FIELD NOTES FOR URBAN PIONEERS [SPONSORED]

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Somewhere in the corners of the city between small spaces and established destinations, there’s never been a better place or time to follow a new path, or to simply create one. In this two-part series, Glenfiddich is proud to present a showcase of Toronto’s leading pioneers, from the sweet to the neat.

1. Lovers of drink unite. BYOB, Toronto’s first and only destination for all things bar- and cocktail-related, celebrates the fine art of cocktail culture with kitschy wares and innovative accoutrements to style any beverage. Unique finds including freezable soapstone cubes and a special glass and ice ball set are perfectly practical to chill your drink without diluting its flavour. So whether you’re a cocktail novice or a connoisseur, elevate your drinking occasion and introduce yourself to a new world of the artful drink.
BYOB Cocktail Emporium, 972 Queen St. W., byobto.com

2. The Stubbe name was first established in Germany in 1845 until Daniel Stubbe, a sixth generation chocolatier, brought the family business to Toronto in 1989. Employing traditional German chocolate making techniques, while  applying their own new and innovative twists, Stubbe artistically hand crafts decadent truffles and treats. This holiday season, discover the unique, one-of-a-kind Stubbe truffle made with Glenfiddich’s 15-Year-Old Solera Reserve single malt scotch (where $2.00 from every bottle sold across Canada is donated to Wounded Warriors Canada).
Stubbe Chocolates, 653 Dupont St., stubbechocolates.com

3. Derived from the Ojibway word for maple, Ninutik honours a true Canadian icon—maple syrup—through elegant, modern and distinctive design meant to elevate the art of sugarmaking. Former industrial designer, Richard Brault, found unique and non-traditional ways of bringing maple sugar to life. Through a comprehensive design process including preliminary sketches, custom moulds and intensive testing, Ninutik ensures that each product is as artful as it is delicious. A place like no other, and one to be discovered.
Ninutik, 35 Golden Ave., Suite A104, ninutik.com

4. For lovers of the old and unusual, antiquarian bookshop, Monkey’s Paw, is a destination to be seen and appreciated. Home to the very first Biblio-Mat in the world—a vending machine that randomly distributes old books—the shop celebrates the age of print by engaging curious bibliophiles, adding excitement to the thrill of hunt by pioneering the first device of its kind.
Monkey’s Paw, 1229 Dundas St. W., monkeyspaw.com

5. The Caledonian is a Scottish owned and operated pub and restaurant in Toronto, and home to a vast selection of single malts from all over Scotland. Opened in October 2010, owner Donna Wolff set out to bring a taste of the Highlands to the city. Since then, The Caledonian has become home to the first ever “Women and Whisky” series, held every other month, where Canada’s only female Single Malt Specialist, Elizabeth Havers, leads nosings and tastings on the history, production and lore of William Grant & Sons whiskies.  Be sure to stop by this winter and enjoy the Glenfiddich lounge (opening December 2013) on the back patio and indulge in pairings of traditional Scottish food and whisky.
The Caledonian, 856 College St., thecaledonian.ca

6. A destination for the modern man, Garrison Bespoke has built a reputation for their refined suiting experience. Grab a scotch and sift through fabric swatches available exclusively to the shop. With custom solutions tailored to each client’s lifestyle, the shop has completely redefined sartorial practicality, going as far as to source wrinkle and stain resistant cloths, bulletproof lining and even diamond-encrusted fabrics. We’ll cheers to that.
Garrison Bespoke, 26 Wellington St. E., garrisonbespoke.com

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