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4 Facts About Duty Free Shopping

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  1. Land Duty Free stores have have lower prices compared to airport Duty Free.  This is because Land Duty Free stores have lower operating costs and therefore can offer better prices.
  2. You’ll save the most on products that have the highest taxes such as alcohol, fragrances, cosmetics, health and beauty products
  3. Long line-up at the Rainbow Bridge Canada-US border crossing? You can stop at Duty Free before visiting the U.S, take advantage of tax savings, and skip the line.
  4. Duty Free customs allowances have increased to $200 for trips over 24 hours and increased to $800 for trips over 48 hours.  See the chart at the end of this post for further details.

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Discount Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

We just learned that NiagaraTours.ca has lowered their prices of Niagara Falls tours from Toronto by $10.  The total price is $69.  That’s a pretty good price considering that the tour includes: pick-up and return from any hotel in Toronto, wine tasting and winery visit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Floral Clock, the Maid of the Mist or Journey Behind the Falls, and 2 hrs of free time in Niagara Falls.

The deal is only available for tours in August 2011.

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Free Breakfast from Subway May 31st, 2011

Subway Canada is offering Free Breakfast on May 31, 2011 from 7 am – 10 am at participating restaurants across Canada. The offer is a free ham and cheese egg muffin melt and a 12 oz. Seattle’s Best coffee! No coupon necessary.

Call your local Niagara Subway  to double check if they are participating:

5846 Drumond Rd
Niagara Falls ON L2G 4L5
905-371-2222
4025 Dorchester Rd
Unit 15
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6N1
905-357-0022
Local Web Page
5765 Victoria Ave
Niagara Falls ON L2G 3L6
905-357-2111
7906 Lundys Ln
Cataract Bowl/Subway
Niagara Falls ON L2H 1H3
905-358-1501
3643 Portage Rd
Niagara Falls ON L2J 2K8
905-354-7511
13210 Lundy’s Lane
Danny’s Esso
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6S4
905-227-1901
7555 Montrose Rd
Niagara Square
Niagara Falls ON L2H 2E9
905-358-9836
Fallsview Blvd.
Unit 204 Niagara Fallsview Cas
Niagara Falls ON L2G 7X5
905-354-1375
6940 Morrison St
Home Depot #7174
Niagara Falls ON L2E 7K5
905-357-0478
8044 Portage Road
Niagara Falls ON L2G 5Z1
905-295-9021
Local Web Page

5175 Victoria Ave
Unit 203 Victoria Plaza
Niagara Falls ON L2E 4E4
905 354-6199
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5o% off Tickets to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre.

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Only a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, levitate a tiger, or vanish a Celine Dion. Enjoy illusions of grandeur with today’s deal to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from three options:

  • For $27, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission (a $54.98 value).
  • For $24, you get one platinum Level 2 section adult’s admission (a $49.98 value).
  • For $19, you get one gold Level 3 and 4 section adult’s admission (a $39.98 value)

Greg Frewin’s list of accomplishments—which includes winning numerous awards and playing to international audiences—is so lengthy even he would have trouble making it disappear. Greg makes jaws drop and heads scratch with a fast-paced, Vegas-style magical review. The sleek, lavender-hued theatre seats more than 600 patrons for a family friendly show that features unreal illusions and exotic animals, including Greg’s pet tigers, Boomer, Cashmere, and Shimira. As the curtain goes down, show-goers will leave the auditorium delighted by dexterous sleights-of-hand, which, like the actual spelling of Saskatchewan, will remain forever a mystery.

 

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$25 for $50 Worth of Goods at the Running Room

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Long-distance runners often begin training out of concern for their health, but many continue to run their whole lives if the neighborhood wolf pack doesn’t stop chasing them. Equip yourself for extreme mileage with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of shoes, apparel, and accessories at Running Room in St. Catharines.

