Month: September 2021

Spotlight: Hair Artisans Celebrates 10 Years!

Yonge + St. Clair BIA congratulates local hair salon, Hair Artisans on their 10 year anniversary! Here is a introductory article about their operations, a tour of their salon, insights into their return from the lockdown, and a peek into what’s going on at their storefront .

Hair Artisans located at 76 St. Clair West, is the neighbourhood salon with a boutique touch.

Hair Artisans opened in August of 2011 by owner and colourist Rebecca Sutherland. Friend and fellow master colourist Ryan McLaughlin joined the team in the fall of 2011 and became an owner in 2016. Together, along with long-standing staff of Emma Milligan, Anya Martin and Sam Odell, Hair Artisans have been serving the St. Clair and Yonge community for a decade worth of healthy, stylish, superb looking hair. 

The results! Hair Artisans are thrilled to be open again and serving up amazing looks and styles to all their friends and clients in the community.


2 minutes walk west of St.Clair Station, Hair Artisans is located at the corner of Deer Park and St. Clair Avenue West.


Sales from products displayed in the window were a lifesaver during the Pandemic. Small businesses like Hair Artisans were fortunate for the support from the community.

Hair Artisans specializes in modern styling for everyone. Services include colour, highlights, balayage, extensions, plus hair cuts for all – adults and kids!

What’s Hair Artisans like? As soon as you step through the door, you are met with warm vibes. The clients are treated more like good friends, and everyone walks away feeling loved and revitalized with fresh new styles and hair colour. 

While celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, Hair Artisans’ connection to the St. Clair & Yonge area started well over 15 years ago when Ryan and Rebecca both worked at other professional salons in the area. Rebecca began her career at Exit Salon, and Ryan and Anya, and Sam first established themselves in the area at Fiorio Salon. 

The relationships built with their amazing clients over the years is what has sustained them during the two major prolonged closures to hair salons because of the Covid pandemic. To make it through, Hair Artisans temporarily transitioned to a storefront for product pickups and deliveries. True to form, The neighbourhood stood arm in arm with this local small business by purchasing gift cards, shampoo, styling products and blow-dryers. When the salon was finally able to reopen this July, Hair Artisans extended hours, working 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week in order to fill the large backlog of hair appointments. 

There are over 8 chairs in the salon, but they have limited clients to four at a time to ensure comfort, safety and social distancing.

“We were committed to getting everyone in. Emotionally, it was gratifying, but physically it was  exhausting. None of us were used to being on our feet all day after 9 months closed!” Says Rebecca. She equates seeing her coworkers and clients in the salon again as being reunited with old friends. “A lot can happen in 9 months, even in a pandemic. The catch-up conversations and the home-dye colour corrections were epic” Says Ryan. “We are so grateful to be back”

Owners and colourists Rebecca and Ryan. Happy 10th Anniversary!

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary and to thank the St. Clair & Yonge community, Hair Artisans are running a promotion for all bookings in October. Clients will be treated to a complimentary L’Oreal Professionnel hair treatment with their service. Pureology, Kevin Murphy and Color Wow have also provided samples and goodies to share with everyone. Finally, there will be a gift basket full of product and prizes up for a draw at the end of month. Anyone who books an appointment in October will have the chance to win! 

Rebecca puts it this way – “Our community was there for us when things were bad, now we want to pamper them to show our thanks and heartfelt appreciation”  

When asked what Rebecca and Ryan were looking forward to for the next ten years… “more fabulous hair, long-lasting friendships, and health and happiness for all our neighbours.”

To learn more visit, or call them to speak with one of their team members at (416) 792 8223!

Deer Park Challenge Scavenger Hunt


Join the official Deer Park scavenger hunt! Runs from Friday, September 10 until Friday, October 15, 2021

The Deer Park Challenge is a self-led, 5-week scavenger hunt taking place across the Yonge + St. Clair neighbourhood.

Complete challenges on your mobile device, including the 5 new challenges released every week, between September 10 and October 15  to earn points and be entered for a chance to win $100 in weekly prizes, and for your chance to win the final grand prize draw of a $350 Yonge + St. Clair gift card, plus the official Deer Park Challenge Trophy.

The Deer Park Challenge includes riddles, neighbourhood exploration, creativity challenges, and proof-of-purchase challenges.

Photo by Sean Frankey

How to Play

Download the free Goosechase scavenger hunt app either in the official Apple App Store here (iPhone users), or in the Google Play Store here to play directly from your mobile. Once you’ve opened the Goosechase app, search for “The Deer Park Challenge” or enter Game Code 8ZMEKL.

Complete the challenges. Eligible entries will be submitted in-app as photo, video, text, or GPS upload. Only original submissions will be accepted and scored as eligible entries.

At the end of each week, the player(s) with the highest score will win a $100 Yonge + St. Clair gift card to a local establishment of their choice. If there are multiple players tied for the high score one winner will be determined by a random draw.

One (1) grand prize winner of the $350 grand prize, and Deer Park Challenge Trophy will be determined likewise on Friday, October 15.

*Any points earned above the maximum intended point total (as determined by the sum of all earnable points associated with available challenges) will not count towards the high score total.

You can also follow our social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see if you’ve won the prize draws.


Photo by Sean Frankey

We look forward to seeing your entries and wish you all the best in completing the first ever Deer Park Challenge!