It wasn't too long ago that stores like West Queen West gift shop Token (888 Queen West, 416-516-9586) were in the middle of retail purgatory. To the east was the new hopping-for-shopping Queen and Tecumseth 'hood, and to the west the undiscovered storefronts of Parkdale. Token turns three on September 15 and joins neighbouring boutiques in finally reaping the rewards of their Trinity Bellwoods cachet. Stop by to wish them a good one and visit www.tokengifts.ca for a list of birthday deals and promotions as the date approaches.
Make a Wish
Wish Magazine's (www.wish.ca) fashion, beauty, home decor and food sections deliver easy living tips sourced from available-in-Canada brands and suppliers. Wish also turns three this month and has dropped its newsstand price to $3 to mark the occasion. Flip through a copy to browse features on de-cluttering with chic storage solutions, food and wine matching and, just in time for TIFF, celeb fashion tips on how to mix but never match.
Eye Spy an e-store
Well-loved east-end gift shop Eye Spy (1100 Queen East, 416-461-4061) has launched its new website (www.eyespygifts.com) where you can browse quirky buys and e-shop for furniture and home accessories. Yoko Ono dolls, Jonathan Adler pottery and giant ice cream cone lamps all make an appearance. The sale section is stocked with discount finds like the Auger storage system of interlocking dish rack spikes or Dream Green fridge magnets mimicking tufts of grass.
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