Edgy new art gallery open in the An­nex

Plus a pop­u­lar pizza joint set­tles in on Av­enue Road, and Rosedale gets a trendy, new cloth­ing shop

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Art afi­ciona­dos in and around the An­nex can now get their fix of ur­ban, street and pop art at Struck, a con­tem­po­rary art gallery new to the area. The gallery’s walls are lined with bold, eye-catch­ing, colour­ful works of art by es­tab­lished con­tem­po­rary masters, such as Warhol, Mu­rakami and Rauschen­berg, along­side ex­cit­ing new works by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional up-and­com­ing artists (365 Dupont St., 416-928-1777).

Maker Pizza, known for its ca­sual pizza fac­tory vibe, has moved in to the Av­enue Road and Lawrence Av­enue West neigh­bour­hood. The new out­post, by co-owner Shlomo Buch­ler and executive chef Matty Mathe­son, opened last month and is the sec­ond of two lo­ca­tions. The joint’s pies are served up with a red or white sauce, puffy crust and loads of gourmet top­pings for ei­ther take­out or de­liv­ery. But pa­trons can also tuck into one of the resto’s com­mu­nal ta­bles to en­joy a hearty sand­wich or some hot wings (1537 Av­enue Rd., 416-782-2000).

The well-heeled women of Rosedale will be able to browse the shelves of Car­bon near the end of May, when hus­band-and-wife duo Alex and Sharon Mazelow open the doors to their brand’s sec­ond Toronto lo­ca­tion. Af­ter re­cently cel­e­brat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of their Lawrence Park store, the two are ex­cited to bring their cu­rated se­lec­tion of women’s ap­parel — in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional brands such as Brochu Walker, Agolde Denim and Generation Love — to the neigh­bour­hood (1096 Yonge St., 647-3450795).

Pen­war­den Fine Jewellery is cel­e­brat­ing its 15th an­niver­sary this month. The Mount Pleas­ant shop has been around since 2003, with a show­room that show­cases a ready-made col­lec­tion and a stu­dio where de­signer Linda Pen­war­den uses con­cept sketches, com­puter technical draw­ings and wax mod­els to cre­ate el­e­gant, time­less or edgy cus­tom de­signs for clien­tele (631 Mount Pleas­ant Rd., 416-484-1843).

Cool N2 Ice Cream has a brand new lo­ca­tion in Wil­low­dale, in the old Soul Drums store­front. The Tai­wanese ice cream shop makes su­per In­sta-friendly, chem-lab-style icy treats wrapped in liqui­fied air. Try their whiskey choco­late ice cream served with a choco­late bis­cuit and a sy­ringe full of choco­late sauce (5295 Yonge St.).

The con­tem­po­rary art gallery C9 Art marked its open­ing in Yorkville last month with Re­la­tion­ships, a joint exhibition be­tween Chi­nese artist Jin Zuo and Cana­dian artist Corno. The gallery aims to bring in­ter­na­tional and Cana­dian artists to­gether to spark con­ver­sa­tion in a re­laxed but so­phis­ti­cated space (7 Sul­tan St., 416-515-9898).

An­drew Bock­ner, owner of Struck

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