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Style Faux Pas strives for stellar service

In a world where personalized customer service is increasingly being squeezed out by online retailers, mobile apps, and perhaps – as we learned this week – even drones, a new Toronto boutique is striving to bring back the customized service that many shoppers still crave.

Style Faux Pas (@stylefauxpas), a new fashion retailer that opened last week on Church Street, north of Queen, claims to be “more than a traditional boutique”.


Launched by Alisha Hanif, an entrepreneur from B.C. with a passion for fashion styling, the shop offers such services as personal shopping and image consulting. Hanif’s goal is to provide a customized fashion experience, helping each client to find her own unique look.

This retail concept – although not at all new – seems strangely refreshing in these digital times.

The shop carries handpicked pieces from such designer clothing brands as Whitney Eve; Love, Zooey; Label + Thread; and Maurie & Eve. It also features accessories from such Canadian designers as Jessica Jensen and Melanie Auld, along with a selection of men’s wear.


The 600-square-foot boutique is located in a neighbourhood that’s not exactly known for its fashion, but since it’s just a short walk east of the Eaton Centre and the trendy retail strip on Queen Street West, Style Faux Pas will likely have no trouble attracting nearby shoppers.

The boutique is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.


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Bizou brings its bling to Queen Street

Accessory chain Bizou will soon be bringing its trendy and affordable jewellery, footwear and other fashions to Toronto.

The chain plans to open a 1,250-square-foot boutique on Queen St. West, just west of Peter Street, in September.

Flower Flip Flops, $14.90.

The new Toronto store will be Bizou’s third location in Ontario, with one in Brampton and one opening in Cambridge this summer. The Quebec-based chain has more than 120 locations altogether, spread across six provinces.

Bizou specializes in fashion jewellery of all kinds: everything from chunky wooden bracelets, dangly feather earrings and chic sterling silver necklaces, to sparkly rings, bold watches and belly button rings.

Leopard Square Scarf, $17.90.

And that’s not all. The stores’ selection of other accessories includes shoes and sandals, handbags, scarves, sunglasses, hats and more.

Most of the merchandise is bright and bold, to say the least. Bizou’s jewellery may not be for everyone, but for basic accessories like flip-flops and ballet flats, Bizou’s offerings are tame enough to have widespread appeal.

The prices are pretty appealing, too, with most items selling for less than $20.

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An upscale garage sale

Garage sale season is well underway, and in an effort to get in on the action, jewellery retailer Made You Look has launched an outdoor sale of its own.

The brand new Vendors Market, which launched June 4th, will operate each Saturday throughout the summer next to Made You Look Accessories in the Parkdale neighbourhood.

A joint venture with other businesses and residents in the area, the market will feature discounted handmade jewellery from some of Made You Look’s 100-plus designers, along with a wide variety of other local products and services.

The idea is to bring local businesses together and to showcase what Parkdale has to offer, says Sarah Hamel, founder of Made You Look.

Other vendors participating in the market include:

  • ShopGirls Gallery Boutique, offering Yoga Jeans demonstrations
  • The Well of Alternative Medicine, offering $1-per-minute massages
  • The Rustic Cosmo, selling homemade jam
  • Parkdale Prana Room, selling iced tea and offering free tarot card readings
  • Café Taste, offering cheese samples from local producers
  • Fringe Salon, offering discount coupons on hairstyles
  • Mangez, offering free samples of handmade treats

In addition, local residents will collaborate to sell second-hand clothing, vintage clothing, handmade cards and other repurposed finds.

The market will operate rain or shine, as it’s protected by large tents.

The Vendors Market presents a great opportunity to check out the various retail offerings of the trendy Parkdale neighbourhood. So instead of garage-sale-hopping this summer, swing by this one-stop-shop for all of your bargain-hunting needs.

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