The 12 Days of Giveaways
☃️MASSIVE GIVEAWAY☃️ Share this post and tag 3 friends in the comments to be entered to win 1 of 12 prizes from our #BusinessOfTheWeek participants!*There is no limit to the number of times you can enter*How does it work?➡️ We will announce a new winner every day from December 7th-19th, 2018.How do you claim your prize?➡️ Santa himself (Matthew Santagapita) will deliver them to you on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at your home or place of business!Happy Holidays from the Santa Knows Best Team!🌲Posted by Santa Knows Best on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
We wanted to end 2018 off with a real bang. So we came up with the idea for 12 Days of Giveaways. It’s exciting. It’s getting people to share, comment, and tag. It’s bringing 12 different local businesses together with one huge giveaway. We teamed up with 12 businesses who provided prizes that draws people to their store, spreads the word about what they do, and hopefully gives them repeat customers. Our potential clients are getting 12 chances to win fun prizes and they’ll connect all of that with us and our brand. All 12 of those businesses will be sharing the video and will be helping us promote it, which means our Brand is getting visibility across all of their platforms. Essentially, we’ll get the chance to “hijack” their audience because we’re getting centre stage in this promotion. Let’s be honest here: our industry is seeing a huge amount of disruption. Our value is on the decline with each and every passing day. It’s our responsibility as the new age of real estate professionals, to change with the times and bring value back to our clients. Our Business of the Week and 12 Days of Giveaways is just a few ways that we do that.
Brunch, the combination of breakfast and lunch, is a hot trend that’s taken off in London. The versatility of the meal, as well as the social acceptance of having a boozy beverage in the morning/early afternoon makes it highly attractive to all ages. Whether you’re nursing a hangover, having lunch out after church, or on a date with a romantic interest, brunch is can fit into any weekend plans. The places on this list will be more than enough to get you out of bed in the morning.
The Early Bird
Neighbourhood: Downtown London 355 Talbot St. (map) https://www.theearlybird.ca/
Cora Breakfast and Lunch
Neighbourhood: Glen Cairn & Carling Heights 395 Wellington St. (map), 1030 Adelaide St. N (map) http://www.chezcora.com
Richie’s Family Restaurant
Neighbourhood: Masonville 1673 Richmond St. (map)
Neighbourhood: Fanshawe Ridge 1910 Highbury St. N (map)
Neighbourhood: Downtown 736 Richmond St. (map) http://www.campushifi.com/
VEGAN FRIENDLYWhile so many brunch spots are focused on eggs and their many preparations, these places look to attract the plant-based crowd. Rather than just offering options like plain old fruit salad and dry toast, these places celebrate the plant-based lifestyle and make it something to get excited about.
Plant Matter Kitchen
Neighbourhood: Old South 162 Wortley Rd. (map) https://plantmatterkitchen.com/
Z’Energy Day Cafe
Neighbourhood: Downtown 71 King St. (map) http://zenzapizzeria.ca/
HIDDEN GEMSThese places are small and mostly unknown. Their internet presence is nearly non-existent, their signage is minimal, and they don’t advertise. In fact, you’ve probably driven past them and not given them a second thought, but little did you know that they’ve got some of the most rocking brunch in the city.
Westside Family Restaurant
Neighbourhood: Oxford Park 107 Mount Pleasant Ave. (map)Westside Family Restaurant is nothing fancy. They’re a tiny restaurant that shares a parking lot with a gas station. But in their kitchen, some of the best greasy spoon breakfast foods are dished out. Although it might not be the healthiest start to your day, the home fries are to-die-for and can heal your hangover pains like nothing else.
