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The Bay’s Team Canada Olympics collection includes a teddy bear, a flag and an adorable onesie

2012 Team Canada Olympics gear (Image: B Insider)

The 2012 Olympic Games begin tomorrow, which means that in addition to being bombarded with a lot of McDonald’s advertising, there will be a lot of barbecues and parties requiring guests to wear patriotic swag. While maple leaf-emblazoned shirts and jogging shorts may not make it into the permanent rotation, for the next 17 days, The Bay’s Team Canada garb will likely become a de facto uniform for some. And, though wearing so much red and white may seem daunting, The Bay’s Olympic team collection includes several pieces that will actually look good after the Olympics. (So, the opposite of this.)

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Introducing: CB2, a middle finger to all surrounding furniture shops on Queen West (also, it used to be the Big Bop)

CB2, 651 Queen St. W. (Images: Fraser Abe)

Nothing seems to get Torontonians going like an American chain finally opening its first Canadian store here (take that, Vancouver and Montreal). So naturally, the feverish frenzy surrounding the opening of CB2—Crate and Barrel’s younger, hipper sister—wasn’t unexpected. We’ve been anxiously awaiting the new arrival for well over a year, so we took it as no surprise that on the Sunday we visited, hundreds of shoppers enjoying the unseasonable weather were crowding the space, taking seats on virtually every couch in the place (Morba who? Design Republic what? Urban Barn where?). The space is a far cry from previous tenant the Big Bop, and the landlords have completely renovated the exterior—there’s no more hideous does-it-contain-lead purple paint, and the brick has been beautifully restored and cast aside a heck of a lot of glass. Mid-century modern furniture rules here, for prices slightly more affordable than fellow mid-century modern purveyors Design Within Reach. Get the lowdown on CB2’s penchant for shockingly bright colours, our favourite items and some scratchy sheets in a gallery after the jump.

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