The first thing you need to know about Othership is that it is not a spa. Don’t confuse it with the white-robes-and-eucalyptus pamper palaces you might be used to. Yes, there is a steam room, but that’s where the similarities end.

Every winter, Toronto’s cold, grey waterfront gets an exciting dose of design thanks to Winter Stations. The annual competition, now in its eighth year, has architects, artists, and designers from around the world reimagine Toronto’s existing lifeguard stations, which dot Kew and Woodbine beaches at regular intervals.

The Moscot story is on display everywhere in the new store, from the iconic yellow-and-black sign out front to the dozens of black-and-white photographs of New York’s Lower East Side that line the walls.

There are few iconic hotel bars in Toronto, but a desire for thoughtful, rich environments reminiscent of the literary salon is breathing life back into two of them. Such is the appeal of the Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York and the rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt.

This year, we don’t have to remind you, is a little different. But DesignTO, the week-long festival celebrating creativity and design, is thriving nonetheless.