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These Women-Owned Businesses are Some of the Coolest Spots in Toronto

Joelle Anello blowing bubbles in front of a pink door
Joelle Anello

We love to shop local, and Joëlle (AKA @joelleanello) is always scoping out some of the cutest, coolest and chillest spots to spend an afternoon or a weekend in Toronto on Slice’s TikTok channel — and many of those amazing Toronto businesses are women-owned, too.

From charming local cafes to fabulous floral shops you can spend all day in and lots in between, we’ve rounded up seven of Joëlle’s finds for women-owned and women-founded businesses you need to check out in Toronto.

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Find your next active look at Permission

Whether activewear is your go-to for #hotgirlwalk looks or you’re working on your fitness and active lifestyle goals, finding active clothing that makes you look and feel good can feel like a quest — until you find the latest in Joëlle’s picks for cutest spots in Toronto: Permission. Woman-owned and co-founded by two sisters, Permission is an activewear store that carries a variety of different brands in a wide range of sizes and styles. Inside, the store is, as Joelle puts it, “is not only gorgeous, but also inclusive,” with a great energy that makes you want to “celebrate your own boldness.”

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Shop local at SnaptureThis

If you’re a fan of owner Monica’s famous Toronto prints (which you can also find on Etsy), you’ll love her new retail storefront for SnaptureThis. Located in downtown Toronto near the Eaton Centre, the charming shop features paper goods, gifts and florals. And, as Joëlle says, “the best part is that most everything in the store is Canadian owned,” which means it’s a great place to visit if you want to support local businesses in more ways than one.

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Have a self-care day at North Medical Spa

Want to embrace an elevated skincare routine? Founded by Amanda Mizen, North Medical Spa is an inclusive, woman-owned medical spa that just might be your new “skincare bestie.” With a range of treatments available (such as chemical peels, microneedling and hydrafacials) for all skin tones and skin types, Joëlle says that North Medical is the place to try if you’re looking for a supportive spa in Toronto.

Related: 19 non-surgical cosmetic treatments popular in 2022.

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Pick up the prettiest petals at Thyme Studio

Need a little treat, or want to brighten up a friend’s day? Planning a wedding or special event and need the dreamist, most romantic bouquets? Founded by Nas Neufeld, Kwan Rujira and Off Suriya, Thyme Studio is a full-service floral studio (complete with dried and fresh floral bars that make it easy to build your own bouquet) located in the east side of Toronto — and one of the most beautiful places in Toronto, according to Joëlle.

Related: 8 romantic flowers and what they mean in a relationship.

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Score the perfect mani at Majesty’s Pleasure

Arguably one of the most beautiful nail salons in Toronto, according to Joëlle, Majesty’s Pleasure is the place to go in the city if you want to pamper yourself with a chic manicure for the season. Co-founded by Sara Kardan, Majesty’s Pleasure is known for their nail art — and their immaculate vibes and ambiance. Want to treat yourself to a drink after your mani? Majesty’s Pleasure also offers a full-service bar with coffee, tea, cocktails and more.

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Savour a refreshment while you pick up a bouquet at Olivia’s Garden

Just as beautiful and bright on the inside as it is on the outside, Olivia’s Garden is a specialty coffee shop and a florist located in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. Founded by Elly Zhang (and named after Elly’s daughter), Olivia’s Garden is the perfect place to pick up breathtaking floral bouquets — as well as a delicious café drink.

See also: 10 Canadian women of colour-owned beauty brands to support.



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Find your home décor vibe at The Apartment

Founded and owned by Fiona Watt, The Apartment is a vintage store and the ideal place to find the coolest hand-selected and curated pieces in downtown Toronto. Whether you love a pink-hued moment or you just want to spend some time browsing through sweet homewares and one-of-a-kind finds, you’ll be at home in The Apartment.

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Prioritize wellbeing at Wellbe Family Wellness

Co-founded by Sarina Visram, Wellbe Family Wellness is a BIPOC and women-owned wellness centre that’s an inclusive healing space for all ages that takes a non-traditional approach to wellbeing for the whole family. The clinic offers a wide range of services including chiropractic care, registered massage therapy, acupuncture and more — and the entire space is kid-friendly, too.

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