Store Guide: Hopson Grace, a new boutique in Rosedale devoted to mostly (but not only) upscale table settings
Name: Hopson Grace
Sells: Table and barware, cooking tools, pantry items
Contact info: 1120 Yonge St., 416-926-1120, hopsongrace.com
Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 12-5
Hopson Grace co-founders Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm (former execs at Tiffany’s and Veritas Communications, respectively) want to bring people back to the table and away from technological distractions. Their new Rosedale store carries fine china and porcelain, mouth-blown glassware, elaborate centrepieces, table linens and all of the trappings needed to throw the ultimate dinner party.
There’s a surprising amount of affordable stuff inside the lavishly decorated space, and mixing and matching is encouraged: shoppers can splurge on extravagant buys like an $1,800 Ralph Lauren candelabra, but also pick up simple, everyday products like $4 Duralex glass cups. “We carry a range of price points, but everything’s united by great design, good craftsmanship and clean lines,” says McKimm. The pair has brought in quite a few products customers won’t find anywhere else in the city (or in some cases, the continent): handmade carbon steel knives from Corsica, for example. Storytelling is important to the duo, and mini profiles are displayed next to every label, whether it’s a new designer or a centuries-old brand. The boutique’s for anyone who appreciates a well-set table (and maybe even some Game of Thrones fans, who’ll find a few things from Brit brand Abbeyhorn that have been used on the show).