Bypass crowded malls and hit up Bayview Village for last minute shopping.
By Jennifer Weatherhead Last minute shoppers take note — you don;t have to elbow, push, trudge and cram into cramped malls during this hectic shopping season. You can do your shopping in a civilized and chic setting, and leave the mall without looking frazzled. The solution is
Bayview Village in North York. If you’re like me, you might not have Bayview Village on your shopping radar (even though the Elle offices are just a few blocks away), but thanks to some swanky renos in November, a polished face lift and more designer shops, Bayview Village offers up a relaxing, comfy
Take your pick from Canadian designer stores like Brian Bailey (who you’ll find in his store quite often), Nada, and posh stores such as Andrews, Davids, an
Oliver and Bonacini restaurant, and the only other Pusateri’s outside of Yorkville. What you won’t miss are loads of mass chain stores (you won’t be finding a Zara or H&M here). but we promise you won’t miss it. There are plenty of chic options and unique finds for everyone on your wish list. An added bonus? The mall feels more like a hotel than just a place to spend some cash — with huge Swarovski chandeliers and extra wide walkways, you won’t be nudging anyone out of your way. It’s a shopping experience without the hustle and bustle. As for me, I plan on making weekly lunch treks if only for the pastry selection at Pusateri’s. …