Shop The Neighbourhood highlights in Toronto

Searching for an antidote to Black Friday? Just look for the yellow balloons. Shop The Neighbourhood hits cities across Canada on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Local Toronto shops will offer exclusive deals, and a heap of them have showed up on our city editor’s radar. Check out a few of her highlights and for a full list of participants, download the YP Shopwise app to discover the best deals in your hood.

Muddy George

1
973 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L7

Bloorcourt has a new menswear boutique and its curated stock of international and Toronto-born heavy hitters – SEN Japanese denim, cozy layers by US-brand Woolrich John Rich & Bros., and such local acts as Outclass and Muttonhead – is drawing crowds from across the city. There’s a subtle Canadiana aesthetic to the shop, but really it’s all about looking classic and cool while feeling very cozy. During #ShopTheHood, take 20% off your purchase when you spend $100 or more.

Dead Dog Records

2
1209 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N4

Bloordale’s newest purveyor of vinyl will be toting a tempting deal on #ShopTheHood come November 28. LP aficionados who pass by the Bloor Street spot and buy three records will get the fourth free. And since the mid-sized Dead Dog strikes that ideal balance between a curated stock and a ton of options, it won’t be tough to find some serious gems for your collection.

Printvintage

3
834a College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A2

This Ossington fixture has been slanging the finest in brocade cocktail dresses, fur-trimmed jackets and a-la-Betty-Paige pumps for over 15 years. Visit during #ShopTheHood and find discounts throughout the store as well as a tempting $20 rack of party dresses. Look out for the tucked-away storefront bearing the hard-to-argue-with style mantra: MOD MINI METALLIC PRINT.

Stasis Local Foods

4
476 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N5

Locally produced preserves and other epicurean-worthy goods abound at this Roncesvalles shop. Stock up on some serious foodie finds, from organic maple butter to duck paté to BBQ sauces and rubs – or throw all of the above in a gift basket. On November 28 only, get in on #ShopTheHood - buy one and get the second half off.

Body Blue

5
199 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Heralded as NOW Magazine’s #1 spot for premium denim in 2015, Body Blue hosts locations both on the Danforth and on Queen West. Carrying Canadian-made threads and stellar international brands like Citizen of Humanity, Nudie and Scotch & Soda, Body Blue is no one-trick pony: the denim selection is killer, but there’s plenty more in the way of jewellery, bags and outerwear. Stop by either location on Saturday November 28 and take 50% off your second item.

Eclectisaurus Inc

6
249 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2G1

If you’ve got a mid-century-modern itch, scratch it at this vintage decor shop in the east end. If it weren’t obvious enough from the name, eclectic novelties are on parade at this Gerrard Street spot – colourful table lamps, classic typewriters, art deco jewellery, Mad Men-worthy ball gowns, you name it. And, during #ShopTheHood, you’ll take 20% off almost all of their in-store stock.

Small Wonders Pets

7
148 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

There are over 100 Canadian-made pet products on offer at this so-cute Danforth shop. Take 50% off selected stock like collars, leashes and toys. Plus, every pooch that struts through the doors of Small Wonders (which has scored NOW’s #1 in the city for furry pals) will receive a complimentary treat. And don’t worry - with a giant hand-painted sign that will induce aww’s from even the grumpiest passerby, this spot is hard to miss.

Union Yoga + Wellness

8
956 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L6

Looking to stretch out those winter woes? If you haven’t checked out Union Yoga + Wellness’ gorgeous space at Dovercourt and Bloor, Saturday, November 28 is the day to do it. Explore the bright studio and the yoga, acupuncture and shiatsu offerings of Bloorcourt’s newest get-zen spot. On the 28th only, score 25% off a 5-class pass in honour of #ShopTheHood.

The Ten Spot

9
409 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P1

If you’re approaching your threshold of amazing local lore during #ShopTheHood, may we suggest a time-out at the Ten Spot? Take 20% off all services at the Danforth location of Toronto’s beloved beauty bar, heralded as one of the top spots to get primped in the city.

L.E. Jewellers

10
1015 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4M 1B4

Looking for an oh-so-fly timepiece? Whether it’s a personal splurge or a gift for someone dear, this east-end jeweller is offering a major steal during #ShopTheHood. Take 30% off men’s and women’s 88 Rue du Rhone watches on offer at this Leslieville boutique, abounding in shiny temptations by the likes of Thomas Sabo, Citizen and Pandora.

IQ Living

11
542 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P8

If you’ve got a few expert chefs on your holiday shopping list, this east-end emporium of all things kitchen-related should be one of your first stops. This is the spot to find everything from high-end knife sets to novelty ice cube trays, and they’ll take 20% off your whole purchase during #ShopTheHood when you spend $50.

From second-storey terraces to canopy-covered courtyards, 2016 has been a good year for Toronto’s patio game. We’ve got the goods on the brand-new brewery on Roncesvalles and the Lakeshore’s most recent party-worthy spot. East to west, these resto-bar newcomers have created inspired outdoor spaces so you can start patio season off right. [Image credit: iStock.com/Sean Pavone] 
Looking for a bleach alternative that isn’t terrifying? Maybe an all-purpose cleaner that won’t make you bat an eye when you find your toddler licking the countertop? There’s no doubt that the demand for all-natural, biodegradable, and chemical-free cleaning products is on the rise in TO. Lucky for us, the city is home to countless markets and shops with a ton of sustainable goods on offer.
We know, we know. Trying to find something excellent for your best pal while staying within the agreed-upon budget is just a big ol’ holiday can of worms. Lucky for us, Toronto is stocked with affordable and locally made treasures that cater to just about any hobby or taste. For this year’s gift exchange, check out these general stores, vintage spots, and specialty boutiques. [Photo courtesy of Northwood General]
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