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The Find: ultra-bright workout gear to help keep New Year’s resolutions on track

Thanks to cold weather, dark mornings and post-holiday gloom, January is a strong contender for the most depressing month of the year. No wonder holing up at home with a leftover Toblerone seems more appealing than hitting the gym to follow through with a New Year’s resolution. This year, stay motivated with some outrageously bright workout gear. The cheery hues will lift your spirits, as will the fact that many of them went on sale after Christmas—one January tradition that we’re definitely on board with.

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GALLERY: Yorkdale reveals its flashy new expansion

Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s swanky 145,000-square-foot expansion opens today, marking the next phase in the North Toronto mega-mall’s quest to corner the upscale market (a fancy food court already opened in June). Among the 30-odd new or expanded stores are the first Canadian installations of Loft (the younger, hipper label from Ann Taylor), Ted Baker London and Kate Spade New York, as well as Microsoft’s first-ever retail location outside the U.S. The suburban mall’s ability to draw buzzy retailers from abroad suggests its upmarket strategy is working.

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Is there a future for luxury sporting goods in Toronto? Sporting Life hopes so 

Sporting Life, Ontario’s luxury sporting goods store (and $2,300 parka emporium), is considering a search for private investors and may even go public in an effort to keep up with growing competition. The retailer, which recently added 40 per cent more floor space to its Toronto flagship, has flourished alongside successful brands like Canada Goose, Salomon and North Face. Those same brands are now being offered by rivals like Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen, and some have even opened stores of their own. Sporting Life is also under pressure from Sport Chek and could soon clash with U.S. retailers like Nordstrom that are considering forays north. Still, the upscale store isn’t out yet: its 2008 e-commerce launch gave it a name outside Ontario, and hey, the wealthy always have cash to spare, even in tough times. Read the entire story [The Globe and Mail]  »

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