Vladimir Martinez

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Just Opened: Cloud Espresso Bar brings Bonjour Brioche’s former chef to Queen West

Head in the Cloud: West Queen West's newest café is a paean to clean lines and creative energy (Photo by Catherine Hayday)

Head in the Cloud: West Queen West's newest café is a paean to clean lines and creative energy (Photo by Catherine Hayday)

For all the fawning over Richard Florida, Toronto’s “creative class” still finds itself stuck in the abstract. Even those managing to live cubicle-free don’t feel especially futuristic and glamorous when they’re competing for the last seat at Starbucks. The concept of a creative class comes up in the first minute of our chat with Peter Coish, owner of the spanking new Cloud Free Agent Espresso Bar, where he is putting bricks and mortar—and Wi-Fi and coffee and snacks—around Florida’s vision of a mobile workforce of international collaborators.

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