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So much more than a bookstore, this shop is a Mecca for the culinary-inclined. Start with a cooking class in the basement cooking school, where there are everything from honey-tasting workshops to Indian vegetarian classes or specialty dinners prepared by visiting chefs. Move back upstairs to peruse the nearly 3000 cookbook titles and the array of strange ingredients and foods. Know more about the killer pecans or the grapefruit oil; and add these intriguing items on your next shopping list. Call for details on cookery classes, catering and events' services.
For any outdoor enthusiast who wants or absolutely needs the best equipment available for weekend camping or climbing Everest, this is the spot. This place is filled with quality clothing and gear intended for the serious hiker, camper or climber. There are rows of water and tear-proof clothing, endless selections of sleeping bags and tents, and bins and racks filled with the portable clamps, clips, lights and utensils needed for adventurous pursuits. The staff is knowledgeable; some are actually climbers selling climbing gear, and so on: they know their stuff.
The art of drinking tea has been practiced in all parts of the world for thousands of years. These days, teas from Nepal, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and other countries are sold in tea shops the world over. The Naked Leaf believes that tea should be earth-friendly, sans chemicals or artificial flavors. Choose from the many tea selections from green, black, oolong, organic and spiced teas, and then pick from their art-inspired tins. The Naked Leaf’s collection of tea pots, cups, and beautiful accessories are all part of the delicate tea ceremony.
It is not surprising that this award-winning bookstore is part-owned by author Peter Oliva, who is an award-winning author. Pages was a Canadian Booksellers Association Bookseller of the Year. This small, two-level store boasts a wide collection of fiction on the first floor and non-fiction on the second. Regularly scheduled author readings add a nice dimension to the book-reading experience. Shoppers determined to help wage a small-shop war against the encroaching book superstores, pack the aisles. Once you find your latest treasured tome, wander out into the surrounding Kensington neighborhood and enjoy one of its coffee-driven retreats.
Even though there are row upon row of specialty shops along Kensington Road, some stores just draw you to come in and explore. Mañana Imports and Gifts has been providing locals and tourists alike with fair-trade goods from over 30 countries. Everything from clothing and glittering silver jewelry to Putumayo music CDs and travel photos, can be shopped for at this one of its kind destination. The goods from this store are sourced from Guatemala, Nepal and Thailand. They even carry some Navajo Indian tribal products. Their popularity is immense and therefore it is best to call and reserve the product of your choice. Hours are seasonal; call for details.
O'Connors is a hugely successful store that deals with all things related to men's fashion. There are shirts, suits and other garments that flatter the body and set you apart. The store provides talented tailors who can quickly suit you up in an attractive clothing that is custom-made especially for you. Accessories like ties and cuff-links are also available here. One can also browse through their range of fragrances too.