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Sweat it up Roots launches its special XL collection and pop-up store (567 Queen West, as part of its 40th-anniversary.

Sweat it up

Roots launches its special XL collection and pop-up store (567 Queen West, as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations. Pick up limited-edition mix-and-match athletic wear items ($38 to $158) designed by Adrian Aitcheson of the popular street brand Too Black Guys. There’s minimal logo-ing, so no need to worry about looking like a walking billboard. The pop-up runs from today (Thursday, February 27) through Sunday (March 2).

Drama queens

Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse, the design duo behind Canadian fashion powerhouse Comrags (, have been tapped to design the costumes for the Chekhov Collective’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. This is their first foray into theatrical costume design, and it’s sure to be stunning. Catch The Seagull at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley, 416-368-3110, March 7 to 23. Tickets start at $36.

Kick some ass

I’ve been telling people not to judge Flirty Girl Fitness (580 King West, 416-920-1400, by its name for years. In addition to striptease and pole fitness classes, this place offers up some seriously hardcore workouts. Check out their free self-defence workshop with four-time kick-boxing champ Jacqueline Walters on March 9 from 2 to 4 pm. Learn strategies for situational analysis and conflict avoidance – and get a great workout while you’re at it. Call to register.

Game changer

Luxury retail chain Holt Renfrew has upped the ante at its Yorkdale location (3401 Dufferin, 416-789-5377, The store is now twice as large as it used to be and features free shoe shines and shaves with a straight razor in refurbished vintage barber chairs. Dressing rooms have seats for tag-along shopping partners, and there’s even an in-house aesthetician and a café where you can grab lunch. One thing’s for sure: Holt isn’t going to make it easy for incoming American luxury retail giants to steal its customers.

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