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Fred & Ethel’s Coming-Out Party

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by Chris

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The signage may be familiar but inside Leslieville's Ethel big changes have been taking shape. Store co-founders Greg Perras and Craig Soper have sold the business to new proprietor Shauntelle LeBlanc, who has been gradually putting her stamp on the place over the past month. Meanwhile, Perras has moved upstairs and opened Fred, a new and vintage furnishing shop specializing in rustic modern pieces including contemporary shelving and cabinetry made from reclaimed wood by Sandro D'Ulisse (Loft65). "If Ethel is a romantic comedy," says Perras, "Fred is more film noir."

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Aberfoyle Antique Market

Friday, September 4, 2009 by Chris

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Several weeks ago, on a fine, fine Sunday morning — much like the one forecast for this weekend — Mike and I went for a first-class mooch at the Aberfoyle Antique Market, an hour west of Toronto, just north of highway 401. Aberfoyle runs Sundays (until October 25) from 8 am – 4 pm and attracts a regular slate of about 100 dealers. The site is a leafy, pleasant mix of permanent and makeshift stalls and the vibe is extremely laid-back and friendly.

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They Don’t Build ‘Em Like This Anymore

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 by Chris

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On Saturday, while whizzing up Toronto's posh Avenue Road, I happened to notice several old-style apartment houses with rather grand facades. South of St. Clair Avenue, the buildings run along Avenue Road and Clarendon and St. Edmund Avenues. This may not be decorating but it certainly is decoration. I've always fantasized about coming home to a building that's as well-dressed outside as it is inside.

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Stroll: Notre-Dame West, Montreal

Friday, July 24, 2009 by Chris

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After Rue Amherst, our number two priority in Montreal was to survey Notre-Dame West where about 25 antique dealers trade wares ranging from 20th century kitsch (Retro-Ville, No. 2652) to sublime 18th, 19th and 20th century rarities (Milord, above and below, No. 1870). The so-called Quartier des Antiquaires de Montreal (Antiques Quarter) exhausted us, there was just so much to see.

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Stroll: Rue Amherst, Montreal

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Chris

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One big reason for our trip to Montreal last week was my desire to cover Rue Amherst, the city's amazing stretch of 20th century vintage shops (read mid-century modern). Toronto has Queen Street East for MCM, Montreal has Rue Amherst. The shopping starts north of Rue de Maisonneuve Est and runs for three blocks up the hill toward Sherbrooke Street.

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