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Paradise Bound is a unique shop that sells Japanese woodblock prints, wall art, antiques, collectibles and hanging scrolls. Its merchandise dates back to the 16th Century right up to the mid 20th Century. It also sells classic vinyl records in genres such as Synthpop, Electronic, Jazz, Pop Rock, Soul and Funk. It specializes in Kakejiku, which is a form of hand-painted or calligraphed Japanese hanging scroll with edges made of silk fabric. Shop for old landscape paintings depicting the Far East Asian countryside in muted tones, and woodblock prints with floral patterns or street scenes. This shop also purchases old vinyl record collections from customers.
If music is food for your soul, then enter the melodious environs of Soundscapes. It is the mecca of records from all over the world. Whether you want to give your eardrums a hard rock workout or please them with jazz music, this place assures you with well-stocked sounds of all genres. A polite staff will help you browse through all the sections and even fish out the very album you have been looking for! Besides, it is also doles out tickets for all happening music concerts. Call for more information.
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.
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.