B&B Snack Bar
Buying a new home is exciting, but it is only the first step on a long and wonderful journey of home ownership. Once the ink is dry and the keys are officially in your hand, the work has just begun. Now it is time to turn that foreign building into a place you love by making your new house a home. Whether you have purchased a new build, an older residence, or condominium, you will want to make changes to the property that will reflect your style and taste. This can include painting, remodelling, buying new furniture, and setting up your existing belongings just right so the room feels good when you are in it. No matter how big or small they are, one of the first things you should do is make changes to turn your newly bought house into a welcoming, warm sanctuary that you want to live in. Your home should be a place that represents you. It should be a home that you want to go to and spend time in; a space that reflects what you like and value. Creating that feeling takes some work. Just moving furniture into the home is not enough to make your house feel like a home. Adding your own personalized touch to the interior and exterior will help turn your new place into your own private paradise. From the smallest to the largest details, every area should loudly and proudly scream you. There are many ways to make your house look like a home, no matter what your budget is. Whether you plan to buy all new furnishings or work with what you have, these simple tips will help you transform your new residence into your own personal haven.
Personalize Every RoomFirst and foremost, it is important to personalize each room to reflect who you are so you feel good spending time in every section of your new place. Whether it is the bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, bedroom, or living room, spend some time in each area designing it the way you want it to look. Take your time to choose paint colours, furnishing, rugs, and other flooring, appliances, and other accessories that will showcase you and meet your needs. Plan your layout and set up so that the room feels comfortable and functional.
Wall ColoursOne of the first things people do when they move into a new place is to change the wall colours. Painting is one of the easiest and most economical ways to completely transform a room. If the room’s colour scheme does not match your furnishings or décor plans, change it. By adding the hues that you choose to the space, you will quickly change the tone of the room to reflect you.
FurnishingsWhether you are buying new furniture or bringing in existing furnishings, it is important to take time to set up your possessions so you like how the room is arranged. To make your new house a home, the furniture should be what you want and like, not what someone else has chosen. The setting should be arranged to fit the space so you can move easily and freely. If you have furnishings given to you by others, slipcovers and throw pillows are a useless and inexpensive way to change the look of the sofa or chair so it better represents your likes and wants.
Storage SpaceMoving is a messy job that takes time to unpack, arrange everything and settle in. But once the boxes are emptied and your belongings are in their proper place, now it’s time to assess the storage space. When unpacking, it usually doesn’t take long to figure out if your home does not have enough adequate closet room to stow your stuff. Nothing will make your house feel more uncomfortable and less homey than walking into a cluttered, messy place. To reduce the piles, go through your place to see where and how you can add extra storage room. This can include building extra closet space or installing additional shelves and cabinets. If neither of these options is doable, there are different types and styles of furnishings and accessories you can purchase to tuck your belongings attractively out of sight.
Pictures and Wall ArtBare walls can look very cold and impersonal. Adding artwork to the empty surface can brighten up a room while filling a void. If you do not have a favourite art piece to hang on your barren wall scape, there are plenty of ways you can create your own personal wall displays. Frame your top travel and event photos along with family and friend images, to create a collage made of beautiful memories and loved ones in your room or hall. Hanging framed calendar pictures or images taken from an old book or magazine will also add to the personal beauty of your place.
Area Rugs and MatsCold, hard, and impersonal floors can be given a warm upgrade by adding an area rug and doormats to the room. Applying mats will easily make your house feel like a home because the vibrant colours and patterns bring all the décor together while covering an empty, blank space. The right area rug will turn any room into a comfy, warm, and welcoming place.
FixturesSome structures cannot be easily replaced or removed such as cabinets, doors, and some appliances. If you cannot paint or change the permanent features to better reflect your décor wants, you can still change the look of the surface by replacing the fixtures around or on the room. Changing doorknobs, taps, light switch casings, and other fixtures is an affordable and easy way to remove someone else’s impersonal choice and add your own. These simple adjustments are easy to complete but can have a huge impact on making your first house feel like your home.
