Category Archives: Beaches|Life

Why aren’t some stores in the Beaches open today?

Many retail businesses in the Beaches are closed, by law, on statutory holidays (July 1 and Labour Day). The Beaches is not designated a tourist area, like some areas, so businesses in the Beaches that do open face fines. There are a few exceptions, for example, if your store is under 2,400 square feet, such as neighbourhood drug store, convenience … <entire article…>

A little bit of Europe and a whole lot of flavour

New community-minded Café Florentin ready to “wow” its visitors The newly opened Café Florentin offers perfect pairings – gourmet coffee and delectable home made pastries; traditional Italian and authentic French baking; a true European café nestled among the Queen Street shops in the Beaches. Having sampled the dark roast coffee and experienced its deep, rich flavour that lingers on your … <entire article…>

Enjoy Entertainment in the Beaches in a New Way!

Beaches Entertainment Pass my Pass For $20 per single pass, enjoy a weekday* evening movie at the Fox Theatre and get a $17 certificate for one of our selected, local participating businesses (including shops and restaurants). *Single movie passes are valid for Monday through Thursday only. my Family Pass For $40 per family pass, enjoy a Saturday* afternoon matinee at … <entire article…>

Good things do grow in Ontario

The best time for seasonal fresh produce. Apples: August, September, October Apricots: July, August Asian Veggies: June, July, August, September, October Asparagus: June Beans: June, July, August, September, October Beets: July, August, September, October Blueberries: June, July, August, September Broccoli: June, July, August, September, October Brussels Sprouts: September, October Cabbage: June, July, August, September, October Carrots: July, August, September, October … <entire article…>

Web printing the “Smart” way

Are you tired of wasting paper and expensive printer inks on numerous web pages when all you needed was a section or two? Smart Web Printing by HP is your answer to savings. Visit and download/install the free Windows-based software. Select the text and graphics you need and save a list of clips. Combine the clips you saved onto … <entire article…>

My Secret Beaches Spot

I have always loved this old weathered arched wooden doorway.  It seems so magical and mysterious and makes me wonder about the “secret garden” that I imagine lies on the other side. I especially love it in summer when it becomes almost hidden by the tumble of foliage and flowers. Then it becomes even more “my secret spot”.    – Fran … <entire article…>

Energy Star – Did you know?

Energy Star® labels are found on over 40 product categories North American consumers saved over 12 billion dollars in 2005 with Energy Star® products Currently, Ontario residents do not pay the P.S.T. when buying new Energy Star® appliances (special government exemption program). To find out more about Energy Star®, visit

Ways to get loyal customers

Do Good And Tell There is an ever increasing competition for business and environmental care. It’s all about building customer relationships and loyalties. The more customers know what good things you are doing for them, their neighbours and the environment, the more likely they will become a loyal customer. Here are three easy tips to follow to help make and … <entire article…>

Strawberry Soup – Fast and easy to prepare!

Ingredients 6 cups (1.5 L) just-picked strawberries, cleaned and sliced 1 cup (250 mL) plain yogurt 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream ¼ cup (60 mL) sugar 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract Light version: use 1% plain yogurt and substitute whole milk for cream. Preparation Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender, process until smooth. Chill for one … <entire article…>