Renovating my property facade!

The deadline to apply for the City of Toronto Facade Program is close!  

Thursday, May 18 2017 is the last day to submit your application.

           

What is the facade program?

The Commercial Facade Improvement Program (CFIP) provides grant funding to commercial and industrial property owners who are redesigning, renovating or restoring the facade of commercial and industrial buildings. This could include replacing or repairing windows, doors, front lighting, awnings, brickwork, signage, or making building entrances wheelchair accessible. (Toronto.ca)

Photography by City of Toronto

 

Why do it?

There is various reason why you should be thinking on apply for this program.

First of all, if you have considered improvements to your property this program is a great way to reduce your cost. The programme will provide grant funding of up to 50% with a maximum of $10,000 for your facade renovation. The application can be accessed from the City of Toronto website. Follow the link or search for Commercial Façade Improvement Program.

Alternatively, contact the BIA office directly at 416-392-1005.

Remember you have to look at the application to find out if you are eligible and how much can you be eligible for.

If you have not already considered a building facelift, the positive impact is exponential, benefit your business, the street, the community and by extension the local economy.

Photography by City of Toronto

First impressions mean a lot and the entrance to your business is where the first impressions are made.

Renovating the facade also helps to improve the appearance of the street overall. In turn, this contributes to a safer and more inviting environment, which attracts more people, is more likely to appeal to those beyond just the neighbourhood and ideally increases the time they spend on the street.  Like a domino effect, once the first piece drops every other piece drops as a result.

The beautiful upward cycle is that more people will create more business which creates more people and more beautification. This ultimately benefits the neighbourhood as a whole contributing to the place-making of Eglinton West within Toronto.

According to the United Way “for most cities, neighbourhoods are the constituent elements and are determinants of the cities’ ultimate success”.
Now, you may think that by renovating your property will not, by itself,  have any effect but consider Bandwagon psychology; this is the phenomenon in which people do something primarily because other people are doing it (Investopedia). In conclusion, if you renovate your property your neighbours are more likely to do so and their neighbours and so on.

Especially when they see the beautiful eye catch results!

If you want more information about the Facade Program and how to apply go to  http://ow.ly/4i2F309WaUg

 

Bibliography

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=75638C0F5302EE14A433D0747ED4AAF4?doi=10.1.1.599.6708&rep=rep1&type=pdf)

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bandwagon-effect.asp

http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/31/101000045431.html

 

Eyelash Extensions

What you need to know about eyelash extensions

 Author: MUAH Beauty

Eyelash extensions have truly revolutionised the world of cosmetics. This new product is currently experiencing a phenomenal growth in popularity and has established itself around the world, particularly in the Canada, United States, Europe, and Australia. It’s no mystery that the eyes are the first thing people look at, “smile with your eyes” With the Eyelash Extensions, your eyes will appear brighter, bigger and sexier.  Women love looking refreshed first thing in the morning, and feel no need for much makeup other than fluttering your set of Eye Lashes.  Guess what? You can swim in these, that’s right, chuck that mascara or strip lashes away and swim stress and worry free! We know we feel so much prettier, it’s our BEST KEPT SECRET and probably will be yours.

 Eyelash Extensions are semi-permanent and are applied individually lash by lash. Each eyelash extension is permanently bonded to a single natural eyelash when the natural lash sheds due to the growth cycle, the eyelash extension will shed with it.

 About the Procedure

Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions are single strands of synthetic lashes that are attached one-by-one to your own natural lashes. Each synthetic strand is tapered at the tip with a thick base and curled to replicate a natural lash. The Lash Stylists meticulously and delicately attach one lash extension, to one natural lash, one at a time for a total of 60 to 120 lash extensions per eye.

Clients are comfortably reclined on an esthetic bed with their eyes closed, and lower lashes are covered to prevent the top lashes from adhering to the bottom lashes. The procedure is often referred to as “Beauty Sleep” as it is non-invasive, painless and so relaxing that clients typically then awaken to lush, beautiful lashes.

During the application, the Lash Stylist will isolate one natural lash and attach one lash extensions to the isolated hair about 1mm from the eyelid so that none of the eyelash extensions actually touch the skin or stick to each other.

Duration:

The procedure typically takes anywhere from 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, depending on the number of lashes being applied per eye.

