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Hot Shopping: A Canadian-Made Lotion for Dry Canadian Skin

George's Light Special Moisturizing Lotion

It’s no secret Canadian winters can do a number on the skin. Salvage dry limbs with George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion, invented by Albertan George Doherty, now carried in Ottawa. A lighter version of George’s Special Dry Skin Cream, this lotion is fragrance-free, gentle enough for everyday use, and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. $2.99 for the 30 ml, $10.99 for the 360 ml, available at Loblaws grocery stores.

Hot Shopping: Keep Your Wardrobe (Joe) Fresh

Buying a carton of milk, eggs, some apples and a crewneck sweater was the norm for devotees of Joe Fresh, the Loblaw-owned label sold in the company’s chain of grocery stores. But now fans of the brand’s cheap-chic style have a standalone space to call their own on Queen Street West. (Equally popular south of the border, Joe Fresh shops are simultaneously opening in prime locations in New York City and New Jersey.) Though retail outposts have popped up in the suburbs, this is the company’s first downtown location. The 8,200-square-foot space boasts an extensive collection of Joe Fresh’s inexpensive and trendy ready-to-wear pieces like puffer jackets (for less than $99), sweater dresses and brogues for ladies, and V-neck sweaters and gingham shirts for men. Sleep- and activewear, jewellery, cosmetics and accessories like hats, gloves and sunglasses round out the selection. 589 Queen St. W., 416-361-6342.

Where in Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens as a Grocery Store

photo by Rasheed Clarke

I hate starting off a story with “when I was a kid…”
It makes me feel old. Ah well. When I was a kid, my dad would take me to hockey games at Maple Leaf Gardens so I could cheer on my favourite Leaf, Felix Potvin. We always rode the subway downtown from our home in Etobicoke because my dad hates paying for parking. College station was a lively place on game nights as fans rushed off the trains, up the stairs and down Carlton Street to what used to be
a national hockey hub.

The Buds moved from the Gardens to the Air Canada Centre in 1999, and it’s taken more than a decade for their former home to find another permanent tenant. Or, more accurately, two new tenants.

The first is Loblaws, the grocery store chain that two weeks ago opened its latest Toronto location inside the southwest wing of Maple Leaf Gardens. In the company’s words, this store represents “food’s greatest stage.” A lofty statement, but there are some novelties that set the place apart from other grocers: a sushi bar, omelette bar, a sizable patisserie, and a really tall glass case of cheese.