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Where to Shop Toronto

H&M at CF Toronto Eaton Centre gets a New Look

H&M GETS A MAKEOVER AND NEW H&M HOME COLLECTION SECTION

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Budget-friendly housewares from H&M.

A newly-renovated H&M flagship at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre brings not only more affordable apparel for the whole family—including an expanded menswear department—but also the H&M Home collection. A core offering of textiles and accessories for the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom are supplemented by seasonal items like tropical leaf bedding and pineapple-shaped plates. This Toronto location, which boasts two oversized digital screens illuminating the store’s exterior facing Yonge-Dundas Square, is among the company’s top 10 largest stores in the world.

—Linda Luong Luck

Simons Says to Visit Square One

SIMONS  COMES TO ONTARIO WITH A NEW LOCATION AT SQUARE ONE SHOPPING CENTRE MISSISSAUGA

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Originally founded in 1840 as a dry goods store in Quebec City, the family-owned Simons has expanded to include 12 locations across Canada. It’s new venture in Mississauga at Square One Shopping Centre is a two-storey 110,000 square-foot space housing the company’s trendy but moderately-priced apparel and housewares from its own private label as well as a mix of international designers like Cédric Charlier and Vivienne Westwood alongside rising Canadian talent. Toronto-based design firm Figure3, who worked alongside Simons’s longtime partner Lemay Michaud, have created distinctive departments for its different collections, such as graffiti art and porta potty fitting rooms for Djba, which is geared towards young men, while suspended wire clouds denotes its iFive activewear.

—Linda Luong Luck

Nine Shops and Salons for Business Travellers

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS CAN HELP WEARY BUSINESS TRAVELLERS GET REFRESHED FROM HEAD TO TOE

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Perk up your boardroom attire at Harry Rosen (left) and Marlowe (right), and refresh your look with products from World Salon

Though business-casual attire has overtaken the three-piece suit, it’s still important to look professional. Put your trust in these sophisticated retailers and service providers if you’ve forgotten something at home or are in need of a wardrobe tune-up.

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Find Your Sole Mate at Shoes.com’s New Toronto Showroom

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY AT ONLINE RETAILER SHOES.COM’S LOCAL SHOWROOM

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Recognizing that most people are hesitant to purchase footwear online because they’re uncertain about sizing, a popular Vancouver-based retailer, Shoes.com, has come up with an innovative solution: a showroom where would-be buyers can try on an assortment of shoes and have them shipped directly to their home or hotel (the company promises delivery within two hours in the city). The Canadian outfit’s first bricks-and-mortar shop on Queen West carries a range of brands—nearly 500 can be found on their website—ranging from dressy labels like Badgley Mischka, Valentino and Cole Haan to more casual styles such as Frye, Sebago and Ben Sherman. Shoes.com’s in-house line, Hardy Design Works, as well as the complementary sock line, Richer, Poorer, can also be found in-store. Shoppers are encouraged to visit the boutique often—every six weeks a new theme is unveiled, featuring different brands and looks.  —Linda Luong Luck

• Shoes.com, 356 Queen St. W., 1-866-440-7948; shoes.com
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Quick Pick: 3 Toronto Florists for a Romantic Bouquet

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN TORONTO, IT’S EASY TO MAKE A ROMANTIC GESTURE WITH A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS

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A flower arrangement by Sweet Woodruff

This Valentine’s Day, or at any other time of year, surprise your beloved with a lush arrangement delivered to their hotel room before a special night out. Though Toronto has many talented florists, these are among our favourites.

1 Lisa Collins and her team at Sweet Woodruff are known for elegant, timeless arrangements that are especially popular with brides. 889 Dundas St. W., 416-362-8883; sweetwoodruff.ca

2 Apricot Flowers, a modern Mount Pleasant–neighbourhood shop is where owner Cathy Kim creates vibrant arrangements in tone-on-tone shades. 621 Mount Pleasant Rd., 647-347-2044; apricotflowers.com

3 Quince Flowers owner Rosemary Jeffares creates refined but contemporary bouquets by mixing beloved blooms with exotic varietals. 660 Queen St. E., 416-594-1414; quinceflowers.com

—Linda Luong

10 Gifts from the Heart for Valentine’s Day 2016

THESE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS ARE SURE TO WARM YOUR LOVE’S HEART

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Make sure you turn the tap (err, cufflink) on the left by choosing wisely from our Valentine’s gift list

They say it’s the thought that counts, but few people have ever turned down a beautiful store-bought product either. We’ve selected this small group of favourites—from local and international brands—to help ensure your Valentine’s gift-shopping experience is a smoking-hot success.

