Monday, April 1, 2013

Target, Eh

There's been a lot of hype for the past year or so surrounding the opening of Target in Canada. I visited the Shoppers' World location at Vic Park and Danforth today and have mixed feelings about it. In no way did I expect the prices to be as cheap as those in the US and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately a lot of other things did disappoint me.

A 11:00 on a Tuesday morning the place was already really busy but I was able to get a shopping cart that are unusually wide so I was quite puzzled by the numerous narrow aisles that could barely fit one cart let alone allow two carts to pass each other. Semi-fail.
Started out in the food section hoping to find snacks you can only get in the US and apparently it's going to stay that way. Fail.
Next I visited the women's clothing department and was underwhelmed by the selection. Many items didn't have price tags on them or the prices were printed so small you could barely see them. The Massimo line had some great items but they weren't competitively priced. Fail.
Planned to leave the store at this point but decided to check at the shoe section as I was passing by. This is where Target slightly redeems itself. Not a lot of selection but the shoes are reasonably priced and they carry size 10 and 11. I struggle to find shoes that fit both my feet and my budget (size 10 wide, $60 or under). I had to go up a size in the pumps I tried on but the 10's in the sandals fit fine. Three pairs of shoes for just over $100. A+
On to the linen department to look at sheets and saw nothing but the limited selection Zellers used to carry. Housewares was pretty much the same too. Fail.
Thankfully the cosmetics department turned out to be another good surprise. They carry the Sally Hansen polish strips I like in the newest designs at a reasonable price as well as Im-Press nails in designs other stores don't have. The one disappointment was no Sonia Kashuk cosmetics, only brushes and bags even though the SK sign above showed lip liner (that's kinda false advertising). A-
Check out was quick but it's poorly laid out, the self-serve line was a disaster and the mall entrance/exit is cluttered and too narrow. There's lots of staff on the floor to help out customers and are easy to find thanks to their squawking walkie-talkies. Semi-fail.
Despite my overall disappointment, I will return to Target but only to purchase items in the beauty department and check out what's new in the shoe department.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Balisi Sale

Balisi is having a "The Boss is Away" sale. Get 60% off all originally priced fall and winter footwear. Fri, Jan 27, Sat Jan 28, Sun Jan 29. for locations.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Doll Factory by Damzels

Doll Factory is having a 50% off event. Actually, it's two events! Starting February 27th get 50% off all in-stock shoes and boots (ends Feb 1st). Then from Feb 2nd - Feb 5th save 50% on EVERYTHING! for location and store hours

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winner's Worries

There's a HomeSense opening on Spadina north of King in the spring and I just noticed Friday night that a Marshall's is opening on John St just south of Richmond. Does this mean my beloved Winner's at King and Spadina is closing?
And what exactly is the deal with Marshall's? It's exactly like Winner's but with a different name and American owned. Winner's even suggested people should visit Marshall's for their shoe needs when they announced that StyleSense would be closing.
I was excited when I heard that Marshall's was coming to Canada because I thought they would have clothing by American brands you can't by here (or don't ship to Canada) but it didn't turn out that way.
I'm hoping that Winner's won't be taken over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

StyleSense No More

StyleSense is closing its (3) doors and everything in the store is 40% off so this is a GREAT opportunity to stock up on shoes and bags. Visit one of their three locations sooner rather than later.
Vaughan Mills, Oakville Place, Heartland Town Centre

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fashion Crimes

Fashion Crimes is offering 50% off already reduced merchandise (few exceptions). Hurry in as I'm not sire how long the sale will last!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Going Going Gone?

I have a funny felling that Costa Blanca may be going out of business. The one on Queen street recently closed but I thought that might have just been due to the high cost of rent in that area. But as I sit in the food court at White Oaks Mall I see the CB store here is also going out of business. If you're a fan you better hit your nearest Costa Blanca today and get 50% off everything in the store before they disappear!