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ciao!news new openings and food and retail news I new beginnings C utting-edge Italian eatery, Osteria del Piolo (pictured), brings a new dining experience to Charleswood. Owner Darcy Bruneau has reimagined Boulevard Pub and Bistro in both look and charm. A gleaming black tile pizza oven and wood-fired grill draw attention to the open kitchen where chef Scott Malazdrewicz leads his team. Don’t leave without trying the crave-worthy cacio pepe, pillowy gnocchi tossed in sharp pecorino and fontina cheese. 3670 Roblin Blvd, 204-594-9550. - SR I fresh blossom S ugar Blooms Café keeps all the sweet design sensibilities of its sister bakery next door but swaps sugary for savoury. It offers order-at- the-counter trays of traditional Filipino fare, like bangsilog, a crispy marinated milkfish. An Instagram-worthy floral wall is the finishing touch to modern surroundings. Unit C-1020 McPhillips St, 204-615-4620. - JS I java junction O Station Café is the city’s newest coffee hangout, bringing a charming country-meets- city feel steps away from Osborne’s Rapid Transit Station. Home-baker turned entrepreneur Felicia Lundgren works her magic in the kitchen, making cookies, bars and cupcakes almost as sweet as she is. Sit beneath twinkling strands of lights while sipping a big ‘ol mug of joe and watching hurried passersby. 257 Osborne St, 204-221-2709. - SR I treats and eats T he north-east side of the city welcomes Grand Donuts Café & Bakery, a cute corner café reinventing its predecessor Robin’s Donuts with a Vietnamese spin. Trays of morning classics like fluffy apple fritters and passionfruit pastries are whipped up fresh daily and served alongside Vietnamese specialties bánh mì, pho and fruit tea (with or without bubbles). 2-271 Grassie Blvd, 204-417-0289. - JS I sip and shop E xchange District foodies get a fresh dose of local love at Lark, a café/food store and the latest venture by the owners of Chew and The Store Next Door. This bright contemporary space is a cozy spot for lingering over lunch or grabbing a quick bite. A seasonally-inspired menu of salads, sandwiches and pastas satisfy cravings for nutritious nibbles. Also, expect shelves of artisanal foodstuffs, like Beeproject Apiaries honey and Flora & Farmer jams. 91 Albert St. - SR retail news I family ties L oka is switching it up, relocating to Academy. Designed by owner Kayla Wan’s family of architects, a mod new space features stylish zigzag flooring and has more room to stock trendy clothing and accessories for which the boutique is known. The grand re-opening is August 10th. 443 Academy Rd, 204-942-1642. - JS ciao! / aug/sep / two thousand nineteen now open 5