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Welcome to the marketplace page, where neighbour recommendations, as well as local business people's promotions, give us a guide to some of our neighbourhood businesses.

Babysitting

promotion

posted June 20, 2004

Hi. My name is Fatima Gomes. I live on Gladstone Avenue and I'm looking to babysit in my home. Can you help me by posting this add in your classified edition? It would be really appreciated.

My phone number is area code 416 537-0645.

Thank you.

Fatima Gomes.

recomendation

posted November 17, 2006

Posted by: "Paola Giavedoni"

Fatima Lima has been a caregiver of children for over 15 years. She is in the Duff Grove Hood and has a very good reputation. Call her at 416 588 0171 She currently looks after my 3 yr old daughter part time.

Daycare

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posted September 18, 2012

From: Brenda Kamino

When my son was little, Network Daycare, on the corner of Ossington and Bloor had home care providers. I took my two year old (until he went to school) to a home where a lovely woman, with three sons of her own over 12, took care of three children full time and two sisters of one of the children before and after school. I provided my son's lunch - once a week she would cook the healthiest lunch for everyone (everyone loved it) and the centre provided portable beds for naps, toys and other equipment. It was ideal.

Others like the socialization that kids get in a daycare centre. If I hadn't been so protective, I might have gone that route. It was tough for him to be comfortable with big groups in kindergarten and I had to cope with separation anxiety twice instead of once.

I don't know if Network still offers this, but I think they do. It's a little pricier than regular daycare.

promotion

posted November 07, 2006

I'm the Coordinator of a fantastic local Co-op daycare which does offer art-time care for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Dover Gardens Nursery School is located in Dovercourt Public School at the corner of Hallam and Bartlett and has been in the neighbourhood for over 20 years. I have three children in the program right now and am thrilled with the level of care and the community involvement that the co-op encourages. My kids are having a great time too. Currently we have some space available for toddlers (and preschoolers!) and I encourage you to check out our website at www.dovergardens.ca. Please get in touch for more information or to visit the program. Phone: 416 533.7337 or email: dovergardens@gmail.com.

Heather Morton
Coordinator, Board of Directors
Dover Gardens Co-operative Nursery School

Knife Sharpeners

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posted December 3, 2007

Degrees Kitchen Store on Yonge Street has a sharpening service. You have to leave your knives but they are very sharp when you get them back (about a week). Randy who owns the shop is very knowledgeable about all kitchen equipment.

There is a wonderful little kit for 'global' knives which works well between professional sharpening. I wouldn't use it on any blades other than 'global brand'.

Do not let the guy with the bell anywhere near a knife you have paid serious money for....they are known for ruining the bevel.

Happy chopping....

Jane


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posted December 3, 2007

I once had all my knives sharpened by a real craftsman, Howard Zephyr. I don't know if he's still doing that, but he was an artisan who knew a lot about the filaments and was real keen on getting everything just right. He explained the difference between a really good knife and having the shank go through the handle and what to look for. It was a whole education.

For him, it was most important to have knives cared for properly. I must say, that it sure made cooking with my beautiful knives into an entirely different experience.

I am trying to remember the card, it was Howard's Custom Honing or something.

I can ask a mutual friend how to reach him if there is interest. I am sure he still lives in the area but I think he does other work now.

Erella


Recommendation

posted December 3, 2007

Lee Valley sells a very nice diamond grit steel that works wonders. Hones very fast and consistent. If you then use a leather strop or just an old belt it really takes it to the next level.

Cavan


CAUTION

posted December 3, 2007

Got to disagree with this one. I have a very expensive knife that was pretty much ruined by that guy. Big chunks in the blade now. He proceeded to tell me how it wasn't a very good knife - that he knows what a good one looks like - after he finished it off. I was foolish to let him do it, and I'd certainly recommend NOT letting him near it if it's at all precious to you.

I think the best thing is to buy a sharpening stone from Lee Valley and do it yourself- if you have the time and patience.

Cynthia


CAUTION

posted December 3, 2007

Beware the man with the bell---he ruined a whole set of Henkels before I could stop him, albeit 10 years ago so it may be a different guy by now. I think that truck is more about lawnmower blades than cooking implements.

