The Detox Market
96 Scollard St., Yorkville
With a second location in Los Angeles, this clean beauty mecca is simple and calming in décor and well organized. Founded to combat the fact that some of the most toxic elements in a woman’s life come straight from her beauty products, it sells lines such as RMS, Ila, Rahua, Odacité, and our very own goop by Juice Beauty. A good place to start if you’re looking to clean up your beauty routine, the staff are super knowledgeable and happy to give guidance. There's now another Toronto outpost as well.
1319 Dundas St. W, West Queen West
Soop Soop was born out of the owner's frustration at not being able to find the publications he was looking for in Toronto. Aside from stocking an incredible selection of over eighty international magazines and art-house publications—including Tank, Love, i-D, and Self Service—Soop Soop has also expanded its offerings to include low- to high-end streetwear, bags, and hats.
North Standard Trading Post
1662 Queen St. W, Parkdale
Simply put, the North Standard Trading Post stocks all the items you need to survive the brutal Canadian winter. (Think snug coats and sweaters from the likes of Carhartt and Woolrich, as well as North Standard's own label.) The store is celebration of adventure and outdoor living—you’ll notice collections of books themed around Canadian life, vintage issues of National Geographic, and a guide to camping with kids.
2959 Dundas St. W, Junction Triangle
Mjölk translates to Milk, because the owners felt that word summed up the inventory, which, like milk, is pure, honest, and essential. This design store is run by husband and wife John and Juli Baker, who traverse the globe seeking out furniture, homewares, lighting, and interesting objects that embody their slow-living aesthetic. Expect a restrained, soothing interior and a careful edit of lifestyle pieces with a focus on craftsmanship and function, like beautifully made Japanese oak stirring spoons or charcoal pine incense—items that enhance your experience of daily life in your own home. The store also acts as a gallery space that regularly exhibits works by Scandinavian and Japanese artists, alongside Mjölk's own product collaborations with local and international designers that explore the art of the daily ritual.
I Miss You
63 Ossington Ave., Ossington
It was a purely word-of-mouth haunt for years, and owner Julie Yoo has managed to assemble one of those incredible vintage shops which is packed to the rafters with legitimate finds—everything from Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. Each piece is in perfect condition, already dry-cleaned, touched up, and ready to wear. This treasure trove isn’t really the spot for a casual browse, but if you’re on a mission and ready to spend, I Miss You is hands down the best vintage store in Toronto, and perhaps one of the best in North America.
198 Walnut Ave., West Queen West
Horses Atelier was founded in 2012 by two best friends, Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka, who wanted to make clothes that were beautiful, utilitarian, and durable—the kind of trusted pieces that serve the backbone of your wardrobe, again and again. Sustainability is paramount to both founders, and everything is made with natural fabrics sourced from family-owned mills in Italy and Japan and sewn a mile from their Toronto studio. The pieces themselves are impossible not to love—soft turtlenecks, cool utilitarian jumpsuits in block colors, pretty silk dresses in loose shapes, and cocoon-shaped outerwear in the softest wool.
2 Roxborough St. W, Rosedale
Sunny, airy, and meticulously edited, this space is actually a full-service beauty destination. Come here for brow shaping, facials, and a lengthy menu of waxing options—then take some of the magic home with you from the on-site boutique. The team behind Gee—mom Miriam and daughters Natalie, Stephanie, and Celene—keep the shelves brimming with tried-and-true beauty favorites, including Rodin, Sunday Riley, plus goop by Juice Beauty.
Bay Street Video
1172 Bay St., Yonge & Bloor
All aboard the nostalgia train straight back to the ’90s, when we all spent Friday nights cruising the aisles at the video store. For the film obsessive, this super specialty store stocks literally every film on DVD and Blu-ray, organized by director. You can also bring your old VHS tapes and get them transferred to DVD (hello, childhood home videos).
Advice from a Caterpillar
8 Price St., Rosedale
Advice from a Caterpiller is an enchanting store brimming with clothes, toys, accessories, and furniture for babies and littles up to eight years old. For the newborns in your life, shop for the most adorable onesies and rompers from Petit Bateau and Mini Rodini, bunny-eared woolen bonnets, and teeny-tiny sweaters and dresses. You’ll also find really beautiful—and practical—gifts for the mama, our favorite being the chic Moutmout portable changing mats. For older kiddos, choose from puzzles, books, and art supplies for entertainment, as well as a full clothing selection.
119 Yorkville Ave., Yorkville
A quick stroll down the street from the Four Seasons you’ll find 119 Corbo, spread over two floors in a prettily outfitted navy townhouse. The edit leans heavily on European labels like Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga across dresses, accessories, and more casual sweaters and shirts.
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