LandscapingWhile the exterior of your new home is not as important as the interior when making your house look like a home, it still needs your attention. Your yard shows the world what type of person you are and is the first sight you will see when you approach your property every day. The exterior should feel just as welcome, inviting, and comfortable as the inside. You can easily turn your yard into your own personal space by adding flowers, shrubs, foliage, flowering pots, ornamental garden accessories, lighting, and outdoor furniture. By personalizing your front and backyard, you can create an outdoor area the makes your new house feel just as much like your home as the interior décor does. Buying a new house is one of the biggest and most exciting ventures you will take. But purchasing the property is just the beginning. Once you have bought the house, it is time to turn your new abode into your very own home; a place that you want to and enjoy spending time in. Inside and outside, your new house is your private sanctuary. It is a place that should feel like it belongs to you. To make your new house feel like a home, it is important to spend time in each part, designing the rooms and spaces to reflect your style, taste, and personality. Whether you are on a limited budget or have lots of free money to completely transform the residence, you want to put your personal stamp on the interior and exterior layout to create a joyful, homey atmosphere that is all you.
In London, and across the world in all honesty, going to a hair salon or barbershop to get a cut has always been a somewhat dreaded experience. If you have bad luck and get a bad cut, you basically have two options: shave it all off or wait weeks, if not months, for your hair to grow back out and look normal. Since the former is an incredibly bold statement most people aren’t willing to make and the latter is awkward as can be, the best solution is to get a good haircut in the first place. Finding the perfect hair stylist can be like looking for love. It takes time and effort to search for “the one.” You might get a bad cut or two on the way, and that might make you want to give up, but you persist on your search. Finally, you find him or her, and it’s a match made in heaven. At any of the salons and barbershops on this list, you’re in great hands. The scissors, clippers, and razors are handled with precision and care, guided by the stylist’s expert eye. In their care, you’ll have no problems getting the perfect new style to stun family, friends, and the folks at work.
Neighbourhood: Downtown London 124 Dundas St. (map) https://www.vanityhouse.ca/Vanity House is the place that Santa himself, Matt Santagapita, gets his hair cut and styled. That’s right, a select few people have been afforded the opportunity to work on Santa’s majestic mane, and owner/stylist Aran Beattie has been Matt’s go-to stylist for over half a decade, since the salon opened their doors. Vanity house, found on Dundas in the heart of downtown, offers one of the most luxurious hairstyling experiences out there. Upon your arrival, you will be offered either French pressed coffee or freshly brewed tea – on the house, of course. Every appointment includes a consultation with a stylist and a fresh wash, regardless of the service you’ve chosen to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. The boho-chic aesthetic of exposed brick, full length mirrors with ornate frames, and chandeliers dotting the ceiling give the salon a high class feel while still being warm and comforting. The time and effort going into the look and feel of the salon is an indicator of how much effort will go into your new hairstyle. The handful of stylists at Vanity House are experts at their craft, offering a wide range of innovative and exciting styles for everyday life or special events. Whether you’re looking for a simple trim, an extravagant updo, or a crazy new colour, these guys will make your vision a reality and make it look fantastic. The service and skill of the stylists at Vanity House is unparalleled, such that customers are driving in from as far as the GTA for appointments with Aran and his team. For your next haircut, why not go ahead and treat yourself to the Vanity House experience?
Neighbourhood: Old East Village 760 Dundas St. (map) https://www.whistlingdicks.com/Whistling Dick’s is the place to go. Whistling Dick’s emulates the style and feel of a 1930’s barbershop, from the tunes on the stereo to the straight razors they use to shave their customers. Whistling Dick’s harkens back to the good old days, where the barbershop was an institution, a safe haven. When you cross the threshold into their Old East Village shop, the feel of the place beckons you to leave your everyday stress at the door and relax as you’re pampered with high quality service and products. The vibe in Whistling Dick’s is rustic and as masculine as can be. Stained wood, brick, and leather comprise most of the surfaces in the place, with vintage tools and other flair adorning the walls, all because the owners, John Parlow and Gregory Kahnert, believe a haircut should be more than just an errand, it should be an experience. No fancy ombres, highlights, or hair dyes of any kind will be found in this establishment. All these guys do is cut, trim, and shave. They don’t offer a whole lot of variety, but they are masters of their trade. Scott Wilkins and Jose Interiano are both educated and experienced barbers with seemingly more years of experience than there are hairs on a head. Being primarily a men’s barber, Whistling Dick’s focuses on shorter hairstyles. So fair warning to those with luscious, flowing locks: you might not get the hairdo they desire unless you’re looking for something drastically shorter. The feel and experience of Whistling Dick’s is more than enough reason to go, but the fact that you can get a great new hair style in the process just makes the prospect worth its weight in gold.
