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Nifty names and patio parties

[attach]1961[/attach]Ah, summer.

That means long, hot days and summer camps for the kiddies, with perhaps a beachy destination and summery togs in store for kids and adults alike. And for those city slickers bent on the stay-cation, here’s to lots of long, warm nights spent on breezy urban patios quaffing vino and noshing refreshing nibblies.

I hadn’t ever considered Bayview Mills a hotbed of hipster social activity until the opening of Joey Don Mills at the Shops at Don Mills last September — now every time I pop into the place the bar and resto is so jam-packed with young good-looking folk I often wait for a table. Well, the action is only going to get hotter with the recent opening of the rooftop patio. I stopped into the launch party June 17 and partied it up with members of the media, foodie bloggers, and attractive hipster types.

[attach]1932[/attach]The rooftop is gorgeous and will please us semi-cool people who can’t be bothered heading downtown to get our ya-yas out. Distressed leather booths line most of the space and make for intimate nooks for groups, while an island bar overlooking the city (and the fading sunset) is sure to be a hangout for us single types looking for a summer romance. I was drinking white wine at the opening but the chow-chow is delish — be sure to try the California crab tacos, which are exclusive to Joey Don Mills. 15 O’Neill Rd. 416-445-6391 [url=http://www.joeyrestaurants.com.]www.joeyrestaurants.com.[/url]

Speaking of the Shops at Don Mills, other newsy updates there include a new Roots (416-849-1462 [url=http://www.canada.roots.com]www.canada.roots.com[/url]) store, just in time for Canada Day as the company is Canadian, eh. And if you don’t believe what I say about downtown coolness moving to Bayview Mills, look to the recently opened Leigh & Harlow (647-341-6091 [url=http://www.leighandharlow.com]www.leighandharlow.com[/url]) store as proof thereof. It’s true: the trendy Queen West apparel shop for dudes and chicas has opened this, its second location, at the Shops.

Stay tuned because if all goes as planned Mark McEwan’s latest, Fabricca resto, is due to open in August at the Shops as well. Look for it at 49 Karl Fraser Rd. right across the street from the existing McEwan Foods ([url=http://www.mcewanfoods.com]www.mcewanfoods.com[/url]). 1090 Don Mills Rd., 416-447-0618 [url=http://www.shopsatdonmills.ca.]www.shopsatdonmills.ca.[/url]

Meanwhile if the call of the pedestrian mall is less of a lure than a French-inspired boudoir, check put Liliana Mann’s revamped lingerie shop, Linea Intima, in the Bayview Village Shopping Centre ([url=http://www.bayviewvillageshops.com]www.bayviewvillageshops.com[/url]). Mann launched her new concept in the spring and all I can say is, French girly romantic is smokin’ hot. The white and pink shop is a big change from the former dark and somewhat dated digs. The new space is airy, with recessed alcoves holding pretty bras and panties, and a huge crystal chandelier dripping from a raised-centre ceiling hanging over pink and white striped French-style armchairs. There’s new products like Sapph Lingerie ([url=http://www.sapphlingerie.com]www.sapphlingerie.com[/url]) out of the Netherlands, which is exclusive to the shop, and Hollywood celeb faves like Marlies Dekkers ([url=http://www.marliesdekkers.com]www.marliesdekkers.com[/url]). There’s also swimwear by Maryan Mehlhorn. ([url=http://www.maryanbeachwear.de]www.maryanbeachwear.de[/url]) 2901 Bayview Ave., 416-221-9225 [url=http://www.lineaintima.com]www.lineaintima.com[/url]

If you’re sending the tykes off to summer camp while you frolic on the beach, check out You Name It Baby!, which is celebrating five years in biz. Co-owners Amy Hiltz and Rebecca Lander stock all kinds of personalized bags, backpacks and lunch bags that’ll be fab for organizing the kids as they jaunt off to the land of marshmallows and campfires.

The gals say they founded the shop five years ago after the births of their respective babies, when they realized there was no store in the city that offered a wide selection of personalized gifts for babies. They personalize all their items in-store and also sell their wares online across North America. (For the anniversary, all online purchases are 15-percent off August 9-15, discount code BDAY2010). 365A Wilson Ave., 416-638-1227 [url=http://www.younameitbaby.com.]www.younameitbaby.com.[/url]