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Nordstrom Comes to Toronto


The new Nordstrom carries upscale brands like Alice + Olivia .

The new Nordstrom carries upscale brands like Alice + Olivia .

The battle for Toronto shoppers heats up this fall with the opening of Nordstrom. After Saks Fifth Avenue debuted earlier this spring with much glam fanfare, the Seattle-based Nordstrom has opened the first of three Toronto locations, starting with the CF Toronto Eaton Centre in September (now open), followed by a second outpost at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October. (A third venture at CF Sherway Gardens is set to open in 2017.) The CF Toronto Eaton Centre flagship is among one of five in North America, and is a sprawling 220,000-square-foot space spread over three levels featuring concierge services, personal wardrobe and makeup stylists, alterations, valet parking, certified shoe and bra fitters, and free delivery within the downtown core. Shoppers looking to refuel have three eat-in options: the full-service Bar Verde, the casual lounge Habitant, and coffee shop Ebar.

—Linda Luong Luck


Hot Shopping: Shop Talk, Generation Green

Courtesy Generation Green

Courtesy Generation Green

After a personal health scare, owner Sherry Sobey made it her mission to promote a healthy lifestyle. This conviction led her to open Generation Green, an eco-friendly shop stocked with all-natural products. Since opening in 2012, the store has added more than 60 locally produced items for health-conscious foodies, alongside toxin-free cosmetics and a re-fill station for detergent and shampoo. An organic non-GMO bulk food section was added this year, with customers encouraged to bring their own containers to reduce waste. The store’s success lies in providing Mother-Nature- approved healthy alternatives for a variety of dietary and lifestyle needs, while supporting the Manitoba market.  Unit 155-1 Forks Market Road, 204-808-9848

Swatch Launches Olympic Timepieces


Four of the seven new olympic-inspired watches Swatch rolled out as part of the Rio Olympic Games Collection.


Swiss brand Swatch, known for its colourful and affordable timepieces, has launched a special collection in honour of the summer Olympic Games. Marked by the signature silicone band and plastic case, there are five watches in all, including a special POP edition; prices range from $70 to $145. —Linda Luong Luck


Saks Fifth Avenue Opens in Toronto



The Shoe Salon at Sak’s Fifth Avenue at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Photo credit: David Pike, Newswire)

The hotly-anticipated debut of Saks Fifth Avenue was met with much rejoicing by local fashionistas with the opening of its flagship location on Queen Street (there is also a second location at Sherway Gardens). The famed American retailer known for its emphasis on luxury offerings and pristine customer service pulled out all the stops for its Canadian launch, including a dazzling lighting fixture in the fragrance department and a Murano glass display in the ladies shoe department, home to Saks’ signature 10022-Shoe experience. Count the likes of shop-in-shops from Céline, Saint Laurent Paris, Bottega Veneta, Chopard and Boucheron, alongside such exclusive brands as Nest, Meira T, Orsini and Marli among others. —Linda Luong Luck


Where to Shop in the Exchange District

Hut K photo by Kat Wilson

Hut K photo by Kat Wilson

The artsy Exchange District is home to creative entrepreneurs based in some of Winnipeg’s most historic buildings.

A trendy tour of this ‘hood starts at Tiny Feast, for an artful arrangement of modern gifts, stationery and home accessories.

Nearby, ring into Sutton Smithworks, a premier boutique for elegant and dazzling jewellery pieces.

Continue down the street to Kit & Ace. This spacious shop offers the perfect combination of comfort and quality, with clothing fit for the office, gym, and everywhere in between.

For a well-deserved treat, step into Cakeology and indulge in a red velvet cake pop (or two).

Stroll north past Red River College to score the impressively stylish and powerful Helsinki Vifa Bluetooth speaker at modern design store Hut K.

More Winnipeg shopping districts:

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Where to shop in Osborne Village

Now Open: Anya Boutique

IMGP0870Discover treasures of minimalist design at new Exchange District shop Anya Boutique. The shop carries womenswear essentials including trousers, sweaters and t-shirts from Canadian and international brands like Product of Privilege and luxury knit brand LINE the Label. The shop specializes in products made by artists and designers who focus on local production. A collection of accessories like handcrafted Moyi Moyi leather bucket bags and one-of-a-kind hand-sculpted clay necklaces from Surface Handmade make up the product mix. 88 Albert St, 204‑416‑1323

Building New Roots with Flagship Boutique

Roots Canada Flagship store.

Rustic meets contemporary at the new Roots flagship.

What better way for a brand to celebrate its birthday than by opening a new store? That’s how iconic Canadian retailer Roots is ushering in its 41st year—with a new flagship boutique on the Mink Mile. Design director Diane Bald and senior director of planning and development Pauline Landriault have created a seamless two-storey space that marries the company’s signature rustic appeal with contemporary touches that honour its updated address’s original Miesian influence. Knotted oak, natural travertine stone, brushed brass and Tribe leather foster a subtle and serene setting in which to peruse Roots’s active apparel, footwear and supple leather goods. Open daily. —Linda Luong

• Roots, 80 Bloor St. W., 416-323-3289; roots.com.
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Hot Shopping: Diamonds are Forever as Tiffany & Co. Turns 175

The Tiffany Diamond as part of a Jean Schlumberger–designed ribbon rosette necklace

That iconic blue box—and the dazzling jewels contained within it—takes centre stage as Tiffany & Co. celebrates 175 years as the world’s authority on diamonds. The American brand has featured designs by the likes of Paloma Picasso and Frank Gehry and mastered pieces as far ranging as stained-glass lamps and coveted engagement rings. A tastemaker even before its founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, was in 1850 dubbed the King of Diamonds, and home to the awe-inspiring Tiffany diamond, the retailer continues to prove that its signature gemstones may indeed be forever. Take the opportunity to treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that never stops giving at one of three Toronto locations, including a new store at Sherway Gardens—Eva Voinigescu

Hot Shopping: Rock Your Body at Iyashi Bedrock Spa

An innovative new way to gain rest and rejuvenation has come to Toronto in the form of Iyashi Bedrock Spa, the first Japanese ganbanyoku spa in North America. The unique facility promotes rock bathing—spa guests lie on body-sized heated slabs of imported black silica, which release far infrared rays and negative ions to help detoxify the body. The 60-minute treatment ($47.50 to $59.50) relieves aches and pains and promotes an overall feeling of healthfulness. The spa also offers hot yin yoga classes—on heated stone beds, of course—and registered massage therapists offer appointments individually, or before or after a rock session.

Hot Shopping: Fanciful Frocks at Comrags

After 14 years on Queen Street West, Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse have relocated their popular Comrags line to new digs on the up-and-coming Dundas Street West strip. The creative Toronto duo have been at the forefront of the city’s fashion scene for nearly three decades, thanks to their effortless mix-and-match separates. At their new flagship boutique you’ll find fun dresses like the belted Lester, the plaid Meryl or the snakeskin-inspired Faithful, and the geometric Margaret jacket.