Emily


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posted December 3, 2007

For what it's worth, I brought a knife to the fellow that occasionally drives by the house ringing his bell. I was happy with the result. It was certainly dangerously sharp, plus he ground down a chipped tip and reshaped the blade a bit. Knife purists may disagree, I'm sure!

The problem of course is that this would be come-by-chance. Consider giving it a go if you hear the bell, though.

Do you have a steel for day-to-day honing? It really does make a difference.

Alan


Internet

posted May 10, 2008

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Dave Howard wrote on May 9, 2008

Hi neighbors - i've worked in the telecommunications industry for a while, and my experience has been, when the provider can't/won'/t proves incompetent to be able to resolve it's own issues, call the CRTC - here's a link

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/T12.htm

Recording dates, times, methods (ie, phone, email, letter) and names of people you communicated with at your provider, and exactly what you were told for each of your transactions, proves very helpful in demonstrating the legitimacy of your case. It'll also highlight the inaccurate and often contradictory information you're being given. Then the CRTC will take over and do all the contacting of the provider on your behalf, and the provider will apologize.

Not always a perfect solution, but once the CRTC gets moving the provider jumps into action.hope this help

 

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posted January 18, 2007

Rogers Audit?

On Tuesday January 16, Michelle Webb posted an email to the 'Friends of Dufferin Grove' listserve concerning a strange encounter with a man in her back yard. Her account prompted some other stories and comments about Rogers' questionable business practices.

Hi all,

I had an interesting encounter today and wanted to send a quick e-mail about it.

This afternoon I was sitting in my kitchen when I saw a man in my back yard. He came into the alcove on the furthest side of the yard from the gate, rummaged around moving some bicycles, and then turned to leave. I stopped him as he came past the front door and asked him what he was doing. He stated he was from Rogerís Cable (he was wearing a Rogerís hat and badge) and said Rogerís is doing Ďauditsí in the area.

I informed him that I was uncomfortable and upset at him entering my backyard without ringing my doorbell especially since we have not used Rogerís products at this house since we moved in 3 Ĺ years ago.

My brother is in town and he called Rogerís as it disturbed him as well. I thought it was important to verify that the person was indeed a Rogerís employee to make a formal complaint about him entering my backyard without my permission. Also, if I discovered that Rogerís had no employees in the area I wanted to inform the list-serve of the occurrence in case it was related to petty crime.

I am deeply troubled because Rogerís was unable to verify if this man was a Rogerís employee or not (they said they would get back to me in the next 24 hours). They were not Ďableí to offer me any phone number in which to follow up on the issue, and because I have no accounts at Rogerís they were unable to make note of my call. Also, the customer service person I spoke to said that ďRogerís employees Ďhaveí to be able to do investigations and audits if an area has Ďleakages.í!!!???!!!

I now believe that this WAS a Rogerís employee in my back yard, without my permission. I am upset because it seems by making a choice not to have cable television has somehow opened me up to having strangers enter my backyard to investigate that choice, implying that it is so suspect to not to have cable that I must be stealing it.

By writing this e-mail I am hoping to inform others of the occurrence and also seeking advice on who to approach with complaints about this issue. As I am clearly and proudly not a cable customer, I am guessing any complaints I make will not be heard or taken seriously by Rogers.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Michelle Webb

Watch repair

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posted August 04, 2013

From: Susan cunningham
There's a really nice, reliable Vietnamese guy down on Queen near Grand Electric north side. He has jewelry store.

De-Clutter

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posted January 24, 2013

From: Andrea Dawber

This winter, I was staring at my pile of basement stuff long overdue for reorganizing and sorting through, but I was struggling to be motivated during these grey cold day.

So, I happily hired Koreann Ciandre, who runs a successful local gardening business.

She is now providing some early spring cleaning & reorganizing services, specializing in basements, attics, garages, sheds and those neglected storage areas.

Without hesitation, I would recommend her. She is thorough, energetic, fun and very easy to work with.

