Neighborhood Shopping on Queen Street West
Spring fever hit Toronto not long ago with unseasonably gorgeous weather hitting up our moods like a happy-lasting buzz. Here's a discovery or rediscovery walk around the Queen Street West neighborhood, from Spadina to Ossington, to find the perfect summer outfit!
In business since the late 90s and originally at Kensington Market, PhoPa has been at this address since 2009. Its name is a play on words derived from the French faux-pas as in must-not. It carries clothing lines for both men and women that are made in Canada and designed by a collective of homegrown designers.
702 Queen Street West
This namesake shop located in Little Portugal opened on the cusp of Winter/Spring 2012. A charming split-level apparel boutique for men and women, Sparks has been designing for more than five years. In his newest store, the interior’s spirit combined with fashionable styles pursue the nostalgic feel that has made the brand so popular.
162 Ossington Avenue
Durumi & Chocolate Shoes
Though actually two separate businesses, Durumi and Chocolate Shoes continue to present their collections in perfect harmony. Open since April 2011, this location is delightful for the colorful and retro-style blouses, skirts, leggings, shoes, socks, and pins on display. You’ll want to touch everything!
416 Queen Street West
At this five-year-old, presentation-box store, customers can fawn over the eclectic international brands for women from NY, LA, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto to elsewhere in Europe for clothing, accessories and jewelry that inspire Fashion Attitude With Nostalgia. And Kasha, the owner, plays super music!
967 Queen Street West
Fashionably Yours Designers Consignment
Chanel, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton and other international brands are certainly worth a rummage at this consignment store, especially if you’re a luxury label junkie who also likes great deals for gently used items.
632 Queen Street West