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Fifteen-year veteran stylist June Croken recently snagged NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Award for her funky, Fashion District salon Hairdresser on Fire. The graphic artist turned hair architect shares her top spots in the city that make the cut.

June Croken

Photo: James Croken


01 Saul’s Beauty Shop
My beautifully bearded husband, all of my loyal clients and I owe our smiling mugs to Nikki Anderson, our skin saviour. She is the queen of solving facial ­hiccups, and her playlists are pure magic.
904 Dundas St. W., 416-368-7285, saulsbeautyshop.ca


02 Jules Bistro
Anyone who knows me knows this French bistro has a special place in my heart. The love is mutual: The manager told me they’d named a delicious drink after me, the June 1974. It’s on the secret menu if you fancy something sweet and strong.
147 Spadina Ave., 416-348-8886


03 The Beverley Hotel
Every day should be like Sunday – with brunch here. It’s not unusual for the hubs and me to be front-window fixtures at the Beverley, enjoying our biscuit bennies and people-watching. Besides, who doesn’t love starting the day with prosecco?
335 Queen St. W., 416-493-2786, thebeverleyhotel.ca


04 Kalloné Intimi
Lucky for me, this golden gem opened in the same building as my studio. It carries the most well-made, stylish and stunning collection of swimwear and comfy clothes I’ve ever laid eyes on. The staff is helpful in finding the right fit – I stop in before every much-needed getaway.
309 Queen St. W., 647-341-0099, kallone.ca


05 The Corner Comedy Club
This is such a diamond in the rough – the hottest spot for up-and-coming local comedians and the perfect underground location for big-ticket acts who miss the intimacy of the small gig. It’s tight quarters, so bring your thick skin. We saw Angelo Tsarouchas here recently.
163 John St., 416-989-0899, thecornercomedy.com


06 The Ivy at Verity
My first stay at this stellar boutique hotel was a surprise, courtesy of my ever-so-thoughtful hubs. We spent our wedding night here, and every single anniversary since. The stay is impressive: Each suite has an all-natural Hästens bed.
111 Queen St. E., 416-368-6006, theivyatverity.ca

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