The Best New Design Stores in Toronto for 2015
The best new design stores in Toronto for 2015 helped outfit bars and revamp living spaces across the city. Ultra-modern furniture shops, rustic vintage boutiques, and stores touting stylish local goods joined the city's home decor scene this past year, offering design-savvy city dwellers more than a few good reasons to skip IKEA.
Here are the best new design stores in Toronto for 2015.
Cocktail Emporium in Kensington Market opened in the summer of 2015, giving Toronto's beverage buffs and amateur mixologists a new haunt. The shop stocks a bounty of tumblers, cocktail shakers, books, and glass accessories more interesting than paper umbrellas. If you're looking to outfit your kitchen or bar with some new gear, this is the place.
This Dundas West boutique will help add a little Portuguese flair to your living space. The shop is filled with carefully curated goods shipped in from Europe, so chances are you won't find the same pieces in many other Toronto shops. Expect to find the shelves here lined with cozy wool blankets, brightly coloured cake stands, charcuterie boards and more.
If you like to shop local, the Toronto Designers Market is the ticket. The Parkdale shop carries pieces from 38 homegrown artists and designers, each with a designated booth-like space in the boutique. It carries everything from skincare to sculptures and has items like natural face creams, laser-etched coasters and vintage wall art among its stock.
Fans of trend-forward, minimalist design pieces flock to this West Queen West shop to pick up their home accessories. The shop carries clean-cut kitchen supplies, grooming products and decor items in mostly neutral colours. You'll find items like aluminium and beechwood dustpan sets and pour-over coffee kits here.
Northwood General, offshoot of the well-liked bar of the same name, specializes in all things local. Expect to find the shelves stacked with decorative knicks knacks, homeware items and a smattering of fashion pieces from brands like Tuck Shop Co., Dillon's and 18 Waits. Whether you're in the market for a stylish bottle opener or kitschy tiki mug, you'll find options here.
Made relocated from Dundas West to Corktown at the end of the summer, bringing high-end, Canadian-designed home goods to the neighbourhood. If you're a fan of ultra-modern pieces that act as both art and furniture, its stock will be right up your alley. The shop carries everything from braille embossed vases to stools made of tangled felt strips.
Brika is a well-known name in Toronto - it's been an online shop and frequent participant in the city's pop-up markets for a few years. This past spring it opened its first-ever bricks and mortar storefront, selling mostly handmade goods from local vendors. The stock is ever-changing but you can expect to find a healthy supply of stationary, candles, and coasters at most times.
Rowan Homespun is a Beaches outpost specializing in all things rustic chic. The cozy shop carries artisan pottery pieces, handmade items and vintage finds as well as a few apothecary items. If you're on the prowl for one of a kind home accessories but want to skip making a trip to the flea market, it's worth dropping by.
Souvenir Studios in Brockton Village is a minimalist home decor store with a gallery feel. The expertly selected stock includes vintage rugs, textiles, ceramics and more from brands based in Central Ontario. The boutique doubles as a studio for owner Danielle Suppa, who creates products for the in-house SOUVENIR brand.
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