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Toronto Neighbourhood Spotlight: Greektown

May 4, 2018

GreektownToronto is a delightfully diverse city and its many neighbourhoods reveal cultural influences from around the world.  Let’s take a close look at one of those exciting neighbourhoods – Greektown.

Introduction

Greektown, also known as the Danforth, is a neighborhood in Toronto located on Danforth Avenue between Dewhurst Blvd and Chester Avenue. This was one of the main settlements of Greek immigrants in Toronto after World War I. Several scenes in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding were filmed here.

 

If you love Greek cuisine, you’ll want to head down to this part of town. It has one of the highest concentrations of dining establishments per kilometre of any other neighborhood on the planet, showcasing mostly delicious traditional Mediterranean dishes. If you visit during the Taste of the Danforth festival in mid-August you can enjoy yummy samples of cuisines from all of the restaurants along this street – not just Greek food but also Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and much more.

Must Visit Spots in Greektown

  • Start with a great coffee at Broadview Espresso, where you can lean back on the comfy Muskoka chair on the outdoor patio and enjoy a high quality latte.
  • The Carrot Commons on Jackman Street is a busy avenue filled with cafes, bookstores and a funky organic food market.

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  • Shopping for cute clothes? Social Butterfly is a chic little shop with a great selection of jewellery, denim, boots, footwear and more.
  • Get your fill of big tasty Greek gyros at Messini Authentic Gyros.
  • If you want to enjoy Greek cuisine in a more sophisticated, sit-down setting you can treat yourself to a meal at Mezes. It’s a busy spot with a welcoming vibe and a heated patio. They serve up the dishes that you would find in any traditional greek home, with fresh, quality ingredients.
  • If you are a music geek, you will fall in love with the huge collection of new and old vinyl at Mike’s Music.
  • In the mood for some live music? The Danforth Music Hall is a fantastic venue that showcases a range of great talent. Check to see which shows are on during your visit!

History

greektownGreek immigrants came to this area after WWI and by the 1970s and 80s, it was the largest GreekTown in North America. There was also a large influx of Greek immigrants during the 1960s, as they were fleeing the political and economic unrest which resulted in the Greek military junta seized power in 1967-74.  This neighborhood became home to one of the highest concentrations of Greek immigrants living outside of Greece.

How to Get There

Greektown is located on the TTC Bloor-Danforth Subway line and can be accessed from Pape, Chester or Donlands stations. If you are visiting in a car, you can reach Danforth avenue by taking the Bayview/Bloor exit off the Don Valley Parkway and following the signs for Danforth Avenue/Bloor Street.

What’s your favourite Greektown spot? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Fitness and Health, Lifestyle talk, Medical Stays

How to Make Medical Stay Travel Comfortable

March 14, 2018

Medical Stay TravelMany people travel for medical care and they do so for many reasons – whether it’s due to costs, a long wait list, to see a specialist doctor or a need for a treatment that isn’t available in their area. No matter what the reason, here are some tips that will make medical stay travel more comfortable.

Speak to Other Patients and Medical Staff – Medical Stay Travel

One of the most helpful ways to prepare for medical stay travel is to speak with past patients and medical staff. What was their experience like? What do they recommend to make the trip go more smoothly?  Talking to someone who has first-hand knowledge is incredibly valuable. Your doctor or hospital contact may have a list of past patients who have granted authorization to be contacted by prospective patients.

Keep Your Documents Organized

You’ll need to bring medical records with you, such as X-rays, prescriptions, immunization records and other information. Make sure that you make copies and leave one set of copies in a safe Medical Stay Travelplace at home. Also, ensure that you have the correct travel visa for your trip.

Find an Accommodation Near Your Treatment Centre

When you are traveling for medical stays, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time commuting across the city back and forth to the hospital. Look for a furnished apartment Toronto that is close to your treatment centre so that you can get to your appointments quickly and easily.

Serviced apartments offer spacious bedroom and living spaces that will allow enough room to recover in comfort. Also, you’ll have plenty of room to bring friends or family members along to assist you.

