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The Door Store

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on September 15, 2011

Door Store TorontoThe Door Store, despite its name, is not simply a warehouse of reclaimed doors. Granted, much of its inventory, especially that which is concentrated by the entrance of its Castlefield Design District showroom, consists of racked doors of various sizes and statements, but it seems that hardware is the shop's more discreet specialty.

I sit down with Leila Mirshak, one half of the father-daughter team behind The Door Store, as she tells me about the nuts and bolts, so to speak, of the shop's hardware work.

"We offer antique hardware as well as hardware services," she says. "When we can, we like to find a way to make old hardware work. That way, customers don't have to deal with new materials, new holes, that sort of thing."

Door Store Toronto"Often, really beautiful pieces just need to be refinished; we'll strip the lacquer and reveal lovely brass pulls and knobs. Original hardware just has a certain charm."

Door Store TorontoLeila takes me into a back storage room that is absolutely brimming with all sorts of handles, knobs, pulls, brackets, screws and more, and she tells me that The Door Store rarely comes across a piece of hardware it's unable to fit. Of course, these are the bits and pieces; out in the showroom is where the brass, glass, and antique hardware of other materials are displayed, mostly behind glass. Cost for a vintage set can range from around $80 to over $350.

Door Store TorontoThe Door Store is approaching its 40th birthday and is a well-tapped source of inspiration for local designers, restaurateurs, and homeowners, according to Leila. "It used to be," she says, "that people would buy these old Victorian homes and think that everything had to match the era. But things have started to change. Now people are willing to invest in really cool, big salvage pieces for modern homes or lofts."

Door Store TorontoThe conversation inevitably shifts to doors, and Leila clears up the apparent myth that The Door Store began as a purveyor of doors exclusively. "The focus has always been on architectural pieces," she says. "Doors (which can range from $350 up to $2,000), mantles, fixtures, that sort of thing. But as you can see," she continues, gesturing towards a massive moose head ($1,300) fixed over a elegant ivory mantle ($3,800), "we do still have a little bit of everything."

Door Store TorontoI explore the 11,000 square foot showroom a few minutes later and discover some of those miscellaneous gems. They include an old Victoria Arduino espresso machine ($2,500), a detailed cast iron crucifix circa 1890 Normandy ($1,400) whole roster of antique floor registers and reproductions. I'm sure they'll all look lovely in a home behind an Italianate patterned glass front door.

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Billy / September 15, 2011 at 04:02 pm
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Salvage a great piece from a garage sale for 5 bucks, refurbish it, market it and sell it for for $25. That's a 500% markup, Pototo. And you have a problem with that??? This store is one the true originals in Toronto and they're great at what they do.
errr / September 15, 2011 at 08:32 pm
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whats a pototo?
Aeron Rowland / September 15, 2011 at 08:51 pm
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I love the Door Store. I have been going there for years and always find something of interest, something to inspire me. It is a great place to find a unique piece of hardware, a beautiful window or unique piece of furniture. A friend of mine found a fabulous fireplace insert that is the feature element in her living room. I love an eclectic look and it is a great place to find something unique that goes well in any setting...traditional or modern.
david l / September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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truly a Toronto institution... was my first "real job" back in the 80s as an 18 year old newcomer to the city; many fond memories and valuable lessons learned... plus, some of the stuff i worked on may even STILL be there

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congrats on the 40 years
Paul / April 1, 2012 at 10:22 am
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Sam and his daughter are truly talented. The Door Store is a first stop on any Toronto design sourcing mission.
Marc / March 21, 2013 at 01:32 pm
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Just amazing! You can actually feel the value of bygone days in the store. Nice people. Nice atmosphere. Totally satisfied.
Janet Ingrao / September 18, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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Wow, The store looks great. I've never made it to this location so glad to see the photos. Glad to see you still have stained glass there too. Hope all is well. It's been so long since we've visited each other. Say hi to Sam & Flora for me. Janet

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