It’s the final countdown for Christmas Shopping. If you haven’t placed your online orders and you live in the Toronto area, you can visit these great vintage stores. Or here’s an even better idea — make your loved ones a batch of this delicious chili-chocolate liqueur. For more information on proof brands visit www.proofbrands.com
Soma dark chocolate liqueur 1⅔ cups proof whisky • 1 cup heavy cream • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk • 4 tbsps melted Soma chili chocolate • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract • 2 tbsp cold coffee
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed for 20 seconds. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate. If you are giving it as a gift, bottle it in clean mason jars or fancy bottles. Will store in refrigerator for up to 2 months. Makes about 4 cups. (TIP: if you cannot find chili chocolate add a couple of drop of chili sauce or chili bitters to your mix) (somachocolate.com)
F AS IN FRANK has two flagship retail locations located in Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. The vast vintage clothing selection at F AS IN FRANK is specifically tailored to keep one step ahead of current street trends. We like to push the boundaries of typical acceptable fashion, bringing fun and excitement to your shopping experience. We challenge our customers to show their unique personalities, bridging the gap between costume/ ‘dress-up’ and everyday fashion.
You will find hundreds of vintage items, ranging anywhere from the early 1900’s to the 1990’s: from popular favourites such as high quality rock tees, flannel shirts, dresses, leather jackets, military jackets, boots/shoes, handbags, jewellery, and champion basketball jerseys, to high-end/top shelf collectible clothing and design inspiration pieces, movie rentals, and everything in between. We also stock the largest selection of vintage sports gear in Canada, including snapbacks, Starter jackets, t-shirts and deadstock gear. (http://www.fasinfrankvintage.com)
King of Kensington Welcome to Flashback Vintage! We hand-pick the best in men’s and women’s vintage fashions to share with you at three locations in the heart of Toronto’s vintage hotspot, Kensington market. Flashback Vintage is a trio of stores: Flashback, Flashback 2 and King of Kensington. Each store offers it's own unique shopping experience showcasing high-quality vintage clothing and decor. Our clothing ranges from the 1800’s – 1970’s (plus a little of that 80’s flair!) (www.flashbackvintage.com)
Courage my Love has been open since the seventies, and has won a loyal following among Torontonians looking for cheap vintage, exotic beads, exquisite jewelry from faraway lands, and off-beat trinkets. (14 Kensington Avenue)
Mama Loves You Vintage brings you unique and quality pieces from the 1900s to the 1990s. Run by mother-daughter duo, Mahro and Melo, the store is a carefully curated eclectic mix. Every item at Mama Loves You has been chosen with love and we hope it shows. (www.mamalovesyouvintage.com)
Vintage Mix 1 Awesomely merchandised shop in Ossington area. Shoes, furniture, signs, apparel, accessories, knickknacks. Reasonable pricing. (186 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7 (416) 534-7767)
Thrill of the Find is a women's clothing store specializing in new to vintage designer fashions. Lifelong collector Mireille Watson finally opened the doors to Thrill of the Find in 2003. Located in Toronto's Leslieville district the store has already attracted a loyal following who have discovered some of the best in European designer clothing Toronto has to offer. With well priced, immaculately presented and low key helpful and knowledgeable service, it is no wonder this boutique is no longer one of the city’s best kept secrets. (thrillofthefind.com)
Bungalow Need a vintage rock t? A cocktail dress? A danish dining set? Dansk cookware for your next party? With over 3000 sq. ft. of modern design furniture, retro housewares, exciting new and vintage fashions, and exquisite collector pieces from the 40's - 60's, we have what you need! We are located in Kensington market, a culturally diverse food & clothing mecca in the heart of the city, which features some of the best vintage shops in Toronto. (www.bungalow.to)
Philz 20th Century Design (792 Queen Street East, 416.461.9913) A collection of vintage furniture and accessories from various styles and era makes visiting Philz a worthy stop for any design purist.
Zig Zag (985 Queen Street East, 416.778.6495 www.modfurnishings.com) Located in the antique row of the Leslieville strip, Zig Zag supplies Toronto with vintage designs of the 1950s through to the 1970s. Recently featured in Wallpaper, Echoes, and the Toronto Star, their emphasis is furniture, lighting, glass, electronics and accessories for the home.
Ethel (1091 Queen Street East, 416.778.6608) (ethel20thcenturyliving.com)
Guff (1142 Queen St East, 416.913.8025 http://guffonline.blogspot.ca) Guff is a used furniture store loaded with great stuff! In the mix you'll find interesting vintage finds, mid-century modern classics, re-purposed industrial pieces, and much more!
More: 69 Vintage (69vintage.com) • Black Market (http://blackmarkettoronto.com) • Maggie’s Farm (maggiesfarmvintage.com) • Penny Arcade Vintage (www.pennyarcadevintage.com) • St. Lawrence Antiques market (http://www.stlawrencemarket.com)
Saturday: Mainly sunny and a high of -1 degree
Sunday: Mix of clouds and sun and a high of 1 degree
Have a safe and Happy Holiday!!