A vast emporium of running apparel, accessories, and shoes, Running Room’s aisles are patrolled by experienced runners who know how best to advise toddling newcomers and svelte speedsters alike. As well as stocking many popular brands of shoes, the Running Room sells their own fit-wear and accessories, which mix style and utility into a patented stewtility gumbo. Feel free to drape the body’s upper crust in tops like the unisex team long sleeve ($19.99) and short sleeve ($9.99). Meanwhile, lower halves stifled after a day of modeling childhood wetsuits can breathe easier thanks to the feminine-friendly cool down skort ($49.99) and the made-for-males cooling shorts ($49.99). Thorlos supportive socks ($16.99) keep hands warm on brisk morning runs, and convertible gloves ($49.99) keep even the longest toes comfortable. Stylish, sturdy shoes from Nike, Asics, Saucony, New Balance, and more ($119.99–$199.99).

50% off 3-Course Meal & Show at The House of Comedy

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$22 for a Three-Course Meal and Show at The House of Comedy

Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of comedy with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a three-course meal and a comedy show (a $45.14 value, including HST) at The House of Comedy in Niagara Falls.

The House of Comedy’s stage is graced by a host of professional comics with extensive backgrounds in crafting artisanal-quality humour. Direct eye sockets to the stage for a talent-stuffed stand-up show replete with rising-stars, seasoned vets of the stand-up circuit, and wisecracking Vaudevillian theatre ghosts. As larynxes are humoured with hearty laughter, a three-course dinner hushes fussy stomachs with an edible hierarchy of salad, rolls, grilled chicken or 8-ounce N.Y. strip steak, oven-roasted potatoes, butter-glazed vegetables, and chef’s choice of dessert. Shows vary in terms of stars and topics, so call ahead for the most up-to-date information.

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$23 for a Set-Menu Dinner for 2 at Taki Japanese Restaurant ($49 Value)

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$23 for a Set-Menu Dinner for Two at Taki Japanese Restaurant ($49 Value)

The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavour. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $23, you get a set-menu sushi dinner for two at Taki Japanese Restaurant on Victoria Avenue (a $49 value). Taki Japanese Restaurant offers traditional Japanese cuisine in a sleek, modern atmosphere. With today’s deal, duos of diners can pack away piles of tangy teriyaki and crisp, lightly battered shrimp and vegetable tempura while guzzling gallons of green tea and savoury seaweed-stocked miso soup. The meal also includes succulent salads, six dainty rice-wrapped rounds of sushi, and a fresh-baked pastry or goblet of ice cream for dessert. The sleek dark wood and muted lighting of Taki Sushi’s modern interior, whose main dining room can seat a hundred, is the perfect setting for a dinner date or sophisticated samurai food fight.

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Deal: $20 for $40 Worth of food at AG Inspired Cuisine

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$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Gourmet Fare at AG Inspired Cuisine

If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of locally sourced gourmet fare at AG Inspired Cuisine, located inside the Sterling Inn & Spa in Niagara Falls. Helmed by an executive chef trained in classical French technique, AG Inspired Cuisine offers diners inventive dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients. Like the lyrics to the national anthem, the menu changes weekly and reflects the surrounding region, with entrees ranging in price from $25 to $35. Diners may pair a slab of tender venison or other local game with a regional wine vetted by the Vintner’s Quality Association, or nibble on slow-cooked forest mushrooms and other creative sides by the glittering light of minimalist chandeliers. Specialty cocktails are also available from a sleek bar wreathed in neon light.

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1/2 price Kitchen Accessories & On-The-Go Meals from The Whisk & Ladle

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$20 for $40 Worth of Kitchen Accessories and On-The-Go Meals from The Whisk & Ladle

Some of the best things in life arrive fully assembled, such as motorcycles and newborn babies. Get dinner pre-put together with today’s deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of kitchen accessories and on-the-go meals from The Whisk & Ladle in Ridgeville.