CONTACT INFO
Koreann Ciandre
416-209-3357
phloxandmoxie@gmail.com

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posted May 19 2006

Hi Neighbours;

I have a confession...... Chaos theory rules my stuff!

As a result and 2 active kids, my household leans towards entropy. (en∑tro∑py: A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system.)

I therefore decided to use the services of Petra who advertises herself as a "DEclutter fairy"!

For those of us who are organizationally impaired whether it's a big project or something quite small, seasonal or you need an extra hand packing to move, I strongly recommend Petra's services.

Petra has an amazing sense of creating practical placement for everything and makes the whole process fun. The rewarding part is seeing the immediate results after each visit!

Her number is: 416.732.8965

pei.czech@gmail.com

Annie

Housecleaning

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posted January 27, 2011

From: Len Senater

You can try Sandra Campbell of Green Girl, Clean Girl 416-530-7659

I've used her for years and she does a great job, using only green products.

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posted November 16, 2009

From: Deacon, Elizabeth
I have been using a woman for over 10 years. Her name is Nelly (416) 219-0005

posted May 23, 2009

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From: Jim Gronau
Thought I'd pass this along, since a number of people have been asking about someone to clean their houses lately. I hired a woman called Iona to clean an empty (and quite dirty) apartment today. She did a great job, and didn't charge too much. Her phone numbers are 416-557-7063 and 416-651-1978 - one is a cell, the other a home phone, but I forget which is which.

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February 19, 2007

St. Christopher house has a cleaning service called All Through The House:

http://www.atth.ca/

Phone: 416-998-2884 E-mail: service@atth.ca

GET A GOOD CLEANING. {AND DO A GOOD DEED.}

We clean Houses, condos and apartments in downtown Toronto*. All our profits support St. Christopher House, a non-denominational Toronto neighborhood centre that provides support to more than 12,000 less-advantaged people of all ages and backgrounds.

Our staff is trained, bonded, conscientious and efficient, as our current customers will enthusiastically tell you. Call us for estimate today at 416-998-2884. Not because we fund good works, because we do good work.

  • service area bounded by the Don Valley (E) and Roncesvalles (W), and by Davenport (N) and Lake Ontario (S).

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posted Octobers 30, 2006

Posted by: "Colette Murphy"
Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:55 pm (PST)
Hi everyone,

We have a great house cleaner who is looking to take on a new home or two. She has cleaned for us over the last six months and has been excellent.

If you are interested please contact Helena directly at (416) 652-3629.

Regards,

Colette


Dog Sitters/Walkers

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posted December 1, 2007

I'd suggest Paws in the City on College Street. I imagine since she's so small they'll keep her in the front area, away from the big dogs in the back.

416-536-0540
810 College Street
http://www.pawsinthecity.ca/

Nancy


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posted December 1, 2007

There's a dog owner/writer in the neighbourhood who just started dog walking. Since he's just starting he's probably quite flexible and might be your best bet. His name is Tony and you can reach him at 416-516-2101.

Nancy


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posted December 1, 2007

Bloorcourt Veterinary Clinic on Bloor between Havelock and Gladstone is wonderful. I bet they'd suggest some names for puppy-sitting: 416-537-9677.

Nancy


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posted December 1, 2007

These are the serious dogwalkers, and I recommend both of them highly. Both of them have boarded Sunny in their homes.

'Dave' of Dave's Dog World walks a lot of dogs in the neighbourhood.
416-788-3319 www.davesdogworld.com
info@davesdogworld.com

Dorothy Litwin (Nuts about Mutts)
416-993-6097 (cell) dorothy@nutsaboutmutts.ca d.litwin@rogers.ca

Finally, if your dog needs grooming, Diane Black is the best! Her little shop (with a backyard for the dogs) is just behind Hills Flowers at the NW corner of Bloor and Crawford. You can drop your dog off for the day. 416-536-1241.

Have fun!

