How these 7 Midtown Businesses are Spreading Holiday Cheer

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Just north of Forest Hill, you’ll find the Eglinton Way. With jewellery stores, local shops, health and wellness offices, cafes, restaurants, and so much more. This nine block stretch of Eglinton Avenue West is a remarkable hub for the community and beyond. It makes a great destination to not only find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, but also a fantastic place for you to share a delicious meal with friends and family to celebrate the season!

Artbarn School

It has been almost 14 years since Artbarn School opened its doors on Eglinton Avenue West, and over the years they have inspired countless artists of all ages. Their annual Wreath Making workshop is already sold out, but there are many other exciting in-person adult classes and kids classes to choose from – including a few spots left in their kid’s Winter Art Camp running from December 20th – 30th! Gift certificates are available as a great gift idea to be used for classes or workshops in the new year.  

The Healthy Butcher

The Healthy Butcher has you covered for your holiday celebrations this year. Their goal is simple: to help you and your family achieve an easy and delicious holiday! Launching December 6th, their holiday menu includes fresh turkeys, organic & 100% Grassfed beef, porchetta, lamb, duck and more; as well as chef-prepared sauces & sides, and award-winning desserts from Mabel’s Bakery.  They have curated a bounty of delicious festive favourites that will fill your household with joy. You can order for home delivery or in-store pick up available on December 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Visit to get started .

Vicky’s Jewellery

For 49 years, everyone has loved what comes in a Vicky’s Jewellery signature gift box. 

You are sure to find a gorgeous antique, vintage or modern piece of jewellery for every style on your gift list this year. If it’s pretty, intriguing or unusual, you’ll find it at Vicky’s. And it’s not just jewellery! For a one-of-a-kind gift, you can find decorative perfume bottles, elegant picture frames and beautiful serving pieces for the holiday table. They are also pleased to provide complimentary gift wrapping.

Rukaj Gallery

This holiday season, visit Rukaj Gallery to browse a curated selection of original and editioned artworks to decorate your home or gift to a loved one. They also provide museum framing, which is done on-site in their gallery framing studio. And if you need a piece framed for the holidays, drop by from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm to choose from hundreds of frames and place a custom order. To browse their full inventory, as well as curated shows, visit their website or their Artsy page,

Hotel Gelato

Not only a gelateria but also a cafe, Hotel Gelato is a unique neighbourhood spot on the Eglinton Way where you can indulge your sweet tooth. For the holidays they have created delicious treats, like their ginger molasses cookies and festive holiday meringues – perfect host/hostess gifts; or pick up some of their hot chocolate bombs in a variety of seasonal flavours as a great stocking stuff idea. And of course be sure to try their seasonal gelato and sorbet flavours: Gingerbread Gelato, Rum Raisin Gelato and the ever popular Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Sorbet. They are now open earlier for breakfast, Monday to Friday at 9:30am.

Dr Matthew Orzech & Associates

Want more than your two front teeth this holiday season? Dr. Matthew Orzech and Associates provides complete dental care for the entire family from kids to seniors and everyone in between. They continue to welcome new patients and their families to their office, and for the month of December, all new patients that come in for a cleaning and checkup will have their name put into a draw for a new Nespresso Machine. The draw will be done on December 20th. 

The Abbot Pub

Whether you are looking for a place to unwind after a long day at work, watch your favourite sports team, or share a meal with friends, The Abbot Pub on Eglinton has a warm and friendly gastro pub atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re home. Join them for their New Year’s Eve Party this year that will have a special 5 course set menu, $100 for a couple or $60 for a single person. And from now until New Year’s Eve, they are holding giveaways with prizes that include two $75 gift cards for the Abbot, a Raptors shirt, and more. 

Be sure to follow The Eglinton Way BIA on social media @EglintonWay as they spread holiday cheer this year by running 30 Days of Giveaways for the month of December. 



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