Every day I ride the Spadina streetcar from Spadina subway station down to where I work, south of Queen St. For the past few months, I’ve been noticing a particular store window that always has colourful, interesting umbrellas in its window.
The displays change twice weekly at least, and I curiously watched almost every day to see what new umbrellas might be featured in the shop window.
Having seen a few that captured my interest above the others, I finally saw one that got me itching to visit the store and pick it up: it’s bright green, with fancy edging and features banana leaves.
I didn’t know the name of the store, but I knew the shop window and so I took a walk up Spadina Ave. until I found the store: Marilyn’s. I went in, purchased my expensive, high-quality umbrella, and noted that the place offers wardrobe services. While perhaps geared for an age range a little older than myself. the prices on the clothing were quite decent and the styles were what I would define as classic or timeless.
I’m happy with my umbrella: in Monday’s hard rain, it proved more than adequate at keeping my head and shoulders dry, while being light and sturdy in my hand (not like cheap umbrellas which shake, wobble and feel substantially heavier). Perhaps in future I’ll go back to the store for a wardrobe consultation.