As her photo suggests, Kristen Gale is about as shy and retiring as a chartreuse manicure. Her job, as the founder of the hugely popular Ten Spot beauty bar, gives her ample opportunity to use words like “Par-tay” and “Zazam!” (When she does it, it’s totally endearing. Trust.) But behind all the fun lies a serious businesswoman. This month, Ten Spot is celebrating four years of beautifying Queen West, as well as the success of its new Leslieville location.
If you’ve been to Ten Spot, you’ll understand its appeal. Billing itself as the anti-spa experience (“screw ‘relaxation’!”), Ten Spot’s soundtrack is more Arcade Fire than loon call. It screens vintage “girl” movies, and offers both A-list beauty brands (Dermalogica, LoveFresh), and the friendliest service on the block(s).
Kristen 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?
Go for a drink on the weekend
Top brunch spot
“Naco on Dundas.”
“New Ho King (416 Spadina Ave., 416-595-1881) in Chinatown.”
Favourite grocery store