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yorkdale shopping centre

Uniqlo Comes to Toronto

LOCATIONS SET TO OPEN AT CF TORONTO EATON CENTRE AND YORKDALE  SHOPPNG CENTRE THIS FALL

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Stock up on all the essentials when Uniqlo opens this fall.

Uniqlo is poised to satisfy a desire for minimalist imports from Japan with the opening of its first Canadian boutique. Established in 1984, the much-loved Japanese brand boasts more than 1,700 stores worldwide, including Hong Kong, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, and the U.K. The apparel company is best known for its functional yet affordable and well-made basics for men, women, and children. A multi-coloured palette makes mixing and matching effortless amongst a selection of athleisure, work, sport and lounging separates, including its signature cashmere sweaters and ultra light down jackets and vests.  —Linda Luong Luck

Nordstrom Comes to Toronto

LUXURY SHOPPERS HAVE EVEN MORE OPTIONS WITH THREE NEW NORDSTROM LOCATIONS FOR TORONTO IN THE WORKS

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

 

Jamie’s Italian Boasts Rustic Fare for the Whole Family

CELEBRITY CHEF JAMIE OLIVER’S ITALIAN-FOR-ALL CONCEPT RESTAURANT HAS OPENED IN NORTH TORONTO

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It was about four years ago when one of Britain’s most famous chefs tweeted his admiration for Toronto’s Buca restaurant. “My favourite meal of the year,” wrote Jamie Oliver, he of the myriad television shows, cookbooks and chain of 60-plus restaurants. So it came as little surprise when in the summer of 2014 Oliver announced that his brand would be coming to Canada, courtesy of the King Street Food Company, Buca’s owners. Eighteen months later, Jamie’s Italian is now open at the ever-busy Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Combining the erstwhile naked chef’s well-documented love of regional Italian cuisine with his advocacy for healthy, honestly sourced ingredients, the restaurant boasts an approachable—and relatively affordable—menu designed for the whole family. House-made pastas and pizzas are naturally a big draw, but don’t sleep on the rustic mains either: they range from simple pork and fennel sausage to prosciutto- and cheese-stuffed turkey to pan-fried whole fish. Budding foodies, too, are assured more than standard fare, with meals that balance meats, vegetables and grains to please pint-sized appetites and provide their parents peace of mind.  —Craig Moy

• Jamie’s Italian, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 416-238-7450; jamieoliver.com
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Opens at Yorkdale

NORTH TORONTO’S YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE ADDS WATCHMAKER JAEGER-LECOULTRE TO ITS ROSTER OF THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS RETAILERS

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The elegant confines of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Yorkdale location

Upscale Swiss timepiece retailer Jaeger-LeCoultre has set up one of its two new Canadian boutiques at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Since its 1833 founding, the company has become renowned for its ultra-thin movements and watch-making ingenuity. Enthusiasts can discover iconic items from the brand’s history as well as new collections, including the Reverso, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre and the Deep Sea, in a hushed, chandelier-lit space awash in warm tones of caramel and chocolate brown. —Linda Luong

• Jaeger-LeCoultre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 416-789-2334; jaeger-lecoultre.com
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10 Toronto Shops for Unique Holiday Gifts

THE YEAR’S BIGGEST SHOPPING SEASON IS UPON US. IF YOU’RE FEELING THE PRESSURE TO FIND SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THAT ONE-OF-A-KIND FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER, HEAD TO THESE WELL-CURATED TORONTO STORES FOR UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS, MANY OF WHICH ARE HANDMADE TO ENSURE QUALITY AND AUTHENTICITY.

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Brika’s pop-up shop at Yorkdale Shopping Centre is open until January

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The motto at Brika is “a well-crafted life,” which sums up the store’s concept: it sells well-made items designed by artisans instead of mass-produced goods. Originally an online business, there’s now a standalone store on Queen West, as well as a pop-up shop at Yorkdale Shopping Centre open through January 2016. Here, shoppers can pick up a beverage and baked goods from the café, and then peruse jewellery, home accessories and more from such designers as Cabin + Cub, Farewell Paperie and Most Modest. The Yorkdale outpost also feature a handy wrapping station for parceling up your purchases, as well as a colouring wall to encourage a bit of some self-expression.

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The Urban Tea Merchant Pops Up at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale

GET LUXE URBAN TEA MERCHANT OFFERINGS AT HOLT RENFREW—JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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A preeminent tea brand finds a (temporary) home at the city’s foremost luxury department store. The Urban Tea Merchant exclusive Canadian distributor of the prestigious TWG Tea brand, has opened a pop-up boutique at the Yorkdale location of Holt Renfrew. The airy space carries a well-curated selection of beautifully packaged tea and accompanying accessories, such as hand-blown glass tea pots, fine bone china tea cups and saucers, tins, trays, creamers and sugar bowls. Knowledgeable “tea ambassadors” can provide expert advice and guidance for selecting from the dozens of varieties, such as jasmine, chai, green, black, Darjeeling and Earl Grey.  —Linda Luong

• Holt Renfrew, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-789-5377; holtrenfrew.com
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Germany’s Gerry Weber Opens in Toronto

