We were sad when Chapters announced it was closing up shoplast October to make way for a 35, 000+ square foot Victoria’s Secret flagship store on the corner of Stanley and St. Catherine. For many of us, it was our primary source for literary material and was a veritable landmark in the downtown core. But with more and more people buying their books online these days, Chapters could no longer compete.
Victoria Secret on the other hand, is a global retail powerhouse and wasted no time in nabbing the prime real estate for what is to be its second largest store in the entire world, after New York City, and if the new vixens posted outside the location are any indication, you'll be browsing dem bras as soon as this fall.
I'm all for sexy lingerie as much as the next guy, but the fact that books lost out to boobs is somewhat discouraging. On a lighter note, there's probably some jobs up for grabs.
Sutton, Quebec spokesperson Isabelle Capmas confirmed to MTL Blog that Bill and Hillary Clinton were spotted in at least one store, kitchen accessory boutique Atelier Bouffe, in the Estrie town's centre on Wednesday.
Capmas said it was possible they visited other stores, too.
A photo of the power couple was posted to the City of Sutton's Facebook page according to Global News reporter Michael Armstrong but had to be taken down, Capmas said, due to an "outburst of abusive and defamatory comments," though a majority of commenters expressed enthusiasm.
The Clintons seem to have a fondness for the scenic Eastern Townships. Reports in 2017 documented the Clintons' visit to the town of North Hatley.
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"You will, of course, be able to enjoy what downtown businesses have to offer you : an umissable shopping experience! But you will also be amazed by several surprises that we have in store for you and something new for this edition!" reads Montréal centre-ville's announcement.
Past events have featured hundreds of boutiques and restaurants, musicians, DJs, graffiti artists, acrobats and exclusive deals as Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move forward onto the pedestrian-only street.
According to Montréal centre-ville, more information about programming will be released soon via its Facebook and Instagram pages. Stay tuned for details!
La Sainte-Catherine Célèbre
Price: Free entry
When: September 10 to 12, 2021
Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine (pedestrianized between Rue de Bleury and Rue Chomedey)
Why You Need To Go: Make the most of September by getting outside for a well-loved activity: shopping! Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move onto the street to become what's billed as Canada's largest sidewalk sale.
Swing By This Sandy Beach In The Middle Of Downtown
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.
This particular oasis is described as a "vacation in the sun, right in the downtown core" with "comfortable furniture, shade, a seaside soundscape, and that one-of-a-kind feeling of hot sand underfoot."
Alcohol is allowed, as long as you consume it with food so you can BYOB if you really want to set the mood of being on holiday.
Sitting on a lounge chair with your toes in the sand as you sip on a cocktail under the sun, it's hard to believe this is really Sainte-Catherine.
At the very least, it's the perfect place to relax after a long day of shopping.
A Beach In The Middle Of Downtown MTL
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Address: Saint James United Church — 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Instantly escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown, swapping it for beach holiday feels.