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Fashion & Style

The best and worst Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Toronto

Posted by Alex Brown / August 30, 2014

shoppers drug mart torontoThe best and worst Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Toronto are tricky to tackle: how does one measure the likeability of an army of chain stores that are designed to serve the same purpose? Interestingly enough, not all Shoppers are the same. Some are great grocery stores (minus the produce), and others, premium makeup suppliers.

There are medium-sized Shoppers', deluxe superstores, and seemingly last-minute, underground and compact locations. And given that every neighbourhood in the city has their own go-to location (sometimes two!) there's no doubt that Shoppers Drug Mart holds a special place in all our lives. (For Drake, it's the bottom.)

Here are the best and worst Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Toronto.

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The top 5 cosplay artists in Toronto

Posted by Shazia Khan / August 27, 2014

Cosplay TorontoThe top cosplay artists in Toronto are part of the city's thriving fan community. What was once a niche (and often mocked) hobby has become mainsteam, and will be displayed in full force at the 20th annual Fan Expo this week. Cosplay ("costumed roleplay" for the uninitiated) is so popular that some are making a lucrative career out of designing costumes and dressing up as their favourite fictional characters, whether there's a convention in town or not.

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Makeup chain Inglot coming to Yonge and Dundas

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 27, 2014

inglot torontoMakeup junkies, heads up: International cosmetics chain Inglot is coming to Toronto. The Polish company, which has stores across Europe and the U.S., will be taking over a retail space in the under-utilized strip at the southern edge of Dundas Square, just a few doors down from the Hard Rock Cafe. (The Toronto opening, strangely, comes on the heels of the company shutting down its existing stores in Montreal.)

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Muji to open first Toronto store at the Atrium on Bay

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 25, 2014

muji torontoLast week, we reported that Japanese no-frills home goods and clothing chain Muji was coming to Toronto in time for the holiday season, and a thousand design nerds immediately began preparing to make over their homes in a million shades of tan. Now, Retail Insider reports, the company has chosen the location for its first downtown store - the Atrium on Bay, home of Toronto's only downtown Red Lobster and that LCBO near Dundas Square.

What the Atrium lacks in retail cachet, it makes up for in location and available floor space. It's not known exactly which spot in the complex they'll occupy yet, but Retail Insider notes that they've got options. A large space is already open on the basement floor, and there's a new vacancy in the former Guess store on Yonge St. (though a giant Hallowe'en store is set to take over that space in the coming weeks, meaning Muji would have to wait to move in until after trick-or-treat season).
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Thank You Toronto sells hats for a good cause

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 25, 2014

thank you torontoDid you line up for the OVO pop-up shop earlier this month? Yeah, everyone else and their mom did, too. I saw a guy biking down the street in an owl shirt and a "The 6" hat last week. Hometown pride is fantastic, but Thank You, Toronto has a way to rep your home city that's a little more under-the-radar.

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Where to donate used clothing in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 24, 2014

donate clothing torontoLooking to donate used clothing in Toronto? Your closet castoffs have plenty of options for new homes. Major thrift chains, including Value Village, Salvation Army and Goodwill, are an obvious choice - in addition to being convenient, they'll use the proceeds to fund their own charitable outreach (or, in VV Boutique's case, donate some and profit off the rest).

But if you'd really like to feed your donations back into the community, there are a few local thrift stores still operating in Toronto, run by local non-profits that use the cash to fuel programs of their own.

If you'd like to make sure that that special item gets into the hands of someone who can really use it, there are organizations that collect professional clothing (think job interview suits) for folks trying to re-enter the workforce, and shelters collecting warm clothing to help those living on the street. You can even donate your wedding gown, with the money from the resale going to benefit charity.

Here's a selection of some of the best places to donate clothing in Toronto - where they are, what they'll take, and where your donation is going.

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