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Kid Icarus, Kensington Market

Blurring the lines between retailer and workshop, Kid Icarus allows visitors to observe the screenprinting process while they shop. In addition to the studio’s own line of greeting cards, posters and colouring books, Kid Icarus sells a good range of arts-and-crafts supplies, currently available online to be collected outside the shop.

205 Augusta Avenue, M5T 2L4
+1 416 977 7236
kidicarus.ca
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Park & Province, Trinity Bellwoods

Chris Naidu and Gray Butler met when working in retail and got on so well that they decided to open their own shop. Focusing on easy-to-wear wardrobe staples, the shop carries brands that aren’t as well represented in the fashion-heavy West Queen West neighbourhood. You’ll find clothing such as brushed Egyptian cotton shirts from Portuguese Flannel, parkas from Cape Heights in the US and bags from New York’s Ernest Alexander. There’s also a patio: it’s a nice spot for a pit-stop on the weekends if the nearby park is too busy.

927 Queen Street West, M6J 1G5
+1 647 348 3311
parkprovince.com
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Mjölk, The Junction

Scandinavia meets Japan at Mjölk (pronounced “mi-yelk”; it’s Swedish for “milk”). With a focus on high-end design and clean aesthetics, it’s a labour of love for husband-and-wife team John Baker and Juli Daoust. Their meticulous selection of pieces ranges from classic Danish furniture by Finn Juhl to beautifully crafted houseware from Oji Masanori. The couple partner with their favourite designers to develop products that espouse their vision of impeccable craftsmanship, documenting the collaborations in a self-published magazine series.

2959 Dundas Street West, M6P 1Z2
+1 416 551 9853
mjolk.ca
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BYOB Cocktail Emporium, Trinity Bellwoods

Toronto’s first and only cocktail shop takes an all-encompassing approach to the craft, carrying everything from recipe books and Japanese bar tools to absinthe fountains and vintage glassware. “BYOB has a large range of products sourced from around the globe,” says founder Kristen Voisey. “We’re a one-stop shop for all beginners looking to set up home bars.” Besides selling all the equipment you could ever need to get mixing, BYOB is home to the largest collection of cocktail ingredients in North America, with more than 200 different types of bitters from around the world.

972 Queen Street West, M6J 1H1
+1 647 727 3600
cocktailemporium.ca
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Monocle Shop, Little Italy

Our Canadian home follows the same shop-bureau format as our outposts in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Observe our team members as they busy themselves with stories for forthcoming issues and browse the full range of products and collaborations with our favourite partners, such as Porter, Delfonics and Comme des Garçons. It’s also where you can plug the gaps in your collection of past issues of Monocle and choose from our expanding collection of books.

776 College Street, M6G 1C6
+1 647 694 2626
monocle.com

Images: Lorne Bridgeman, Lindsay Lauckner Gundlock

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