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The Best Shops to Find Locally Made Goods in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / December 20, 2013

Locally made torontoThe best shops for locally made goods in Toronto give valuable exposure to established and emerging local designers. Many take the shop-local mantra even further by doubling as studio spaces, or by hosting workshops so visitors can get in on the act. If you're looking for local textiles, ceramics, home goods, and art, you'll find them here along with a few things you may not even have thought of (but you know they'll be stunningly beautiful anyhow).

Here are the best shops to find locally made goods in Toronto.

See also:

The best clothing stores for local design in Toronto
The best places to buy unique gifts in Toronto

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus

This shop was born out of the owners’ print-making business. Now, in addition to a wide array of stationery and gifts, there’s a print shop in the back that produces beautiful posters for the store; you can pick up your own to commemorate local concerts (or, in another fun series, Bellwoods Brewery’s beers). They’re not limited to their own prints. Other local artists are featured on the walls, while locally-designed tea towels and jewelry line the shelves. More »

Arts Market

Arts Market

Toronto's two Arts Market locations (one in Leslieville, one at College and Ossington) evoke the feel of a market within year-round, whatever-the-weather storefronts. Each location boasts the work of about 50 artists and crafters, who display their wares at permanent stalls. You'll find everything from prints by local photographers and artists to whimsical T-shirts to handcrafted bottle openers. More »

MADE

MADE

This Dundas West gallery/boutique was created to act as a resource for modern Canadian design, giving valuable distribution and retail support to designers and artists from across the country. The result is a store full of gorgeous, modern designs for the home, with pieces ranging from whimsical ceramics (about $50) to bold, graphic rugs and reclaimed furniture ($1000-plus). More »

Len

Len

Len (or, as its mama calls it, "Len - Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things") began life as a pop-up shop in the winter of 2012. The shop stuck around in its Danforth and Coxwell space, supplying east-end residents with Canadiana-influenced pieces from all over the country including some so local, they're made just a couple of blocks away. More »

Likely General

Likely General

The brainchild of musician and OCAD alum Brooke Manning, Likely General is Roncesvalles' whimsical answer to an old-fashioned general store. You'll find snacks and preserves, bath and body products, artwork and home goods, even kids' toys, with many of her suppliers based right here in Toronto. More »

Scout

Scout

True to the boutique's name, Leah Eyles is always hunting for new finds for her cozy Roncesvalles gift store. The stock (inspired in equal measure by nature and vintage design) isn't all Toronto-made, but there are local ceramics, candles and accessories aplenty. More »

Distill

Distill

This vast Distillery space showcases the work of about 150 Canadian creators and artists, featuring ceramic, glass, wood and metal pieces (in addition to a wide selection of Canadian-made clothing and jewelry). To keep the selection fresh, a portion of the store is dedicated to housing a rotating selection of work from different artists. More »

Labour of Love

Labour of Love

If you're looking for a cheerfully wacky present for the person in your life who has everything, pop by this Cabbagetown gift shop. Elegant Toronto-designed jewelry and letterpress cards share shelf space with Scrabble-tile coasters and stick-on "emergency moustaches." More »

Blue Banana

Blue Banana

Two huge floors of vendor space makes this Kensington mega-market a surefire stop for shoppers looking for unusual gifts. A large proportion of what you'll find is factory-made or imported, but the sheer size of the place means you can still turn up some local treasures like Toronto-designed greeting cards, artwork, and handmade jewelry. More »

Spruce

Spruce

This newcomer to Cabbagetown makes up for the relatively small size of its product lineup with sheer coolness. The duo behind the store were inspired by their artist friends to create a shop that showed off their handiwork of local creators. Now, the store hawks Toronto-themed throw pillows and locally made preserves, in addition to eye-catching housewares from all around North America. More »

Drake General Store

Drake General Store

Hotel gift shop no more, the boutique hotel's retail chain has expanded from Queen West to Yonge and Eglinton, as well as a pop-up in the Hudson's Bay flagship store. There's plenty of nostalgic Canadiana and retro city-themed merch, but the store goes way beyond just printing Bay blanket stripes onto faded t-shirts. You'll find locally-designed glassware, ceramics and jewelry, in addition to the store's own Shared History line of clothing and textiles. More »

Discussion

14 Comments

karen / December 20, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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Thanks for highlighting this BlogTO!

