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ShopAGO is the museum shop of the famous Art Gallery of Ontario. It stocks curated artwork, archival prints, unique art, craft and design products, luxury gift items and jewelry. Albeit expensive, its merchandise is rich in visual appeal and culture, making it worth a visit for both, the casual shopper and the serious art collector. The products include prints of popular Canadian Impressionist and landscape paintings, puzzles crafted by both Canadian and international designers, stationery, headphones, iPhone covers, umbrellas, caps and water bottles. Fashionistas will find chic crocheted bags and totes, cufflinks, watches and earrings. One can even shop for kitchen and gardening equipment such as watering cans, decanters, garlic crushers, bowl sets and jewel jars. Whet your appetite for the art world with a range of books on art history, fashion design and architecture among others topics.
Blue Banana Market is a one-stop destination for gifts, souvenirs, greeting cards, home decor items, jewelry, fashionable apparel, toys and bath lotions. As soon as you enter this shop, you are greeted by boxes of animal-shaped jellies, hand-painted mugs and thermocol cups, bottled jams, T-shirts with pop art, party packs, colorful watches, scarves and socks. Racks of greeting cards and posters pop out in vibrant hues, making it hard to choose just one. Other items include gardening equipment, toys and board games, Indian diyas (lanterns), scented candles, candle stands, musical instruments, British and Canadian foodstuffs, gourmet coffee, books and DVDs. One can also find rare vintage treasures to create a unique gift. To extend your shopping pleasure to a loved one, you can purchase gift cards, which come without an expiration date in the amount of your choice.
Distill Gallery is a unique shop with ever-changing artistic merchandise. It changes the concept of a traditional shop by turning it into a unique visual space and art gallery. It displays artwork, craft, apparel sewed from eco-friendly materials, accessories and hand-made trinkets. All items are hand-crafted by local Canadian artists. Shop for funky hats, soft toys, charms, bracelets, ceramics, glassware, metal and wood work, shoes and mixed media artworks at this eclectic art store. The bags and apparel come in unique prints, dyes and splashes of floral patterns. You will also have the satisfaction of having supported upcoming local artists. Keep an eye out on their website and social networking sites for regular exhibitions, giveaways, contests and secret sales.
The Purple Purl offers high-quality Canadian fabric, yarn, wool and equipment for crocheting and knitting. Shop for uncommon materials such as tagua, pattern books, hooks, buttons, stitch markers and spindles. Some of their products include soft Merino wool dyed in bright shades such as pink, peach and blue, Shetland and Corriedale wool, silk fabrics and hardwood spindles. This store also offers classes in knitting, crocheting and felting for all levels, from beginners to professionals. Learn to create fashionable sweaters with luxurious wool, crochet pillows and colorful felt soft toys. Every Tuesday, it also offers a Stitch-in Night, where one can stitch in the company of other knitters, designers and fashion experts. Check their website for regular updates on trunk shows, product launches and knitting events.