What’s brewing on St. Clair East

A new café on St. Clair Avenue east of Yonge Street takes its name from the optimal brewing pressure for pulling a shot of espresso.

Co-owner Laith Toukan, who previously worked in finance, focuses on the coffee side at 9 Bars, serving up espresso, macchiato, cappucino, latte, mocha and brewed coffee, while his cousin, Ruby, takes care of sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. Tea, organic hot chocolate and fresh juice is also available.

“I’ve had my experience in the corporate world and I thought it’s time to move on,” Toukan says. “Essentially it’s two things for me: my love for coffee and I love being around people, getting to know people.”


Attention, all foodies. Winterlicious kicks off for another season of good eats featuring three-course prixfixe lunches for $15–25 and dinners for $25–45.

Midtown’s own Johns & Sons Oyster House, La Cascina Ristorante and Verdi Restaurant are for the first time participating in the culinary celebration, which runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13.

Advance reservations are recommended, since the annual food event books up quickly.


After 10 years on Yonge Street in North Toronto, Just Cuz has relocated to Avenue Road at Old Orchard Grove.

Run by a mother and daughter duo, the jewellery boutique features a large selection of designers, including Alex and Ani, Dogeared, Jenny Bird and Biko.

Looking dapper

Men’s clothing store The Coop Ink — where Don Cherry gets his snazzy suits — is celebrating 30 fashionable years in business.

The North Toronto shop, located on Yonge Street near Teddington Park Avenue, is home to brand labels such as Versace, Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna and Ted Baker.

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Posted: Jan 25 2014 8:49 pm
Filed in: Business
Edition: Toronto