The 4th annual Toronto Tea Festival is coming up this weekend at the Toronto Reference Library. Whether you’re an aficionado who wants to learn more about authentic tea ceremonies or a new convert looking for ways to get your caffeine buzz on, this event is all about tea leaf love. Check out these vendors from across the GTA who will have their blissful brews on offer.
Valentine's Day shouldn't be stressful. But, it's time to stop relying on the typical box of chocolates, teddy bears and bouquet of flowers. Seriously. It's time, instead, to appreciate the moments spent together. When it comes to this so-called Hallmark holiday, it really is the thought that counts. Here are some thoughtful gift ideas that’ll make the day special for the both of you. (Photo taken at Crown Flora Studio)
Whether looking to study the art of the tea sommelier or just trying to break your coffee habit, these special-tea shops pack a diverse selection of loose leaf brews from around the world, each with its own travel story. Sommeliers will happily tell you about the history of this beloved plant, creative ways to use it and prepare it, and send you away with a sweet smelling beverage to keep you warm and cozy on cold winter days.
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]
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]
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]
Torontonians can feed those sugar cravings at one of the bright and colourful candy stores across the city. From UK imports to retro candies, you can find tasty treats sure satisfy any sweet tooth. Here are the top eight candy shops in Toronto.[Photo 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]
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