Retail Recap: Uptown eatery brings Irish charm, a new juice spot, an independent coffee bar and a kiddie clothing store open up

The Uptown Pub House opened near Yonge and Lawrence in late June. Co-owners Shane and Ryan Swinson describe the decor as modern, with a touch of Irish charm. The joint gets hopping on its East Coast Fridays, Prime Rib Dinner Sundays and offers live entertainment on weekends. Patrons can book a private room for functions, and catering is also available (3185 Yonge St., 416-480-2828).

Gud to Go recently opened its second location near Yonge and Eglinton. Co-owners Daniel Malen and Rebecca Preszler bring a healthier vibe to the area, with their new outlet specializing in salads, snacks, and cold-pressed juices. The spot boasts a variety of healthy options such as their Very Berry or Creamy Cashew juices, and locally sourced fare such as Mad Mexican chips (1054 Eglinton Ave. W., 647-347-7227).

Newly opened salon Maison Le Drew Costello has called the Eglinton Way its home since early June. The team of stylists and colourists offers a variety of services, including cuts and ammonia-free colour. Their permanent and semi-permanent smoothing treatments sans formaldehyde are designed to help keep strands both healthy and silky (536 Eglinton Ave. W., 647-351-6527).

Never Grow Up, a family-operated children’s boutique, opened the doors to its second location in July. Located just south of Bayview and Eglinton, the new Leaside store’s owner, Lauren Sheriff, carries cute and stylish clothing for boys and girls aged newborn to 10 years old. Featured designers include Andy and Evan, Blune, Chic Mammas, Electrik Kidz, Hucklebones and even Lazy Pants (1725 Bayview Ave., 416-545-0770).

The independent coffee shop Crosstown Coffee Bar recently opened its new location near Eglinton Avenue and Avenue Road. Owner Sasha Lontos sources all of the café’s products locally. With coffee from Hale Coffee Co. at Queen and Spadina, croissants from La Bamboche and ice cream sandwiches from the Red Bench, many Toronto favourites are represented here (187 Highbourne Rd., 647-834-0012).

Josephson Opticians celebrated its 80th anniversary last month. The longstanding family business was founded by former Optometrist David Josephson and his wife Merryl. The business was later taken over by his son Dr. Josh Josephson. The Josephsons have established six eyewear fashion boutiques in Toronto where licensed opticians cater to each client’s unique needs and personal style (60 Bloor St. W., 416-964-7070).

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