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My Starbucks Community

The saying ‘What goes around comes around’ showed itself to be true at Starbucks. Last week, I dropped into my regular Starbucks location for lunch and work on a file. As I’m sitting down, my attention is drawn to a young south Asian man. He seems drunk as he lowers his pants and lifts his shirt while repeating ‘stomach empty, hungry’.

It appeared that the Starbucks customers were getting disturbed and didn’t know how to deal with this man approaching them. I mentioned it to Starbucks staff who seemed to be taken aback and also weren’t sure how to handle the situation. To manage the situation before it escalated, I approached the man and asked, “How you doing?”.

Stomach Empty, Hungry

The young man’s reply was the same line ‘stomach empty, hungry’. I straight out asked him, if he had been drinking, to which his reply was the same as before. I pulled out some money, looked at him in the eye and said ‘take this and buy yourself lunch across the parking lot. Make sure you take care of yourself.’ He was very grateful and kept thanking me. I repeated, ‘Just take care of yourself. Go. Go take care of yourself’. I had to repeat it a couple of times.

As he was leaving, I realized that I had seen that man around the neighbourhood before. In fact, a few years ago, I had given him some money to help me with some handy work on a property.

The Community We Build

I had forgotten about the whole incident. Then, yesterday, I found myself at the same Starbucks. As I’m ordering my sandwich, the supervisor, Bonny comes over. Calling me by my first name she says, “I want to thank you for what you did last week. The manager was here and we saw the whole thing.”. At first I didn’t realize what she was talking about.

Then she reminded me about the incident. I wasn’t expecting her to say, “You handled that situation really well for us. Richard (the manager), didn’t think you should have to buy him lunch, so he wanted me to give you a free lunch and drink”.  I may not be getting every word exact, but it is basically what she said and she went on to explain how it made a big difference to the other customers.

It left me speechless. Not only hadn’t I realized that anyone really noticed, but that it would affect anyone beyond the hungry young man. All I could say was “thank you, but you don’t have to pay for my lunch”. Bonny wouldn’t have it any other way and insisted that the lunch was on Starbucks.

 

We Are A Community

That’s when I realized the extend to which Starbucks is wanting to build a community, an environment of support, in which customers can come and feel that Italian ‘piazza’ atmosphere. A place where you can feel free to talk about anything and build relationships with others that may rely on Starbucks for their morning jolt, snack, temporary office station, meeting point or just to get out of the home or office.

Over the last day, I’ve thought about all the friends and business acquaintances I’ve met at Starbucks. Some I’ve done business with, others I’ve exchanged wisdom. They’ve included aspiring authors, film producers, e-commerce entrepreneurs, students, teachers, crypto-currency traders, business owners, and many more that don’t come to mind right now.

It is up to you and I to build our community or communities and we need to be engaged and pro-active to make it happen.

Starbucks:

It happened at Starbucks
Where the hungry young man stood

A Glass of Water in The Dessert

One of the lessons I’ve learned in life is that you can give a glass of water to two different people and the impact can be totally different between the two. Give a man in a river a glass of water and he wouldn’t appreciate it. However, give a man in the desert a glass of water and he will remember it for life. It may have saved his life.

The glass of water is an analogy for needs that those around us may have. That young man in the Starbucks had a need for lunch because he was hungry. To him it was the most important thing, something he needed to go on. To everyone else, perhaps it would have been unneeded calories.

For the Starbucks staff, my gesture was needed because they may not have been equipped to handle the situation without escalation and potentially bad publicity. For that they were greatly appreciated.

And for me… my glass of water was being recognized by name and acknowledged for making a difference to others. You see, I needed that this week, perhaps as much as that young man  needed his lunch. We all have a tough time when we question the things we do and the value we add to others. Sometimes, getting acknowledge is our glass of water in the desert. Remember that today, look around you, and ask yourself who needs a glass of water!

That is the main reason why I’m sharing this with you. Another reason is that as important as this sort of thing is, the main street media will not likely mention it. At a time when our attention is being diverted to political mud-slinging, scandals, shootings and other discouraging activities, we need to see more of these unspoken acts.

Thank You Starbucks Community

I thank Bonny, Richard and the wonderful staff at the Kennedy Commons Starbucks (in Agincourt) for their service, support and importantly their glass of water in the desert.

