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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Made By Hand Show April 20, 2013

Here's a great opportunity to shop local. The Made By Hand Show has been around for a few years now and Jacqueline Hunter has really figured out how to offer both artisans and customers a great local shopping experience. Located at the International Centre, Hall I, on April 20th, 2013 the show has almost 200 vendors. The quality of vendors has really improved as Jacqueline has earned a name for herself as someone who can put on a great show that is well attended.

Some of the many amazing vendors that will be at the Spring show this year include Warm Fuzzies, who specialize in adorable plush heating pad covers great for all ages.

If you are looking for handcrafted cards check out another great local vendor at the Made By Hand Show on Saturday,  is Lenie Designs they offer personalized unique handmade cards for every occasion. It's a great opportunity to stock up!

Mistura Timepieces will be on hand showing off their newest designs. This is a great chance to get your Father's Day shopping done.
Judy Cogo Designs has some really beautiful pieces of jewellery. One of her pieces was part of the Grammy Celebrity Gift bags this year. If that's not an endorsement I don't know what is. If you're looking for gifts for your wedding party Judy will work with you to create a beautiful statement that the girls will love. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Can't bear the thought of the mall? Try shopping in the Junction

If you've been to the mall lately, I bet the thought of going back makes you feel queasy. Well, have no fear, there's really no need to go. There are some amazing shops sprinkled throughout Toronto that not only carry really cool products but you're supporting local businesses, artisans and if you do it right, local restaurants too! Turn a dreaded day at the mall into a fab day in a cool T.O. neighbourhood!

Check out Wise Daughter's Craft Market in the Junction. It is packed to the rafters with amazing gift ideas for hostesses, birthdays and maybe a little something for yourself. Looking for a new spring outfit, head west to Black Daffodil, Cynthia carries a ton of Canadian designers, the store has a funky retro vibe to it. Definitely worth a peak.
If you're looking for something to wear that has a modernist feel with a local flavour head east to Trap Door Boutique. They have a great selection of outfits for the artistic professional. It's my go-to place when I'm looking for something that's funky and sophisticated. You must be exhausted by now, time for a break! Head over to Crema for an espresso and a tasty treat!

On your way over to Trap Door don't forget to stop by Kid Culture, they've got amazing clothes for kids, even a decent selection of offerings for the boys and lots of great gift ideas for the kiddies!There are a ton more great stores up and down Dundas West in the Junction area. Now's a perfect time to rediscover an up and coming neighbourhood!