Archive for the ‘Retail’ Category

Quote of the Day!

2009 July 22

“I don’t know what I’d do if I was laid off right now.  I’d probably kill myself.  I mean, my rent is $700!”

– part of an overheard conversation, this afternoon, between two clerks at American Apparel

An Abundance of Wu-Tang Related Memorabilia!

2009 April 9

This past weekend, I went to a ‘Book Blast’ being held at this vintage clothing store called Penny Arcade (owned by my friend Gerald’s sister.)  The book being launched was called Youth League, by John O. and according to the author’s website it “depicts an uncertain near future filled with portraits of desperation, violence, and an abundance of Wu-Tang related memorabilia.” 

Truthfully, it was more of a leaflet than a book, but it was cool anyway.  And, some of the characters were wearing some sweet professional sports jerseys!

Youth League was printed in a limited edition of 50 copies and it sold out.  Good thing I got my (signed) copy!

The BatVespa

2009 March 8

Located in the front window of the Vespa store, Motoretta, on College:


Getting Head From Barbie

2009 February 26

Why use a regular mannequin, when you could have one topped off with a dozen Barbie heads?!  Obviously, that’s what somebody at the clothing store Delphic/Toronto was thinking.

Delphic is located at 706 Queen Street West if you want to do some shopping or just check out the interesting artwork.

The Corsage Contest

2009 February 11

My friend Emily and I have this contest every year to see who can get the ugliest most amazing corsage/boutonniere for one another, to wear to our formal banquet for the team we coach together.  Last year I was so pleased with the corsage I had made at the Pink Twig floral boutique that I went back there again this time.  The girl, either Tanya or Amy, jumped at the challenge both times and came up with some pretty (pun intended) spectacular creations.  Below are my entries for last year – w/peacock feather – and this year – w/ phallic pink fern.

Also of interest: these girls do the flowers for Canada AM and they’re going to be on the show this Friday, February 13!

One Way To Say iLove You

2009 January 22

I forgot I had this photo saved on my camera.  I saw this sign in the window of the adult shop Miss Behav’n on Queen Street West during the holiday shopping season.  What more could you (or your girlfriend) want than a pair of iPod panties?

iPod Panty

Whatever Happened to Paper Bags?

2008 November 26

Toronto’s mayor, David Miller, put forth a proposal today stating that, starting sometime in the future, all retail stores in the city would have to charge 5-cents for every plastic bag used to pack up one’s purchases.  This comes after negotiations between the mayor and the heads of the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, retooling a former proposal that would see a 10-cent discount for every plastic bag not used.  For the bylaw to pass, it still needs to be voted on my city council.

What I don’t get is why people can’t just take reusable bags with them when they go shopping.  Okay, I realize that sometimes you pass by a store and realize that you need to grab something.  Your shopping trip was unplanned.  You didn’t forcast bringing a bag with you.  However, I know from my own experience, and those of every family member and roommate I’ve ever lived with, that for the majority of the time (especially regarding grocery shopping) people know when they’re headed out to buy stuff.  When I leave my house for the supermarket, I automatically get my reusable bags from their place in my kitchen and take them with me.  Just like I remember to take my keys so I’m not locked out of my house.  People who always drive to the store could just keep them in their car.  It really takes nearly no extra effort.  Those who don’t do it are just lazy.

Why charge only 5 cents?  A lot of lazies are not going to care about spending an extra 30 cents at the check-out.  I bet if the cost was 50-cents a bag, or if stores only made available the 99-cent reusable bags, most people would start remembering to bring their own bags along with them from time-to-time.

On a related note, the Toronto Star did an article last year called Battle of the Supermarket Bags, to help you to decide which kind of reusable shopping bags to get.

A Croc of Shit

2008 November 24

I’m not quite sure how I missed it up until this point in my life, but there is an ENTIRE CROCS STORE located near Queen and Spadina.  Although I’ve never owned a pair of Crocs, they are to shoes what Texas is to travel for me: that which I need not experience to know that I never need to.

I found this hilarious review of the store (by Connie T.) and I couldn’t have said it better myself:

“Uh, what sane person on Queen West would walk into this store and take a beating to their boutique cred? Like that Facebook group states, ‘I Don’t care How Comfortable Crocs Are, You Look Like A Dumbass.’

I stepped in, more out of curiosity than anything else, and was bowled over by how many ugly shoes and colours were packed into one location. It blew my mind.

But I think more than anything else, I don’t get why this store is where it is. It would seem more appropriate in the Eaton Centre or Dufferin Mall. In fact, I’ve passed by a number of times throughout the day and no one is ever inside. Big surprise.”

The Crocs store is located at 356 Queen Street West.

Gimme Morba

2008 November 5

Have you ever been to the amazing store Morba, on Queen West?


It would be difficult to put this place into a category like, say, ‘furniture store’ or ‘antiques and collectibles.’   Others have described it as a “vintage furniture and accessories wonderland,” featuring “all-encompassing mid-century modern classic design [and] kitch,” and “a design lover’s fantasy realm of retro goodness, new and old.”

Some interesting things I saw there this afternoon included (but were not limited to): a phrenological bust, a taxidermied shark (among other animals), trays that make ice-cube shot glasses, vintage Playboy postcards, and a lot of cool ($$$) furniture.

It’s kind of like a really expensive flea market or an art gallery with a pack-rat of a curator.

Check it out if you’re in the area.  Morba is located at 667 Queen Street West (near Bathurst).  It is open Monday through Saturday 11 – 6, and 12 – 5 on Sundays.  You can reach them at (416) 364-5144.

BTW their website is not currently functioning, but the clerk told me it should be up and running within a couple of weeks.

Back in the Big Smoke!

2008 November 2

I was out of the country for a few months.  Then I was ultra-busy with my job for a while.  But now I’m back!  And I obviously have lots of things on which I want to make commentary.

Some of the stuff that has changed since I left:

1. The AGO has an opening date – November 14! – although if you drive by its Dundas Street location, it looks as if they’ll need an army of people working around the clock to have it ready for the public in 2 weeks.

2. The U of T football team actually won a game! (2 in fact, whodathunkit?)  In beating the Waterloo Warriors on September 1, 2008 (and subsequently, beating the York Lions on September 13) the Varsity Blues broke a 49-game (and nearly 7 YEAR!) losing streak.  Good for you, Blues, good for you.

3. The stock market plummeted.  A (figurative) rain cloud hovers above the Bay Street financial district.

Some of the stuff that has NOT changed since I last wrote:

1. The Bay begins decorating for the Christmas season about 2 weeks prior to Halloween.

2. The Trump International Hotel & Tower is still just a big pit in the ground.

3. The Toronto Maple Leafs (despite being the most valuable NHL francise, according to Forbes Magazine) still suck.

I sure am glad to be back in Tzero!