Spa it up
Before (or after) you get all worked up at Caribana, benefit from the soothing powers of aromatherapy at Jean Pierre Aesthetics & Spa (530 Yonge, second floor). The Caribana Special, a steal at only $99, includes aromatherapeutic manicure, pedicure and mini-facial, plus a 15-minute shoulder and neck massage. Check out the spa's Obsidian line of cosmetics, concocted to enhance the full spectrum of skin colours. 416-964-2505.
Go for gold
Come by Carib Jewellery (1475B Eglinton West) for 20 per cent off all in-stock gold designs. With such amazing savings, your smile will be flashier than your shiny new karats. Known for made-to-order custom work, the shop also does expert repairs on jewellery, clocks and watches. 416-782-1831.
Knowledge is key
The Knowledge Bookstore (117 Queen West, Brampton) is knocking off 20 per cent on its entire stock of prints by African-Canadian and -American artists. Also find here an extensive collection of sculptures, artwork, greeting cards, gospel CDs and hard-to-locate Afrocentric books. Additional deals: select book titles priced at less than $10, and usually costly shea butter soaps at two for $5! There's a comprehensive Web site, too (www.knowledgebookstore.com). 905-459-9875.
Be the belle of Carnival with your fancy new do. Clip out and bring this listing with you to Sparks African Braiding and Hair Design (1643 Eglinton West) and score 10 per cent off the boldest braid designs. The place also specializes in weaves, chemical treatments and locks for all types of hair. 416-785-7002.
Drumming up business
A mention that you saw this item in NOW Magazine gets you 15 per cent off on your next drum purchase at African Drums and Art Crafts (618 Dundas West). Choose from a wide selection of coras, djembes and balafons, or bring in your own beater for expert repair and re-skinning. Practice makes perfect, so check out Friday-night drumming classes, 7 and 9 pm. 416-597-0175.
The good folks at Monica's Superstore (1553 Eglinton West) are also offering a discount for NOW readers: tell them you saw it here and get 25 per cent off any and all items in the store. From hats and clothing to CDs, books and cosmetics, you'll find it all under one roof. 416-789-5722.
Bountiful book bins
A Different Booklist (746 Bathurst) carries a wide selection of literature, and several bins' worth of quality discounted books. This innovative bookstore has a large collection of Caribbean- and Caribana-related books, Afrocentric fiction and non-fiction for adults, plus colourful picture books for children. 416-538-0889. Send Sweet Deals tips to email@example.com