 The look can last indefinitely with 45-60 minutes Re-lash appointments every 3 weeks. Like your scalp hair, natural eyelashes grow and shed in a cycle, which is typically about 60 days (2 months). When a natural eyelash matures and falls out, a new eyelash has already been growing and quickly replaces it. People typically shed between 1 to 5 natural lashes each day, depending on their individual growth cycles. When properly applied, the eyelash extensions will remain in place until the natural lash on which it rests falls out. Re-lash appointments are necessary to replenish the fallen hairs and maintain the look.

Here is a great article on the Huffington Post in regards to Lash Extensions

How long do they last?

Each eyelash hair grows at its own rate and each eyelash hair is at a different point in its cycle. Naturally, your eyelash cycle lasts approx. 60-90 days and a new lash grows in.  Typically a new set of eyelash extensions should last you anywhere between 2-3 weeks with the proper maintenance by the client.

 How should I prepare for my Eyelash appointment?

  • remove all makeup including foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, eye creams and eye serums

  • do not wear contacts to your appointment, wear glasses instead

  • do not curl your eyelashes on the day of your appointment

  • do not receive chemical treatments to your eyelashes, such as tinting or perming within 48 hours prior to your appointment

How do I maintain my new set of lashes?

For the first 24 hours, do not get your lashes wet.  Avoid taking showers and take baths instead.  Also avoid swimming, saunas and facials.  You can continue to wash your face but work around the eyes.  Try to refrain using products with oil, as it will strip the bond and shorten the lifespan of your eyelash extensions.

How do I sleep at night?

Any type of rubbing or tugging will shorten the lifespan of your lashes, it’s best that you try to avoid this as much as possible.

To book an appointment and find more services visit us at www.muahbeauty.ca

About Valentin’s Day...

Did you know??

Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. – www.history.ca

After “cards” the most common gifts given during this date are (Time and Date AS):

  • Flowers, particularly red roses.
  • Chocolates and/or candy
  • Teddy bears
  • Toy hearts
  • Sparkling wine
  • Cosmetics
  • Clothing, including lingerie.
  • Jewelry

But what is the origin of Valentine’s Day?

The origins of Valentine’s Day are not confirmed. However, there are many theories. Between the most popular ones are the legends about Valentin.

According to many articles, there were 3 different Saints called Valentine or Valentinus who were martyred and after whom this date would become a love celebrations date.

One of the legends states that “Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” -History

A second legend says that a man called Valentine was killed because he was helping Christians to escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.

A third theory tells that the evening before a guy called Valentin that was imprisoned himself in a Roman prison,  was going to be executed, he wrote a love card to a girl whom he has fallen in love with. This girl was supposedly the daughter of his jailer. Valentin signed the letter as “Your Valentin” and that would be the origin of the love letters and the tradition on the phrase “From your Valentin” (American Greetings)
Whatever the story was, nowaday February 14th is an international date to celebrate love and friendship in many places. 

Love Letter Friendship Pink Rose Pale Rose

Fun Fact:

“According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.” (Woman’s Day)

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No Valentin’s Gift yet! No problem!

If you have not decided what to give to your loved one, there is no need to go far. Here at Eglinton Avenue West, there are many options:

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Shoes

Here at York-Eglinton you can find brands such as Timberland,  Ecco, Nautica, Stacy Adams, Georgio Brutini and more!

Clothing

Flower

Astra Florist

Gifts

If you already have the gift. Come down to get ready for the big date in our Salons, Barbers, Spas and Nail Salons!

Find listing at http://www.yorkbia.ca/cat/hair-beauty/

 

 

Bibliography:

Save. “9 Interesting Facts about Valentine’s Day in Canada.” Save.ca Community. Metrolandmedia, 09 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. Davis, Kathleen. “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day.” Woman’s Day. Hearst Communications, Inc, 15 Dec. 2016. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. <http://www.womansday.com/relationships/a4702/10-fun-valentines-day-facts-103385/>. “Valentine’s Day in Canada.” Valentine’s Day in Canada. Time and Date AS, n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. <https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/valentine-day>. History.com Staff. “History of Valentine’s Day.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. <http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day>. Greetings, American. “The History of Valentine’s Day.” American Greetings Blog. N.p., 03 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Feb. 2017. <http://www.americangreetings.com/blog/history-valentines-day/>.

 

New year, new business…. and the taxes?

Now that a new year started many of you decided this is the year to open a business!

There are many things to consider when opening a new business such as location, distribution, marketing, legal fees, financing, business name… etc. But one of those important things are taxes.

