There’s been plenty of exciting new openings in recent months! If you haven’t caught up, you can review them here and here. As we head into the winter months, we have even more exciting businesses to check out. We’ve seen the highly anticipated opening of Alo Yoga, North America’s first freestanding Atelier Munro boutique, Freeflow Pilates, and Swiss Chocolatier Yorkville for a sweet treat.
New in Bloor-Yorkville
Impossible to miss at the corner of Bay and Bloor (and conveniently right across from Eataly, so you can make an afternoon of it all), is Canada’s first ever Alo Yoga boutique. The Los Angeles based brand has long been a cult favourite of fitness enthusiasts, although until now, was always a little more difficult to track down. Their pieces take you from the “studio to the street”, with well-curated looks that can double as athleisure or loungewear. Alo also offers up everything you need to embark on a new fitness journey, including books, yoga accessories, workout equipment, gym bags, and even winter-ready outerwear.
60 Bloor Street West
Fitness is a major component of the Bloor-Yorkville area, as we’re home to some of the top fitness studios in the city (including Barry’s, Equinox, Sweat Shoppe and more, which you can browse online here). However, we also have some fantastic one-on-one studios, for those wanting a quieter and more personalized approach. Freeflow Pilates is the newest space to open, tucked in amongst the townhouses at 94 Scollard Street.
Owned and operated by Faren Mae, a STOTT-certified Pilates, Barre, and Yoga Instructor, Freeflow offers private or “duet” classes for you and one other guest. Faren’s classes are rooted in the “foundations of Pilates, sprinkled with Yoga philosophy, and the freedom of expression from dance,” and are tailored as needed for injury prevention and care, as well as pre-and post-natal. First sessions include a thorough assessment to determine the best movement practice for each client.
94 Scollard Street
Atelier Munro offers complete made-to-measure wardrobing, for every occasion and every style. Each piece is tailored and designed specifically for each client, so no two articles of clothing are ever the same. Their custom pieces include formalwear, but also casual everyday pieces including denim, polo sweaters, chino’s, and even custom shoes.
Bloor-Yorkville is now home to one of only two Atelier Munro Flagship stores – their brand new “AM House Toronto” boutique on Hazelton Avenue. The Victorian townhome has been built out as “the perfect opportunity to explore the concept of home,” through the Atelier Munro eye, of course. Not your average boutique, the space features signature spaces to enjoy a coffee, relax or even work before or after your appointment, with each area impeccably furnished to feel like home.
19 Hazelton Avenue
Swiss Chocolatier Yorkville
Lovers of high-end chocolate are in luck! Swiss Chocolatiers is a family-run brand now in its third generation. They recently opened a large space on Yorkville Avenue, a perfect place to head for an after dinner treat or to meet up mid-day over iced hot chocolates and croissants.
The Swiss-based company creates exquisite hand-made pralines and truffles with their family developed recipes. Fans may recognize their chocolates from luxury hotels across Canada including at the Chateau Frontenac Quebec, Hotel St. James Montreal, and at various Fairmont Hotels. With the holiday season approaching, we recommend stopping by to create a custom gift for a loved one, perhaps including a few for yourself! Custom orders are also available for weddings and even corporate events with logos and branding included in the chocolates.
70 Yorkville Avenue