Store Guide: Good Neighbour, a family-friendly boutique in Leslieville (complete with its own Drake General Store)
Good Neighbour recently opened in an adorable bungalow next door to Leslieville Pumps (the space used to be a production facility for Degrassi). Co-founder Aziz Alam describes the boutique as a convenience store—“but a stylish one.” The place doesn’t sell lottery tickets or gum, but it does stock plenty of must-haves, including Herschel knapsacks, quality workout gear and gift cards, as well as lots of stuff you definitely don’t need (but probably want anyway), like artisanal Portuguese soaps and novelty flasks. And of course, this being Leslieville, there’s a designated children’s section crammed with all the mini New Balances and sparkly pink tutus your kid could want.
Clothing-wise, the selection is casually luxe, and Alam has made sure to stock a decent number of Toronto brands. Local mums will find chic Mackage coats, sweaters from Line Knitwear or pretty lingerie from Parkdale label Fortnight. Guys have their own upper level, filled with rugged clothing and accessories from brands like 18 Waits, Filson and Publish. Good Neighbour has also struck up a couple of partnerships, including one with the Drake General Store, which has a mini outlet in one corner of the shop, and another with Summerhill studio Love the Design, whose vintage throw pillows are scattered around the space. Prices range from $5 greeting cards to $1,000 down jackets, although a lot of the apparel falls on the pricier end of the spectrum.