5 Toronto gifts at the ToronTOpia pop up shop
The ToronTOpia pop up shop is a collaboration between Coach House Books and Spacing Magazine who have set up shop on Portland just south of Queen. The shop is stocked full of all things Toronto themed, making great gifts for the savvy city slicker or souvenirs for your tourist friends. One side of the store is dedicated to Coach House's Toronto-themed publications, and the other has buttons, prints, posters, t-shirts, toques and lots of other collectables.
Here are 5 picks for great gift giving you'll find at the ToronTOpia pop up.
These small neighbourhood maps can help you navigate around any area of Toronto. A Kensington map is a good choice, cause everyone knows it can be confusing to find your way at first. Maybe you'll want to collect a bunch to represent every neighbourhood you've lived in. They are $20 for 12x12 (seen here) or $25 the 12x18 version.
Toronto Streetscape Prints
These prints are perfect for calling on some good Toronto nostalgia. Do you have memories of summer fun at Ontario Place? Or of an afternoon chilling by the Scarborough Bluffs? These vintage-style posters will harken back to a simpler time. They come in two sizes: 8x10 for $30 and 16x20 $75.
Vintage TTC Posters
These are poster size versions of Toronto transit history. They are great for adding a little city cred to your living room or treating your Toronto savvy friend to some cool Tdot memorabilia. They are $25 each.
Subway & Rob Ford Magnets
With a handful of these Subway magnets, you can map out the TTC on your fridge. They make a good small gift to pass out to co-workers or to include with a your mailed out Christmas cards. Oh, and if you're not so happy with our mayor, there's magnets for that too. Individually they are $3, or you can get 4 for $10.
Coach House Books
For the book lover on your list, Coach House has a wide selection Toronto-themed publications to browse through. Recent releases like Edward Keenan's Some Great Idea ($12) and Full Frontal T.O. ($20) are available, along with stacked tables of fiction for $18, non-fiction for $20, and poetry for $15 each. They also have a $50 deal that gets you three books and a Coach House tote bag.
The shop is now open for holiday shopping season through to December 22nd. Hours are 12-7pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12-9pm on Fridays, and 12-6pm on the weekends.