 

 

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Gymnasium Space Available During Ontario Teacher's Strike

CUPE, The Canadian Union of Public Employees announced yesterday that they are willing to escalate their work-to-rule campaign and launch a “full strike action” if a deal cannot be reached. Laura Walton, who has led negotiations on behalf of the union stated, “Make no mistake, CUPE members are prepared to go on strike. We are ready.”

Already, three major school boards have announced they will be closing schools during the strike action. This will potentially affect the education and physical activities of hundreds of thousands of students in Ontario, mostly in the Greater Toronto Area.

Thousands of activities affecting students, parents and adults that have been using school facilities will be affected by this strike action. Don’t let it interfere with your scheduled activities.

Available now for rent for Leagues, Meetings, Gatherings, Sports, Workshops, Exercise Classes, Dance Classes, and more.

There are spaces that are available, including private clubs and sports centres. However, they will book up fast.

There are two spaces available in Toronto’s Upper Beaches on Main Street.

  1. Traditional Full Size Gymnasium: This large gymnasium is 80 feet long and 47 feet deep. That’s a whopping 3700 Square Feet plus!
  2. Theatre Space: Has a traditional raised stage and can accommodate an audience of 248 individuals with an attached fully equipped commercial kitchen.

On site parking with access from Main Street and rear entrance.

For details on both these spaces visit this post: Available Space

If you’re interested, contact me directly, Baldo Minaudo, M.B.A., Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage. Direct: 416-564-0245.

Note: A standard gymnasium size is 50 feet by 84 feet. Some high school gymnasiums are larger with dividing walls and can accommodate regulation size basketball games. This gymnasium was built in the 1950s to accommodate the youth of the Calvary Church community in the upper beaches.

 

For Rent: Upscale 1+1 Bedroom Hemingway Condo Apartment at Shops at Don Mills in North York

Mid-rise Urban Lifestyle Living At The Shops At Don Mills

Welcome to The Hemingway Condos at The Contemporary Urban Village at The Shops At Don Mills. This one plus one (1+1) bedroom unit on the 4th floor has one of the best views in the building. The North Facing view provides a quiet atmosphere amidst the trees and greenery. You would never suspect you’re in the city until you go up to the rooftop patio and garden and capture a 360 view that includes the core of Toronto’s cityscape with the CN Tower and surrounding high-rises, the Yonge/Eglinton and Yonge/Sheppard clusters, and the expansive vista of detached homes and landscapes in between.

The unit offers a clean layout with functional kitchen, breakfast bar and open concept that combines dining and living rooms with direct window view. This recently renovated unit is ready for you to make your abode with your personal touch and character. New laminate floors and paint throughout provides a clean fresh space.

 

This unit is unfurnished and does include window coverings. Appliances include washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, cooktop oven, microwave, dishwasher, parking and storage locker. Includes Heat, Water, Air Conditioning, Parking, Storage. Tenant pays for own use of Hydro and Cable/Internet.

Quality Building and Google Reviews

The Hemingway is an in demand building with limited available. It’s known for its quality of environment as can be seen through the reviews found on Google with an

average of 4.7 out of 5.0 stars.  Two of the most recent reviews (both 5 stars) state “Better for living quiet place will think after retiring” and “Nice staff with a friendly attitude”

 

Amenities

The Hemingway Condo provides great amenities including: 24 hour concierge service, modern lobby, Exercise Room, Swimming Pool, Rooftop Terrace with BBQ, party room, security guard and lots (I mean lots) of visitor parking.

The Rooftop Terrace and Garden is well-done and maintained. It provides a great place to hang out and enjoy the open air, view and company of some friends. Book one of the quality BBQ stations and show your culinary mastery.

Take some time to practice your putting on the rooftop putting green.

Cross the street and enter into the Shops at Don Mills with its upscale shops, restaurants, cafes, VIP Screening Room Cineplex Theatre, Centre Square and the wonderful seasonal sculpture and events. Take a walk to discover nearby walking trails, parks. Very close to DVP and TTC.

Building Ergonomics and Social Engineering

The parking garage is really well lit and clean making it feel safe. The hallways are also clean and well lit, providin

g a positive feel.

Lifestyle

This unit is perfect for the young professional or mature individual looking for a quiet building with access to a vibrant lifestyle in a diversified community of fashionable professionals of cultures from around the world. Great place to make new friends, stay at the forefront of innovations and develop your network.

