This past fall, I was traveling and had the honor of visiting three different Fluevog stores in two different countries (It’s not as exotic as it sounds: one was in Canada, the other was here in the U.S.). The first of my travels was in Toronto, where I attended an academic conference. Since the Fluevog store on Queen Street was a healthy walk away, I couldn’t possibly pass on the chance to visit. It’s a cute little store that for some reason, reminds me of the LA store, but smaller. Actually, I really loved the area because it reminded me of San Francisco. (In fact, a lot of Toronto reminds me of San Francisco.) Naturally, visiting the store made me homesick.
I thought I was finished with visiting the Fluevog store that day. However, I went back to Queen Street the next day because my new friend Monica wanted to know what the Fluevog hullabaloo was all about. While Monica was checking out the Vogs, I met the lovely Sarah O. You may remember her from her guest post on pointy Fluevogs. It was so funny because she was at the same conference I was attending. Naturally, great academic minds think alike, which explains why we were at the Fluevog store at the same time:) I LOVE meeting fellow Flueddicts!
Anyhoo… The lovely Monica fell in love with Idols | Freddie in burgundy. Unfortunately, Queen Street didn’t have her size. Therefore, we had to make our way to The Distillery, where the other Fluevog store is located. (Oh shucks – twist my arm!) I must give thanks to James (Queen Street) and Andrew at The Distillery for making sure Miss Monica went back to England with an amazing pair of Fluevogs. Here she is:
Since I was in Toronto for an academic conference, I did not get to do much sight seeing. I can’t say I’m disappointed because I was really happy to have visited TWO Fluevog stores. (Yes, this confirms my love of Vogs. Seriously…)
The next trip I took was to Chicago, where I was at a conference at DePaul University. It was super cold and on the last day, it started to snow. While I liked experiencing the first snow, I was a bit over the whole “layering of clothes” thing. Seriously. Those of you who live in four seasons – especially snow – have my total respect. I couldn’t stand the two days I had to pile layer upon layer of clothing just to keep warm. Bleh. I know. I’m a two-season whimp!
Anyhoo…. I did make it a point to visit the Chicago Fluevog store. I must say, it’s one of the biggest stores I’ve been to. I guess it used to be a theater that is now converted to the store. The Distillery was big (and gorgeous), with high ceilings and such. I quite liked it, but there was a lot of empty space. Chicago is big, but I didn’t feel like there was as much empty space.
While there, I did not try on any Vogs. (My trips to Toronto and Chicago were on back-to-back weekends.) Instead, I just walked around and checked out their displays and such. The workers were nice. Unfortunately, I didn’t get their names and wasn’t chit-chatty. (Yeah. That can get weird. How would I start that conversation? “Hi. I’m Joanne – the Flueddict that runs this blog and….”) Still. It’s a GORGEOUS store.
I know that spring is slowly trickling in and there are some AMAZING new Vogs. Like Gladys, I agree that there are some amazing things that are still on sale. Sigh. What’s a Vog lover to do?!
For the love of Vogs,