Umbra grand opening
Now that all the last-minute touch-ups and drywall dust removal have been completed on Umbra's new flagship concept store (165 John, 416-599-0088, www.umbra.com), there's a public opening on Saturday (June 30). Umbra higher-ups and designers will be on hand to christen the pink-clad, two-floor space, and the first 50 people through the door will receive a $20 gift card. The first 200 people who pick out buys from the selection of functional and stylish furniture and home accessories get a free gift with purchase.
Wonderlust designer Hannah Melville (www.wonderlustclothing.ca) is transplanting herself and her company to Vancouver, and today (Thursday, June 28, from 10 am to 8 pm) is the last day you can catch her designer moving sale. Call 416-508-7158 to book an appointment to browse discounted samples, overstock, fabric, notions, trims and even office furniture. It all takes place at her Toronto Fashion Incubator studio (106 Dovercourt, studio 2).
Furniture at Fluid
Fluid Living (55 Mill, building 8, 416-850-4266, www.fluidliving.com) is well stocked with a season's worth of stylish furniture and home accessories and is marking the arrival of hot weather with a Hot Summer - Cool Deals sale through July 1. The shop's lineup of sofas, chairs, tables, dinnerware, kitchenware, servingware, glassware, cutlery, place mats and outdoor decor treats is reduced by up to 40 per cent. And if you order a piece from the sustainable Atlantico furniture line before the sale period end date, you receive a 20 per cent discount.
You've got the straight stitching down and you're running over your fingers with the sewing machine foot less and less, so you're ready to expand your needle-and-thread repertoire beyond pillowcases, totes and other variations on the basic lunchbag pattern. Sign up for Sew Be It Studio's (2156 Yonge, www.sewbeitstudio.com) Beyond The Beginner three-week intermediate class. Students work through pant and skirt patterns on July 12, 19 and 26. The course costs $110, and you can register by calling 416-481-7784.
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