Shawn Skeir’s self-titled Skeir Studio Gallery opened in 2007, around the same time I started working in Parkdale. I used to text my husband photos of Shawn’s artwork until we finally bought a couple of pieces.
When I came back to work (in Parkdale) after my maternity leave last summer, I was so happy to see a new baby store, with the sweetest name, This Little Piggy.
Faye opened her store for the very reasons that I was excited to have it, so that moms in the Parkdale and surrounding areas could get things that they would have before had to go online to find- hip clothing, new and interesting baby products, even a good nursing bra.
When Contrast Living opened its doors in Parkdale in April 2015 I was ecstatic, finally a super fun (affordable) shop that I can rely on when I need something little for a family or friends’ birthday. When I first went into the store I noticed right away that it was so much more than a cute little gift shop. They also sell vintage/retro furniture and lighting as well as some very cool handmade one-of-a-kind stools.
My husband, son and I live just outside the The Junction, I work in Parkdale and we all adore both. There are so many things to love in these two areas; stores, art, vintage, restaurants, markets, and parks. I want to share favourites from both and some stories from our life….
If you live in one area and love it, you should definitely check out the other, hopefully this blog can help you explore. If you are new to either area… same deal. If you live anywhere in Toronto and haven’t been to The Junction or Parkdale, you should plan your next Saturday in one and Sunday in the other… If you live outside Toronto there are even some gorgeous AirBnbs to stay in while you visit.
One of my hopes for this blog is to interview and photograph some shop/restaurant owners in The Junction and Parkdale so that we can get to know the people behind the local stores. I would also hope to talk to some residents to share their stories and find some hidden gems.
Please feel free to follow along, comment, request, and share stories of your own.