Toronto’s best bargain lighting shop had been threatening to close for at least a year but the owners of Aristocrat kept pushing the date back. I thought we, meaning Toronto consumers, had until the end of the year but I was saddly mistaken. I took a trip down to Aristocrat on Saturday to find the place shuttered; a man in a van who identified himself as a former employee informed me that the shop closed for good about a week and a half ago (with the basement still FULL of stuff).
To say I was crestfallen might be a little overly dramatic but it’s a horrible loss. I had been shopping at Aristocrat for more than five years; it was one of the first shops I blogged about on styleNorth back in June 2008, I was so excited to share this awesome resource with my fledgling readers. And now it’s all gone. Please, please, dear readers, share your suggestions for the next-best places to buy inexpensive shades.
While I was down on Queen West I popped into the relatively new vintage shops just east of Dovercourt, Rec 1080/Art History and Silver Falls (also 1080 Queen West). Silver Falls is tiny, the shop formerly occupied by The Melissa (also dearly departed). I bought an awesome striped hoodie and spotted these pretty terrific teal Mart Stam chairs, a little overpriced, IMO, at $350 for the pair, but the shop is probably negotiable.
Next door, I came across these funky, modern wicker chairs priced at $60 each. The shop owner says he’s got a fourth in rougher shape and frankly, these aren’t in amazing condition (a bit of torn wicker here and there). Still, they’re great looking at a great price.