Doing the various photo shoots for this project has been fun and interesting, a great way to find out more about the talented store owners that bring their special touch and passion to work every day.
For example, Polly from Three Peas in a Pod is a fantastic artist. You can pick up custom made one of a kind journals, notebooks, cards and paintings adorned with her whimsical style.
Sherri from Crave makes the most ridiculously delicious chocolate dipped chocolate fudge brownies. If you love chocolate you have to try one! Give one of these to the chocolate lover in your life and you will surely be remembered in the most positive way possible.
Karen from Grey Heron Natural Designs has a knit café on Wednesdays and Michael Christie learned to use a sewing machine when he was 24. How often do you go into a clothing store and the person selling you your new suit can also do the alterations himself? Seriously.
Scott from At Home Interiors inherited all of his fabulous know how and decorating talent from his mother…that’s what she told me…and Enzo a very loyal entity at Gabriele Photography gets very jealous when John hugs anyone. Try it…go in and give John a hug in front of Enzo and see what happens. It’s really funny.
By shopping Downtown and supporting the unique independent retailers you get the benefit of having very personal customer service. Case in point, I wanted to get a very specific item for my husband for Christmas from Christies. All I had to do was tell Michael that I wanted a specific product for my husband. I don’t know my husband’s size (can’t be too specific here or I’ll be telling him what one of his presents is so I have to remain cryptic) but Michael knew, organized it…ordered it and set it aside for me. Now it’s wrapped and ready for Christmas Day and I have not even really looked at the product but I have a trust level that everything will be perfect on Christmas morning. Pride of ownership says a lot! And in most of the stores I have been to, free gift wrapping service is also available. How nice is that?
So remember to support the independent retailers this holiday season. Even if you have to pay for parking Downtown now…5 will get you 6. That means that a nickel will get you six minutes of parking time at a street meter. Where else can you get something for 5 cents? In downtown Toronto, you would be looking at $10 for ½ an hour at the very least, if you could find a spot.
Please do share this stocking stuffer link with everyone you know and encourage all of your friends to shop downtown this holiday season. The stores downtown need our support.