Local agency rebrands, renews

Celebrating 25 years in business on Queen Street East as the advertising and creative agency Top Drawer Creative, CEO and Beach resident Howard Chang decided to launch a new agency business model along with three new partners, and it’s called The Turn Lab. In its previous incarnation, Top Drawer was ahead of the curve. As […]

More local businesses leaving Main Street

Another business is calling it quits on Main Street. Through The Main Food Company, Fiona Bramzell, who lives on Kingston Road, has been channelling her love of small-batch, locally sourced food. But she’s decided to shutter her shop at 152 Main St. by the end of this month. “This area, no one’s shopping, you know? […]

Fine fabric care on Queen St. East

Since 2002, Alex Winch has operated the Beach Solar Laundromat (2240 Queen St. E.), perhaps the city’s only laundromat that’s also a social venture. The eight solar panels he added above the two-storey building he owns provide power for the water heaters below, and have helped Winch cut his business’ carbon footprint by 30 per […]

New flower shop gets ready to bloom in the Upper Beach

Leslieville resident Robin King said she’s excited to be setting up a flower shop just south of Main Street and Gerrard Street East. The 21-year-old, who already has about five years of experience in the floral industry, will be managing In Bloom Flower Shop (155 Main St.), an independent retailer slated to open May 17. […]

Meet the makers building Winter Stations

  Seven years ago when Alex Wilson and Alan Johnston founded their building company Anex, it was a more utilitarian venture than it is today. “Our main focus was furniture at first,” said Wilson. “And then that switched to custom everything.” That everything has come to include 12-foot-tall hands, the reconstruction of a full-grown tree […]

Eye on Business: At Mind-Set, philosophy and fitness go hand in hand

At the crack of dawn on a recent Friday morning, rock music blares inside a 7,000-square-foot warehouse unit in Scarborough, overpowering grunts and the clang of equipment as it hits the padded ground. Several participants push themselves through grueling athletic routines. They switch from Olympic-style weightlifting to rowing machines to something called an assault cycle, […]