Ask If They Offer Medical Rates

Your accommodation provider may offer a discounted rate if you let them know that you are going to be staying there for the purpose of medical stay travel. This can really help to keep the expenses of your trip down, so it’s certainly worth asking about!

Look for Self Catered Accommodation

Medical Stay TravelThere’s something very comforting and convenient about having your own fully equipped kitchen in your accommodation. If you have to stick to a particular diet for medical reasons, it will be  easier when you can choose your own ingredients and cook your own meals. Also, sometimes after spending a day on appointments with doctors, you might not feel like going out for dinner and may prefer to eat in.

Home Health Care and Medical Services

There are services which will support you with home health care and medical supplies while you are traveling for medical treatment. DelSuites partners with AgTa and Essentially You to provide a number of health services in their furnished apartments, including wheelchairs, canes, crutches, personal care, meal preparation, rehabilitation and much more. They also provide babysitting services if you need someone to watch your children if you need.

If you are in need of healthcare services or supplies during your stay, contact them to find out more about the options.

 

 

 

Business Travel, Downtown Toronto, Entertainment, Lifestyle talk, Toronto Entertainment, toronto toursim

Furnished Housing for Film and Production

February 28, 2018

Film and Production There are a number of factors as to why big budget movie and TV makers are heading to Toronto, including the city’s talented workforce and diverse landscape. Plus, directors, film and production professionals are also lured northward by tax credits that cover labour costs. Now that animation and special effects studios in Ontario have emerged, producers are able to shoot, edit and animate their films all in Toronto.

Toronto may be one of the most popular actors in the movie industry. The city has played many big roles over the years, standing in for Boston, Chicago and New York. It’s not uncommon to spot yellow cabs and movie cameras on the streets.

Here are some examples of Toronto’s starring roles:

  • It became the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana for A Christmas Story in 1983.
  • The Silver Dollar Room on Spadina was the fictional Blue Oyster Bar in the movie Police Academy in 1984.
  • The Harvard Bar in Good Will Hunting (1997) was actually the Upfront Bar and Grill located on Front Street.
  • In the original X-Men film (2000) Roy Thompson Hall was the setting for an important scene where Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier meet.

Film and ProductionToronto has earned the nickname Hollywood North over the years, due to its role as a popular production centre for a wide range of television shows and film projects. In fact, in 1979 Toronto Mayor John Sewell announced that Canada had become the third largest centre for movie production after New York and Los Angeles. In addition to this, Toronto is also home to the Toronto International Film Festival, which is considered to be second only to Cannes.

Convenient Accommodations for Film and Production Toronto

If you are coming to Toronto to work on a film or television project, furnished apartment rentals have got you covered.

If you work in the entertainment industry, you may be on the road more often than you are at home. When you stay in hotels, you don’t have the space that an apartment has to offer. These furnished apartments are usually conveniently located in prime areas of Toronto, so you are never far away from your filming location.

A furnished condominium provides a separate living area and kitchen, as well as free WiFi, laundry, fitness centres, parking and other amenities. You will be able to cook your own healthy meals, spread out and do work in the apartment and relax in a spacious, comfortable and well-designed environment.

When cast and crew need to be on location in Toronto, whether for one month or longer, these apartments are ideal. They are safe and secure, offering controlled access. A high quality temporary housing for production crews, perfoFilm and Production rmers, executives, actors or any other traveling entertainment professional.

To learn more about our furnished housing for film and production professionals, contact us today.

Lifestyle talk, Real Estate Agents, Relocation, Toronto Condos

A Place to Stay While Moving Between Homes

February 1, 2018

Moving Between HomesWhile Moving between homes, you may encounter construction delays, delays in property closing or relocation issues.

There are many reasons why a move might be delayed and real estate clients may require temporary housing for a month or longer. Many people don’t anticipate the downtime between the closing date of their old home and the day they are allowed to move into their new home.  Staying in a hotel may not be the most comfortable and convenience option. They don’t have access to kitchen or laundry facilities, there isn’t a lot of space and they can’t live comfortable for the long term.

