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The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2009

The best new design stores in Toronto offered something of an international battle royale in 2009. Canada had a strong showing with two crafty stores (Bluebird Handmade and Wise Daughters Craft Market) making the cut.

Japan made a play via Cubeshops and its Asian quirkfest, while the Scandinavians and Europeans continue to dominate the decor market, with Mjolk's sleek chic, and a nod to the multi-use pieces at double-store Bullfrog & Limitless.

Toronto shoppers are looking to the past, too - a couple of vintage shops are new favorites as well.

It just goes to show that, whether local or international, futuristic or vintage, good design will always triumph.

Here are the 8 best design stores that opened in Toronto during 2009.



Mjolk
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Mjolk

Wacky name or no (it’s pronounced “mi-yelk!”), Mjolk is the city's best new design store. The bright, welcoming space and friendly young owners jive with the no-nonsense, stylish Scandinavian offerings here. I spotted silver birch platters ($120), Technicolor office supplies by Anything ($4 - $69), Povel Kjer wool rocking-sheep ($210 - $550), and Arne Jacobsen flatware ($163).

Cubeshops
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Cubeshops

This Baldwin Street addition carries shelves and shelves’ worth of quirky Japanese oddities, from mugs with number handles and psychedelic flower-shaped pencilholders to ninja pins and Hario coffeemakers.


Coriander Girl
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Coriander Girl

If you’ve ever stared covetously at a store fixture, Coriander Girl might satiate some of those lusts - pretty much everything in this flower store/decor boutique is for sale. Help yourself to shabby chic tables, old jugs, Ella’s Botanicals lotions, Lotte lamps, vintage cards, and handmade soap while picking out some blooms for a bouquet.


Black Pug DMK
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Black Pug DMK

You can barely squeeze between the towering stacks of vintage furniture and decor at this Parkdale vintage shop. During your visit, you might brush up against a Canadian postal scale, card catalogue, school lockers, a metal gooseneck lamp, or a typewriter or two.

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