Nancy


House Sitting

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posted March 30, 2007

Yes, I can highly recommend House and Home Minders. They are insured and bonded, and the fellow who handles our neighborhood, Brian (sorry, I can't recall his last name), is very reliable. He also shovels snow in the winter, brings in the mail, and makes sure the place looks lived in. Our tenants have also used them and they were pleased as well.

www.houseandhomeminders.com/

Cheers, Catherine


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posted March 30, 2007

An excellent cat/ house sitter is Ellen M at elnm41@yahoo.ca She has done this for numerous people I know and all have been very happy with her services. She is professional and very reliable.

Pat R

Piano Tuning

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posted February 17, 2013

From: Tori Smith

Jim Tennyson is a very experienced piano technician/tuner. He's also charming and funny, lives nearby, and and will bike or TTC to your house (depending on the weather.) His phone number is 416-967-6653.

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posted October 27, 2010

From: Tori Smith
James Tennyson is an excellent piano tuner/technician and a very nice man too. And he'll arrive on his bike or the TTC. He's on Markham St at 416-967-6653.

recommendation

posted December 9, 2007

I just had my piano tuned by Paul Morrow (who came highly recommended by several neighbours). He did a great job.

416-762-1414
tomorrow@sympatico.ca

Nancy

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posted December 9, 2007

For anyone who needs thier piano tuned we have found a great guy called Alex Gluzmann. Alex can be reached at 416 768-9116, email: alegluz@sympatico.ca.

Anne Shaddick

Mobile Veterinarians

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posted May 17, 2007

I had a great experience (well, not "great" in that it involved euthanasia) with a moblie vet by the name of Dr. Andrew Pulczer.

He was very empathetic towards me and my cats (who liked him immediately). He allowed me plenty of time under the circumstances, and was very knowledgeable as a vet. His fees were quite reasonable and in line with the Ontario Vet Association's fee guidelines. He brings everything with him for routine exams though for surgery he uses an office.

I haven't had any need for him since that time, almost a year ago, but I'll continue to use Dr. Pulczer whenever any of my 3 cats have need of a vet.

His phone is (647) 297-4622
and his website: http://www.vetmobile.ca
(He lists an email but he's not that great with it).

I'm sure you'll like him and so will your cats.

Best of luck,
Laura

Stroller Repairs and cleaning

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posted August 08, 2012

From: Lauren

There us a new stroller cleaning and repair company in Toronto that does free pick up and delivery within the neighborhood. We recently had them completely overhaul our stroller used a few years ago in time for our new baby and they did a fantastic job, cannot recommend them enough!


Stroller Spa is a cleaning, repair, rental, and storage service for strollers and car seats. The cleaning part focuses on your entire stroller or car seat utilizing a thorough routine of cleansing, sanitizing, checking, and shining using only the finest eco-friendly, biodegradable, and baby safe products.

We also offer repair services! Stroller Spa has inside connections with the industry's leading manufacturers so we're able to procure hard-to-find replacement parts that big-box retailers just don't carry. That means that strollers not only look new when they come back, but they run like it too! (Just FYI, we are the official repair service for Bugaboo in Toronto)

Why use our service?

1 Ė Getting ready for baby #2? Consider sprucing up your stroller and cleaning that infant car seat that has been hanging out in storage!

2 Ė Selling your stroller? Get back more money with a completely cleaned and repaired stroller. Our deep cleaning, green processes can return almost any stroller to nearly new condition.

3 Ė Received a hand me down or purchased a used stroller? Let us sanitize and spiff up your new-to-you ride.

4 - FREE pick-up and delivery within the Dufferin Grove community.


Business Services


Artists for Hire

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posted October 25, 2005

I would very much recommend Tim Hough, www.timhough.com, for a job like this. He has vast experience doing caricature, and his work is technically brilliant. If you visit his page, above, and look at his paintings, you will think at first glance they are photographs. He is an aritst who has supported himself doing caricature for many many years.

Dave Howard


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posted October 25, 2005

Try Emmanuel Lopez. His email is contact@crackersworld.com. Website is www.crackersworld.com. He does more than caricatures, but I seem to remember seeing some recently that he had sent via email (doesn't have them posted on his web portfolio). Please let him know I referred you. Thanks.

