Beauty Essentials Beauty Supplies & Salon (1596 Eglinton West).
Check out all the various product lines, including Joico, Nexus, Paul Mitchell, Abba Hair and Motion. All chemical treatments, braid twists and locks styles done on the premises. There's also a wide variety of wigs in many colours, textures and styles. 416-785-7030.
Folu Esthetics (2093 Weston)
After taking in all the "staples" of glamorous skin care, dress to impress in African-Caribbean casual, business and formal fashions. Don't overlook the selections for children as well. 416-245-5656.
Heads Up Beauty Supply Store (900 Rathburn West, Unit B5)
Providing various cosmetic and skin care lines, including Black Opal. Hair and extensions services -- and wedding packages including complete hair and makeup -- are also available. 905-273-6307.
Jeanne Pierre Aesthetics & Spa Inc (530 Yonge, 1700 Wilson)
Come on in for the Caribana "Carnival" Tune-Up. A mini-facial including a 15-minute shoulder, back and neck massage, manicure and pedicure costs $99. All products formulated by Jeanne Pierre, an award-winning, media-featured authority on black skin. 416-964-2505.
Jenz Esthetics & Nails (749 Dovercourt)
Renowned aesthetician Jenn T introduces Gems on the Teeth. Also providing manicures, pedicures, nails, makeup and waxing services. Check out Gravel's Salon, featuring hairstylist Evon B, stylist and braider Betty and barber services by Gary. 416-538-0679.
Jordana's Hair & Beauty Studio (563 Parliament)
Specializing in wig creation for damaged hair, Jordana's offers all aesthetic services along with chemical treatments and natural hair styling, including twists, dreadlocks and press-and-curl. Jordana's introduces Strait Shades, a colour-and-relaxer combination by Design Touch. No more waiting two weeks for your colour! Bring this ad and get 10 per cent off services. 416-926-0875.
Just Incredible (1543 Eglinton West)
Carries a wide range of beauty supplies, hair extensions, top-of-the-line products and cosmetics. Catering also to women of colour. 416-787-7900.
Monica's Superstore (1553 Eglinton West)
One of the first merchants in the game, Monica's offers Salon M Hair Studio, George the Record Man, Hollyhood Fashions and cosmetic and beauty supplies for black hair and skin. Top grabs also include wigs in endless styles and colours, ladies' and men's fashions, hats, caps, shoes, videos, tapes and. 416-789-5722.
Salon Janice Professional Hair Care (1547 Eglinton West)
Janice and Nicky bring you all your wildest dreams in relaxing, colouring, curling, weaving and master cuts. Walk-ins welcome. 416-789-5456.
Sparks African Braiding Salon (1643 Eglinton West)
Shock the parade-goers with your new African micro-braid, cain row or box braid hair design. Also specializing in chemicals, weaving and locks for both ethnic and Caucasian hair. 416-785-7002.
West Indian Golden Beauty Supply Shop (862 Bathurst)
One-stop shopping for all types of hair and cosmetic needs. Golden Beauty specializes in braids, weaves and other unbeweavable hair fashions. While here, check out the Golden Hair Clinic and the Golden Barbershop. 416-533-6033.
Bookstores and Magazines
A Different Book List (746 Bathurst)
A Different Book List specializes in Caribbean-related and Carnival books. It's also a ticket outlet for Carnival events like the King and Queen competition. Tickets for the West Indian theatre production of Jean & Dinah at Artword Theatre are available here. 416-538-0889.
Burke's Books Gifts & Picture Framing (873 St. Clair West)
August 1 marks Burke's 4th annual Caribbean Wordfest, a celebration of literary and poetic excellence. Performers include Motion, Michael St. George, Jan Carew, Carl Greenidge and a mystery reader. Past guests have included Austin Clarke and Dwayne Morgan. Call 416-656-5366 for more information.
Knowledge Book Store (18 Queen West)
This is the place for hard-to-find Afrocentric books, greeting cards, figurines, artwork and CD gospel music. They also carry some beautifully crafted black dolls. Don't forget to check out the prints. 905-459-9875. knowledgebookstore.com
WORD MAGAZINE (6-295 Queen East)
Word Magazine offers in-depth articles, photos, listings and reviews covering a wide spectrum of black urban art, music and culture. 905-799-1630 or www. wordmag.com
Fashion & Gifts
A Child's Room (1481 Eglinton West)
Check out the wide selection of furniture and decorations for newborns to teens, including nursery goods, kids' books, clothing, cribs, full bedroom sets and lots more. 416-789-0628.
Andalous (425 Yonge)
Andalous imports giftware and home accessories from around the world. Need a break from the hot parade? Stop in here to take in the exotic masks, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, musical instruments, incense and oils. 416-593-5689.
Ashanti Room (836 Bloor West)
Ashanti Room offers African-inspired textiles, wall hangings, crafts, home furnishings and a wealth of educational and recreational reading material. 416-588-3934.
BR Clothing International (1549 Eglinton West)
For high-style street and sports gear designs, check out BR's fashions. Custom orders also available. 416-256-1727.
Carib Jewellery (1475B Eglinton West)
Bling out for the season. Carib Jewellery offers made-to-order custom-designed jewellery and watch, jewellery and clock repairs. 416-782-1831.
Roach-O-Rama (191A Baldwin)
Lots to look at and lots to buy in Kensington Market's Roach-o-Rama. Check out the "Jah Live" Selassie shirts, Rasta gear and Bob Marley T-shirts. 416-203-6990.
Tribal Eye (250 Carlton)
Tribal Eye is the largest African Diaspora art gallery and gift shop in Canada. It's dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of contemporary art from Africa south of the Sahara. 416-975-5566; e-mail email@example.com Carnival Shopping