Shop 'til you drop: unique boutiques in London
FILTHY RIBENA VINTAGE
They post their stock list online for anyone interested in purchasing their products. It includes fun items such as Soft Flirt, Rosehound Apparel and Shop Okie Dokie. They pride themselves on making the environment better by purchasing recycled clothing. Check out their Etsy shop for a short list of products they carry on their store. Occasionally, they host sales to clear their inventory and reduce their prices by 50 per cent. Check out the store's social media for all of the latest updates. 177 Dundas St., N6A 1G4, filthyrebena.com.
GROW & BLOOM CO.
Home of the floral goddess workshop (where participants create beautifully intricate floral arrangements on goddess heads), this boutique florist has the most Instagram-friendly décor and aesthetically pleasing social media. Surprise your special someone with something special: a ceramic Frida Kahlo piece, a candle, or any of their lovely artsy jewelry. 569 Richmond St., www.facebook.com/growandbloomco/.
CURIOSITIES GIFT SHOPPE
Looking for something to quench your eccentric tastes? Tucked away in one of the corners in Wortley Village, this quaint shop has a collection of knickknacks, clothing, and greeting cards. Most of the goods all are Canadian-made, with some local London products. Check out Miik, a Montreal-based clothing line the shop carries that uses unconventional materials such as eucalyptus and milk as fabric. A strong advocate for sustainable lifestyle, this line tries to minimize their carbon footprint by milling their own fabric and assembling all their products locally. 174 ˝ Wortley Rd., curiositiesgiftshop.com.
THE MARKET AT THE WESTERN FAIR DISTRICT
Home to over 100 vendors and buskers, the market comes alive every weekend. From brunch to whimsical home décor, the market is a space to explore and find new trinkets. Check out the Purple Moose Sock Company to find some quirky socks: corgi, space and cat prints are all available upon request. Other interesting stalls to check out are Liberty and Love (a steampunk, art nouveau jewelry maker), Birdhouse Classics (fun garden furniture), and Oaza (essential oils and skin care). 900 King St, westernfairdistrict.com/market.
THE PRISTINE OLIVE TASTING BAR
With over 60 different premium oils and balsamic vinegars to choose from, this store encourages healthy cooking. They regularly post new recipes on their websites with interesting recipes like truffled deviled eggs, smoked salmon and avocado crostinis, and fresh shrimp spring rolls. This quaint shop also hosts tasting classes where people can sample all of their oils with a selection of finger foods. Don't have time to devote yourself to a tasting? The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar website has a chart that delineates all of the olive oil and balsamic pairings. 884 Adelaide St. N. thepristineolive.ca.