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Shops We Love: Atelier St. George

For locals, Janaki Larsen’s family-run corner store and café in Vancouver, Le Marché St. George, is a gathering place — somewhere to browse eye-catching wares, enjoy coffee and get together with neighbors. It’s this community spirit that’s sure to make Janaki’s latest venture, located a couple kilometres north, just as…

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Shops We Love: Souvenir

Pieces new and found fill Souvenir’s sunny retail and event space. “Having a souvenir is so special; it reminds you of a certain time or person,” says Danielle Suppa. She and fellow design school grad Trisha Lepper opened Souvenir after hosting a series of successful pop-up shops together.

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Shops We Love: Chic & Basta

Online boutique Chic & Basta is helping draw attention to local, Quebec-based artisans. “It became our mission to be ambassadors for these creators,” says Louis Durocher, who runs Chic & Basta with Manon Martin, his wife, from their home in the Eastern Townships. The store features a range of…

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Shops We Love: Camp Lifestyle + Coffee Co.

Whistler, B.C. calls to mind family camping trips with tree-lined trails and spruce-scented mountain air. It’s this idyllic view of Whistler that Lynn Gentile and Martin Stockley had in mind when opening Camp Lifestyle + Coffee Co. last summer. Their shop just south of Whistler Village is divided into…

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Shops We Love: Michael Thomas Antiques, Art & Furnishings

Michael Thomas Vuksta is a retailer with an impressive pedigree (he was VP of Home for Joseph Mimran & Associates, Director of Lifestyles at Indigo, and held positions at Holt Renfrew and Tiffany & Co.). Last November, Michael moved his eponymous antique store from Port Hope, Ontario, to a 100-year-old building in downtown…

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Shops We Love: Advice From A Caterpillar

When she was pregnant with her daughter, Emily Dyer took a trip to Paris with her mom, Susan, and sister, Elizabeth. Uninterested in bubblegum-pink walls and plastic toys, the trio was inspired by the city’s design-minded shops for kids — the antithesis of toy-store chains. “We loved the magic, the visuals…

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Shops We Love: LivingSpace

In 1988, Ross Bonetti opened LivingSpace in a 5,000-square-foot store on Vancouver’s North Shore. Now, they are in a sprawling 20,000-square-foot space in the Armoury district, the city’s hub for architects and designers. The bi-level space — a bakery in the 1920s, then later a printing press — was renovated…

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Shops We Love: Much & Little

A former interior designer, Sarah Savoy is drawn to objects that connect her to the past. Her store, Much & Little, showcases vintage-inspired housewares on Vancouver’s East Side. “I love that many new, independent designers are choosing to go back to well-crafted pieces that evoke memories,” she says. Reclaimed…

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Shops We Love: Dwell Studio

Home design label DwellStudio‘s flagship store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood has a relaxed sensibility. Modern, eclectic and enduring, DwellStudio reflects its founder, Ottawa native Christiane Lemieux’s philosophy: “We’re tweaking, not decorating,” she explains. “It’s about constantly evolving spaces in an organic, seasonal way.” Driftwood candelabras cohabit with vintage brass ram bookends…

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Shops We Love: Rob Kurkut Interiors

Rob Kurkut opened his namesake shop near Calgary’s design district in March, as a culmination of 20 years’ experience in interior design retail and a lifetime of collecting antiques. The historic 1912 building is the perfect setting for the boutique’s vintage European wares. Kurkut’s taste is pleasingly eclectic, from…

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Shops We Love: 31 Westgate

Halifax designers Colin Blanchard and Ken McRobbie wanted an easier way (rather than hopping on a plane) to offer luxury brands of furniture, lighting and accessories for clients’ homes. They opened 31 Westgate — named after their first design project together — to bring the stylish pieces they…

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Shops We Love: Saudade

If Saudade, a new lifestyle shop in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighborhood, feels like a surprisingly mod boutique set in an old world Lisbon city building, that’s on purpose. Co-owner Nancy Fernandes grew up in Canada but spent her summers with family in Portugal, where she developed an appreciation…

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Shops We Love: Hopson Grace

Even reluctant hosts who wander into Hopson Grace will find themselves planning elaborate dinner parties and intimate brunches just so they can dress their tables with delicate stemware from Japan and striped plates by the U.K.’s Richard Brendon. This is precisely what owners Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace…

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Shops We Love: Vintage Fine Objects

As a veteran antiques dealer and stylist, Vintage Fine Objects owner Kevin Austin has honed his design sensibility to one simple criterion: “I choose things that I would want to live with,” he says. At his store, he makes those carefully selected items available to all. Kevin isn’t afraid to…

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Shops We Love: Inspirati

An appreciation for fine linens was instilled in decorator Wendy Brownie by her grandmother, who owned a linen shop in England before emigrating to Canada in the 1920s. When Brownie became frustrated looking for an heirloom-quality tablecloth to give to her daughter as an engagement present, she followed in her grandmother’s…