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.
Sleek silver accents decorate the clean, professional space of Smart Skin Med Spa, where dermal experts help keep skin looking youthful and radiant. The skilled technicians master a variety of facial treatments customized to smooth wrinkles, soothe irritation, and ameliorate dry skin. SkinMedica and Smart Skin products pair with hot towels, facial massages, and microdermabrasion treatments to open clogged pores and simultaneously stimulate collagen for speedier cell turnover. SmoothShapes XV and Viora Reaction body treatments spot-slim hips, tummies, and thighs with noninvasive lasers that leave surrounding tissue undamaged. Due to this combination of service and expertise, Smart Skin Med Spa has been awarded Talk of the Town's Customer Satisfaction Award and voted Birmingham Magazine's for multiple consecutive years.
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.
Specializing in all things hair, Mindi Patterson relies on her Aveda Institute training and years of experience when snipping and coloring her clients' locks. At Little Flower Day Spa, Patterson attends to each visitor, beginning with a personal consultation to discuss style, color, and the contents of their fridge. Additionally, Patterson offers skincare and makeup-application lessons, using products from BeautiControl.