Ten Spot (Leslieville)
The Ten Spot Beauty Bar expanded last year and now offers its famous not-so-bad Brazilian waxes at its new Leslieville location.
Open for about a year now, the best part--it seems to me, at least--is while you're lying there, legs spread, about to endure a little delicate unpleasantness, you can look up and watch Dwight Schrute try to figure out how Jim hijacked his cell phone. That's right, each waxing room has a small TV mounted to its ceiling so you can watch DVDs of The Office , Friends , Arrested Development or other sitcoms and try not to think about what's happening to your nether region. Brilliant.
"The idea is to take your mind off it and help you relax a little," Amanda Schopen, assistant manager of the Leslieville location, tells me. "Actually, some people get so wrapped up in the show they stay in the room even after the waxing is done to watch until the end."
Though you can dawdle on your own accord, the mantra of The Ten Spot is all about being efficient, thorough, and getting the job done well. Touting itself as Toronto's ultimate "anti-spa" experience, The Ten Spa isn't about relaxation--there are no jets in the pedicure tubs, for example--but more about fun and good service. The business was started by Kristen Gale who opened the first beauty bar on Queen St. near Bathurst several years ago.
This location is a little more hidden--in a lower-level industrial space behind Red Rocket Coffee on Queen Street East. The salon has an urban, communal vibe, which is great for getting a mani/pedi with friends. Unless you're one of those people who actually enjoys twiddling her thumbs while her friends go off for treatments one at a time, you'll appreciate The Ten Spot's long, shared manicure table and facial bar that can accommodate four at a time. "We're a really great space for parties in that way," Schopen says. "You won't be separated from your friends."
The Ten Spot Leslieville, like its Queen West sister, also offers "Gent Grooming," with services like "The Hand Job" (manicure for men), "The Foot Job" (pedicure for men), and "Man Brows." "At first a lot of our male customers came here on recommendation from their wives and girlfriends," Schopen says. "But then, they started coming back on their own. We're not too pink, not too flowery. I think they appreciate that."
Photos by Dennis Marciniak