A hip friend of mine recommended Sora in Koreatown; Yelpers had commended it for suprising quality at an unbeatable price, prompting me to forthwith book an appointment.
The bold lettering was impossible to miss while strolling along Bloor. The shop was extremely easy to find and even featured the shop name in different languages to enhance clarity.
Its interior was concise and compact, comprising of all the essential hair salon elements in a fraction of the space of a suburban spot. A small reception table is situated directly beside the landing platform, and directly behind it a waiting area of black couches. Approximately five hair-dressing and two hair-washing stations line the perimeter of the shop. Mirrored walls lend the illusion of additional depth
Retreating back to the main floor, I was guided to a comfortable patent leather chair by my selected hairstylist. A brief consultation commenced after my coat had been hung up and my handbag secured in a small chest of drawers. Coincidentally, she shared the same name as the stylist I had visited at mauve in the summer.
Their appearances varied vastly though: the Koreatown employee donned winged charcoal eyeliner and neo punk-esque sleek black locks featuring a half-updo with a sky-high bun and bleached blonde-pink tips. The West Coast resident had leaned more towards a mature 森ガール (Mori Girl) style with deep honey brown tresses and layers of muted clothing.
Trimming was speedy but precise: the hairstylist made sure to check the length periodically for maximum satisfaction.
A stable, password-secured Wi-Fi was also made available to guests to use during their stay - quite a bonus in my opinion. The bill totalled an impossibly reasonable thirty dollars with tax included, making Sora a superb option for a straightforward wash and cut. Given this price, I found that the level of customer service and cleanliness of the styling area to be significantly better than ancipated.
It was necessary to sample their ice cream before departing, for waffle-topped ice cream was the shop's specialty product. The girl was kind enough to serve me samples of each flavour in their display case (except Pistachio as I tend to steer clear from the floral nutty taste), from Roasted Banana to Earl Grey to White Peach Sorbet.
Ultimately, a single scoop of Raspberry Sorbet and Black Cat Espresso were chosen for their epic fruity-aromatic combination and smoothness. The triangular piece of chocolate waffle added a nice crunch, but I'm convinced the vanilla version would have suited it equally well. I particularly enjoyed the fact that all of Put A Cone On It's offerings, spanning from baked goods to ice cream, were crafted from scratch.
Stalls were suprisingly spacious and well-lit; the interior boasted new, clean facilities and even a small table to setting down bags and purchases.