Cynthia French


Bookkeepers

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posted January 13, 2010

From: Ellen Massey
I can recommend someone. Her name is Edil Bustamante and her phone number is 416 783-3125. Thanks.

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posted February 02, 2008

Richard Keshen, is an excellent tax consultant with 18 yrs experience who has many clients in the alternative health and life coaching fields. Contact him at 416-703-0002. He is located at King & Bathurst. Best regards Patricia Clark

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posted February 01, 2008

Martin Saxton (http://www.arrowfinancial.ca/) is excellent and his fees are reasonable. His bookkeeper even comes to you so that you don't have to transport any files around the city.
Genevieve


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posted September 19, 2004

From: Erella Ganon To: Mink ; dufferin grove friends Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:09 AM Subject: [dufferingrovefriends] bookkeeper

My sister is an excellent bookkeeper that works with many small businesses in our neighbourhood. Most of my favourite independent companies use her.

Monique Ganon

moniqueganon@hotmail.com

She is very understanding and skilled too. You could talk to her and see how her time is.

Erella


Seamstress

From: Marina
My neighbour - Mai at Mai's Bridal - might be able to help you! In between St. Claren's and Brock on Dundas.

She is the loveliest woman and a wonder with alterations and more than affordable. I am not sure if alterations is what she normally does, she may prefer bigger jobs, but worth asking. I had a very complicated wedding dress she shortened for me beautifully and another tricky dress she made to fit for me.


Camera Repair

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posted April 05, 2008

The best camera repair guy that all professional photographers use is Michael kominek. He really loves what he does, and it shows.

tel: (416) 977-2132, e-mail: service@kominek.com

http://www.kominek.com/

Erella

Photographer

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posted October 30, 2008

From: Anna Shaddisc
I would recommend Richard Koroll at 416 709-3724 or richard.koroll@sympatico.ca

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posted October 30, 2008

From: Jo-Ann Seamon
Ed Rek is a neighbour who specializes in food and restaurant photography. He can be reached at Edmund.Rek@gmail.com



Printing Services

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posted September 07, 2009

From: Dave
The food co-op we are a part of (Karma Co-Op) uses jtprinting on dundas just west of bathurst. I've been going there for years on behalf of the co-op, really great service, really nice people. No photocopiers, but they'll print your jobs for you big and small

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posted September 02, 2009

From: Paul
I used to work at that Kwik Kopy and am now in the same boat as you and everyone else!

I use a place called MEP printing now, east side of Dovercourt just north of College (last shop of that little cluster) They dont do self serve, "print one page of a resume" or offer quite as many other services, I think, but are open alot, very helpful and inexpensive, and have the same large press abilities.

If you need "service bureau" (high end) quality service, might have to keep looking, again, same boat as me.

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posted September 02, 2009

From: Alice
Envoy on Roncesvalles is pretty great as well.

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posted September 02, 2009

From: Genevieve
Fabulous Printing. I've never used them but have heard great things from friends who do. Affordable and reliable.

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posted September 02, 2009

From:N Henry
I don't know what your work consists of but I would try the Cybersmart next door to Nova Era at Dovercourt and Bloor. They have laid out and printed art invitations for me. The knowledgeable staff is not always present but you can usually get information in the daytime. They are eager to help. I don't know how their prices compare but I try to avoid Kinkos if Cybersmart can do it because of Kinko's bureaucratic way of handling any print job or layout job. Also, there is a kind of jobber East of there near the park around the corner and two doors south of Bloor that I have paid just to do 'scoring for folds' in my already printed jobs. I could check out the address if anybody needs it.

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posted September 02, 2009

From: Jen Stein
I'm a big fan of Cybersmart too--they did a great job on my business cards.

promotion

posted January 18, 2007

POSTCARDS, BROCHURES, NEWSLETTERS, PRESENTATION FOLDERS, STATIONERY, POSTERS, BANNERS, VEHICLE GRAPHICS, TRADE SHOW BOOTHS

Digital printing & offset services available for any quantity from 50 - 500,000. Also large format output for posters & banners (1 - 50). Fast turnaround and reasonable prices. Working with MAC or PC files.

