Congrats to Gillian Downes on the opening of her cutesy, pink-walled B.Skin shop (766 King West, 647-222-9054, www.becleansmellgood.com), stocked with luscious body lotions ($22), butters ($20) and shower gels ($16). Soy candles that combine spice, sugar, floral and herb notes light up bath time while jelly-coloured soap bars scrub you clean and scented. Downes will be donating a portion of her weekly take to a rotating group of charities.
Skirt save the date
Skirt (903 Dundas West, 647-436-3357) is celebrating its second year of styling up Dundas West's local fashion-loving crowd, and owner Jamie Dowdles is stacking up the promos to thank fans and customers. Starting June 8 (when the shop will be open until 9 pm for a wine-and-cheese birthday bash), shoppers will receive 15 per cent off regularly priced merchandise, 30 per cent off sexy summer dresses by Rosa Costanzo and Falbala and the chance to win a $100 Skirt gift certificate. The sweet deals wrap up on June 11.
We love a good mid-season sale that arrives at the same moment you're ready to store those winter sweaters and give in to springtime shopaholism. The Candi Factory Spring Sale runs this Friday and Saturday (June 2 and 3) at the line's studio space (107 Walnut). Pick up designer Candice Levine 's appliqué undies, floral-embellished T-shirts and fabric-collage A-line skirts. www.thecandifactory.com.
We're saving you the cost of a plane ticket to New York City with this one. Paul Johnson moved to the Big Apple from Toronto six years ago, and for the past three years has been operating his Phurniture Art & Design ( www.phurniture.com) gallery of mint mid-century modern furniture by off-the-beaten-track designers. On Wednesday (June 7), he brings his 51 favourite pieces home for the 51 Things show in a warehouse space at 1020 Dupont. If you miss opening night, the exhibit runs until July 15. www.fiftyonethings.com.
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