The Place: A two-bedroom suite in a building with a landscaped central garden, located just down the street from Grange Park and the AGO.
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August: Osage County star Julia Roberts stopped by Magic Pony on Queen West yesterday to buy Christmas presents for her three kids. Starstruck owner Steve Cober reported via Facebook that the actress “was super cool and had great taste,” but he stayed mum on what she bought. We don’t blame him: no one wants to be the guy who ruins Julia Roberts’s Christmas morning.
Name: Floorplay Socks
Sells: Socks for men, women and kids, plus pantyhose, leggings and underwear
Contact info: 762 Queen St. W., 416-504-7325, floorplaysocks.com
Hours: Mon–Sat 11–7, Su 12–5
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The look-at-me sock trend has become so ubiquitous that Queen West now has a shop solely for the intermediary between foot and shoe. Floorplay has socks of every stripe, colour, and pattern, including hard-to-find label Richer Poorer’s suit-appropriate pairs, Pook’s colourful twists on the reliable work sock ($12 for 2 pairs) and Sock It To Me’s knee-highs printed with sock monkeys or moustaches ($10).
Weddings never go out of style—not even Figaro’s. Mozart’s comedy of manners and erotic power-brokering is more than two centuries old, but the pleasures and perils of getting hitched are exactly the same in 2013. Or so believes Against the Grain, a group of restless young opera pros who have reimagined The Marriage of Figaro as the tale of a contemporary hipster couple fending off a lecherous best man (who also happens to be the groom’s boss). Figaro’s Wedding, with its new English translation by founder and artistic director Joel Ivany, will feel nothing like a conventional opera, which is exactly what the group wants. (Their first hit was a 2011 production of La bohème that was staged in a bar, with many of the performers posing as patrons.) The new show comes complete with ushers, a string quartet and all the usual vows, tears and recriminations. The excitement of putting on these shows, Ivany says, lies in taking chances. And what’s a wedding without the potential for catastrophe?
The Burroughes Building
To June 2
Name: North Standard Trading Post
Sells: Clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and kids; items for the home; grooming products
Contact info: 1662 Queen St. W., 647-348-7060, northstandard.com
Hours: T–Sa 11–7, Su 12–5
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North Standard Trading Post, which opened in Parkdale last week, is banking that the current enthusiasm for all things rustic and Canadian won’t run out. Co-owners Pamela Hopson and Francesco Fiore tried to select a mix of home goods and apparel that caters both to the area’s stylish young families and the hipster spillover from Queen West. The result is part heritage, part urban, with Hudson’s Bay blankets and Minnetonka moccasins next to trendy tops by Mink Pink and denim by Vancouver-based Standard Trade (for men) and J Brand (for women).
In an era when every Queen West restaurant seems to follow a decor bylaw enforcing Edison bulbs and barn board, it’s a pleasant jolt to enter this handsome room on the ground floor of the historic Great Hall. The pressed tin ceiling, antique marble bar and soft jazz standards are even more surprising considering the owners are also behind Wrongbar and the Lakeview Diner—both raucous hipster clubhouses. Read the rest of this entry »
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Introducing: White Squirrel Snack Shop, the Trinity Bellwoods coffee shop’s new outpost with a full kitchen
The Food: Breakfast, lunch and assorted snacks. The morning menu includes a breakfast banh mi, an Iraqi breakfast sandwich and French toast. Later in the day, dishes are available in snack- and full-size, like a weekly po’ boy, nachos with smoked beef confit and kimchi fried brown rice. There are also six flavours from Greg’s Ice Cream available (vanilla, roasted marshmallow, coconut, chocolate, lemon meringue and mint).