Nola Grimes
printNG inc.
416-889-6652

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posted October 30, 2008

Recommendation for photocopier repair
From: Latoya
Try Arch-Appeal - they come on site to your home

http://rev.ac.ca/faqs_companyname.php


Furniture Shop

posted October 23, 2009

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From: Justin S.

A new used furniture or houseware shop opened up at bloor and brock called Ping Pong. I just visited for the first time today and met the owner, Colin. They have a really interesting collection of vintage and specialty items that are specially chosen for the store from a foosball table to vintage glassware. What's nice is they arent priced so crazily as similar shops on Queen Street. Next time you are in that neighborhood, check it out.

Electronic Repair

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posted January 27, 2011

iPod

From: Nancy Winsor

Face Off, a kiosk owned by a good guy named Wayne. He'll replace the glass for $75-80.
Face Off is a kiosk at the Dufferin Mall, closer to the south end of the mall..

From: Robert Kennedy

IRepair on north side of College at Palmerston does that kind of stuff too. Great service.

Music Instruments

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posted February 17, 2012

Build TinCan Banjo's and Ukulele's! The website is at www.thegreatmush-uke.com

Ross M. Stuart - Tin Can Banjo / Ukulele\\ (416) 531 - 0645

Animal Control

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posted August 30, 2012

From: Rosalie Bellefontaine

I had a very positive experience with ProPest Investigations and Solutions (416-487-4179, www.pro-pest.ca) with my racoon problem. Peter Pekelny and his daughter were wonderful. He did a free inspection (within 24 hours of my phoning) of my front porch which revealed a visiting racoon. Since the animal hadn't moved in, he gave me sound advice on how to prevent it from happening.

Autumn is when they move in so be especially vigilant then. His daughter told me about them having to foster abandoned racoons cubs, which I think goes beyond the call of duty.


Computer Help

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posted June 21, 2012

From: Peter Shepherd

Computers Store
Sales Service & Support
1116 B College street,
Store: 416-532-6262
Cell: 647-770-9440

I called and took my seven year old Lenovo desktop down to see Jay. He was the third computer support person to look at it, and the first to correctly diagnose why my screen jiggled and system crashed.

The first two checked & updated the video card driver plus some tune-ups , however the problem was the PCI card itself, which Jay said was problematic. He managed to make the display run off an Intel chip (well enough for movies, but not at game-speeds, which I don't play) and downloaded driver & changed settings for that, & added a fan to cool the CPU & inspected motherboard for damaged capacitors. He did all this in just over an hour for a small fraction of what the previous support people asked for. Be sure to pay him what he's worth, not what he asks.

Park on Lindsay Ave one block North if driving, or on S side of College just W of Dufferin.

His email is info@TechBizCanada.com, Storefront is downstairs on North side of College, Third door W of Dufferin, TBC Computers & Electronics.

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posted March 09, 2012

One of my customer who is a member of the community suggested me to join the neighborhood and so I sent you the email. I will appreciate if could list me on Local Service Providers, which is Business Services Index under COMPUTER HELP. Here is my Professional Profile:

I have over 10 years of IT experience working for Computer Hardware and Software Troubleshooting.
Have worked for IBM/Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard as Warranty Repair Computer Service Technician.
I am A+ certified from CompTIA
Microsoft Certified Professional
Cisco Certified Network Associate
and several certifications for IBM/Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard.

I can offer on-site (Home & Office) services for repair including networking.

Here at the store we sell Desktop and Laptop computers at very affordable price
We have an Internet Cafe and Fax Copy Scan services as well
We repair all brands of PCs Laptop & Printers
We offer Free Diagnostics for all PCs.

For Dufferin Park Computers, I will volunteer for any software related problems, no charge.

Here is the my store detail:

Computers Store
Sales Service & Support
1116 B College street, north west corner of Dufferin, few stairs down Toronto On. M6H 1B6
Store: 416-532-6262
Cell: 647-770-9440
Hours: Mon - Fri 11am to 7pm Sat: 12pm to 6pm Sunday Closed

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posted October 07, 2011

From: HARRY richardson

Hi, my good friend David Block does house call for sick computers, and his rates are really reasonable!