According to Canada Revenue Agency “ for income tax purposes, we define a business as an activity where there is a reasonable expectation of profit and there is evidence to support that intention. For goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) purposes, a business can also include an activity whether or not it is engaged in for profit, as well as any regular and continuous activity that involves leasing property.”

Now that we know what a business is, it is important to understand what type of business you are planning to open. The structure of the  business will directly affect the your taxes.

According to Internal Revenue Service website there are 5 general type of business taxes.

1.Income Tax:

 All businesses except partnerships must file an annual income tax return. The type of returns you must file depends on your business structure. If you do not know you can always consult with a Tax Service Provider (see some of our Tax Services at the end of this post) or refer to Business Structures from IRS.  The federal income tax is a tax that you pay as soon as you earn, this means everytime time you get income you have to pay, during the whole year.  Employees usually pay their taxes every time they receive a payment because they employer withheld the tax amount and make the payment for them.

2.Estimated tax:

These are “periodic advance payment on taxes which are based on the amount of income and the amount of estimated tax liability that will incur as a result” (Investopedia) . It is a method of paying tax on income that is not subject to withholding tax. The income for this taxes can include self-employment, business earnings, interest, rent, dividends and other. (US Tax Center)

3.Self-Employment Tax:

This is a tax primarily for people that work for themselves. This contributions are for your coverage under the social security system which covers retirement benefits, disability benefit, survivor benefits and hospital insurance benefits. This tax applied in different situations.

  1. “If your net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more.
  2. If you work for a church or a qualified church-controlled organization (other than as a minister or member of a religious order) that elected an exemption from social security and Medicare taxes, you are subject to SE tax if you receive $108.28 or more in wages from the church or organization.” (IRS)

There are exceptions.

4.Employment taxes:

If you have someone working for you. You have employment tax responsibilities. Amounts to pay and forms to file. Employment taxes include:

  • Social security and medical care taxes
  • Federal income tax withholding
  • Federal unemployment tax.

More detail information on employement taxes visit https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/employment-taxes-2 or consult a Tax Service provider

5.Excise tax:

This is a tax that need to be paid for certain goods:

  • fuel-inefficient vehicles
  • automobile air conditioners
  • certain petroleum products

When goods are made in Canada, excise tax is payable when the goods are delivered to the buyer. When they are imported, excise tax is payable by the importer, at the time the goods were imported. (CRA)

Under certain circumstances, you may be able to claim a refund of the excise taxes you paid.

This post only touch the surface of different type of taxes you may expect when opening a new business. To have a greater idea you can find online information or consult an expert. Here we leave you a list of Tax Services Businesses located at Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto near the Eglinton West subway station.

tn-4Liberty Tax Service

  • 1474 Eglinton Ave.W. Toronto
  • 416.784.5533
  • www.libertytaxcanada.com

 

tn-3Maria Cruzado & Associates Accounting

  • 1776 Eglinton Ave. West Toronto, ON M6E 2H7
  • 416.785.9888
  • www.mariacruzado.com

 

tnRoses Financial & Legal Services

  • 1539 Eglinton West , Second Floor Toronto ON M6E 2G8
  • 416.787.3545

 

 

tn-1SFT Tax Services

  • 1656 Eglinton Ave. West Toronto, ON M6E 2H2
  • 416.712.6182
  • www.sfttaxservices.ca

 

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Tax Doctor

  • 1530 Eglinton Ave. West Toronto ON M6E 2G8
  • 416.785.7760

 

Bibliography:
“List of Things to Think of When Opening a Business.” List of Things to Think of When Opening a Business | Chron.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.

<http://smallbusiness.chron.com/list-things-think-opening-business-22308.html>.

 

“Small Business/Self-Employed Topics.” Estimated Taxes. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017 <https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/estimated-taxes>.

 

“Business Taxes.” Business Taxes. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017. <https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/business-taxes>.

“Excise taxes, excise duties, softwood lumber products export charge and Air Travellers Security charge.” Government of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Taxpayer Services and Debt Management Branch, Taxpayer Services Directorate. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017. <http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/sm/xcs/menu-eng.html>.

 

Root. “Estimated Tax.” Investopedia. N.p., 18 May 2008. Web. 11 Jan. 2017. <http://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/estimated-tax.asp>.

 

“What Is Estimated Tax & Who Does It Apply To?” US Tax Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017. <https://www.irs.com/articles/what-estimated-tax-and-who-does-it-apply>.