Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from June 2013
The city’s newest stores include: a shop devoted entirely to socks, two online vintage boutiques and new locations from Kate Spade and the Drake General Store. Below, the full list, divided into west, central, east and online, plus the latest gossip on upcoming openings.
Sylvie and Shimmy
This ultra-feminine boutique in Parkdale sells trendy clothes and accessories for twenty-somethings with a heavy focus on Korean brands. Most items come in under $100.
1640 Queen St. W., 647-348-3332, sylvieandshimmy.com
Easy Tiger Goods
A Dundas West lifestyle store and coffee shop selling a mix of stationary, grooming supplies, women’s shoes and apparel and decor items. The common thread: clean lines, neutral colours and a nostalgic sensibility. Learn more »
1447 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161, easytigergoods.com
This Portuguese-themed space on West Queen West is multi-functional: there’s a cute coffee shop at the front, while the back patio is home to wine and cheese sessions, yoga classes and film screenings. In between, a retail shop carries statement pieces by Portuguese clothing designers Daniela Barros and Story Tailors and accessories brand Artelusa.
982 Queen St. W., 647-458-6672, Facebook
The popular, year-round artisan market in Leslieville recently opened a sister location at College and Ossington. The new, larger space has already attracted 50 vendors selling everything from greeting cards to baked goods.
846 College St. 647-997-7616, artsmarket.ca
Sock lovers flock to this Queen West shop, which stocks every stripe, colour, and pattern imaginable (including ones dotted with neighbourhood-appropriate mini-bicycles and moustaches). Speciality socks for skateboarders and yogis are also available. Learn more »
762 Queen St. W., 416-504-7325, floorplaysocks.com
Drake General Store at Hudson’s Bay
The Drake Hotel’s retail offshoot now has a pop-up shop on the lower level of the Hudson’s Bay flagship at Yonge and Queen. The shop-in-shop carries the Drake’s current line of road trip-themed goods and some exclusive-to-the-Bay items. It will remain open until the end of 2013. Learn more »
176 Yonge Street, 416-861-9111, drakegeneralstore.ca
Hudson’s Bay Shoe Floor
The formerly-dumpy department store solidifies its place as a trendy retailer with a gleaming 50,000-square-foot ladies shoe department in its downtown flagship. The vast space is reportedly the country’s largest women’s shoe store. Learn more »
176 Yonge St., 416-861-9111, thebay.com
Kate Spade New York
The girly accessories purveyor opened a two-floor, 4,000-square-foot flagship store in Yorkville. Far larger than its Yorkdale mall store, the Cumberland street space has a wider selection of the brand’s bags, clothing, shoes and jewellery, as well as an expanded beauty bar. Learn more »
138 Cumberland St., 416-927-8282, katespade.com
Love The Design
The Leslieville furniture and home accessories store with an industrial, vintage feel has opened a Summerhill location. Expect the new space to have a similar “rough-luxe” aesthetic, with the addition of resin art pieces by owner Christine Flynn.
1226 Yonge St., 416.408.1727, lovethedesign.com
A popular Oakville jewellery shop specializing in handcrafted pieces made of sterling silver, gold, semiprecious stones, pearls and diamonds opened a second location at Yonge and Eglinton.
2616 Yonge St., 416-482-2646, bluboho.com
This new Cabbagetown home decor shop has a nostalgic vibe. All products, including DIY cheese kits, Canadiana throw pillows and hidden-diamond candles, are sourced in North America. Learn more »
455 Parliament St., 647-748-4060, spruceonparliament.com
Residents of the East Danforth—an area long euphemistically dubbed “in transition”—are banking on a series of pop-up shops to help increase its vibrancy. Open for the summer on the stretch between Monarch Park Avenue and Woodbine: Krystle Lee, a clothing store with image consulting services; In This Closet, a women’s apparel thrift store; e-closet, a women’s accessories and apparel shop; Cheap Thrills, a shop selling samples and seconds for men, women, and kids; and Yummy Stuff, a bakery specialising in cookies, cakes and cupcakes. Learn more »
This slick online shop from local pop-up specialist The Art of Reuse offers androgynous men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories. There’s also an offbeat mix of housewares, from cool geometric mugs to funky painted poodles. Prices range from $15 to over $250.
Another Toronto-based online vintage store, this one catering to women. Floral dresses, art deco jewels, printed t-shirts and Levi’s jeans abound, all coming in at $60 or less.
• Following in the footsteps of both Kate Spade and Mulberry, J. Crew is opening up shop on Bloor West. Details are sparse, but a retail blog reports the new storefront will be at Guerlain’s former space at 110 Bloor. Learn more »
• Popular Quebec department store La Maison Simons continues its expansion into the rest of Canada with plans for two stores in the GTA. The company is reportedly eyeing the spaces at Yorkdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre that Sears will vacate in March. Learn more »
• Lululemon wants to open mens-only stores by 2016 in a bid to make inroads in the lucrative male sport-wear market. Learn more »
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