Contributed by Anita Bostok & Norman Hathaway — Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood of beauty, heritage, cultural diversity and inclusion. Anita and Noman are proud to contribute this regular feature where you get to know the people and businesses that make Cabbagetown so special. If you’d like to be featured or would like to nominate someone please get in touch.
Michael Glasgow – The former Toronto police officer had a yearning to travel. Between jaunts, he painted houses and took up cabinet making, which nurtured his passion for fine details. Today he operates Heritage Home Painting with his wife Hiyore. Riding his bike to painting jobs in Cabbagetown, Michael loves working on the ornate Victorians that remind him of giant cabinets. He has a great connection with the locals who are amazed by the quality of his workmanship. A typical day ends with Michael playing the guitar to unwind. Please call him at 647-717-3778
Mark Michelin -Mark was born in Toronto and into the butcher business. He has worked at St. James Steaks and Chops 516 Parliament St since high school, taking the helm after his father’s retirement. Today his son Noah is being groomed to continue the legacy. Mark pays great attention when choosing the products, heading to the food terminal at 3:30 am for first pick of the best and freshest offerings. Nothing is more satisfying to Mark than to hear that a family event was made extra special because of the great roast or steaks bought at St James. steakandchops.ca Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Domingo – The avid golfer might have liked to be on the links on the perfect spring morning when we met. Instead the charming shopkeeper greeted his customers lined up to buy plants. Fairway Variety at 520 Parliament St has been a family business since Domingo, then a young boy, and his family emigrated from Korea. Customers love his friendly service and great advice on plants and flowers. Domingo enjoys the shop, getting to know the neighbours, and seeing the local kids grow.
Kaelo Gallagher- At the age of 10, Kaelo moved to Toronto from BC. Twenty years ago, the fervent dog lover took a part-time job at the Menagerie Pet Shop 549 Parliament St. He now owns the shop that he manages with a partner. The creative entrepreneur has kept business thriving by ramping up online services and offering free deliveries. Customers most appreciate Kealo’s caring, knowledgeable service. He’s proud of his staff and shop which features fish, reptiles, and a vast array of supplies featuring ecologically sustained pet foods. menageriepetshop.com Follow on Facebook and Instagram