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.
Every 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.
About 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).
Pinese—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.
The 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.
Textiles 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.
You'll also find wool and cotton wrap creations from Meso Goods, sourced from Guatemala as well.
There'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.
A 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.
A small collection of vintage furniture is offered here, and depending on the day, you might find stuff like a vintage day bed.
Currently, Rose City Goods is the only place that stocks stained glass lamps ($325-$550) from Brooklyn glass-maker Friend Of All.
Whether 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.