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She shares her shopping secrets


Best boutique for bra buying...
For an interesting selection of bras in regular or hard to find sizes, I always stop in at the Bra Bar at 118 Yorkville.
Carol, a Toronto student

A shoe-shopping addict shares her expertise...
Wing Tips Brown's at Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor St. West) is paradise for the shoe Princess. They stock Prada, Costume National, Robert Clergerie, DKNY and many more very "brand name shoes." Ask for Paul Harris. He's the Prince to serve you. At Aldo (340 Queen St. & 723 Yonge St.) it's Girl Power all the way with their fun and funky selection. Capezio (70 Bloor St.) provides an extensive selection of brand name fashionable shoes at reasonable prices. I have yet to walk out of this shop empty handed. Finally, Specchio (1240 Bay St.) offers very high fashion shoes for the avant garde woman. The service here is so extraordinary you'll never want to leave this shoe store!
Selina Waxman, Film Industry

Travel Books Galore...
Ulysses Travel Book Shop located in the center of posh Yorkville (101 Yorkville Avenue) has a wonderful selection of travel reading treats. Perhaps because it's owned by a woman, this store seems to carry a good stock of female-centered reading material.
Arch, a Toronto traveller

Disposable undies perfect for travel...
Tired of bringing dirty underwear home in your suitcase? There are two shops where you can pick up a six-pack of disposable polypropylene panties for $2.99. They're breathable, light and easy to pack . Pick up a supply at Europe Bound (49 Front Street East ) or the Pharmacentre at Women's College Hospital (76 Grenville Ave)
Lily Fong, Marketing Entrepreneur

Shopping short in Toronto...
If you're a woman of slight proportions and have difficulty finding clothes that fit, I empathize. At five foot nothing, 95 pounds, I know petite. Having lived and worked in downtown Toronto for over 25 years, I also know where to shop. My favorite spot for sophisticated, classy-with-an-edge suits and dresses is Price & Roman, a small boutique from a husband and wife Canadian design team. Located at (267 Queen) on the edge of the trendy Queen St. West strip, it's the only place in town I've been able to walk out the door, outfit in hand. No alterations needed. For casual and dressy gear, Muskat & Brown, (2528 Yonge) stocks many of the top designers in small sizes. Right next door, Brass will sometimes have something to fit a petite. If time is short (no pun intended) head to the Eaton Centre mall (Yonge & Dundas). Both Eaton's and The Bay department stores have good petite sections. There are also at least three specialty boutiques in the mall. I do a lot of travelling and would love to hear where you shop in your home city. Contact Anne Dimon
Anne Dimon, Travel columnist

She seeks out athletic wear...
For the sportsminded who like to shop, Toronto has recently become home to the very first Canadian Nike superstore. Centrally located at Bloor and Bay beside Chapters bookstore, this athlete's mecca has three stories of every imaginable sport apparel. And hats off to the smart folks at Nike for acknowledging women's interest in sports. A full third of the store's selling space is devoted to their women's pavilion.
Erica Ehm, Television Personality and JourneyAthlete

Cool "Hot" Lingerie...
Boxer Shorts Nearly Naked (749 Queen West) provides lingerie for the woman of the 90's. Check out the hers and his tie-dyed undershirts and boxers plus a unique selection of hip negligees to wear to bed or even out on the town.
Selina Waxman, Film Industry

Discount shoes...
There's a wonderful little neighborhood shop (903 Bloor West) called Joe Singer Shoes that happily discounts brand name shoes and boots. I always find friendly service and up-to-the-minute styling at very reasonable prices in this neighborhood hideaway. Believe it or not, they even have a website so you can check their specials before you leave home. URL:
Evelyn Hannon, Editor, Journeywoman Magazine

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