New Eglin­ton café serves up law­suits and lat­tes

Plus a beloved dry cleaner turns 30, and a dog­gie day­care opens on St. Clair

North Toronto Post - - News -

Lawyers and Lat­tes is a new cof­fee shop sling­ing espresso with cold, hard le­gal ad­vice. The busi­ness, opened by a lo­cal tax lawyer in Oc­to­ber, of­fers ad­vice and le­gal as­sis­tance on ev­ery­thing from draw­ing up a will to real es­tate clos­ings –– the only thing it doesn’t do is per­sonal in­jury or crim­i­nal cases. On top of reg­u­lar le­gal ser­vices, the first Sun­day of ev­ery month is pro bono day, plus they host free sem­i­nars on top­ics such as will draft­ing as well as land­lord and tenant rights. The cafe also car­ries pas­tries from Phipps Bak­ery (511 Eglin­ton Ave. W., 905-499-3656).

Now in its 30th year, Ash­ford Clean­ers has proven it­self as a neigh­bour­hood main­stay. Over the years, the ser­vices have ex­panded to in­clude not only fussy fab­rics and spe­cial gar­ments, but also draperies, leather and suede clean­ing, car­pets and rugs and even hat clean­ing and re­siz­ing (535 Eglin­ton Ave. W., 416322-3127).

Home­own­ers look­ing to cosy up their pads for the com­ing win­ter have a new shop to hit on Av­enue Road. Ruga­zon is the des­ti­na­tion for unique, an­tique or hand­made one-of-a-kind rugs, sourced from around the world. The owner’s fam­ily has been in the rug busi­ness for over 150 years, and on top of deal­ing in lux­ury rugs, they also of­fer clean­ing and restora­tion ser­vices (2009 Av­enue Rd., 416-440-0555).

Mid­town dog own­ers have a new place to spoil their pups. Ur­ban Bark is a kennel, dog­gie day­care and spa that opened last month on St. Clair West with two play-care rooms and an ex­ten­sive groom­ing menu that in­cludes a bath and mas­sage, blow out, nail cut­ting and cus­tom clip­ping. They’ve also part­nered with the folks at Kiss­able K9 for an ul­tra-luxe teeth clean­ing ser­vice that be­gins with a good blan­ket swad­dle and a laven­der oil spray. When can hu­mans sign up (949 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-657-2275)?

has had a ma­jor makeover. The beauty bar just com­pleted a full ren­o­va­tion. As part of the up­date, it has added more ser­vices to the mix, in­clud­ing medi-spa treat­ments such as the wildly pop­u­lar new hy­drafa­cial, which com­bines a spe­cial form of “hy­dra­der­mabra­sion” with cus­tom­ized serums that re­store mois­ture to the skin bar­rier (1896 Av­enue Rd., 416-782-8897).

De­sign Depart­ment Inc. is a new re­tail and con­sult­ing con­cept store from Meredyth Hilton of Artis­tic Gar­dens. The store stocks fun de­sign and decor items such as vin­tage prints, an­tique vases and trop­i­cal plants and ter­rar­i­ums. Bud­ding DIY de­sign­ers can also pop into the land­scape de­sign classes and craft work­shops that are held at the shop (558 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-488-2179).

Dale Bar­rett and sis­ter Si­mone, the co-founders of Lawyers and Lat­tes

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