retiring (maybe not so sad for them!)  These guys supplied all our office birthday cakes and satisfied all sorts of early morning and late afternoon cravings for sweets. Local chatter says the place will now be occupied by a dentist’s office, which makes me wonder: why wouldn’t a new bakery come along to buy the old business with its ready-made clientele that’s been built up over the years…?  I asked myself the same question when Peter’s Place closed down.  This seemingly very successful greasy spoon with the most wonderful characters closed last year when the owners decided to retire, but nothing has yet sprung up in its place.  Again, someone could have probably set up a great business coming in where this one had closed down (because its closure was certainly not due to lack of interest in burgers, greek food and all-day breakfast from us local folk).

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Bridal Browsin’ (and Buyin’)

19 Apr

Our wedding is taking place this fall, so since January I have been in and out of bridal stores—scoping out dresses for myself and my bridesmaids, as well as accompanying my future sister-in-law on her dress shopping (we are getting married only a few months apart!).

I opted to limit my own gown search to three stores to avoid feeling overwhelmed with choice.

My first stop was Felichia Bridal, on Yonge north of Eglinton.  I was initially drawn to the store because they’d advertised a Watters trunk show.  (Trunk shows, they explained, are an opportunity to try on the full collection of a given designer, whereas on a regular day the store would carry samples of some but not all of that designer’s styles).  I thought it would be a bright idea to drop by the boutique before the trunk show for a first trial and (potentially) return for the show feeling sure of the purchase.  Of course that’s not how it went at all, as the Watters dresses turned out to be far above my price range.  But it was still a successful trip as I found one dress I really liked.

Despite finding one gem, I wanted to have a good sense of what was out there in terms of selection.  I dropped by a second store which had been recommended by one of my co-workers.  Jealous Bridesmaids Bridal Boutique is located in Toronto’s Bloor West Village (and conveniently, was a hop, skip and a jump from my work, before the office moved last month.)  Jealous Bridesmaids carries a great selection of gowns and bridesmaids dresses from designers such as Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgely, and Casablanca.  More importantly, they have the loveliest staff.  This is a small, intimate place where you feel truly at home.  Prices are quite reasonable as well.  The average dress price, I was told, is in the $1,500 range, and bridesmaids dresses are around $200.  Tried on several lovely styles here.

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