Be a better you and support local businesses

Was February really only 28 days long?  Holy moly!  If you are like me, motivation has been at an all-time low.  Just in the nick of time, here are some local options that will get you out and about.

Get Artsy

Julie Glick, who is an extraordinarily talented local artist and all-around wonderful person (who is an invaluable member of our Arts Fair team of volunteers) is teaching oil painting on Tuesdays at Artisans-At-Work, starting THIS Tuesday, March 12 for 8 weeks.  There are only a few spots left.  Details below!

teaching promo march 2013

Get Moving

We blogged in January about fitness options in our neighbourhood, but CareerFit Mom has some new classes coming up that we wanted to tell you about, including a free run club on Sunday mornings along the Taylor Creek Trails!

Mar Apr 2013 Schedule

Get Shopping

This is not a pop-up shop plug.  This is a personal story about my best shopping experience ever.  

On Monday afternoon, on a day off shopping for sinks and toilets for my new bathroom, I finally made it into Krystle Lee’s pop-up at 1801 Danforth Avenue.

I expected to go in, casually browse through items, make polite conversation, and then leave.  That is exactly the opposite of what happened.

Krystle  was warm and welcoming, and I explained that I am recently back to work after having twins, which was my second pregnancy, so all of my clothes are either too tight, too old, or both.

Krystle literally took me through almost every garment in her shop.  She encouraged me to try things on, even things that I didn’t think would look good.  I learned that all of her clothes are Canadian-made – no sweatshops and as much as possible, Toronto-based designers. (What? Designer? Who do I think I am??) So I tried on many, many beautiful clothes.  Krystle and I honestly assessed each outfit and she gave me tips and advice about fashion that I had no idea about. (If you know me, you will not be surprised that fashion info was all new to me.)

I was playing it cool and not looking at price tags, but when push came to shove, I had to start caring about the bottom line.  Beautiful spring blouse? $35. Gorgeous black button-down dress? $95  Softest and best fitting camisole ever? $20  The prices were totally reasonable.  (She has higher end stuff too, which is also steeply discounted, if your budget has a bit more give than mine!)

Krystle is a personal stylist and usually sells privately to clients who know about her almost exclusively through word-of-mouth.  She buys her clothes with deep discounts, and her lack of overhead means that she can pass those savings right to her clients.

I left there with a great work dress, a georgeous sweater, and some really beautiful tops.  Even more amazing was that for the first time in 15 months, since my twins were born, I am excited to get dressed in the morning and I feel better about myself than I have in a long time.  To me, you can’t put a price on that.

You can find Krystle at 1801 Danforth Avenue for the month of March.

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0 comments to “Be a better you and support local businesses”
  1. I was so glad to read about your experience with Krystle Lee. I am also a twin mom heading back to work after 2 years. I was thinking of stopping in to see her but felt intimidated. I’m glad you had a great experience. I will definitely go see her!!!

  2. I too am heading back to work shortly and was amazed at how she found clothes that made me look and feel so good. Also agree that she gave great tips which will help me in future shopping. Thanks Krystle!

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