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When they were hairstylists, Lisa and David Robinson spent years listening to their clients complain about the difficulty of finding a lingerie shop whose bras came in a wide range of sizes and styles. Inspired, they decided to remedy this with their own boutique: My Top Drawer. The shop stocks bras in band sizes from 28 to 54 and cup sizes from A to M. Its professional fitters help customers find creations from brands such as Chantelle, Freya, PrimaDonna, and Goddess that are more comfortable than traditional corsets made from chainmail. If customers can’t find the right seamless, molded, pushup, or nursing style and fit in the store, the experts will custom order bras and mail them at no extra charge.

The shop’s wide range of supportive upperwear pairs with panties in thong, bikini, and brief cuts from Hanky Panky and Minerva. Additionally, customers can pick up both romantic lingerie and everyday sleepwear that keeps them warm when they go outside to count sheep in the pasture before nodding off. Spanx and Body Wrap shapewear smooth silhouettes, and the shop’s swimwear includes suits that accommodate full busts with larger cup sizes and supportive underwire.

979 Wellington Rd
London,
ON
CA

This female-owned boutique started out eight years ago as an apparel-only outfit that clothed pregnant bellies and their subsequent newborns. Today, Tummies to Tots has grown to supply all manner of products necessary for raising a healthy baby. Parents put together cribs, soft bedding, and furniture that give new additions a comfortable transition to life outside the womb. Moisturizing creams and ointments protect tender skin, and plush toys and pacifiers distract infants while parents spend quality time with their own teddy bears. When caretakers take babies mobile, strollers and car seats secure a safe passage. Potty-training equipment gently eases wee ones into the brutal reality of a diaperless future that we all must one day accept. Tummies to Tots continues to outfit mommies-to-be in comfortable, ergonomic maternity wear, and engraves customized baby-tag jewelry with the name of each infant. An on-site consignment department gives parents the chance to snag equipment that has already proven its competence at childcare on another family.

2020 Hyde Park Rd
London,
ON
CA

Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armour, and pint-sized and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pickups, and even sharpen skates or wax snowboards. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.

1314 Huron St
London,
ON
CA

Benjamin Moore Color & Design Centre coordinates living spaces with expert decoration advice and top-shelf paints, primers, and stains in an extensive palette. Specially trained design consultants are available in store and are equipped with up-and-coming home fashion trends and sophisticated spectrometers to prevent interior layouts from clashing and for attaching proper labels to naked crayons. Viscous sheets of paint from Benjamin Moore and Coronado by Benjamin Moore glide off of premium-quality brushes and rollers, making for consistent coverage of all household surfaces. As they clothe bare walls with coats of brilliant colour, designers and paint technicians at Benjamin Moore Color & Design Centre extend a helping hand to the world around them with annual fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity and by promoting sustainable product sourcing and recycling.

1166 Commissioners Road East
London,
ON
CA

Artistic Esthetic Spa marries old and new in both its spa services and simple black and white decor. Traditional chandeliers hang above asymmetrical couches in the lobby, where clients can sip complimentary coffee before they journey to private treatment rooms or pedicure stations. Though the spa team specializes in Ayurveda-inspired head massages-venerated treatments common in India for thousands of years-they also perform med-spa services such as peels and body-contouring sessions designed to tone skin. And during nail services, technicians invite clients to sit beneath the glow of funky hanging lamps as they perform botanical scrubs and pedicures heightened by high-end OPI polish.

191 Central Avenue
London,
ON
CA

Praised by the Gazette for its expansive hardcover collection and helpful sales associates, PT Campbell BookDealer welcomes readers of all stripes to its cozy headquarters inside a 150-year-old building. At any given time, the shop holds more than 35,000 volumes. Science-fiction, mystery, romance, and horror texts coexist side by side, arranged by authors' pen names or nicknames. A special nonfiction section covers topics such as science, medical studies, and business, and a children's section contains picture books. Quality-control standards ensure that all tomes are free of flaws such as missing pages, mold, or falsified chapters inserted by revisionists.

388 Richmond St
London,
ON
CA