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Mahro Anfield in Queen West

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in east Vancouver and came to Toronto in 2008 for school. I’m never going back to that mountain town!

What do you do for a living?

I co-own Mama Loves You Vintage on Queen West with, you guessed it, my mama!

How did you get started?

My mom got me into vintage. Growing up there were rooms dedicated to vintage clothing and clothing was hung like art on the walls. I’ve been thrifting since I could walk.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?
Mama Loves You is located at Queen and Augusta. I’ve been working on this stretch of Queen Street for almost 2 years now. The best part is that so many of my friends work on the street and I’m always running into someone I know. For such a busy downtown street it’s got a real community.

What’s the last treasure you found?
This weird horse hair key chain. I keep forgetting it’s on my keys though. I’ve freaked myself out a couple times by blindly searching for stuff in my bag.
If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

I would get veggie pad thai from Pho Phuong on Dundas West. It’s across from the street from my apartment and I have an obsession. They ended up giving me a VIP card because I go there so much. I’d get take-out and eat it in bed while watching bad TV. I’m classy like that.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
My cat Mojo. He’s with my parents in Vancouver and sometime Skyping your cat just doesn’t cut it. I would cuddle him all night long.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
CocoRosie’s Werewolf. It’s my soul in a song.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?
Cheaper sushi! You can get a california roll in Vancouver for $1. Yes, it may be from a place where duct tape is holding together the seats, but it is possible.

Visit Mama Loves You Vintage online and in person at 541 Queen St. West.

© 2012 Arden Wray