By NICOLINA LEONE
I remember my first DSW experience. A friend and I were cross-boarder-shopping in the then-named Carousel Mall. Our first mistake was cramming it all into 12 hours. Our second was saving DSW for our last stop. I hadn’t heard of the brand before that day, but my friend insisted that we went. Tired and almost reaching the peak of shop-’til-you-drop, she brought me into the store. I was overwhelmed. Rows upon rows of flats, heels, boots, sandals, runners. Brands that I loved and coveted: Steve Madden, Nine West, Sperry, Ugg (yes I like Uggs, sue me). I mustered as much energy as I could to take it all in, inspect every heel, compare every deal, find every secret corner that could be hiding the perfect pair of nude pumps – but to this day I regret not visiting the store first.
Luckily for me (and you), Town Shoes Limited has announced four DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse locations set to open spring 2016 and, guess what? Ottawa is on the list of recipients!
Our new DSW will be in the Train Yards Shopping Centre, about 20,000 square feet in size, making it among the largest shoe stores in Canada. Shoppers will be able to select from over 22,000 pairs of designer and name brand shoes at up to 40 per cent off suggested retail prices.
Other lucky regions receiving a DSW include Oakville (in the Oakville Town Centre), Halifax (Chain Lake Drive Plaza), and Regina (Grasslands Shopping Centre).
See you there! (First thing in the morning. With coffee and snacks.)