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10 new stores and restaurants in the Beaches

Business is booming in both the Beaches and Upper Beaches in Toronto. From greasy spoons to gift shops to delectable baked goods, the retail scene along Queen St. East and Kingston Road is on the rise.

Here's a roundup of new stores and restaurants to check out in the Beaches and Upper Beaches.

The Stone Pizza
The Stone Pizza gives the Upper Beaches crowd the perfect artisanal pizza experience. Each pie is made from scratch and with fresh ingredients. The menu focuses on eight house pizzas for takeout as well as select slices.

Urban Rider
Tramps like us, baby we were born to run... to Urban Rider Motorcycle Outfitters. In addition to bringing the Beaches the best in boots, jackets, helmets and motorcycle accessories, the shop also doubles as a community hangout for the neighbourhood's riders. If you've got a bike or just have questions, this is the place to go.

Lake House Bar & Grill
This new addition to the Beaches bar scene has a massive food menu and a great craft and local beer list. There's live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and when you need to wind down at the end of the weekend their Sunday brunch features a sweet deal on Caesers.

Sleepy Baker

Sleepy Baker
I took one look at The Sleepy Baker's Instagram account and headed there immediately. This family owned and operated bakery uses old school recipes for delicious cookies, cupcakes, pies and more. The Sleepy Baker is aptly named as some of these treats will slip you into a dreamy cookie coma.

The Bulging Burger
It's hard to stand out amongst the onslaught of great burger joints in the city but Bulging burgers house-ground and handmade patty's do just that. Next cheat day you should grab one of these massive burgers and top it off with a nutella milkshake, trust me.

Eve and Olivia's Cafe + Play
Providing the perfect "me" time escape for Beaches parents, this cute cafĂŠ doubles as a children's indoor play area. Sip your latte while your kids enjoy some unstructured playtime, connect with other families in the neighbourhood, or enrol in one of their family-friendly classes. You can also book the space for parties that both kids and their adult counterparts will enjoy.

The Stone Lion
Formerly, Lion on The Beach, The Stone Lion features gastropub style food, an extensive beer list, and fresh takes on classic cocktails. It also boasts two patios, so it's a pretty safe bet for your patio day drinking as the summer heats up.

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Shakes & Franks
A quick walk from Ashbridges Bay, Shakes and Franks will satisfy every beach-goers hunger. Haven't met your caloric intake yet today? Try one of their bacon wrapped, deep fried dogs topped with Mac and Cheese.

Bam! Breakfast & Bistro
Want a side of X-men with your Eggs benny? Bam! Breakfast & Bistro is the place for you. A comic book-themed brunch and lunch spot is carving out its niche in the Beaches brunch market. Tons of menu options and a quirky atmosphere make it fun for the whole family.

The Sweetest Things
This is one stop shopping for all your gifting needs. From boyfriends to babies, this Upper Beaches gift shop has all your bases covered when it comes to gift giving. They also do some fun and funky furniture upcycling that will definitely start some conversations in your home.

What new Beaches and Upper Beaches businesses do you love? Let us know what we missed in the comments.

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