—Linda Luong

Get Hyba Activewear by Reitmans at the Eaton Centre

REITMANS’ HYBA LINE OF ACTIVEWEAR ENCOURAGES FASHIONABLE FITNESS AT THE EATON CENTRE

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Did you make a get-in-shape resolution for 2016? Head to Hyba for affordable fitness apparel for women in a range of petite-to-tall sizes. The label’s CF Toronto Eaton Centre pop-up shop, which is open until March 31, comes courtesy of parent company Reitmans and features colourful performance pieces in three categories: the Go-Getter for high-intensity workouts, the Mindful Mover for yoga, and the Fun Seeker for athleisure looks.  —Linda Luong

• Hyba, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 416-598-2065; reitmans.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre Opens at Yorkdale

NORTH TORONTO’S YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE ADDS WATCHMAKER JAEGER-LECOULTRE TO ITS ROSTER OF THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS RETAILERS

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The elegant confines of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Yorkdale location

Upscale Swiss timepiece retailer Jaeger-LeCoultre has set up one of its two new Canadian boutiques at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Since its 1833 founding, the company has become renowned for its ultra-thin movements and watch-making ingenuity. Enthusiasts can discover iconic items from the brand’s history as well as new collections, including the Reverso, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre and the Deep Sea, in a hushed, chandelier-lit space awash in warm tones of caramel and chocolate brown. —Linda Luong

• Jaeger-LeCoultre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 416-789-2334; jaeger-lecoultre.com
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Ace Your Yorkville Shopping Trip at Kit and Ace

VANCOUVER EXPORT KIT AND ACE BRINGS HIPSTER-CHIC FASHION—AND COFFEE—TO THE BLOOR-YORKVILLE NEIGHBOURHOOD

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Kit and Ace is the ultimate hipster store in ritzy Yorkville. The Vancouver-based brand founded by stepmother-and-son team Shannon and J.J. Wilson is best known for its technical cashmere apparel. Catering to the creative class, the Toronto flagship encourages patrons to pick up a latte and pastry from the in-store café, Sorry Coffee Co.—a cheeky nod to Canadians’ apologetic nature—while perusing casual-luxury basics like fitted shirts (of the T-, button-up and crew varieties), plus soft pants and skirts.  —Linda Luong

• Kit and Ace, 102 Bloor St. W., 1-844-548-6223; kitandace.com
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Sherway Gardens’ Retail Expansion Continues Apace

POSH WEST-END SHOPPING CENTRE CF SHERWAY GARDENS HAS EXPANDED—WITH MANY NEW AND RENEWED STORES

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CF Sherway Gardens’ recent expansion includes new Sporting Life and Andrew’s stores

Shoppers looking to capitalize on post-holiday sales should head to CF Sherway Gardens. The indoor shopping centre west of the downtown core is undergoing a massive $550 million multi-phase redevelopment that will eventually add 210,000 square feet of retail space to the mall. The north expansion was unveiled last fall with a premium roster of brands, including a new Harry Rosen flagship, a relocated Sporting Life, and new boutiques for Free People, Andrew’s, Ted Baker London, Saje Natural Wellness, Loding and H&M, among others. Stores in this new wing have dramatic 30-foot-ceilings and exposure to lots of natural light thanks to a soaring atrium. Saks Fifth Avenue is expected to open in February, with Nordstrom joining the fray in 2017.  —Linda Luong

• CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, 416-621-1070; cfshops.com
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10 Undeniably Awesome Reasons to Visit Toronto in 2016

AN ARTS FESTIVAL’S ANNIVERSARY, AN INFLUX OF PRO SPORTS STARS AND THE OPENING OF TWO LUXURY RETAILERS ARE AMONG THE MANY EXCELLENT REASONS TO VISIT TORONTO IN 2016

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Jet (or drive, or take the train) into Toronto in 2016. There are a great many reasons we’re excited for the year ahead (photo: Phillip Grondin)

This past year was one of the most exciting Toronto has seen in a long time. The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games brought thousands of international athletes to the city for a summer of widely praised competition. The Aga Khan Museum gave us a beautiful, compelling look at one of the world’s most vibrant cultures. The revitalization of the downtown waterfront finally came to (admittedly, somewhat confusing at first) fruition. And, of course, the Blue Jays’ playoff run helped renew our sense of civic pride and gave the rest of Canada a reason to love Toronto once more.

It’ll be hard to top all that as we head into a new year, but there’s still much afoot to justify our high expectations. From hotly anticipated performances to major retail openings to a few useful urban improvements, these are some of the best reasons to visit Toronto in 2016.

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Ever New Comes Up from Down Under

TREND- AND WALLET-CONSCIOUS AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR LABEL EVER NEW HAS ARRIVED AT THE CF TORONTO EATON CENTRE 

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The CF Toronto Eaton Centre has added a new retailer to its already strong roster of 230-plus stores. Aussie export Ever New recently opened its North American flagship in the downtown mega-mall, and the boutique’s glamorous, whitewashed space features a versatile mix of wardrobe and weekend apparel with feminine silhouettes. Known for carrying quality, on-trend pieces that won’t break-the-bank, Ever New’s fall/winter collection embraces neutral shades of black, white, grey, ivory and beige with punchy pops of royal blue and fuchsia. Cozy capes, flirty skirts, practical denim bottoms and statement necklaces are among the finds.  —Linda Luong

• Ever New, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 416-598-0990; Facebook page
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