Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock might not wear Babsocks every day – dress socks that feature a graphic image of his face – but he says he appreciates what the East End socks’ creators are doing.
“I’m glad someone out there’s got a little business going and they’re making a little money,” said Babcock on March 16, noting his wife and friends will show him advertisements and pictures of people wearing the socks.
“I actually bought some, I was having a big Christmas party, but everyone showed up with them on anyway,” he said. “I have nothing to do with the business, but I was glad to hear that they’ve donated some money to mental health.”
The creators of Babsocks, Thomas McCole and Jake Mednick, recently raised $3,780 for Bell Let’s Talk, and their Leafs-inspired creations have been getting some well-worn play on social media and major news networks. For St. Patrick’s Day, the business released a limited edition “St. Patsocks” in green, while the classic pair is in Maple Leafs blue.
The two grew up and still live in the Beach, with McCole recently committing to work full-time on the “sock empire.”
A Vancouver transplant is bringing her food gardening expertise to the East End with Beaches Home Grown.
Jamie Unwin worked on an organic farm on Salt Spring Island, but came to Toronto to complete her masters degree in Environmental Studies, Planning for Resilient Regional Food Security at York University. She had planned to move back to the West Coast, but fell in love with a Beacher and the neighbourhood itself, and this year launched the consulting and service business to help East Enders grown their own food.
The Beach and surrounding area is ideal for “a huge variety of fruits and vegetables,” she says, though low-maintenance options that do particularly well here include lettuce, radishes, kale, peas, kohlrabi, scallions, pac choi, summer squash and swiss chard. Tomatoes, carrots and garlic can produce high yield from small spaces here with a few tips and tricks, and even blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries can thrive with the proper overwintering care, she says.
Unwin offers everything from basic consultation and planting sessions up to full-service garden maintenance. Workshops on edible gardening, community gardens, food system planning, and canning, pickling and fermentation are also offered. Along with her training, she has gathered knowledge from local experts and Ontario farmers to ensure local gardens are matched to proper planting dates, watering schedules, soil amendments, pest management and crop choices.
To check out the full range of service or contact Unwin with questions, call 416-910-5768 or check the website.
Sales for the On The Danforth condominium development at Danforth Avenue and Oak Park Avenue have crossed the 50 per cent mark, with occupancies being scheduled for the end of 2018.
Prices for the Diam Developments condos begin in the mid-$200,000s and boast several layouts suitable for singles, couples, or families.
“These multi-functional spaces make the most of every square foot,” said Carmen Dragomir of esQape Design, the design firm that developed the interior layout.
The Presentation Centre and model suite are located at 2359 Danforth Avenue (south side of Danforth, just east of Woodbine) and are open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and weekends noon to 5 p.m., closed Fridays. Call 647-348-9009 or visit the website.
Local kids will put on their storytelling caps at a new workshop at the Kingston Social in Birch Cliff this spring.
Beach creatives Danielle and Brandon Dewar launched Ground Floor Stories this year and will host the inaugural 10-week storytelling and filmmaking workshop for kids aged 6-10 beginning in April.
The husband and wife team have a “passion for film and storytelling,” said Danielle, who is a freelance writer, former film student, and former theatre costume designer. Brandon is a TV writer for kids’ cartoons and a trained actor.
“Children have incredible imaginations and with proper guidance can create amazing stories,” said Danielle.
The class will be set up like a TV writer’s room, teaching kids what elements are needed to structure a good story before they are guided to write one as a group. A no-pressure, playful environment will encourage teamwork and the sharing of ideas to create an engaging story together. And once the story is written, the participants will help build basic sets and costumes before choosing roles and filming the story as a performance in front of a green screen.
The Dewars will then edit a short film which will be shared with the parents after the workshop is completed.
Sleepy Baker, a bakery at Queen Street East and Coxwell Avenue, is planning on keeping things chilly as the summer slowly approaches.
The family-run bakery makes fresh products daily, originally inspired by co-owner Tina’s great-great-grandmother, who gathered defining recipes from countries across Europe, handing them down through the generations. Tina’s mother and co-owner Nena is also renowned for her Nutella-based sweets.
The shop’s four owners are now excited to be expanding into Kawartha Dairy ice cream. The frozen treat will be sold by the scoop, but more importantly, according to Tina, will be the custom creations: “one-of-a-kind, not available anywhere else in Toronto sandwiches and Sundaes.”
Also on the menu will be floats, which can be made with the bakery’s large selection of US specialty sodas.
Sleepy Baker is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, at 7 Coxwell Ave., just north of Queen.
A new Sherwin-Williams Paint Store on the Danforth will celebrate with an official grand opening on Saturday, April 2.
Store manager Tom Baczynski invites the community to drop in to the store between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for food, prizes, and, of course, opening day specials and a sale. Paint will be discounted by 40 per cent, with painting supplies selling at 30 per cent off.
Join store employees and local politicians at noon for the official ribbon cutting, or stop by the store at 2944 Danforth Ave., between Main Street and Victoria Park Avenue any time to check out the special promotions.