Boa, rated one of the Best Places to Shop in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine, is the fashionable brainchild of twin sisters Daphne and Ofra Nassani, geared toward chic-minded gals on a budget. Curating a collection of versatile day-to-night pieces, the sisters stock an inventory ranging from sparkling evening dresses to comfortable sweaters and bamboo leggings. In addition to keeping a close watch on the fashion world, the sisters pride themselves on being socially and environmentally conscious. They host in-store fundraisers and clothing drives to benefit Free-Them—a volunteer-run organization working to combat human trafficking—and make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by sending their customers home with their new duds in paper bags, rather than plastic bags or in the hands of coal-powered personal bag-carrying robots.
Groms outfits youngsters sizes 6 months to youth 16 with an array of surf-, snow-, and skate-related apparel from brands such as Volcom, Quiksilver, and Billabong. Kids can dress for afternoons surfing on apple-juice oceans in a graphic T-shirt ($20), or go sand-castle hopping in a pair of flip-flops ($15). Backpacks ($40) tag along during half-pipe runs, and skateboards ($100) roll down neighbourhood sidewalks and under neighbourhood limbo bars. Expert staff members are on-hand to help style rookies pick out the skate park's hippest looks, while parents relax and enjoy the satisfaction of being considered cool until the next family vacation to the Tupperware factory.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
Since connecting their first phone line 14 years ago, Primeline Connections’ knowledgeable staff has worked tirelessly to hone the art of cellular and internet-based communication. An authorized Telus dealer, the store’s shelves brim with the latest smartphones from brands including Samsung and LG, and a fleet of GPS-enabled devices facilitates simplified path retracing without the hassles of hiring a flock of migratory birds. Primeline staffers help patrons decide upon prepaid and monthly calling plans based upon their individual needs, and high-speed internet connections enable rapid-fire web surfing. The savvy customer-service crew patiently fields customer questions and concerns about computer uprisings while an in-house support team rehabilitates ailing devices.
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.