It’s December! Christmas trees are finding homes, twinkling lights sparkle down Mount Pleasant Road, holiday magic buzzes around us and our calendars are jam-packed with festive fun. After a few quiet Christmases, we’re ready to be merry and bright once again.
But if this is the year you’re making up for lost time by saying yes to every holiday invite – finding yourself a bit like Santa with many, many stops to make along the way – don’t do it unprepared.
Consider this your guide to getting spruced up for the festivities, right in Mount Pleasant Village. And consider us your local elves here to help (because nobody does it alone – not even Santa).
What to Wear?
Neighbourhood holiday street party with the kids? Black tie Christmas cocktail party? Dinner with the in-laws? You’ll need an outfit for that and Mount Pleasant Village has you covered with some excellent clothing and fashion stores. Explore Helene Clarkson’s beautiful Holiday Collection, or shop trendy new arrivals at Wish List YYZ . For something vintage and showstopping, check out Rewind Couture – the designer resale store. New items are always added and they currently have a curated holiday wear collection with no shortage of sequins and glitter. Need something dry cleaned before the special occasion? Bob’s Cleaners offers fast and friendly service every time.
Groomed & Glowing
There is no shortage of excellent places and services to get you groomed and glowing for the holidays, like the WOW Facial offered at the always serene Healthwinds Spa.
‘This 30 minute facial is the perfect quick-fix before a night out,’ says spa owner Kailee Kline. ‘It delivers amazing results and includes a 3-step exfoliation, massage and mask.’
Rivo’s Barbershop offers the full package: beard trim, shave, face massage and haircut. Or, take a seat in a chair at the lovely Manor Salon. They offer special occasion services, like a classic blowout or an updo, perfect for a more formal event.
“The holidays are a time of celebration, no matter how big or small,’ says The Manor Salon’s Creative Director Amber Fairlie. ‘After the last couple of years, let’s dust off the old party gear and leave the rest to the professionals and have us blow dry or give you a more up style to finish your look and take the “work” out of getting ready!”
Once your hair is perfect – there are brows and lashes to think about. Make an appointment with Flirty Flutters. They’ll help get you ready to bat your lashes under the mistletoe.
Don’t forget the holiday manicure! Red and green? Sparkles and glitter? Why not! Mount Pleasant Village has more than one excellent nail salon. Try Vanessa Nails & Spa, Hoang Thy Nails & Spa, Carnation Nails or BT Nails.
Hot Out of the Oven
Now, if you’re off to a holiday dinner party or meal, we suggest you show up with a small contribution. Arrive with a fresh baked olive loaf from Jules Cafe Patisserie or a growler of beer from The Granite Brewery and you’ll be the favorite guest, hands down.
Hostess with the Mostess
And of course, don’t show up without a gift for the host to show your appreciation. It’s Christmas after all. Collected Joy has a lovely mishmash of Canadian-made goods, including jewelry, apothecary, stationary, house and home goods and more. For something truly unique, drop by Jacaranda Tree & Co. where you can pick from lovingly chosen one-of-a-kind items from all over the world. A beautiful bouquet from Apricot Flower’s Holiday Collection, a striking orchid from Roehampton Orchids or a fresh and handcrafted box of chocolates from Ambiance Chocolat will also make any host smile.
There you have it. All your party prep and pampering right here in Mount Pleasant Village. Thank you for supporting your local businesses. You’ll find so much Christmas cheer right here.
Check out some inspiring photos from Jacaranda Tree, Apricot Flowers, Collected Joy and Ambiance Chocolat.
Have fun and happy holidays!