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.
The BFF Boutique owners Shannon and Sharlene urge their customers to Be Fabulous Forever. The self-proclaimed "hole-in-the-wall" boutique cultivates a selection of unique, one-of-a-kind dresses and accessories. To keep its inventory fresh, the shop constantly adds new items, which it then displays amid an intimate, friendly boutique atmosphere.
In 1998, shop owners Ellen and Gregg ventured from their Chicago home out into the northern sunset, sowing the seeds of Otis & Clementine’s Books and Coffee in Upper Tantallon. Their business has since grown to carry more than 20,000 books, including recent best sellers, classics, romance novels, and young adult titles, as well as handmade jewellery from local artisans. Interspersed throughout the store are several reader-friendly lounge areas, boasting vintage area rugs and oversized chairs, where visitors can relax while sipping on cups of organic tea or fair-trade coffee from Just Us. Members of the shop’s book club meet regularly to share opinions of current titles and dish the latest Louisa May Alcott gossip.
A large variety of toys, apparel, electronics, and gift items line the shelves at The Cotton Penguin, all aimed at children ranging in age from infants to preteens. Youngsters and their parents can explore the aisles that burst with colourful toys for learning and plush dolls for reanimating. The Cotton Penguin’s staff strives to fill the shop’s inventory with items made from eco-friendly materials and sourced locally.
Fruitful Expressions enchants givers and receivers alike with its handmade, customized fruit and confection concoctions. Artfully assembled chocolate-covered strawberry bouquets and fruit baskets take centre stage on the tables of special occasions. The bakers’ talents shine most brightly in their chocolate cake pops, individual tokens of edible art available in dozens of styles that take the shape of animals, seasonal figures, or event-specific shapes such as brides and grooms (not included with this Groupon). Fruitful Expressions also concocts treats for holidays and special occasions, celebrating everything from Thanksgiving and birthdays to St. Patrick’s Day and Casual Banana Hat Tuesdays.
Busy Bee Tools equips its patrons with more than 5,000 different woodworking, metal, and power tools by brands such as DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, Freud, Craftex, Delta, and Porter-Cable. Digital calipers ($19.99) measure the precise distance between hanging portraits of Frank Gehry's protractor, and shockless hammers ($10.99) keep wayward nails in check. Suction-seal safety goggles ($3.99) and magnetic wrist bands ($2.49) ensure home repairs conclude without a glitch. A plethora of woodworking and metalworking implements avail themselves to creative projects from custom-whittled figurines to home-forged chocolate fountains.