Shopping and supporting locally and made in Canada apparel, accessories and housewares is so important to our economy and to keeping valuable skills in Canada.

Cheers!
Ali / December 20, 2013 at 07:14 pm
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Awesome selection! Check out my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lightpaper?ref=si_shop

Available for pick-up (Yonge-Wellesley) if anyone needs a last minute xmas gift!
Andreas / December 21, 2013 at 10:41 am
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Love Distill, Spruce etc., but felt deceived after buying at Labour of Love a box of Toronto-themed Christmas cards featuring a red rocket with a tree on top and a flag at the helm, and discovering they are made in China! Checked the outside of the box extensively before buying to avoid exactly that.

While this may seem like a stupid thing, it's emblematic of this manufactured "Canadian" kitsch that's passed off as local and sustainable but is pretty much the same as stuff from Wal-mart. Plus I can't send them to my American friends with the same sense of superiority, when the flip side of card says that we are just as bad as they are!
Arts Market / December 21, 2013 at 11:33 am
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Big thanks to BlogTO for including us on this list! We're in good company! The Arts Market's has longer hours this Holiday Season; open this weekend from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Jean / December 21, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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Hoi Bo make and sell their amazing bags and accessories in the Distillery. Check 'em out!
Claudia / January 4, 2014 at 11:31 am
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I would LOVE to ADD Kid Culture in the Junction to this list of Locally Made Goods in Toronto! "Kid Culture, located in the heart of the Junction, a children's boutique dedicated to selling locally handmade and designed clothing and accessories for kids of all ages. We are proud to carry products that are constructed with top quality fabric and attention to detail. We also have eco friendly options with garments crafted with organic cotton, re purposed fabrics and bamboo. We work closely with the designers and many will accommodate custom orders. " Check Kid Culture out while you are stopping by the other stores in the Junction!
คอนโด / January 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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abby / March 9, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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you should include Freedom Clothing Collective - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freedom-Clothing-Collective/182078721835404
and Beadle https://www.facebook.com/BeadleStore
lisa borden / March 9, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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You missed Eco Existence on St. Clair West who carries so many wonderful local lines that are also healthy - for us and our world! As for local, don't forget food, too! I have a whole list for just that!
Bill / March 9, 2014 at 07:40 pm
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There's one that has been overlooked but should get a mention. There is a shop on Paper just north of the Danforth called Bebe Children's Clothes. On the outside the store doesn't look like much but the lady in there makes these lovely Christening gowns and suits for little children. high quality dupioni silk made right in the back of the shop. You can't get more local than that.
Greg Hannah / March 9, 2014 at 08:29 pm
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Please shop for locally sourced food and items, and support local shop owners whenever you can. The "big guys" don't need your money, they are making plenty of millions or billions for their shareholders, independent shops are the life-blood of our city. Let's try to not see any more of the go out of business. My most personal appeal, support your local video store if you still have one, they are a dying breed and have tens of thousands of titles for CHEAP to choose from on DVD & blu ray. Rogers/Bell bangs you for $8-$15 to watch a film on PPV or On Demand with crappy picture, and they won't thank you like the dude/dudette at the local video store will.
caroline / July 10, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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Great list of stores - thank you for sharing. It is important for our economy to shop locally:)

www.carolinesinkandpaper.com
Carolyn / July 24, 2014 at 09:33 am
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I am a regular visitor to The 100-Mile Child. It's a tiny little place on the Danforth (near the Carrot Common) and specialises in locally made Canadian toys and clothes. There are many items familiar from the One of a Kind Show.

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