The Computer Tutor 416 929 6039

From: Jean Rajotte

Another superb "computer guy" is Jeff Buss, lots of experience and super costumer-oriented. 416-766-6989.

From: Jean Rajotte

As far as I know, Jeff Buss has most experience on PCs, but why not ask him for yourself? 416-766-6989

posted March 05, 2010

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From: Anne Ruetz and John Dent

We second David Sharp and agree completely with the recommendation below.

From: Chris and Seanan

I just had the pleasure of dealing with David Sharp at Sharp Connections ( www.sharpconnections.com ). I got hit with a nasty virus and he was able to clean my computer up in no time. He's a friendly chap and his prices are reasonable. Others on the list have used him and it looks like they've had the same experience that I did.

From: Jane Brooks

David Sharp is #1 when it comes to keeping home office computers on track. He's solved many problems and anticipated items which would have become problems without his help.

posted December 03, 2009

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From: Erella Ganon
I recommend Ric Amis at Mactweek. He's great, kind and reasonable for software issues. I will bet he can be helpful for hardware matters as well.

If you go to the applestore and you have Procare,($100 per year) they never keep your computer for more than 48 hrs, which can be significant.

From: Cynthia
http://www.macdoc.ca

They will come to you, if you need them to. VERY knowledgeable. Prices on par with others.

From: Annie Hurwitz
Carbon Computing. 772 Queen Street East. 416-535-1999 www.carbonation.com

Carbon has the greatest number of bench techs with decades of experience dedicated to the Apple platform not only in Toronto, but in Ontario.

Ric Amis is very talented, but he is not a hardware repair person. MacDoc is not an authorized Apple dealer nor an authorized Apple repair technician.

Carbon will give you a fair description of the problem and the cost of repair as well as the cost of replacing or upgrading the machine if this is your best path. They can often even offer you trade in value for your machine as a used computer or even as parts towards another machine. All of their parts are Apple certified or third party that meet or exceed the expectations of the original part (for example memory or hard drives). Important: Carbon also participates in proper green recycling of dead parts and equipment avoiding dumping heavy metals into our garbage dumps.

The Apple store, limited in their repair space, often send clients here and Carbon is Apple Canada's regional on site repair clinic for AppleCare (Apple's warranty program)

Anyone at the front desk will do or ask for Julio, head of repair.

Full disclosure, this is our family business which we started in the basement of our house on Havelock Street!

From: Anne Shaddick
I have used Tom at Eused just here on Bloor near Dovercourt, the number is 416 534-2222. He is very knowledgeable and is prices have been great!

From: Cynthia
It's the war of the mac computer repair companies! It's great to have so many options. I need to add more info to my previously rushed post...

I've never used Mactweek, although I think I did meet him, if this is the same person, during a Self-employment Assistance program that I did (he is a grad and came to speak there). I like that he comes to your home, and I'm curious about his skill.

I've used Carbon, bought stuff there and had stuff repaired there, and would go not hesitate to go there again if I should need their help. I found the service adequate, but not exceptional. Now that I know it is owned by people in the neighbourhood, I will give them extra consideration.

The reason I recommend Mac Doc, is that they have gone far beyond what is required of them many times for me. I've both bought computers from them, and had them fixed. David, the owner, is not the most 'personable' happy person I've ever met (this would be the only reason I would take my computer anywhere else), but despite that he has done stuff like rush over to my house to fix a problem at 11pm on a long-weekend Saturday. The other people he's got working for him are also good (and some, much happier). I've NEVER had them fix a problem without leaving me with some very useful piece of advice. These are the people I call when I'm buying a new machine because they live and breathe mac computers.

Is that a glowing enough referral or what?

Just saw Anne's email. I have gone to Eused for ink and chatted with him. He seems like a very nice person and I'd like to support his business more. The thing is though... my computer is my work, so I don't like to take chances. I may have to try him out on the 'family' machine, if there ever comes a time.

From: Susan Szenes
The last time I used to get my Mac fix was at the MAC Store, very friendly and efficient, they were great.

