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Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8

I’ll just come right out and say it: I am not one of those women who loves shopping.

Yes, I like having new duds, but the process of shopping for them is often more tedious than I’d like.

First, there’s the matter of finding a store which stocks apparel that I care for.

Then, there’s the whole issue of finding the right size which–when you have a Western Ugandan figure like mine with a bottom half that’s a different size from your top half–can prove to be a real feat.

Then, there’s trying things on.

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With most stores in East Africa not having a refund or return policy, who wants to be stuck with something that doesn’t fit or that just isn’t flattering?

Take all of this into account, and hopefully, you can begin to understand why I feel the way I do.

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Why I Like Shopping at My Favorite Clothing Store

And then, there are stores like the one I’ll mention today, which despite its high prices goes the extra mile to make shopping as enjoyable an experience as possible.

The clothes are stylish and of good quality.

They are well-displayed and arranged according to size, which is also clearly labeled on the clothes’ hangers (can you already guess which store(s) I am talking about :-)?).

The dressing rooms are spacious, well-lit, and have mirrors just where you need them.

Need I say more?

These are just a few of the reasons why I’ll answer today’s question the way I will. But…I get ahead of myself.

First things first, today’s question is…

Question #8: In your East African town/city, what’s your favorite clothing store?

To know my answer to this question, check out the first comment below.

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To let me know your favorite clothing store in your East African city, simply  leave me a comment in the following format:

City/Town, Country:
Favorite Clothing Store:
Why do you like this place?:

And now, let’s get a’ talking. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Until the next time,

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4 thoughts on “Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8”

City/Town, Country: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Favorite Clothing Store: Woolworths

Address/Location: Ground Floor, PPF Towers, Garden Avenue, City Center
Website: http://www.w-stores.co.tz
Why do you like this place?: Unlike many other stores in Dar es Salaam, Woolworths is well organized, carries good quality basics in a range of sizes, and has bright, spacious fitting rooms where clothes can be tried on.

(And it’s not just Woolworths in Dar es Salaam. The same goes for all the Woolworths stores I have visited in Nairobi and Kampala too! :-))

Like you, dear Biche, I am not a big shopper!! Nevertheless, I would venture to recommend the Woolworths, as well as Sylvie’s boutique, both in the Garden City Mall; both have some stylish, as well as basic pieces, at prices that don’t exactly break the bank, although they are also not watu-friendly either! In particular, Woolworths carries fairly good quality ladies’s underwear and nightwear, hard to come by in Kampala in my experience.

The best shopping place? well may not be the best but i have gotten some really good pieces from a friend with a shop on Kamu Kamu Plaza on the second floor called Her stlye! she has beautiful trendy pieces that again stand the test of time (and washes). Best time to catch her is upon her return from her shopping trips! For the pregnant woman ofcourse Dear Mom is the preffered place to shop :-).

Thank you, Vive and Julian, for your responses to this question.

Vive-By Sylvie’s boutique? Do you mean Sylvia Owori’s store? And I totally concur about the underwear and nightwear from Woolworths!

Julian-Thanks for the feedback. I’ll watch out for Her Style! the next time I am in Kla (no comment ;-)) and of course, when/if I get pregnant, I wouldn’t consider shopping elsewhere other than Dear Mom. 😉


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