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by Ann Ruppenstein on December 20, 2011
Louis Hochman continuously encounters people who have purchased furniture from his father Larry.

“I will be somewhere like an eye doctor, optometrist’s and they’ll say, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize who you were, I bought my first bedroom set when I got married from your dad 27 odd years...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 16, 2011
Nicole Cooper is accustomed to customers who say they were terrified of The Occult Shop growing up.

“They’d be like, ‘You know, when we were kids we used to be so scared of the store as we got up to it we would run past because it was like full of witches and there was black...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 19, 2011
Tina Su’s life changed the moment she sunk her teeth into a macaron in Paris.

“It tasted like heaven,” she says. “I thought, ‘I have to learn how to make this, it’s my eternal goal.’ ”

Four years later, after studying at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts School...(More)
by Shaheer Choudhury on December 16, 2011
At the first-ever Toronto Association of Business Improvement Area’s Recognition Awards, local BIAs picked up a whopping seven awards for their efforts in categories as diverse as Heritage, Streetscape and Decorative Lighting.

The Advocacy award was shared by five BIAs on St. Clair...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 15, 2011
Unsuspecting bystanders have gone so far as to call 911 because they thought one of the actors in a production by Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre wasn’t faking it.

“Somebody had called an ambulance because they thought someone had died,” says co-founder Brian Caws. “So we make a...(More)
by Shaheer Choudhury on December 15, 2011
The Rosedale Mainstreet BIA was honoured with the first-ever Paul Oberman Heritage Award at the first-ever Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas Recognition Awards.

Paul Oberman, a real estate developer who died in a plane crash on March 7, 2011, fought to keep historical...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 15, 2011
Svea West’s new children’s clothing store takes its name from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles.

Marmalade Skies — named after a phrase in the song’s opening line “Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies”— celebrated its...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 29, 2011
After taking a break from her career to be a stay at home mom for over 15 years, Conney Romundt decided to get back into business — only this time she’s working for herself.

Romundt opened Pink Apple Gifts, a novelty gifts and accessories shop, on Bathurst Street near Fairlawn Avenue...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 29, 2011
Although Don Cherry sports threads made by The Coop Ink, John Corallo says his dad Sal is their biggest promoter.

Both the menswear shop and his father’s barbershop Corallo Hair Care Centre have longstanding ties to the community that date back decades.

“My brother Mike,...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 28, 2011
While globetrotting across Thailand, Nepal and Australia and overcoming many personal fears, Leah Eyles was inspired to start her own business.

“In Nepal I went paragliding,” she says. “I jumped off of a cliff attached to a guy and it was pretty scary actually and it was totally out...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 28, 2011
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in November when Alice McConvey realized a deer-napping was taking place.

“I looked up and all I saw was the back of the deer on this kid’s bike,” she says.

In hot pursuit of the abductor and her fake furry friend, who usually stands...(More)
by Shaheer Choudhury on November 28, 2011
At the first ever Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas Recognition Awards Night, west end BIAs successfully snatched up four awards.

The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area received second place in the Perseverance category for enduring construction on Ronci...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 24, 2011
When it comes to meditation, a cushion should fit like a glove.

“Think of it like a shoe,” says Theodore Tsaousidis. “You’ve got to find the right height so when you’re sitting on it you don’t have to struggle to keep a nice relaxed back.”

He says one of his main...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 24, 2011
While studying economics in France, Ying Liu was expecting her second child and enjoyed perusing through Parisian baby boutiques.

Upon returning to Canada she noticed a lack of unique baby stores, which prompted her to create Fab Baby Gear with her husband Ching Lau. The high-end baby...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on November 24, 2011
The Danforth Village Business Improvement Area has launched a program that should make it easier for three community sports organizations to operate.

The Ted Reeve Arena Skating and Hockey School, the East York Soccer Club and the East York Baseball Association will receive $5,000...(More)
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