Sunday, December 18, 2011

Shopping on Roncesvalles Part II

Roncesvalles has so many great shops that I’ve had to split my write-up on my favourite local stores into two entries. Missed part one? Then read it here.

The Mercantile - 297 Roncesvalles Ave.
Know someone who loves bacon? Then you’ll easily find a gift for them at The Mercantile, which sells bacon salt, bacon rub and bacon-flavoured mayonnaise.

But bacon-flavored items are just the start of the many yummy things found in this store. The Mercantile also carries a wide variety of teas, chocolates, specialty salts and all kinds of sauces and seasonings.

Frock – 97 Roncesvalles Ave.
This widely beloved shop is packed with beautiful, wearable clothes that often have their own unique details.  Everything from party dresses to cozy sweaters are available here, along with a wide variety of accessories including wallets, belts and right now, gloves, hats and scarves.

Prices aren’t cheap but that’s because you’re getting quality items from a range of Canadian and European labels, including Stacey and Dagg and Dace.

Imelda – 123 Roncesvalles Ave.

Frock’s sister store is all about shoes, mostly women’s but some men’s too. The store has a real emphasis on cute, chunky-heels and pretty but practical flats.  And given the season, a variety of boots are also in stock.

Again, like Frock, prices aren’t low but they’re reasonable for what you’re getting. For example, a pair of Hunter boots at Imelda is priced the same as at Town Shoes.

SoHo Framing – 77 Roncesvalles Ave.
While this framing shop is probably best known for carry the popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters/shirts/bags/mugs, this store also sells many other gift-y things include Pantone-colour mugs, cardboard animal heads and a variety of Toronto-themed posters including the popular neighbourhood one.

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