Best shops, stores and boutiques in midtown Toronto for 2016
L–R: Cathy Kim (Apricot Flowers), Jie Matar (Jie Privé Salon) and Carmelita Blondet (Divine Decadence)
Cute-as-a-button flower pots and hand-fluffed roses are just some of the delights found at Apricot Flowers. 621A Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Cathy’s pick: Best casual threads
“Wish List YYZ owner Ramy and his mom, Ginette, are very helpful in helping me find pieces suited to my busy lifestyle as a businesswoman with two young kids.” 629 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
With personality delivered in spades from Jie himself, Jie Privé Salon is it for hair. 180 Davenport Rd.
Jie: Best for avant garde
“TNT Man is an edgy place to buy clothes. I love Comme des Garçons — that’s what I buy the most there. I also like stuff like Margiela and Jil Sander.” 87 Avenue Rd.
Anyone who knows anything about vintage (Kate Moss! Lady Gaga!) knows Divine Decadence Originals. 128 Cumberland St.
Carmelita’s pick: Best mani-pedi
“I love Sheacoco. I get my nails and toenails done and that’s it. The quality of their work is fabulous, and they are extraordinarily friendly. Ask for Wendy. She is the best!” 9 Hazelton Ave.
With its boho leanings set alongside the classics (hello, Smythe!), Canopy Blue is the answer to the classic shopping query: what to wear? Easy. 2582 Yonge St.
Best uptown shoes
The ever-dapper Derrick of Studio D sure knows his soles. His gorgeous picks hail from the likes of Rayne London, Sebastian Milano and MSGM. Your feet will thank you. 2570 Yonge St.
Best new shop
Looking to arrive at a fete playing belle of the ball? Neighbourhood newbie That’s Italy pulls out all the stops (and personal shoppers) to find you frocks from Uel Camilo and more. 2660 Yonge St.
The design-heads at Room 2046 know that shopping is best done with a latte in hand. Sip on one while picking through finds like natural soaps from Turkey and lively Juma socks. And then get a doughnut to go. 1252 Yonge St.
Best retro lingerie
Gals on the hunt for vintage-style lingerie can breathe a sigh of relief as Gigi’s House of Frills has filled that void. Actual retro finds share space with new bullet bras and all the frilly loungewear you could ever want. 587 Markham St.
Best for cool classics
Father-and-son outfit Jerome’s Menswear makes the customer feel like he’s part of the fam. We love their super personal approach and the fact that they don’t shy away from colour. 2603 Yonge St.
Best designer for less
We love Dawn Librach’s just-moved Rewind Couture for both its amazing designer finds and its welcoming atmosphere. Shop Chanel, Prada et al for a fraction of the original retail price. 577 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Best for mom and me
Thursdays is a one-stop shop, with ever-cool threads that translate from teenager, to young mama to mom whose kids have flown the coop. Look for new merch on.… Thursdays. 1130 Yonge St.
Rosedale’s Gee Beauty is beloved by stylish peeps like the Coveteur’s Stephanie Mark and more. With their help, put your very best brows, skin and face forward. 2 Roxborough St. W.
Best Canuck threads
Leave it to Coal Miner’s Daughter to keep the content cool and Canadian. Try Birds of North America or Dagg and Stacey. Lovely owner Krysten always has rad outfit suggestions. 594 Markham St.
Best natural skin
All-natural, made in Canada skin care? Yes, please. Consonant has been gathering up awards for their remarkable products that use organic botanicals and go far beyond “paraben-free.” 2479 Yonge St.
Best men’s boutique
We love Uncle Otis for their casual-with-a-twist pieces that see men emerge looking stylish in an approachable manner. The cool crew of stylists will always show you a good time. 26 Bellair St.
Still the best...
Best Tats - Seven Crowns Tattoo - 2499 Yonge St.
Best for Parties - Little Party Shoppe - 2566 Yonge St.
Best for Girls - Higher Ground Girls - 2511 Yonge St.
Best Kids Reads - Mabel’s Fables - 662 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Best Watches - Van Rijk - 90 Eglinton Ave. E
Best Accessories - Want Apothecary - 1070 Yonge St.
Best for Classics - Joshua David - 2525 Yonge St.
Best Tailor - Stychin Time - 927 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Best for Your Pooch - Dogfather & Co. - 1007 Yonge St.
Best for Kitsch - Drake General Store - 2607 Yonge St.
Best Car Racks - Rack Attack - 116 Laird Dr.
Best for Socks - Floorplay - 2585 Yonge St.
Best Casual Kicks - Getoutside - 3456 Yonge St.
Best Mystery Bookstore - The Sleuth of Baker Street - 907 Millwood Rd.
Best for Cyclists - Gears Bike Shop - 107 Vanderhoof Ave.
Best Kids Clothes - Advice from a Caterpillar - 8 Price St.
Best Cobbler - Millwood Shoe Repair - 716 Millwood Rd.
Best Kitchenwares - Degrees Kitchen Store - 2588 Yonge St.
Best for Birders - Urban Nature Store - 939 Eglinton Ave. E
Best Hardware Store - Dickson Home Hardware - 2028 Avenue Rd.
Best Dry Cleaners - Ashford Cleaners - 535 Eglinton Ave. W
Best Vacuum Service - York Appliance Service - 2029 Avenue Rd.