Where to Stay While Moving Between Homes

One option for accommodation in-between homes are fully furnished apartment rentals in convenient locations throughout Toronto.

Every home buyer and seller are taken care of while they wait out any delays, with comfortable apartments and great amenities. The suites are already move-in ready eliminating the need to bring in and move your furnishings. Plus, it will work out to be more economical in the long run than a hotel room.  Then, when your new property is ready, you can move in with ease.

Advantages of Furnished Apartments over Hotel Rooms

When you stay with DelSuites, you will feel right at home. Here are some of the features offered:

  • A fully equipped kitchen, so that guests can have the choice to self-cater.Moving Between Homes
  • Separate bedrooms and a living area, ensuring that guests have enough space and privacy.
  • An en-suite washer and dryer with steam iron and a full sized ironing board.
  • Weekly or Biweekly cleanings by our superior housekeeping team.
  • High speed, secured wireless internet.
  • Local & North American Long Distance Calls (some areas excluded)
  • Personally encoded suite intrusion security alarm system, 24 hour building security and a 24 hour On-Call Manager for emergencies.
  • DVD and Stereo System.
  • LCD flat screen television with Premium HD package.
  • Underground, indoor, secured parking.Moving Between Homes

A furnished rental may also have a home office that is equipped with wireless internet, a desk, a chair and office supplies. So, if a you need to take care of some business, you will have a productive environment in which to work.

To find out more about furnished apartment rentals and how we can partner with your real estate brokerage, please contact us today.

Business Travel, Corporate Housing, Lifestyle talk, Relocation, Toronto Family Travel, toronto toursim

How to Welcome an Employee Relocating

January 26, 2018

ThoughEmployee Relocatingtful relocation support can really make a big difference and can positively impact the performance and overall happiness of your new team member. So, how can you make your employee relocating feel right at home in their new city? Here are some ways that you can welcome your new employees, so that you can make a great impression on them from the start.

Employee Relocating – Give Them a Welcome Pack

This is a lovely gesture that will really make your new employee feel special. You can give it to them on the first day at work, or have it waiting for them at their accommodation. What should you put in it? How about:

  • A warm and friendly letter welcoming them to the city and the company.
  • A guide to the city with suggestions on interesting spots to visit.
  • Local snacks or cookies.
  • A bottle of wine or a case of local beer.
  • A map of the area where they will be living.
  • Coupons for discounts or freebies at local businesses.

Provide Them With Convenient Accommodation

Employee RelocatingPlacing your new employee in a hotel until they can move into a more permanent home isn’t a great solution, especially if they need to stay there for a a month or longer. Instead, provide them with a furnished corporate housing apartment where they can enjoy all of the comforts of home, such as a kitchen, washer and dryer, living room, office space and parking.

Plus, make sure that they are located close to where they will be working. They are new to the city and they don’t want to be spending all of their time getting lost while commuting.

Create a Helpful Checklist

When locating to a new province or country, there are a lot of things that your new employee will need to think about when getting themselves settled in their new home. This can be overwhelming for them, as there are so many things to do and it’s hard to know what is time-sensitive and what isn’t.

It can be very helpful to create a checklist for your employee relocating, to help them understand what needs to be done and what their priorities are. It will break down the large and overwhelming task into simpler and more manageable pieces. For reference, here’s a helpful checklist for employees moving to Canada from abroad.

Host Opportunities to Socialize

Employee RelocatingWhen your new employee arrives, they will likely not know anyone in the city and might feel a little bit lonely. You can make them feel more at home by hosting events where they will have a chance to make friends.

You can also offer information to them about other opportunities to meet people. If you aren’t sure what to suggest, ask your existing employees what events or get-togethers they attend or what things they did in the city to make friends when they first arrived. There are many different activities and groups that will welcome a newcomer and make them feel like part of the community.