Whether you’re a corporate executive, professional, entrepreneur, writer, artist or social media influencer, this building and this neighbourhood will provide you with both the inspiration and environment to produce, relax and excel. For more information on the neighbourhood visit Living At The Shops At Don Mills

Only $2200 per month!

If you’re a AAA tenant, don’t miss this exclusive listing opportunity. Application form, credit check, proof of income and/or employment is required.

Listed through Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward 416-564-0245

*** Not intended to solicit clients under contract with a broker***

FOR LEASE - EXCLUSIVE YORKVILLE at 95 Prince Arthur Ave


At just $2,650, This gem will go quickly!

* Great upscale building
* Large One bedroom plus den unit; 900 S.F. (to be confirmed by tenant)
* Walk in closet
* Upgraded bathroom (Tub & Marble)
* Upgraded Kitchen
* Second floor unit overlooking residential street
* Large storage locker
* INCLUDES all utilities (cable not included)

 

* Concierge/Security right between outside and inside doors
* Attractive lobby 

Upgraded Bathroom

* Rear courtyard
* Party/event room
* Rooftop terrace complete with BBQ and Hot Tub area
* Pets not allowed
* Unfurnished* Non-smokers only

 

Live in one of Toronto’s best neigbourhoods in Yorkville and the Annex with a great international flavour, close to U of T, the ROM, Hazelton Lanes, TTC, Toronto Reference Library and much, much more.

Established feel in an urban atmosphere. Makes a great statement and impresses your family and friends, while providing you with comfortable lifestyle. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!… and building, design and upgrades gives you the best of all worlds.

If you’re looking for similar quality units in the downtown or midtown neighbourhoods of Toronto, there are more available. Contact me with your neighbourhood preference, budget, size and other requirements.

Baldo Minaudo, M.B.A., Broker | Tel: 416-564-0245
Real Estate Homeward Brokerage, 1858 Queen St. E., Toronto

 

 

 

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solicit any Buyers or Sellers currently under any Brokerage contracts.

 

For Rent: Exclusive Upscale 1 Bedroom Flaire Condo Apartment at Shops at Don Mills in North York

High-rise Urban Lifestyle Living At The Shops At Don Mills

 

Welcome to Flaire Condos at The Contemporary Urban Village at The Shops At Don Mills.  

This one bedroom unit on the 10th floor has one of the best views in the building. The South West Facing view captures the core of Toronto’s cityscape with the CN Tower and surrounding high-rises, the Yonge/Eglinton and Yonge/Sheppard clusters, and the expansive vista of detached homes and landscapes in between. The unit offers a clean layout with functional and elegant linear kitchen, state of the art ventilation system, and movable bedroom corner walls. This fashionably designed unit is ready for you to make your abode with your personal touch and character.  

This unit is unfurnished and does include window coverings. Appliances include washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, cooktop oven, microwave, parking and storage locker. Includes Heat, Water, Air Conditioning, Parking, Storage. Tenant pays for own use of Hydro and Cable/Internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amenities

Flaire provides great amenities including: 24 hour concierge service, impressive upscale lobby, Gym, Cable, Internet/TV. Movie Screening Room, Rooftop Terrace with BBQ, party room, security guard and lots of visitor parking. 

Step outside into the Shops at Don Mills with its upscale shops, restaurants, cafes, VIP Screening Room Cineplex Theatre, Centre Square and the wonderful seasonal sculpture and events. Take a walk to discover nearby walking trails, parks. Very close to DVP and TTC.

Lifestyle

This unit is perfect for the young professional looking for lifestyle in a diversified community of fashionable professionals of cultures from around the world. Great place to make new friends, stay at the forefront of innovations and develop your network.

Whether you’re a corporate executive, professional, entrepreneur, writer, artist or social media influencer, this building and this neighbourhood will provide you with both the inspiration and environment to produce, relax and excel. For more information on the neighbourhood visit Living At The Shops At Don Mills

 

Only $2250 per month!

If you’re a AAA tenant, don’t miss this exclusive listing opportunity. Application form, credit check, proof of income and/or employment is required.

Exclusively listed through Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward 416-564-0245

*** Not intended to solicit clients under contract with a broker***