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Rose City Goods

Rose City Goods is a lifestyle store selling everything from stationery to rugs, pottery, and skincare products. 

This stylish shop, loosely inspired by California beaches, sandy deserts, and a very 70s palette, is a one stop-shop if you're trying to embellish your place with unique things. 

rose city goods torontoEvery item in this shop has an 'ethical' element to it, whether that be through sustainable packaging or ensuring fair wages for the people who made it.

rose city goods torontoAbout 70 percent of the stuff here is made by Canadians, says owner Christie Pinese. Nearly all of it is made by women (around 80 percent). 

rose city goods torontoPinese—who has worked in the retail industry for years, including merchandising stints at Club Monaco, Aritzia, and Urban Outfitters—says she wanted to curate a shop with stuff she was obsessed with on Instagram, but without leaving behind a slew of pollutants, as the fashion industry is wont to do. 

rose city goods torontoDisplayed on a beautiful curved shelving unit is a bunch of ceramics, including some Titty Mugs and Vagine Dishes by Winnipeg-based potter ky.ramics, or cups with little faces on them by Barb Ochman

rose city goods torontoStationery includes notebooks and pens from Poketo, and Worthwhile Paper from Michigan. 

rose city goods torontoThe store smells really nice, largely in part to the fat, reed-like incense sticks ($6 each), which are hand-rolled by the creator of The Wolf and Hawk

rose city goods torontoTextiles here are definitely a standout. Pinese outsources rugs ($400-$1500) and cushions ($90-$250) from the New York-based Minna, which works with women's co-ops in Oaxaca and Guatemala to create their goods. 

rose city goods torontoYou'll also find wool and cotton wrap creations from Meso Goods, sourced from Guatemala as well. 

rose city goods torontoThere's lot of stuff from the Ontario favourite New New Age, including packs of chaga coffee. They also stock New New Age skincare alongside Bath Poetry from Saskatchewan, Anto Yukon from Whitehorse, and the London-based holistic brand Lunah.

rose city goods torontoA display of beauty accessories showcases some covetable stuff, like clips from CoutuKitsch that range from $20-$35, or hand-painted polymer clay earrings from Hello Zephyr, which hails from the French Alps. 

rose city goods torontoA small collection of vintage furniture is offered here, and depending on the day, you might find stuff like a vintage day bed.

rose city goods torontoCurrently, Rose City Goods is the only place that stocks stained glass lamps ($325-$550) from Brooklyn glass-maker Friend Of All.

rose city goods torontoYou can also spruce up your home with some wool wall hangings from Wool-Gathering, or even make your own quilt using a DIY kit from Happy Quilts ($108). 

rose city goods torontoWhether you're looking to find the perfect gift for a friend, or just to splurge on yourself, it's likely you'll find at least a few things to obsess over in this store. rose city goods toronto

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