One thing about Caroline Davis: she’s not nuts. The mom and baker co-owns new nut-free bakery Two Moms Baked Goods. “So many kids have nut allergies these days,” she says. “There’s a difference in knowing what you’re eating is safe.” In addition to cupcakes and tarts, Two Moms also offers baking classes for kids and is kosher (970 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-783-7200).
Jeff Pinsky remembers when he first walked into Browser’s Den of Magic as a kid in the ’70s. “My friend’s mother took me down.… I got magic-itis,” says Pinsky. In 1995, he bought the magic shop from Len Cooper, who, he says, was a Groucho Marx look-alike. Today, at 35 years, Browser’s is the oldest magic shop in Toronto (875 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-783-7022).
The new holistic centre for moms and dads Zen Beginnings started as one mother’s pledge to help other parents. “There are so many different parenting styles, it’s easy to feel frustrated and overwhelmed,” says owner Marina Zelenovic. Zelenovic’s centre offers several classes, such as a nutrition course and yoga sessions (697 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-480-9366).
At Team Canada Martial Arts, founder sensei Martin Doherty schools his kids. The new company combines after-school tutoring with martial arts, taking a holistic approach to personal development. “They get tutoring, help with homework, physical activity with a martial artist and then they’re ready for pickup at 6:30,” he says (1517 Bayview Ave., 416-481-KICK).
Paintballing has just made its mark on Yonge Street. A new supply store, Next Paintball, has opened in the Lawrence Park area, offering markers, masks and anything else an aspiring paintballer needs (2741 Yonge St., 416-485-2255).