Category Archives: Business Profile

Features local businesses, owners and services that you don’t see from the store front

A “Chill” Salon Experience for Looking Great

Making everyone feel like they’ve come to the right place is in every stylists’ mind at Parlour Salon East, which operates hair salons in both the Beaches and on Ossington Avenue since 2009. “We aren’t a pompous, ‘too cool for school’ salon,” explains owner Tyler Moore. “We want everyone to come in and feel relaxed, be treated warmly and get … <entire article…>

Buying in “Urban” Bulk

Local Entrepreneur Follows a Three-Generation Tradition Aziza Popat, owner of Urban Bulk Emporium, Queen Street’s new bulk food store (since 2015), is no stranger to the bulk food business. Both her grandparents and parents ran bulk food stores. Growing up, she spent much of her spare time helping in the back room. “But when I was studying business entrepreneurship at … <entire article…>

Find and Seek in your Kitchen Cupboards with Smart Shelving

We’ve all been there—down on our hands and knees searching for that crockpot at the back of a dark kitchen cupboard. All you see is clutter and darkness. “We call it the black hole”, laugh Linda and Roch, owners of Smart Shelving, “we’ve sometimes found that people actually don’t even know what they own!” Roch then cites an example of … <entire article…>

Anything that can go right, does go right – Murphy’s Law Pub

  It looks like a bank, it even has a vault inside because it once was a bank but for the past two decades the large, formal-looking, yellow brick building commanding the corner of Queen East and Woodbine has been for eating and enjoyment – not banking. Named “Murphy’s Law” in honour of the adage, “Anything that can go wrong … <entire article…>

What can we make for you today?

Busy sewing and alteration business thrives with joy Frustrated with that pair of pants, which always feels too tight around your waist? Perhaps you bought a stylish jacket but the sleeves are too long, or a dress that bulges in the wrong place? Janet Waterhouse, owner of Janet’s Custom Sewing & Alterations, finds that repairing and making clothes fit properly … <entire article…>

Family-Run Franchise Offers Something for Everyone

Getting more at Boston Pizza When Gurpreet Toor was studying for his MBA at Brunel University in London, England, he wondered how he could apply what he was learning to his own business. After several years working with large corporations, Bell and Loblaws Companies, the Toronto-born entrepreneur got his wish. In December 2010, Gurpreet opened his own Boston Pizza franchise … <entire article…>

A New Authority in Town to Keep Your Home Clean

The owners of The Cleaning Authority (Toronto East) are proud of what they’ve built since April 2013. After being in business just over 2 years, the company of two former bankers is now cleaning the homes of over 250 full time customers on a regular basis. “My skills in banking management, sales and customer service turned out to be very … <entire article…>

Tanning’s Long History is a “Classic” Tale

Owner of Classic Tan, Steve Williams, is celebrating 31 years in the tanning business, selling equipment, running salons, and being one of the country’s experts in indoor tanning. Classic Tan has been around since the 1980s. He’s been involved in many aspects of the industry as a speaker and consultant to promote responsible tanning and keep the industry respected, and … <entire article…>

Keeping Water Out of Your Basement – Tips from the Drain Expert

There’s nothing worse for a home or apartment owner than the experience of water in the basement. As our city water systems age, drain issues including messy sewage back-ups become all too common. For over 70 years, one Toronto family has been on the job, helping solve those drain problems. Now entering it’s third generation, the Drain Experts answer customer … <entire article…>