The Busy Person's Guide 2014

The Busy Torontonian’s Survival Guide: 50 professionals to do everything y... The Busy Torontonian’s Survival Guide: 50 professionals to do everything you’re too swamped to do

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photography by Daniel Ehrenworth | Illustrations by Kelly Lasserre Toronto is a city of bustle. Commutes take forever, child care is scarce and leisure time ranks below the national average. For the overbooked, stressed-out, time-crunched city dweller, here… Read more »

Toronto’s Style Saviours: five people that will help you look like perfection Toronto’s Style Saviours: five people that will help you look like perfection

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The Bespoke Tailor Made-to-measure needn’t mean endless trips to the tailor. Isaac Ely, a third-generation textile professional, will come to your home or office for style consultations, measurements and fittings. Garments—handcrafted from high-end fabrics… Read more »

Toronto’s Masters of Sparkle: three professionals who will make housekeepi... Toronto’s Masters of Sparkle: three professionals who will make housekeeping a snap

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The hard-core house cleaner Lux Cleaning Services does the kind of deep clean that would impress even the most obsessive germaphobe. They steam grout to get out tough stains, sort through the fridge to… Read more »

Bottoms Up: booze professionals that will bring the party to you Bottoms Up: booze professionals that will bring the party to you

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The bar stocker If you fancy yourself a mixmaster but lack the basic equipment, Kristen Voisey of the Queen West cocktail culture shop BYOB will design a personalized liquor selection. A basic set of… Read more »

Stomach Stuffers: Toronto’s best prepared food and pantry suppliers Stomach Stuffers: Toronto’s best prepared food and pantry suppliers

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Illustration by Kelly Lasserre The all-in-one restaurant delivery Adam Hasham left his career as a high-flying Singapore banker to launch ­Hurrier, an efficient courier service that has managed to arrange exclusive deals with trendy grub spots like Porchetta… Read more »

No Excuses: Toronto’s best personal trainers who come to you No Excuses: Toronto’s best personal trainers who come to you

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Illustration by Kelly Lasserre The personal Trainer Gidon Gabbay’s mind-over-matter method is the ultimate choice for dogged New Year’s resolutionists. His mission is to motivate even the most committed couch potatoes, be they the chronically injured (he’s gotten… Read more »

Organizational Dynamics: these experts will simplify the messiest household Organizational Dynamics: these experts will simplify the messiest household

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Illustration by Kelly Lasserre The declutterer The first step toward solving a clutter problem is to admit it. The second step is to call Tina Blazer of Spot On ­Organizing. She walks homeowners through their unruly piles of… Read more »

Fancy Feasts: top Toronto caterers who will cook the perfect dinner for one or 1... Fancy Feasts: top Toronto caterers who will cook the perfect dinner for one or 100

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The French gourmet When he’s not running Ici, his quaint corner bistro on Harbord, J. P. Challet extends his winning Gallic hospitality as a personal chef at your next dinner party. Challet is a certified… Read more »

Fix-It League: home repair in a flash, from tech troubles to plumbing problems Fix-It League: home repair in a flash, from tech troubles to plumbing problems

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The tech troubleshooter The only thing worse than facing the blue screen of death is trying to talk through the problem with a feckless technician on the other side of the world. Computer Squad… Read more »

Get Out of Town: inside tips on effortless leisure Get Out of Town: inside tips on effortless leisure

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Illustration by Kelly Lasserre The luxury camping planner Outpost’s Constantin von Flotow, a former excursions guide at kids’ camps, executes made-to-measure wilderness adventures straight out of a J.Crew catalogue. Step one is selecting a location from one of… Read more »

Young and Restless: four child services that will keep you from sleepless nights Young and Restless: four child services that will keep you from sleepless nights

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The last-minute babysitter Faster than Mary Poppins can slide up a banister, Robyn Zeldin of In a Pinch will have an early childhood education–trained sitter at your door. All of her staff get rave… Read more »

Ruff Life: four pro pamperers for your pets Ruff Life: four pro pamperers for your pets

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The full-service caregiver Like a really good nanny, VIP Sitters will do absolutely everything for your pet, including dog walking, pet sitting (you know, if you need a night to yourself), grooming and whatever… Read more »

Auto Correct: four top-notch Toronto car experts Auto Correct: four top-notch Toronto car experts

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth The Detailers Two entrepreneurial York students created a website and app called Washly, which provides same-day cleaning services for your car. You send in a request, and they arrive with a vacuum and eco-friendly,… Read more »

Jacks of All Trades: confessions of Toronto’s top personal concierges Jacks of All Trades: confessions of Toronto’s top personal concierges

By Denise Balkissoon, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photography by Daniel Ehrenworth Tarra Stubbins, Take It Easy Personal Inc. “My clients tend to be CEOs and entrepreneurs. And about 30 per cent of my business is celebrities—high-profile, high-net-worth individuals in Toronto. I’ve had to go buy… Read more »