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.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
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.
Every woman's body is different, which is why the European designers at Change Lingerie have worked to a selection that includes 108 varieties of colours and sizes. Whether lacy, sleek, patterned, or sporty, the designs include everything from supportive full-cup models to strapless bras that stay hidden under football shoulder pads.
Tied for third in the category of Best Art Gallery in the Oakville Beaver's Readers Choice awards, Glen Abbey Framing & Fine Art Gallery specializes in keeping safe your keepsakes. Issuing a stern rebuke to the ravages of time and light damage, Glen Abbey encases everything from artwork to sports jerseys in acid-free materials and regular or conservation glass. Memorialize baby's first PhD in an 8"x10" single 2-inch mat with regular glass and your choice of wood frame ($100), or honour past glories with a 32"x40" double mat, wood-framed chess-team jersey under regular glass ($450). All custom framing is done on-site, where patrons, like modern day Vincenzo Peruggias, can take inspiration from the art gallery. Friendly framers have myriad materials at their disposal, ensuring that each frame will peacefully coexist with the existing design scheme of your house, tree house, or nineteenth-century submarine house.
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.