Business and pleasure blur in the ceaseless hum of downtown Toronto’s financial hub. Both hotels bask in the light and shadows of skyscrapers that contain corporate institutions, boutique shopping, and numerous fine-dining opportunities. History buffs and bargain hunters will find themselves sightseeing in perfect harmony at the historic St. Lawrence Market, where farmers, crafters, and independent merchants peddle everything from fresh eggs to antiques inside an assembly hall dating to 1850 and modeled with regal 16th-century Renaissance influences. Performing arts thrive in the Entertainment District, which plays host to artists ranging from local to universal renown. The recently expanded Art Gallery of Ontario is presently exhibiting masterpieces borrowed from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (until September) and plays host to permanent collections of historical Inuit art and works specific to the Ontario area. Touring Broadway musicals, sentimental orchestral performances, and critically acclaimed readings from the local phone book play in such historic venues as Roy Thomson Hall, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Loida Summerville brings seven years of experience to her nail-services station at The Phoenix Salon. Wielding OPI polishes, she expertly paints digits with solid hues or spirited designs that declare loyalty to a favorite sports team or deli sandwich. She also attaches synthetic gel nails, in both full sets and fill-ins, and coats tensomes in contrasting french tips.
Featured on Fox 6, La Vie MD specializes in making people feel better from the inside out, offering medical and aesthetic services in a physician-overseen facility that feels more like a spa than a doctor's office. Hormone-replacement therapy is one of the shop's specialties, bringing bodies back into a youthful state balance, which can help increase energy, improve memory and concentration, and curb any desire to ask the file cabinet on a date. Aesthetic treatments such as Botox and IPL photo rejuvenation diminish visual signs of aging without surgery, and the center's medical weight-loss programs combine dietary limitations with a regimen of injections or pills containing a naturally occurring protein that abates the hunger and fatigue often associated with dieting.
Ginger Martin joins a team of experienced Aveda and Paul Mitchell stylists at Little Flower Day Spa, a full-service hair salon and a rejuvenation and relaxation haven. The team pampers guests with skincare and bodycare in five different treatment rooms. Its services range from microdermabrasion treatments and enzyme peels to intense pulsed-light skin-rejuvenation treatments and shellac manicures. Additionally, medical weight-loss management programs use lipotropic B12 injections to help clients lose weight, boost energy, and use “lipotropic” in a sentence at least once today.
Though she works out of the delicately named Little Flower Day Spa & Aesthetic Specialties, master barber Tina Olive knows how to handle the rougher edges of men’s beards and sideburns. There are no unnecessary frills to her classic haircuts—just the snips and clips it takes to craft sharp, contemporary looks. She does, however, offer a VIP haircut that includes a straight-razor shave. To prep whiskers for this traditional treatment, Tina first applies a hot towel and then vigorously rubs whiskers with a balloon to make sure they stand up straight.