TOP SPOTS: Kristen Gale

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?

Camp 4.”

Go for a drink on the weekend

Henhouse.”

Top brunch spot

Naco on Dundas.”

Take-out go-to

“New Ho King (416 Spadina Ave., 416-595-1881) in Chinatown.”

Favourite grocery store

Whole Foods.”

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TOP SPOTS: Andrew Sardone

Photograph courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani.

Andrew Sardone is the fashion and design writer for NOW Magazine and one of the snappiest dressers in the city. With designer Philip Sparks, he’s also half of the fashion scene’s most likable, talented couple.

After a busy week covering the Fall 2010 shows, Andrew shared his favourite places in Toronto with us.

Pho, dim sum or both?

“Can I say Indian instead? Trimurti takeout.”

Brunch spot

“The breakfast for two at Oddfellows. My boyfriend and I inevitably order the same thing at restaurants so the clay bowl full of baked eggs, sausages and other brunch staples lets us do that without looking too cute.”

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