Founded by Stratford Chefs School graduate Ruth Nixon, The Whisk & Ladle is a full-service caterer, kitchen store, and cooking school dedicated to the use of high-quality ingredients and equipment. Busy epicureans can pick up hearty meals—including family-sized lasagna drenched in slow-cooked tomato sauce ($38)—from an extensive On-The-Go menu to enjoy gourmet eats at home without hours of intensive cooking or spell-casting. Otherwise, they can pause a moment to browse a wide selection of sturdy kitchenware from brands like Le Creuset and Cuisipro, whose winsome wares can double as musical instruments for toddlers, Muppets, or Muppet toddlers. The Whisk & Ladle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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$10 for Three Artisan Baking Mixes from Grainstorm (Up to $23 Value)

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$10 for Three Artisan Baking Mixes from Grainstorm (Up to $23 Value)

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far you have to be disguised as baked goods. Sneak yourself in with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get three different whole-grain artisan baking mixes from GRAINSTORM (up to a $23 value). GRAINSTORM’s organic mélanges feature muffin-, pancake-, and cookie-forging ingredients that are freshly ground and vacuum-packed for optimal consumption. Each easy-to-make and easier-to-eat recipe ($7–$8 each) comes fresh with organic and ancient grains produced by Grass Roots Organics. These nutritious dainties are free of nuts, including peanuts and CornNuts. Today’s deal is redeemable online (and does not include $5 shipping within Ontario or $10 shipping elsewhere) or at Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in Toronto every Saturday.

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a Wine Country Touring Pass (a $20 value). Your Groupon can be used at all four of the following locations: Peller Estates, on John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Hillebrand Winery, on Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Thirty Bench Wine Makers, on Mountainview Road, Beamsville; and Wine Country Vintners, on Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The vineyards of Niagara’s wineries offer guests an inside look at their wine-crafting practices, including grape selection and cultivation. The full-day tour reveals all of the necessary steps each winery takes in preparing its signature libations, with each tour culminating in a wine tasting, sure to please the palate and nurture appreciation for the sacrifices of selfless grapes throughout history. To redeem this deal, simply visit the wineries of your choice and present today’s Groupon to frolic in the vinous depths of oenophilic education.

Live in Toronto? Here are a few tour companies offering tours to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

$9 for a Men’s Cut or $16 for a Women’s Cut and Style ($33 Value) at Unveil Salon & Spa in Welland

$9 for a Men's Cut ($18 Value) or $16 for a Women's Cut and Style ($33 Value) at Unveil Salon & Spa in Welland

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Early humans believed that hair was actually the tentacles of an octopus living inside their skull—an amusingly quaint notion now that modern science has proven it’s technically a cuttlefish. Indulge your inner invertebrate with today’s Groupon to Unveil Salon & Spa. Choose between two options:

  • For $9, you get a men’s cut (an $18 value).
  • For $16, you get a women’s cut and style (a $33 value).

The team of qualified coiffeurs at Unveil Salon & Spa confidently crafts stylish looks in the chic confines of their snipping arena. Stroll into the modern environs, outfitted with leather chairs and accented in cherry red, where a veteran stylist will consult with you on how best to luxuriate your locks. Unveil’s scissor-wielders are as comfortable using their fashion savvy to dictate the paring pace as they are accustomed to heeding and enacting a client’s visions of vogue, even if they include talking porcupines. Like the cleverest innuendos and ways to spend a rainy day, appointments are gently suggested.

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$45 for a Wine Tour & Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

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$45 for a Wine Tour and Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a wine tour and guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours between the dates of January 2nd and February 28th (a $96 value including HST).

Oenophiles on the half-day Sniff and Swirl Tour crisscross the emerging wine region around St. Catherines-Niagara in a comfortable passenger van, stopping at four local wineries to sip sauvignon and to gaze upon rows of oak barrels with expressions of awestruck wonder. In honour of the annual Niagara Icewine Festival from January 14th–30th, tours will focus on the production of this sweet dessert beverage made from the hyper-concentrated must of grapes frozen on the vine or imported from Hoth, which will be available for tasting at one or more of the stops. Participants can keep building up ambrosial knowledge after the tour with a complimentary guidebook authored by Crush on Niagara owner and accredited sommelier Andrew Brooks, which includes descriptions of over 50 local wineries as well as wine recommendations and serving tips, such as “Pair a crisp white wine with fish” and “Dom Pérignon is best licked from the lens of a monocle.” Tours usually depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 1:30 p.m.; call ahead to reserve your tour and receive pick-up location details.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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$20 for $40 Worth of Seasonal Fare and Drinks at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake

