Overbooked your guest bedroom this weekend? Finicky fashionista friends won't dream of sleeping on anything less than 400 thread count Egyptian cotton? Get them set up at the newly boutique-ified Pantages Suites Hotel & Spa (210 Victoria), a block away from the Eaton Centre. Not all the services are in place yet - the grand opening is scheduled for the end of September - but since they're one of Pride's sponsors, there's a reduced room rate of $199 this week, based on availability. 416-362-1777. www.pantageshotel.com
You know and love it as UpCountry Garden (16 Eastern) - don't worry, it's not moving - but start retraining your lips; there's a name change in effect for this gardening lifestyle store. Owner Duncan Fanning is phasing out the tired, old UpCountry title and bringing out a brand new name: Fresh. Start using it. 416-367-3906.
It's not often that I get a fashion boner, but news of Chanel hero Karl Lagerfeld collaborating with H&M for a one-time fall 2004 collection nearly ripped my pants. Since this is probably the closest we'll get to his genius handiwork, I suggest you start saving those toonies - there are 30 pieces rolling out mid-November. Don't sweat the suburban journey (Fairview Mall, 1800 Sheppard East; Promenade Shopping Centre, 1 Promenade Court, Thornhill). By then the Eaton Centre store should be up and running. www.hm.com
Cruise down to the intersection of Queen West and Roncesvalles Saturday (June 26) to enjoy a tidal wave of retro gear at Vintage Fest . From restored cars to antique furniture to hot vintage fashion, if you like old, you'll love this. Noon to 7 pm. 416-536-6918.
Looking for a little excitement at the end of your arm - OK, of the non-human variety? Toronto designer Carol Ellen just launched her sassy new line of crafty 3-D handbags. What do I mean by 3-D? Think your grandma's purse, a glue-gunned bouquet of faux flowers, definitely a summer must-have. Check out www. pinksaki. com or call 416-693-1434 for availability. firstname.lastname@example.org