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Shop Local for the Holidays at These 10 Danforth Businesses

With a second lockdown now in full effect throughout Toronto, it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses. Luckily, the holiday season is here, so now is the perfect time to start looking for those special gifts and goodies that make this time of year so special.  

Take a look at these 10 stores on the Danforth that offer an online catalogue and delivery, or curb-side pick-up. Happy shopping!

1. El Pipil

El Pipil offers a variety of items, from women’s clothing to jewelry and household wares. With so much to choose from, this could be a perfect spot to find great gift ideas. Not sure where to start looking on the site? We recommend taking a peek at El Pipil’s selection of one-of-a-kind Swedish dishcloths, holiday ornaments, and pot planters.


2. August Kinn

Do you or someone you know have a little one? Check out August Kinn, a store dedicated to infant apparel, nursery accents, and gifts. The store carries sizing across a variety of brands for newborns to 4T. Our personal clothing favourites include adorable animal print jammies and rompers.


3. Midoco Art and Office Supplies

Get creative this holiday season with a purchase from Midoco Art and Office Supplies’ Danforth location. This store features seemingly everything an art-lover could want, including beautiful totes and cases. Check out the store’s stocking stuffers selection to find fun gifts for children and adults alike.


4. Book City

Curl up with a good book and wait out the cold with a purchase from Book City’s Danforth location. You can even try out an audiobook. This store offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction. Search Book City’s online catalogue to find popular picks that are sure to top many bookworms’ holiday wish lists. 


5. Body Blue

Body Blue’s expert staff have been pairing up customers with the best of denim since 1989. In addition to carrying the latest trends from some of denim’s biggest brands, Body Blue offers a wide range of apparel, including stunning winter coats and accessories.  


6. Dough Bakeshop

Treat yourself this season to a delicious assortment of breads, cakes, cookies, soups, and more! Dough Bakeshop also has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free and dairy-free options. Know someone who could use a bit of a break from cooking? Consider gifting some frozen takeout meals or a gift card. Check out the latest menu for some holiday inspiration.


7. Mary’s Brigadeiro

For those with a sweet tooth, look no further than Mary’s Brigadeiro, which offers Brazilian-style handcrafted chocolate made with fresh and local ingredients. Take a look at the many flavours and consider purchasing a customizable gift box with an assortment to choose from. Gift cards are also available.


8. Moss

With so much time spent indoors during lockdown, now is a good time to consider sprucing up living spaces for some added cheer. Moss offers everything from gardening tools to home décor. Browse the gifts section to find a treasure trove of fun items for friends and family.


9. Parlor 23

Check out Parlor 23’s Danforth flagship location for rare and collectable sneaker and accessory finds. If you’re looking for a smaller purchase, take a look at the shop local picks to find thoughtful stocking stuffers.


10. Tsaa Tea Shop

With more than 125 premium loose-leaf teas from around the globe, Tsaa has something for every tea lover in your circle. Tsaa also offers bubble teas and yema cakes. Read up on tips for brewing the perfect cup of tsaa to make the most of your purchase.


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