The Bloor-Yorkville area in Toronto might now be known as the hub of the sophisticated, but it wasn't only that way. If you go way back to 1830, there was even a guy named Joseph Bloore. This now-exclusive neighbourhood began as a residential neighbourhood and brewery site (because those things go together like birds of a feather).
Ask a baby boomer what Yorkville was like in the 1960s. Shabby, run-down, but hippie chic, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young played here back in the days when smoking publicly and wearing bellbottoms were even more fashionable than they are now. The cigarettes and pants have changed dramatically, as has the landscape, thanks to the influence of businesses like Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen. Soon coffee houses with acoustic sets became high-end boutiques for the incredibly wealthy.
With condominiums aplenty and fashions shows parading through Bloor-Yorkville's many Starbucks, this neighbourhood is a symbol for the dynamic pulse of ever-changing Toronto. While things remain uncharacteristically stagnant, get in your shopping while you can at Holt Renfrew, L'Elegante or Over The Rainbow. Even the thrift stores aren't what we would call affordable, but you may run into a celebrity, or a unique item that won't be replicated at your next cocktail party. If you can't afford to shop, look at it as a museum of clothing and jewellery and then celebrate your ability to restrain with a foamy latte.
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