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Bank Street

Hot Shopping: Covetable Brands at Wallet-Friendly Prices

The Clothes Secret offers fashionable consignment finds for discerning fashionistas. Photo credit: Cochrane Photography

Fashionistas on a budget go The Clothes Secret to get outfitted from head to toe. This hidden gem is a family-owned consignment shop that’s been in business for 20 years. (With brand names such as Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Liz Claiborne, and 7 For All Mankind, it’s easy to understand why!) The key? The owners are choosey in their selection, taking items that are no more than three years old, so you can find all the current styles for prices that range from about $12 to $125. Hot tip: the shop also offers free personal shopping, so book an appointment if your wardrobe is in need of a boost. 1136 Bank St., 613-730-9039.

Hot Dining: Gourmet Pub

Burgers, thin crust pizza, and mac and cheese are all on the menu at The Berryman Pub.

Where to go when a discerning diner meets a sports fan and they want to grab a bite? Head to The Berryman Pub. This upscale pub, which just opened in July 2011, has 13 high definition big screen TVs spread throughout the bar and dining room. As co-owner Mark Berry says, “There’s not a bad seat in the house to enjoy a quality meal while watching the latest sports action.” The menu yields both classic items (fish and chips, wings, The Big Berryman Burger), as well as some fun surprises (thin crust pizza, gourmet mac and cheese, a maple butter pork chop). There’s a certain expertise behind the offerings, and we know why: this local eatery is the sister restaurant to The Great Canadian Pub in Paris. Very cool, non? 478 Bank St., 613-421-7675.