With maker culture booming in the 6, there has never been more workrooms around the city for crafts and creative hobbies. Thanks to resources like Youtube and the growing sharing economy, you can learn everything from making your own clothes to re-decorating your home using recycled materials. These craft supply stores in Toronto will guide you on your creative pursuits! [Image credit: iStock.com/azgek]
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but you’ve got to reward yourself for that fruit salad somehow. Luckily for you, sweet shops are popping up from east to west in Toronto. Whether you’re a chocolate connoisseur or a gummy bear enthusiast, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth in the 6ix. [Image credit: iStock.com/Blade_kostas]
Are you a crafty soon-to-be-wed looking getting thrifty for your wedding? Thanks to the creative ideas of social media, DIY wedding decor is more do-able than ever before. From large items like furniture, to the finest of details, these shops will have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Now all you need is a team of helpers to get set up for your big day! [Image credit: iStock.com/ beorm]
Toronto is home to many city witches, mystics, psychics and folks interested in dabbling in the dark (or light) arts. But what is the best spot to snatch that eye of newt, incense or crystal quartz amulet? The following is a list of the top occult shops in the city – just don’t expect any pointy hats sitting behind their counters. [Image credit: iStock.com/volkovslava]
Toronto’s record store culture is fiercer now than ever before. The last few years have seen old names opening new shops in the city and fresh, young upstarts creeping into the scene to deliver entirely uniquely curated catalogues. When it comes to Toronto’s best record stores, here’s the seven-step journey through all that’s new in the city’s vinyl scene. [Feature image: Dead Dog Records]
It’s not about how much you spend when decking out your space, it’s about those quality finds that reflect your unique style and taste. From one-of-a-kind found objects and mid-century furnishings to coasters inspired by TTC tokens or a bubble gum pink turntable, here’s our picks for the best design shops in the city for tasteful objects and necessary accessories alike. [Image credit: iStock.com/jodiejohnson]
While there’s no shortage of shopping options at Yonge and Eglinton, we’ve picked out our local faves, some of which have been flying under the radar for years. Stroll through a used clothing shop, a charming bookstore, a boutique toting a modern collection of men’s and women’s garb, an art store or a spot for new skincare items. Here’s our guide to shopping on Eglinton Avenue. [Image credit: iStock.com/Troels Graugaard]
Toronto’s best stationery shops appeal to the artist in all of us. Find handcrafted pens that glide just right, pour over gorgeous handmade paper in Koreatown or sign up for a workshop and learn the art of calligraphy in the east end. Whether it’s for writing, sketching or a serious doodle, paper is personal, and these spots will help you find the pulp that’s perfect for you. [Feature image: Take Note]
Good things come in small packages, especially when it comes to Toronto’s most tantalizing chocolate shops. Passionate chocolatiers all over the city are making mouths water with their bite-sized truffles and treats that come in a variety of flavours to suit every taste bud. From east to west, here are some of favourite boutiques to settle your cocoa cravings. [Image credit: iStock.com/Alina555]
From locally made fashion to custom jewellery, you’ll find what you’re looking for with a stroll down Ossington Avenue – and enough fab stores for a second trip. The strip is city-renowned for being one of the hottest streets for one-off fashion finds and accessories, international designers, and home décor bliss. [Image credit: iStock.com/ozgurcankaya]
Whether you’re looking for a super-soft fabric for a baby onesie, or some robust wool for a winter scarf, Toronto is flush west to east with fine wool, yarn and fabric stores, stocked with all the materials and accessories you’ll need for your next creation. Plus, if you're looking for a little inspiration, you'll find fellow maker-minded folks browsing the stacks and bins at these Toronto fabric and yarn stores.
Comic book culture is on the rise, which is no doubt cause for the popularity of superhero blockbusters. In Toronto's comic stores, DC fans and Marvel newbies can get the latest issues or start a new collection. While each shop has its own unique vibe, they're all well-stocked with new and vintage titles sold by staff who are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. [Image credit: iStock.com/mediaphotos]
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