If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet fare and drinks at Stone Road Grille, located on Mary Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Stone Road Grille pleases palates with a seasonal menu that specializes in house-made breads, house-cured charcuterie, smoked salmon and meats. Current dinner appetizers ($3–$16) include a charcuterie plate populated by an elite team of cured meats, pates, salamis, and house preserves, while the menu of mains ($12–$25) boasts a grilled flat iron steak chaperoned by a side of garlicky beans. Lunch is also served and currently features a variety of sandwiches and main plates ($12–$14) such as steamed muscles & frites. Head chef Ryan Crawford augments his cook’s toque with the sommelier’s sequined pinafore, dispensing wisdom on a VQA Wine List composed exclusively of bottles sourced from the Niagara region. Gentle light suffuses the cozy dining area forging an elegant, romantic ambience that’s well suited for declarations of love, depositions of admiration, and disclosures of rashly bought alpacas.

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Up to 57% Off One Ticket to "Beyond Belief Magic" at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from Three Options.

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Up to 57% Off One Ticket to "Beyond Belief Magic" at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from Three Options.

Only a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, levitate a tiger, or vanish a Celine Dion. Enjoy illusions of grandeur with today’s deal to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from three options:

  • For $16, you get one platinum orchestra section child’s admission (a $33.88 value), good Monday through Saturday nights.
  • For $27, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission, good Monday through Friday nights (a $62.13 value).
  • For $31, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission, good on any Saturday night (a $62.13 value).

Greg Frewin’s list of accomplishments—which includes winning numerous awards and playing to international audiences—is so lengthy even he would have trouble making it disappear. Greg makes jaws drop and heads scratch with a fast-paced, Vegas-style magical review. The sleek, lavender-hued theatre seats more than 600 patrons for a family friendly show that features unreal illusions and exotic animals, including Greg’s pet tigers, Boomer, Cashmere, and Shimira. As the curtain goes down, show-goers will leave the auditorium delighted by dexterous sleights-of-hand, which, like the actual spelling of Saskatchewan, will remain forever a mystery.

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Free: Learn to Sing at the Shaw Festival

Are you a shower soprano? A bathroom bass or baritone? A timid tenor? Ever wondered if you could sing like the pros? The Shaw Festival invites all singers of all levels to take part in a free musical theatre workshop on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Festival Theatre’s rehearsal hall as part of the inaugural national Culture Days.

Conducted by Music Director Paul Sportelli and Associate Conductor Ryan deSouza, members of the Shaw Festival’s ensemble will guide participants through the process of how to Sing Like the Pros! and provide a rare behind the scenes glimpse into the world of musical theatre. Enter through the stage door and become part of The Shaw’s renowned acting ensemble for the day. more…

$25 for $55 worth of Ontario wine

Today only, you have a chance to pick-up $55 worth of wine for just $25.  This means you can order a 2008 Riesling from Château Des Charmes, 2008 Gamay from Cave Spring Cellars, 2007 Chardonnay from Flat Rock Cellars and a 2008 Riesling form Stoney Ridge for just $25 over.  The special is being offered by WineOnline.ca through a daily coupon website called Group Click

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Direct Air expands service to Florida

directairDirect Air now offers nonstop flights from Niagara Falls NY to Myrtle Beach and Ft. Myers.  The prices are very affordable. I found a round trip flights to Florida for about $220 US with tax included.

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Niagara Falls Tour 50% Off? Yes, Hurry!

Wow! Check out this deal from TeamBuy.ca.  For just $40 you can purchase a Niagara Falls tour from Toronto that includes a visit to Pillitteri Estates Vineyards, wine tasting, historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Journey Behind the Falls, and free time in Niagara Falls.  Pick-up and return from Toronto is included.

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