Shopping is obviously a huge part of my life and though I love a department store as much as the next girl, I still think it’s so important to support small businesses, especially because you are contributing to the local economy and helping make someone’s dream come to life. I love the sense of exclusivity when I buy things that aren’t mass produced all the time and I also really enjoy the experience of shopping at a local spot because you get to know the person behind the business. I feel so relaxed knowing that the owner has hand selected everything in store.

Some of my favourite things to use my Amex for in the Annex, and Yonge & Lawrence is candy, clothes, toys for my pool and home accents! I love visiting Dana Jordan which is a novelty store located at 1732 Avenue Road with another location in Bayview Village. This place is a dream for the girl who loves to entertain in style! Flower vases, jewelry trays, cute glasses and home accents galore. I think this is my new favourite store for when your buying gifts for the girlfriends in your life, or yourself.

I could also spend hours in Toy Town, located on 1754 Avenue Road and I was able to pick up some pool floaties for my house and some for  my niece as a birthday present. This store has everything for kids and really takes you back to your childhood with all the nostalgic toys and games.

Another favourite of mine, and a very sweet place to stop on a shopping day is Pappabubble which is located at 3360 Yonge Street. This place is heavenly not only because of all the delicious and different flavours of candy you will find there, but because you can customize your own. Talk abut the best party favor ever.

Last but definitely not least is my favorite vintage store in the city, The Cats Meow. There you will be able to find some amazing pieces from some of the best designer brands around. You can honestly spend hours and hours there playing dress up and finding some amazing treasures.

Is all this shop talk making you want to get your Amex out? If so, I have great news for you! If you like to shop small at local businesses in the Yonge & Lawrence area or in the Annex, Yorkville or Rosedale you have the chance to win a dream trip worth 10K!

All you need to do is enroll online for one or both of you favourite Neighbourhoods. Click here for Yonge and Lawrence and/or here for the Annex, Yorkville and Rosedale. Then just use your Amex at all your favourite spots, sounds pretty easy right? Every swipe is a chance to win and you have until July 17th, so start shopping.

So, if love shopping, are an Amex Cardmember and love dreamy vacations like me, don’t forget to enroll!
This post was sponsored by American Express Canada.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.





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