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Decorum’s New Digs

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Chris


One of my favorite Toronto vintage dealers, Matthew Heney of Decorum Decorative Finds (below), has moved a block north to a bright new space at 1226 Yonge Street, formerly part of Youssef Hasbani's L'Atelier. Heney is a dealer so don't expect bargains, at least not at his new shop. There are, however, deals to be had at Matthew's old shop (1210 Yonge Street), where he's clearing out old stock that won't be making the trip up the block. Sign up for the Decorum eblast, Matthew's weekly mailer of new stock and sale merch.

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Church of the Knife

Sunday, June 30, 2013 by Chris


Greg opened Toronto's Hacher & Krain in February 2012 following a first career in publishing and graphic design. A home chef who loves to cook, he knows the importance of having a good knife at the ready and his interest led him to research and seek out the best knives in the world. And while Hacher & Krain is certainly a specialty shop, its prices seemed eminently reasonable to me. Knives from Spain, France, Germany, Japan, Finland and Italy mostly fall in the $100 - $200 price range. "You don't have to spend huge money to get a great knife," says Greg.

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Of Things Past Comes to Rosedale

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Chris


The Rosedale strip got a new player last week when consignment shop Of Things Past opened a satellite location at 1096 Yonge Street (just north of Roxborough) in the storefront previously occupied by Jackson Falk. The Rosedale shop is everything the original OTP is not, it's small, it's central and the merchandise is of a generally high quality. I have been through the Bridgeland location many, many times and rarely found anything worth cooing over but in Rosedale the pieces are good and they're moving straight out the door. The place was jammed on opening weekend with a very good buzz in the neighbourhood.

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Indian Treasures on Dundas West

Sunday, July 29, 2012 by Chris


Just last week I was ewwing and ahhing over a sublime selection of Indian quilts and coverlets at Toronto's wonderful Haveli Home (left). Then, in the brand new issue of Canadian House & Home (September 2012), there's an item featuring kantha quilts from West Elm with patterns remarkably similar to Haveli's. Naturally I was keen to investigate.

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New Digs, Same Atomic Spirit For Ethel

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Chris


Leslieville's loss is Corktown's gain since Ethel proprietor Shauntelle LeBlanc moved west along Queen Street East to the block between Parliament and Berkley streets. The new shop (327 Queen Street East, 416.778.6608) feels remarkably like the old one except it's bigger, which is good news for Shauntelle and her loyal customers. From my perspective the best part of Ethel's move is that the shop is tipping the balance and helping to turn this stretch of Queen Street into a new vintage decor destination what with Upside Dive (269 Queen E.), Free My Interior (289 Queen E.) and A.M.A. (328 Queen E.) already in the nabe, never mind Marty Millionaire.

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