The Best Shops to Find Locally Made Goods in Toronto
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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