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A mile of style This endless winter isn't just hurting you, it's hurting our local retailers. The Danforth Business Improvement Area.

A mile of style

This endless winter isn’t just hurting you, it’s hurting our local retailers. The Danforth Business Improvement Area (BIA) hopes to get us out and shopping spring styles Friday (April 4) from 6 to 9 pm. Businesses in the Broadview/Danforth area offer special deals on fashion, spa services, food and more. Retailers include Body Blue (no tax on all purchases), BE Chic Jewelry (trunk show and prize draw) and Peter Paul’s Flowers (spend $25, get 20 per cent off your next purchase). Find full details at

Free pass

What’s better than supporting local indie makers? Supporting local indie makers minus hoards of admission fees. Get in free (regular admission $5) to Toronto Indie Arts Market’s Mixed Media Market at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, 416-531-4635) on April 12 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm when you show a ticket from the Spring One Of A Kind Show or the Spring Made By Hand Show. Vendors include Atomic Ami, Babes and Books, Divinyl Art and FoldIT Creations. Visit for details.

Bathrooms can be beautiful, too

See a pretty public restroom? Nominate it for the fifth annual Cintas’ Canada’s Best Restroom Contest. Good bathrooms make good business sense, so whether you spot one that’s on the cutting edge of modern design or that’s just plain quirky, give deserving establishments a nod at until June 20. The winning retailer receives $2,500 in Cintas services.

Formidable fashion

Your cellphone gets put in its place by Focus: Life Gear By Trident’s fashion line made of radio-frequency-shielding fabric. The conceptual pieces created by Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga allow wearers to carry their mobile devices without being distracted by them. Touch, feel and test out the high-tech fabrics first-hand until Sunday (April 6) at 536 Queen West. Get more info at

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