Neve Sommers - Girls Just Want to Shop!
I was born and raised in: Richmond Hill, but I now live in downtown Toronto.
How I make a buck: I produce independent films and documentaries.
My favorite activities include: shopping; jogging;spending time with my friends.
3 things I love about the Stratford Area:
It's so pretty! There are few box stores. Instead there are a lot of great shops that you can't get in Toronto, because they're family owned boutiques, so when I go home everyone asks "where did you get that?"– I like that. It's a very easy going getaway for me and my friends to make a special weekend together.
3 Favorite local hidden treasures you shouldn't miss:
The Spa On Albert We all take turns with this one; our day pretty much revolves around it. Our Berry & Greens facials with natural botanical properties leave our skin glowing! It's perfectly situated downtown so I can shop and then wait at Revel for my friends.
Small-Mart General Mercantile A cool shop tucked away in an unsuspecting hallway just off of Stratford's busy main thoroughfare, Ontario Street. Although its slightly off the beaten path, once you find it you will be amazed at the interesting products they have to offer. Part novelty, part concept, part nostalgia, Small-Mart has a character that is all its own.
The Barkery! A Healthy Bakery for Dogs There are so many select boutiques that I like, but if I came home without anything for my puppy, I would be in trouble-and this place is so cute. You have to check it out! It's an all natural bakery and boutique for dogs, with original "human grade" treats made without sugar, salt, or artificial additives. Specialties include "poochie sushi", "muttinis", "doggie ice cream", and doggie birthday cakes.
My perfect day spent in the Stratford Area:
Well first of all, just getting out of the city with my friends and into the clean, fresh air of the country makes this a perfect day. For me, I would like to have a Berry & Greens facial at The Spa On Albert, and depending on their availability, its always fun to have two of us go in at the same time. Throw in a manicure, and a detox and then I don't really care about the rest of the day. There are a lot of great restaurants and patios to sit and have a glass of wine and a light lunch. Now: shopping! Bradshaws has an incredible selection of gifts and product lines for home décor or body care. Their kitchen department is apparently one of the best in all of Canada. The Touchmark Shop carries one of the largest selections of Canadian jewelry-sterling silver, Baltic amber, and semi-precious stone; as well as a unique and exotic assortment of shawls. Other favourites include MacLeods Scottish Shop, Distinctly Tea, and so many others that fill downtown and beyond. We could spend the whole afternoon navigating one block, but we have to stop at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They make the most sinfully delicious caramel apples, and you have to at least take one bite-it's their signature sweet. At the end of our day of shopping we could celebrate our acquisitions over dinner at any of the delicious fine dining spots around town. On our last trip we went to Monforte on Wellington, it has an amazing patio and the most decadent selection of cheese that they produce at their own Dairy! It was relaxed, comfortable, and the perfect place to toast a perfect day with a glass of my new favourite honey wine by Tallgrass Mead.