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by Ann Ruppenstein on February 13, 2013
Although one of the best sellers at the newly opened Beach store Bello Bio is a meat alternative called Muscolo di grano, packages of the staple have been shipped as far as Afghanistan.

“A captain in the navy, his wife is stationed in Afghanistan right now and she loves this meat...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on February 13, 2013
After being featured in Air Canada’s En Route magazine, Dlish Cupcakes owner Verge Manuel was approached by visitors from Tel Aviv and Dubai about expanding the business.

“We got a lot of tourists that came in that had never tasted a cupcake before, they really liked the way that the...(More)
by Paula Sanderson on February 13, 2013
After drooling over the TV watching the Cupcake Girls make mouthwatering cupcakes, Leasiders can finally sample the goods for themselves.

A franchise of the famous shop, the first one in Toronto, opened its doors on Feb. 7 on Laird Drive thanks to Leaside’s own cupcake girl Tobie...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on February 13, 2013
On Jan. 29, Bonnie Goldmacher got up for work a little earlier than usual. Arriving at FitWall the Studio Leaside shortly after 5 a.m., Citytv’s camera crew was already on sight for a segment on Breakfast Television.

Later that day host Jennifer Valentyne tweeted a photo of herself...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on February 13, 2013
A three-year-old girl was struggling to keep her balance during a fitness activity at Fitfix Junior when boys in the class quickly came to her rescue.

“She was walking on the balance stones having a really hard time and one of the little boys was holding her hand, helping her...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 6, 2012
“Drums N Flats is all about wings, beer and rock ’n’ roll,” co-owner Dan Ferracuti says from a booth at the newly opened restaurant and bar on Avenue Road at Haddington Avenue. “We’ve put the rocks and the jocks together for the first time.”

For music fans, they play classic...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 11, 2012
Previous clients of colourist Margarita Tsopotos and stylist Albertas Pavilonis hunted down the pair after they opened Maral Salon in August.

“Some of them knew that we would be in this neighbourhood and so they would ride their bike along from the start of Leslieville down looking...(More)
by Lori Connor on December 7, 2012
Julie Walsh once framed a fish.

“A dead fish,” she says. “It had been taxidermied, but still.”

She’s also framed narwhal tusks, and was once approached about immortalizing a tarantula shedding.  

It’s not the sort of source material she usually...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 6, 2012
A former pharmacy owner in Roncesvalles Village, Liliya Vovk is happy to be serving a community again in Leaside.

“I am a community pharmacist and believe it or not this community reminds me so much of the community that I had before,” Vovk says from the newly opened Morelli’s...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 17, 2012
Frightful weather isn’t always bad for business.

Within the first month of relocating their rainwear store to Yonge and Bloor streets in October, Natalie and Bobi Jurcic experienced record-breaking sales at Raindrops.

“I think it was our second week open that the...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on January 30, 2013
Although she’s internationally renowned as a cake designer and for the confectionary school that bares her name, Bonnie Gordon didn’t turn to a sweet career path until she was in her 40s.

“I was looking to do something else so I started taking chef classes because I always had an...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 10, 2012
While on vacation Liliana Mann, lingerie expert and owner of Linea Intima, visits every lingerie shop she comes across.

“On my days off, I still go by the store and I help customers,” Mann says. “I am very passionate about it. I love making women feel better about themselves.”(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 22, 2012
From A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin to New Kids on the Block singer Jordan Knight, the cast of SugarStars have created elaborate sweet tables for celebrities and notable clients.

“We’re all about the wow factor,” the show’s Elle Daftarian says. “We love to see...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 20, 2012
Hailey Coleman was backpacking across England, Spain, France and Italy when she had enough of her heels.

“I hobbled home barefoot after a night out in heels and I was like, ‘Why do women always sacrifice comfort for style?’ ” Coleman says from her home near Eglinton Avenue and...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on November 19, 2012
Even though she’s an adult, Shari Bricks Zeiler hasn’t outgrown toys.

The owner of Toytown, which is celebrating 60 years in business, has been a fixture at the city’s oldest independent toy store since her parents took over the shop when she was 14 years old.
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