However I have been using MAC's since the late 80's. I met RIC from MacTweek in the late 90's?. He used to be involved with Interaccess an artist centre that explored technology and software putting an artistic bent to it. Also he was a software tester with many of the programs for MAC. I used him personnally first with my own freelance biz, then professionally to maintain a Design company's network, backup system and individual computers. He is very personable and he did at the time have people who worked for him.

The only place I don't like is the repair people at the Computer System Centre at College and Spadina, I have had issues with their service.

posted March 30, 2009

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From: Jane
David Sharp comes to the house and he is a wizard with messed up computers .... I think his prices are beyond reasonable but that may be because he has been able to retrieve information I thought was gone forever and that I had NOT backed up to a key or disc. So I cannot recommend anyone better.

sharpconnections.com

Telephone: (416) 531-2753

posted March 30, 2009

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From: Anne
I second David Sharp. He has provided computer repair and complicated set-up for us several times in the past couple of years. He has always found a solution to any problems we were experiencing and his prices are totally reasonable. He's also a pleasure to work with. Telephone: (416) 531-2753

From: Siobhan
I have a friend who does that kind of work. Most of his business is through word-of-mouth and recommendations from people who have been very happy with his work.

http://www.thortechsupport.ca/

posted March 30, 2009

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From:Lorraine
I've tried E Used on Bloor across from the old theatre. He is reasonable and seems to be able to fix most problems.

posted February 07, 2009

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From: Jane Brooks
David Sharp has helped me with various computer issues over the past year. I was referred to him from the Dufferin Grove site. His telephone #416.570.2753. He lives in the area and does house calls.

As recently as last week he recovered a pile of data from a laptop which was virtually dead....his rates are very reasonable.

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posted November 18, 2007

I highly recommend David Sharp. Check out his website sharpconnections.com or call him 416-531-2753.

Rona Moreau


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posted November 18, 2007

I know a great guy who has helped me, his name is Paul Macarico and you can reach him at 416 662-1607. What I loved about him is he is so calm.Just what you are needing if your computer has crashed.

Anne


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posted November 18, 2007

I have a friend who is very good and very reasonable. His name is Thor.

http://www.thortechsupport.ca/

Siobhan


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posted October 26, 2005

David Sharp of Sharp Connections does my tech work and I highly recommend him. His number is 416-531-2753.

Rona Moreau


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posted September 29, 2007

Is your PC feeling sick or tired, do you want to instal new software, set up a new drive, set up a secure wireless network but are baffled. I can help you out at reasonable rates. I am in the neighbourhood and can work either at your home or office. If you are interested send me an email at mgwebb@sympatico.ca.

Cheers,
Geoff Webb
190 Hallam Street


Dog Sitters/Walkers

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posted December 1, 2007

I'd suggest Paws in the City on College Street. I imagine since she's so small they'll keep her in the front area, away from the big dogs in the back.

416-536-0540
810 College Street
http://www.pawsinthecity.ca/

Nancy


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posted December 1, 2007

There's a dog owner/writer in the neighbourhood who just started dog walking. Since he's just starting he's probably quite flexible and might be your best bet. His name is Tony and you can reach him at 416-516-2101.

Nancy


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posted December 1, 2007

Bloorcourt Veterinary Clinic on Bloor between Havelock and Gladstone is wonderful. I bet they'd suggest some names for puppy-sitting: 416-537-9677.

Nancy


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posted December 1, 2007

These are the serious dogwalkers, and I recommend both of them highly. Both of them have boarded Sunny in their homes.

'Dave' of Dave's Dog World walks a lot of dogs in the neighbourhood.
416-788-3319 www.davesdogworld.com
info@davesdogworld.com

Dorothy Litwin (Nuts about Mutts)
416-993-6097 (cell) dorothy@nutsaboutmutts.ca d.litwin@rogers.ca

Finally, if your dog needs grooming, Diane Black is the best! Her little shop (with a backyard for the dogs) is just behind Hills Flowers at the NW corner of Bloor and Crawford. You can drop your dog off for the day. 416-536-1241.

Have fun!

Nancy



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