TOP SPOTS: Arlene Dickinson

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Photograph courtesy of Arlene Dickinson.

Starring in Dragons’ Den is no easy task, but Arlene Dickinson manages to do it with professionalism, grace, and impeccable style. As the CEO of Venture Communications, Dickinson provides marketing services for the likes of Toyota, Unilever, and the LCBO. With an astute eye for the next big thing (she was the first Dragon to start a Twitter account back in 2008), she’s the image-savvy dragon, and arguably the one with the best (and most fiery) head on her shoulders.

Dickinson shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

What’s your favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)

“I enjoy the patio and lounge at ONE (116 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-9600) for people watching and doing business. Belvedere vodka and soda with olives, please!”

To go for a drink on the weekend

“At my cottage. If I’m in the city there’s so many options—I have a commitment to visit a new bar/restaurant every month so I can explore them all and mix it up.”

Favourite brunch spot

Fresh on Bloor (326 Bloor St. W., 416-531-2635) and Kalendar Koffee House (546 College St., 416-923-4128).”

Top date spot

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TOP SPOTS: Marika Brose

Marika Brose has the equivalent of a fashion phD. Check out a snapshot of her CV: Brose studied design in Paris and merchandising management in New York. She worked in design for Chloé, AlexSandro Palombo and Pink Tartan, then as a buyer for retailers like Bloomingdales. She tested her marketing mettle at Holt Renfrew and at Prada’s Milan headquarters. Now, with Brose, her own line, she’s among the head of the class of Toronto fashion designers. Made up (mostly) of chic and sexy cocktail dresses, Brose is for “women who like to go out.”

Marika shared a few of her own favourite spots to go out in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)

“Our rooftop patio. My boyfriend has transformed it into Mykonos—or, at least, our version of Mykonos. We’re hoping it will tide us over until we retire there. Drink of choice is Prosecco.”

Go for a drink on the weekend

“The Thompson’s rooftop patio.”

Top brunch spot

“The Granite Club makes a mean Eggs Benny, and who wouldn’t enjoy the view of the ravine and red-clay tennis courts?”

Place to buy books or magazines

“I have too many magazines—I’ve been collecting Vogue since 1982.”

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