Neighbourhood: Downtown London 579 Richmond St. (map) http://www.salonentrenous.com/
Love Alchemy Lifestyle Boutique & Organic Hair Studio
Neighbourhood: Old East Village 764 Dundas St. (map) http://lovealchemy.ca/
Nova Vita Hair Studio and Esthetics
Neighbourhood: Downtown 740 Richmond St. (map) https://novavita.ca/
Canada Day is coming up this weekend, and it is tradition across the country to celebrate with fireworks. These dazzling displays bring awe and wonder to the faces of children and adults alike in commemoration of another year of Canada’s existence as a country.
Neighbourhood: Downtown 530 Ridout St. N (map) https://www.londonheritage.ca/canadadaylondon
White Oaks Park/South London Community Centre
Neighbourhood: White Oaks 1119 Jalna Blvd. (map) http://southlondoncanadaday.com/
This Canada Day celebration is a whole day event, beginning at 2PM and running into the night. With a variety activities for children and the family, this south end celebration is bound to be exciting. Live musical acts play throughout the day, with acts such as Big Bang, Men Without Cats, and the Night Crew. The kids will be kept busy with inflatable rides, a spray pad, and a movie in the gym of the community centre in the early evening, all for free! They also have a variety of food vendors selling their wares and a cake cutting ceremony, so you won’t go hungry. Their firework display begins at 10PM and is intended to be 20 minutes in length. For a fantastic, budget friendly, family-oriented day, the South London Canada Day celebration is a great spot to check out.
Neighbourhood: Argyle Park 1948 Wavell St. (map) http://www.eastlondonoptimists.com/
Outside of LondonWhile we typically prefer to keep our recommendations in London, there are also some excellent firework displays outside of the city limits in surrounding townships and municipalities. Even though this would require some more driving, they’re definitely worth checking out.
Neighbourhood: Grand Bend Lambton Shores (map) http://canadadaygrandbend.ca/
Grand Bend is a beach town to the northwest of London on the shores of Lake Huron. Their event consists of an evening of music, featuring Jessica Allossery, Vintage Flight, and Highway 21. This, of course, is all an opening act for the pyrotechnics. The fireworks begin at 10PM after the singing of the national anthem. The show that Grand Bend puts on is the largest in southwestern Ontario and is visible from mostly any point in the town, but the prime seating is definitely on the beach. Best of all, the whole event is completely free, except for public parking!
Neighbourhood: Port Stanley William St. (map) http://www.portstanley.net/
The FIFA World Cup has returned and as always, it has infected the world with patriotism. Londoners are reconnecting with their roots, since rooting for Canada’s soccer team just isn’t an option this time around. While watching in the comfort of your own home can be great, there’s nothing like the comradery of screaming with other fans at giant television screens, and for that you’ll probably have to head out to a public space. There are plenty of places to watch the tournament. Sports bars across the city will be putting on the game live, replaying it in the evening, and showing highlights the day after. But for the best experience to cheer your heart out, the places on this list are the ones to check out.
Neighbourhood: Downtown 122 Carling Street (map) http://www.marienbad.ca/
Neighbourhood: Downtown London 595 Richmond St. (map) https://joekools.ca/
Joe Kool’s is a Richmond Row staple, serving hot food and cold drinks over the sounds of sports games for over 30 years. Joe Kool’s offers sports bar classics like burgers, pizzas, and nachos as well as a variety of domestic and imported beers, including a selection of beers from their Richmond Row neighbour, Toboggan Brewery. With over a dozen screens throughout the restaurant, you’ll easily be able to see the game from any table in the place. Sports fans have used Joe Kool’s as a gathering place for decades, and nothing can change that. The atmosphere is vibrant with cheers of elation and groans of disappointment whenever a team scores. Joe Kool’s itself does not have a public stance on who wins the World Cup, so everyone should feel welcome. Just keep it civil if you get seated next to a family cheering for the rival team.