Bastone & Co.
Bastone & Co. is an artisanal marketplace. With dozens of hyper-local vendors, most of which actually live within walking distance of the store, it’s almost like a miniature, year-round version of the One of a Kind Show.
The project began when owner Trish Bastone put out a call on Facebook groups Bunz Entrepreneurial Zone and Bunz Helping Zone (born out of the ever-popular Bunz Trading Zone) for another artisan to share a retail space with her. She received over a hundred responses within the first hour, leading her to completely reframe her idea.
She chose fifteen founders, most people she already knew, to start filling the deceptively large space. The rent is split evenly and all vendors get 100% of their sales, and Bastone doesn’t tell them how to price or what to sell.
Trish herself makes furniture: anything you see made out of wood or marble is probably her creation.
A back section is a mini art gallery. Bastone even allows artists to organize their own events in the space. In the space during my visit were two very different female artists, Amelia V and Vanessa Michiels.
There are a ton of planters including concrete ones from Homebody Collective and even little magnetic ones, but Sonic Bloom Succulents lets you display your plants inside dinosaurs (around $28 - $38).
Sara’s Soaps and Candles has several collections of soy wax candles here, including a men’s collection with bourbon-y scents and an Everyday Canada collection with scents like Ontario Forest.
Corktown Soap supplies all-natural bath products, including full-size soaps for $14 made with olive oil in types like pumpkin turmeric and calendula, and gift sets for $25.
Masha brings tie dye into the 21st century with hip jewel-toned tees ($29) and sweaters.
Sweet Artisan Candies start around just $6 but look almost like precious gems, offering trendy treats like unicorn white chocolate bark.
Think Chic has cutesy graphic socks for pretty much any type of relaxation, phrases printed on the bottom of the feet spelling out, “If you can read this, get me a beer,” or more bluntly, “Fuck cancer.”
So many great, quirky local jewellery makers are represented: Artefact Jewellery, Sacred Gemstones, Jennifer Rong, and The Otter Potter are just a few making pretty little things locally out of organic materials like ceramic and wood.
A dizzying number of other popular local companies are selling out of here, including Sad Truth Supply, which now makes their studio in the back area of the shop. Future plans include online shopping on the Bastone & Co. site, workshops, and talks.