The Globe and Mail recently reported that the Hudson’s Bay Company is currently talking with Bloomingdale’s to open a “store within a store” at its Bloor Street location. Sources suggest that this is a pre-emptive strike from HBC CEO Richard Baker, who is attempting to capture a large chunk of the high-end fashion retail market before foreign players like Nordstrom arrive (it is rumoured that Nordstrom has been scouting real estate). Sources speculate that HBC is contemplating stores in Vancouver and Calgary as well, and this move could happen as early as the fall. Read the entire store [Globe and Mail] »
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The TIFF 2011 invitations keep rolling in, and leave it to Madonna to draw the most buzz—oddly enough, the hype has nothing to do with her 20-something boyfriend. The Hudson’s Bay Company will be hosting a private dinner for Madge, who’s coming to town to promote her second directorial effort, W.E., and the Weinstein Company at a top-secret location. There’s no word yet on who might be attending the dinner, but it’s being described as an “intimate and private” gathering, so we imagine it will include only Esther’s (is she still calling herself that?) closest friends. We’re hoping Rosie O’Donnell stops by, but we’ll take the Goop herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson or Britney Spears. Madonna has a lot of friends.