Souvenir Studios in Brockton Village provides a unique, creative energy to the neighbourhood. The versatile shopfront is a retail store, studio, event space and also offers workshops ranging from mom meet ups with Love Fest Journey to unique floral design with Timberlost & Humblebound .
While the physical space was once home to Mexi-Can Market , there are zero remnants of its existence, with the boutique's crisp white walls, gleaming white floors and welcoming facade.
Exuding a gallery feel, the shop is as much a product of owner Danielle Suppa's design as the products themselves. The shop is consciously curated to include a variety of items from Canadian designers and a select few from overseas, spanning from Suppa's and business partner Trisha Lepper's love of handmade items, travel and beautiful design.
They have also partnered with Tavares Oriental to curate select vintage rugs to compliment their concepts, and their gorgeous rug from Turkey is the perfect accessory to the store.
"We're looking for items that are thoughtfully designed and lovingly made, but at a very high level of execution," Suppa mentions. And while they're looking for unique items, they are also cognizant of price point. Prices generally range from $10 - $50.
Suppa's goal with the space is to provide an outlet for artists to show their work, and incorporate pieces that aren't readily accessible in Toronto. Suppa was previously a designer at Joe Fresh and Lepper currently at Etsy, and they love that they have a space for friends to test out new products and designs.
Souvenir Studio's offerings range from beautiful ceramic vintage pieces to cute pantry themed items including ceramics from Fire and Flux studios , honey from Gibbs Honey and bud vases from Akai Ceramic Studio .
There's a wonderful selection of feel good products, including F. Miller's line of oils that smell incredible and are free from harmful elements, and Artifact's wide selection of masque's for any skin type, including Moroccan Tangerine Clay and Brazilian supermask.
Adding on to the element of curating special treasures, Suppa chooses select artwork to compliment the shop's white gallery walls. While I'm visiting there are two unique prints from Sagan Editions , adding the perfect touch of colour and texture to a white canvas.
And Souvenir Studios hasn't left out jewellery. There are beautiful pieces for those with simpler style, combining select gold and silver pieces from Toronto based designer, Cadette and Vancouver based designer, Wylden . They feature a great selection of simple stacking rings, each $20 for 14K gold fill, by Vancouver designer Foe & Dear.
Visiting on a late Sunday afternoon, I have the pleasure of staying for a complete shop transformation, with the owners removing the product from their white table and rearranging to set up for Lauren Wilson's Timberlost 101's Arranging Workshop.
The workshop focuses on the art of flower arranging, and with a small group in attendance, allows for an intimate experience to learn about design, photography and style techniques, and also have some champagne and snacks.
With a continual transformation of thoughtful events and products, it's certainly worth the visit, whether it's acquiring a new treasure for your house or purchasing a feel good gift for a loved one. Their space is also available for unique events, so be sure to stop in and say hello if you're looking for a beautiful, cozy venue.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.