Store Guide: Rowan Homespun Market, a haven for antiquities and artisanal goods in the Beach
Name: Rowan Homespun Market
Sells: Apothecary, wellness products, vintage finds, handmade goods
Contact info: 2196 Queen St. E., 416-694-8888, rowanhomespun.com
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rowan Homespun Market opened earlier this month in the Beach, adding a touch of the countryside to Toronto. Owner and Niagara native, Dominique Del Col, carries her own line of all-natural apothecary products, handmade artisanal goods and old-world antiquities. Despite the dreamy vibe, everything is functional: “I want there to be whimsical creations that people will actually use,” says Del Col. She also hosts workshops in the back studio devoted to crafts like candle-pouring, fermenting, knitting and an upcoming honey salve–making class taught by a local beekeeper.
Wildwood, Del Col’s beauty and wellness line, was developed with the help of a holistic nutritionist and includes bath salts, digestive bitters, body butter and dry shampoo—all made using organic ingredients from Del Col’s family farm. In addition to studying herbalism and Ayurveda, Del Col’s an avid antique hunter, and scours estate sales for unique finds, including brassware, recycled lighting and porcelain pitchers—all of which are displayed in the shop alongside hand-crafted pottery and ceramics from a Niagara collective (she’s currently showcasing colourful works from St. Catherines’ makers Shed Pottery). Also on offer are fermented pantry items, like Alchemy Pickle’s hot sauce and kombucha that’s brewed on-site.