Initium Co.'s extravagant cotton candy lattes were first caught sight of on a casual Insta-search (can that please be a term??!) for GTA eateries. Extensive research followed from that moment onwards.
Situated in a quiet plaza just off the 404 at Woodbine, the self-proclaimed café/salon/lounge hybrid occupies the space of two shops, and provides even more parking spots.
The shop can be accessed via two entrances: one on the left enables one to directly enter their café/bar area, while the right permits allowance to the hair salon. Regardless, the two sides are connected, meaning that activities taking place in one section can also be observed with ease from the other.
This being my first visit, I had no designated stylist. However, customers had the option of choosing between members of varying levels of seniority: (from high to low) Director, Senior Stylist, and Junior Stylist. Of course, the prices of the services provided by each of these roles would also differ accordingly.
I questioned whether my hair would be washed first, explaining that the roots were on the greasy side. He gave no consideration to this and simply repeated his question, "How would you like it cut?", with a slight edge of arrogance. Dismissing it, I stated that I wanted a simple trim, approximately 1.5 inches, to maintain the current style, and void my mane of any unsalable split ends.
Not too long after, he asked me to survey the results. It was at this point that I came to the realization that my hair length had been reduced a hefty amount – about two inches had been chopped off, making my hair significantly shorter. It was a shock at first, but I quickly came to enjoy the sight of split-end-free strands. After a few more bits of thinning, I was whisked away to the hair-washing station by a Junior Stylist. There, I underwent the most pleasing hair-washing experience of life.
The change is stunningly noticeable, but it's been enough to make me giddy every single time I catch a glimpse of no-longer-frayed-ends and perfectly-cut bangs. Saying that I'm thrilled with this new endeavour is an understatement.
In addition, the barista was extremely friendly, and even went as far to explain the steps that he was taking to create my drink when I inquired. His patience and attention to detail was also displayed through the meticulous creation of my bear latte art, which, admittedly, required a greater number of tools than I initially thought.
(Side note: I have purposely chosen to omit the names of the stylists/members that served me during my stay for privacy reasons.)
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(Side note: Remind myself to never return to this location out of convenience…)