Readers Choice 2015: Shopping

[See the full list of winners here.]Henry's 119 Church, 416-868-0872, and others, henrys.com, @henryscameraHenry's has been a fixture in the.


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Henry’s 119 Church, 416-868-0872, and others, henrys.com, @henryscamera

Henry’s has been a fixture in the Canadian camera scene for over a century. Consistently recognized as the country’s go-to spot for the latest in the photography world, Henry’s has over 15,000 products to choose from and employees who have been with the company for decades.

Runner-up: Downtown Camera 55 Queen East, 416-363-1749, downtowncamera.com, @downtowncamera

Bay Bloor Radio 55 Bloor West, 416-967-1122, baybloorradio.com, @baybloorradio

For nearly 80 years, Bay Bloor Radio has been offering the best in home entertainment equipment, always adapting to changing technologies and making good service its mainstay. Buy stuff at Bay Bloor and get home delivery and set-up – you can even get equipment custom designed for your home. Get free seminars, including turntable clinics, on how to use your new purchases. And there’s free parking underneath the Manulife Centre.

Runner-up: Long & McQuade 925 Bloor West, 416-588-7886, long-mcquade.com

Consonant 2479 Yonge, 416-925-2855, consonantskincare.com

This local favourite has a dedicated cult following thanks to its all-natural skin care products that actually work. The brand recently launched more of its products in travel-size containers and teamed up with the Freeze Clinic to offer one of the best cold laser facials in town (paired with Consonant products, of course!). Check out their newly formulated natural de-alkalizing deodorant that lasts 24 hours and goes on smooth.

Runner-up: Pure + Simple 725 King West, 416-366-8558, and others, pureandsimple.ca

Body Blue 199 Danforth, 416-778-7601, and others, bodyblue.ca, @BODYBLUEDENIM

This independently owned duo of denim stores boasts some of the best selection in town and in-store experts who will help you find just the right fit. More than just a spot to find your new favourite jeans, Body Blue also sells cozy knitwear from local brand Line and outerwear from Canadian line Mackage. Follow them on social media to take advantage of their frequent steals and deals.

Runner-up: Over the Rainbow 101 Yorkville, 416-967-7448, rainbowjeans.com, @RainbowJeans416

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Spectacle 752 Queen West, 416-603-0123, and others, spectaclelovesyou.com, @SpectacleLovesU

Calling all glasses geeks: Spectacle has the perfect pair of frames for you. The shop is an emporium of high-end designer glasses and quirky styles that you won’t see anywhere else. The retailer is often the first to launch hot new lines in Canada, and they’ll make sure your frames fit just right with their in-house adjustment lab. Check out the store frequently so you don’t miss their revolving stock of limited editions, special-edition collaborations and vintage dead stock.

Runner-up: Eye Candy Opticians 2244 Queen East, 416-454-6222, eyecandyopticiansltd.com, @eyecandytoronto

Yorkdale 3401 Dufferin, 416-789-3261, yorkdale.com, @YorkdaleStyle

This constantly expanding behemoth of a mall will open a $331 million extension that includes department-store-giant Nordstrom and a five-floor underground parking lot. Yorkdale is easy to access via public transit and also offers one of the best food courts in town, in addition to restaurant crowd-pleasers like Joey and Moxie’s.

Runner-up: Eaton Centre 220 Yonge, 416-598-8560, torontoeatoncentre.com, @toeatoncentre

Ten Spot 497 Bloor West, 647-693-7405, the10spot.com, @thetenspot

With locations all over Toronto, the city’s best express manis and pedis are only ever a short walk or TTC ride away. The Ten Spot is an indie beauty-bar chain that hires experienced staff and promises hygienic, quality services. Parents can even bring their kids with them for a kiddie pedi or mani. Always on top of the latest trends, The Ten Spot offers Frenching and nail art for special occasions or a dose of everyday glam.

Runner-up: Tips Nail Bar 848 Danforth, 416-405-8477, tipsnailbar.ca, @TipsNailBar

Gotstyle Menswear 62 Bathurst, 416-260-9696 ext 1, gsmen.com, @gotstyle

Gotstyle is the go-to shopping destination for men seeking everyday casualwear, business attire or even a wedding tux. The indie boutique stocks major international labels like Tiger of Sweden and Strellson alongside smaller local players like Baffi wooden accessories, Sully Wong shoes and Bustle. They even have an onsite tailor to ensure you leave with a perfect fit. Hit up Gotstyle’s Distillery District location, which also stocks womenswear and accessories, for a co-ed shopping trip.

Runner-up: Gerhard Supply 2949 Dundas West, 416-797-1290, gerhardsupply.com, @GerhardSupply

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Come As You Are 493 Queen West, 416-504-7934, comeasyouare.com

You’re entering a judgment-free zone at this worker-owned emporium of all things sex. You can find everything from Kegel exercisers to Japanese condoms, DVDs, vibrators and more on their shelves. The environment is totally sex-positive and open to all orientations and fetishes, so don’t be afraid to ask for help or suggestions. Want to up your bedroom skills? Check out one of their famous sex workshops, such as Aural Sex: Seduction By Voice or Practical Tantra.

Runner-up: Hanky Panky – A Boutique for Lovers 764 Queen West, 416-901-4998, thehankypankystore.com

Heel Boy 773 Queen West, 416-362-4335 and others, heelboy.com

Skip the big chains and head to this indie shoe boutique with two Toronto locations. They carry Lacoste, Kenneth Cole, Hunter, Cougar, Keds, Ted Baker, TOMS and more for guys and gals. Staff are always ready to lend a helping hand and don’t rush you into making a purchase with high-pressure sales tactics.

Runner-up: John Fluevog 4 Trinity, 416-583-1970, fluevog.com

Arts Market 1114 Queen East & 846 College, 647-997-7616, artsmarket.ca, @ArtsMarket

You could spend all day in Arts Market. The creative local shop with two locations offers Toronto artists space to sell their wares at reasonable rates, with no long leases and no commission taken. This brilliant idea means Arts Market now boasts over 120 artists, designers and artisans within its walls. The vendors are often on-site or working in the back studio, so don’t be afraid to say hello and get to know your neighbourhood creatives.

Runner-up: Outer Layer 577 Queen West, 416-869-9889, outerlayer.com

Doll Factory by Damzels 1122 Queen East, 416-598-0509, and others, damzels.com, @damzels

This sassy joint has one of the biggest cult followings in town. Its brand is pink, playful and flirtatious with a retro streak that will make you stand out from the crowd. Damzels loves women with curves and sells dresses that flatter and celebrate them. In addition to its in-house brand, you’ll find vintage-inspired garments from the likes of Bettie Page and PinUp Couture. Don’t miss the shop’s talk-of-the-town theme parties.

Runner-up: Fresh Collective 692 Queen West, 416-594-1313 and others, freshcollective.com

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