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Jeffrey Pethybridge in Moss Park

Where did you grow up?

Carman, Manitoba (a very small, rural town an hour away from Winnipeg – population 1000)

What brought you to Toronto?

After graduating from the University of Manitoba, I packed 2 suitcases and boarded a plane bound for Toronto. The prospect of moving to a city I’d never been to was thrilling and somewhat frightening….but I immediately fell in love with Toronto.

What do you do for a living?

Visual Display, Styling and Merchandising

How did you get started?

I grew up with parents who owned a few retail establishments (and instilled in me a very strong work ethic).  My first job was stocking shelves in our grocery store, to my father’s VERY high standards. At the same time, I helped my incredibly stylish mother merchandise the windows of her clothing boutique. Years later, I still apply their standards and style.

What’s the last treasure you found?  

I collect vintage juicers, and found a ridiculously complicated one (circa 1920) at the St. Lawrence Market’s Sunday Antique Market

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

Funghi Assoluti Apristomaco @ Terroni, followed by blood orange gelato at Ed’s Real Scoop

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Does sleepover mean sex? Cause Montgomery Clift circa 1950 would be THE answer, but if sleepover means intellectual conversation and insight, then Charles Dickens in Victorian London.  

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?  

Happy House (Siouxie and the Banshees) or Carousel (Mr. Bungle)

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

More coffee shops that stay open later than 9 pm.  Some of us caffeine addicts NEED coffee late at night.

Jeffrey is planning to re-launch his food blog BOYAPPETITE in the near future.

© 2012 Arden Wray