WOMENSWEAR RETAILER GERRY WEBER’S FIRST CANADIAN CORPORATE LOCATION IS NOW OPEN AT NORTH TORONTO’S DESTINATION MALL

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Gerry Weber specializes in fashion for women over 30

Yorkdale Shopping Centre continues to increase its collection of “first in Canada” retailers. The newest addition? Gerry Weber. Though there are more than 1,000 locations worldwide—including several franchises in Ontario—the Yorkdale boutique is the German brand’s first Canadian corporate location. Over four decades, Gerry Weber has become synonymous with moderately priced ready-to-wear apparel, accessories, leather goods and footwear for women age 30 and older. Its Toronto flagship carries four signature clothing lines: Gerry Weber (modern, sophisticated attire); Gerry Weber Edition (casual, sporty separates); Gerry Weber Accessories (scarves, jewellery and belts); and Taifun (urban business attire). More good news: the company is planning an aggressive expansion into the Canadian market with eight more stores scheduled to open by the end of the year.  —Linda Luong

• Gerry Weber, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 416-789-2002; gerryweber.com
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Yorkdale Shopping Centre Boasts a New Look and Lots of New Stores

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The first Canadian location of Kate Spade New York can be found at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Typically, once you’ve seen one mall you’ve seen them all. Yorkdale Shopping Centre wants to be the exception to that rule. The north Toronto hub recently underwent a $220-million, 145,000-square-foot expansion in order to better deliver the goods to its fashionable clientele. The renovated space boasts some Canadian retail firsts in the form of Kate Spade New York, Loft and Ted Baker London, while mainstays including Apple and Hugo Boss have also been enlarged and refurbished. With more than 250 stores, a movie theatre and even an upscale food court, Yorkdale is unquestionably one of the city’s premier shopping destinations.  —Macrina Smart

>> Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-789-3261; yorkdale.com
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Hot Shopping: Ann Taylor Sashays into Toronto

Add one more brand to the ever-growing list of American retailers opening up north of the border. Ann Taylor’s first foray into the global market includes two stores right here in this city. Creative Director Lisa Axelson says Toronto was the perfect choice: “It is a beautiful city filled with modern, sophisticated women who lead busy lives, and we are excited to bring a trusted fashion destination that offers great styles as well as incredible versatility.” Named for a best-selling dress—not an actual person—the iconic company is best known as a producer of smart, sophisticated attire for the modern woman, featuring dresses, suiting and separates that take a lady from the office to a post-work cocktail party to a weekend of errands and adventure. Best of all, pricing is consistent with the U.S., making cross-border shopping excursions a thing of the past.  —Linda Luong

Hot Dining: Yorkdale’s Retail Refuel

The evolution of the food court continues apace. Gourmet fast food came to the Toronto Eaton Centre’s Urban Eatery last year; now Yorkdale Shopping Centre offers Dine on 3. Sleek and sophisticated with natural wood and stone finishes, skylights and an outdoor patio, the upscale space features 19 diverse eateries, including local Indian-fare fave Amaya Express and licensed Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. It’s also the first food court in Canada to take table reservations, while a “perfume butler” helps you freshen up before a meal or after a hectic day of shopping.

Hot Shopping: First Tory Burch Boutique in Canada Opens in Toronto

Designer Tory Burch, famed for her preppy-boho looks, is set to open her first Canadian boutique at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The shop boasts luxurious touches such as brass chandeliers and seating nooks complete with iPads, as well as the brand’s complete line of ready-to-wear dresses and separates, footwear, jewellery, eyewear and leather goods.

Hot Shopping: Navigate Toronto Malls During the Holiday Rush

Malls like the Toronto Eaton Centre go all out for the holiday season (photo by Rasheed Clarke)

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? We know, finding gifts for everyone
on your list can be a daunting task. If you’re inclined to get all your shopping done in
one shot, the city’s premier malls and department stores offer multiple ways
to ease the experience.

TORONTO EATON CENTRE
Downtown’s largest shopping centre has cranked up its seasonal cheer with oversized snowflakes and giant silvery reindeer sculptures. The crowning gem is the Swarovski Christmas Wish Tree alight with more than 44,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments. In sight of this monolith, children can register to create their own holiday ornaments. Santa’s out in full force, too: bring your child to hear Saint Nick read a story, or schedule a 10-minute at-home Skype session with the jolly old man. Gift wrapping is available for a $5 donation benefitting the Children’s Wish Foundation. And when all your gifts are safely boxed and bagged, why not view the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity’s production of The Christmas Story? iPhone users can download the Toronto Eaton Centre’s mobile app to streamline their shopping experience.

YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE
Holiday stress often begins with packed mall parking lots. Yorkdale offers a remedy. The only shopping centre in the GTA to offer a mobile app for parking, which offers updates on your best parking bets every 15 minutes, plus streaming video of the mall’s upper deck lot. Yorkdale’s parking entrances are even equipped with electronic tabulators that note the number of spaces available, and valet parking is complimentary for MasterCard World cardholders. If you prefer public transit, visit with your TTC Family Day Pass and receive a $10 gift card when you spend $50 or more in the mall. Other bonuses include a complimentary coat check, Santa sightings, and a gift-wrap service.

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