Friday, November 7, 2008

The Furniture Invasion

Finally, some more options when it comes to furniture and home décor. September and October saw the Canadian debut of two well known American home décor retailers. Crate and Barrel opened their first Canadian store at Yorkdale Mall and West Elm-a division of Williams Sonoma, opened in Liberty Village. I for one am thrilled to have both of these stores here, as finding things for my condo has been a long, slow and sometimes painful process.
Both stores have a strong catalog and website based business. Hopefully Canadian versions of both are in the works. With each of them only a short drive away its nice to see that Canadians, or at least Torontonians, have some more options. What I like about both is that they are very reasonably priced and their products are modern, fluid, clean and condo friendly!
Crate and Barrel will open a second store in Calgary in 2009. West Elm has yet to reveal their next Canadian location. Non-shopaholics everywhere are hoping for rapid expansions from both.
This may be the best thing that's happened to Canadian retail in a long time. I am seriously considering moving right into the Crate and Barrel store. Think about it, you'll never have to change sheets or wash dishes again!

Crate and Barrel
Yorkdale Mall

West Elm
109 Atlantic Avenue
ph: 416-537-0110

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