Nestled within a Tudor-esque square, Bead Rock imbues junior jewellers and senior accessory-smiths with the ingredients and the know-how to craft sparkling, wearable wares. As a one-time session, Beading 101 meets by appointment only, so check your calendar or cuneiform tablet and then call the repository of tiny, glittering eye-magnets to schedule your foray into the basics of bead-stringing and earring-crafting. Class materials are included in today’s Groupon, ensuring would-be beaders’ earlobes and necklines need not be naked for long.
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront, where he intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew great success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.
At Glamour Divazzz, personal stylists help visitors put together their ideal outfits from among a wide selection of brand-name consignment clothing. Guests can adorn outfits with jewellery and accessories or stop by the in-store salon for an appointment with a makeup artist or a fitting with Remy hair extensions.
Established over 30 years ago by owner and operator David Spiro and his family, Willow Books furnishes bibliophiles of all ages and interests with used tomes in a variety of genres, including cooking, history, and design. Seven days a week word worms can sell their books or scoop up a buffet of literary goodies generally ranging in price from $10–$40. Art and photography books ($10–$150) nourish hungry souls, and wee literati can get their noses stuck in a collection of children’s books ($1+). A pocket book ($3.50+) allows readers to enjoy on-the-go storytelling without the hassles of riding everywhere in Margaret Atwood’s sidecar. Shoppers can stockpile an arsenal of books by purchasing a trio of selected page-turners for $10, effectively bolstering personal libraries and giving resident ghosts more volumes to knock off of shelves while haunting.
Vivah Jewellry traces its origins back to 1972, when founder Zell Goodbaum began wholesale trading sparkly gems and fashion jewellery back and forth between Canada and his home in India. During his travels, he met self-taught gold- and silversmith Vivah Goldberg, who dazzled Zell with her masterful stone carving, intuitive eye for design, and impressive collection of golden celebrity busts. The Goodbaum-Goldberg alliance came into full fruition in 1985 with the opening of Vivah Jewellery's first location, a partnership that combined Vivah's artistry and technical skill with Zell's business savvy and experience.
Today, each of Vivah Jewellery's locations lures passersby who are easily distracted by shiny objects with more than 8,000 pieces of sterling silver, milky pearl, and precious stones. Appendages become beacons for positive attention when wearing the shop's uncommon, original trinkets, which have included the classic, turn-of-the-century-style art-nouveau crystal pavé watch and the contemporary crystal leaf designer headband.
At Cars 101, the seasoned staffers take care of the automotive basics: fixing, maintaining, and cleaning. Their services range from simple oil changes to more complex windshield replacement and tinting. Similarly varied, their tiered detailing packages feature simple steps—including hand washing and vacuuming—as well as more technologically advanced treatments such as high-speed polishing and hot-water extraction for upholstery and carpets. In case cars cannot be salvaged, Cars 101's facility is surrounded by a selection of preowned vehicles, including Queen Elizabeth's Studebaker.