Every year, Montreal-based accessories and clothing chain Ardène holds a large warehouse sale to liquidate its surplus. While the event usually draws huge crowds — as everything is under $5 — this year is no exception, and the current health situation makes the experience quite difficult. Ardène's warehouse sale began on Wednesday, September 9 and will run until October 18 in Montreal.
The retailer announced that compliance with sanitary measures would be essential throughout the sale. Masks and hand cleaning are mandatory upon the arrival of each customer.
All sales are also final and no refunds or exchanges will be possible once your purchases are completed.
Despite the long duration of the event taking place in the former Saint-Laurent Loblaws, it took less than one hour after the opening for an announcement made via social networks to reveal that the wait to enter the warehouse sale was four hours long.
"Our warehouse sale is a must, but we can't predict how many people will show up. The wait time is currently 4 hours," shared Ardène.
Although the capacity in the shop is reduced to meet government requirements for social distancing, customers do not seem to be able to respect the famous "two-metre distance" requirement.
This is particularly difficult at checkouts that are close together, in queues and around more coveted items.
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Montreal has all kinds of different bars, but these changemakers say many of them fall short in making space for LGBTQIA2+ women. For this reason, Avery Burrow, event organizer, and Resto Keela teamed up to create 5 à 7s for LGBTQIA2+ women that take place twice a month.
The events were created for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to connect. According to Burrow, "queer women can actually have a reoccurring space where they can meet each other, flirt, make friends, and feel safe," at these new 5 à 7s.
Keela has a cute wooden terrasse located on rue Atateken with a beautiful spacious interior. These events are set to take place every first and third Wednesday of the month for the entirety of the summer and all LGBTQIA2+ women are welcome.
"[It was] better than I ever could have imagined! [...] And the wildest part about it was that I knew almost no one there (insert joke about how the queer community is super small and we've all dated)," Burrow said when asked how the first event went.
"Also the age range was awesome — from 18-year-olds attending their first queer event to women in their 70s catching up with old friends. This is how a lesbian space should feel; welcoming to all ages, gender expressions, and ethnicities."
During the events, you can get a pint of beer for $5 and any speed rail drink for $6.
5 à 7 For LGBTQIA2+ Women At Keela
Address: Resto Keela; 1237, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, starting at 5 p.m.