Shanthi Colony, Anna Nagar, has something for everyone irrespective of the size of the wallet, all on one stretch!

While Prada, Guess and Gucci appeal to every shopper, the latest trend emerging among most young shoppers is to walk on the streets on a lazy Sunday afternoon, picking out what suits them best, bargaining and going back home as a happy buyer. And you can do just that at Shanti Colony.

Anyone who had seen the area a few years ago will be in for a shocker now. A once quiet residential area, it has now evolved to become a busy commercial street with numerous shopping blocks. A straight road of shops on both sides ranging from accessories to art galleries, it proves to be quite a treat for every purchaser's eyes and purse.

So, wondering what you are going to do next weekend? Hit the streets of Anna Nagar and splurge on the countless range of merchandise obtainable here.

Accessorising

Whether it's a belt, trinket or a purse you are looking for, here's some of the widest variety of the most recent craze. The Bingo leather shop and The Durable Chrome Factory showcase a number of bags, shoes and belts that are sure to lure people of all age groups. The Dora Bag Mall, a popular haunt for footwear and bag lovers, is aptly located at the hub of the shopping area. It stocks an assortment of shoes from subtle to bright colours, casual to soiree wear and has a reasonable price range. The Roshan Bag Mall is also worth mentioning for its collection.

If it's brands you hanker after, don't despair for there is a Mochi, Bata and Kobbler with trendy designs to pamper your feet.

Even shopping for authentic jewellery is made effortless with the presence of Narayana Pearls and Gems and Nischal Pearls and Jewels. Ethnicity can be seen at its best in the Haryana Handloom and U.P Wooden Crafts where mirror work, patch work, jute items and State specific handicrafts sell like hotcakes throughout the year.

Clad in style

The Reebok Factory outlet satisfies every adrenaline junkies needs. The Derby, Koutons and Crocodile carry a selection to cater to the preference of label cravers. Gini and Jony, New Born and Bloo Pink ensure that the toddlers are included in the band-wagon. Traditional saris and attractive salwar pieces available in Surem's Collections, Varnalayam, Passion Collection and Fraulein catch every onlooker's eye.

Rashika suits, famous on the other side of town, has managed to establish its niche here as well with its intricate embroidery and impeccable tailoring. Laid-back, unfussy clothing seems to be the order of the day among young guns in the city. Roovy, Hotmale Cotton Collections and Coolwear are quite popular for their fresh and modern hotchpotch.

Sequins caters to women's fashion sense as it sells clothes that are constantly in vogue. Stores like Waves and Weeaars which pay attention to the interests of the entire family make shopping a one-stop fun trip. It consequently becomes a must-do on the weekend agenda.

All and sundry

Propel Fitness supplies equipment to some of the finest gyms in the city.

Spoil yourself by indulging in the services provided at the Tarache Studio and Spa, which is bound to rejuvenate you for the upcoming week.

Treat your taste buds by plunging into the sea of eateries here that include Shree Mithai, Smokin Joes and Cakes and Bakes.

Tech-savvy folks have much to cheer as Digital World offers almost all gadgets and equipment of leading brands like Sony and Panasonic.

Chittranjali art gallery famous for its terracotta paintings serves connoisseurs with the creative work of skilful artists.

Block the sunrays by donning coolers at just Rs. 299 from the Vision Express store.

Shilpa and Megha are III Year B.A. Journalism students of M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women.