Bayview Village has just become a little more European. Laurel, a couture design line from Germany, has just opened up in the mall. Manager June Videla says the store is very much like a European boutique and that the clothing is made to last. “Some ladies say they’ve had pieces for 20 years that still look like brand new,” she says (2901 Bayview Ave., 416-730-0707).
For Zina Sharma, one of the perks of opening up new eatery Peacock Express is the opportunity to serve Indian food to a multicultural community. “Once they’re introduced to Indian food, they love it,” she says. “It’s very encouraging.” The fast-food place serves all the classic Indian dishes, such as butter chicken and mattar paneer (5423 Yonge St., 416-628-3490).
Over the past 25 years, Flory Croitoru has seen skin care treatment in Canada improve. “People are a lot more aware of how to take care of their skin,” says Croitoru, who opened Flory Skin Care Salon after moving from Romania. She says the biggest misconception today is people don’t realize how stress and diet can affect the skin (3359 Yonge St., 416-488-3223).
Mashti Melon is not just a smoothie place, but an apothecary shop as well. “From colds to hangovers, we have different kinds of smoothies to help,” says owner Mohammad Ali Hor. They offer vegetable and fruit smoothies as well as ice cream flavours such as mashti, an Iranian ice cream made with saffron and pistachio (5 Northtown Way, 416-733-0048).
Fresh from Vancouver, new chain Freshslice Pizza is set to take over Toronto. One of the first locations is opening up on Yonge Street this month. Marketing director Ron Fraser says the trick to the company’s success has been doing all the baking at one headquarters. (5223 Yonge St., 647-346-8931).