Former Prelover (www.preloved.ca) Anna Michener has launched her own knit clothing line called With Glowing Hearts, but you won't find a swatch of patchworked retro T-shirting or trench material in her just-released fall collection. Camisoles and Ts are made of organic merino wool yarn at a Montreal mill. Stratford-based Michener then naturally dyes each vintage-detailed garment in washed-out shades of cream, fuchsia and grey. Log onto www.withglowinghearts.com to place your order.
Scooter central Motoretta (554 College, 416-925-1818, www.motoretta.ca) is doubling up on birthday celebrations this summer, marking Vespa's 60th and the shop's fifth anniversary on the Little Italy strip. Vespa's LXV model commemorates the company's six decades of scootin' by combining a retro-inspired design and a sleek gunmetal or Portofino green paint job. A growing selection of preppy-sporty clothing and accessories complements the bike line, and new items are being added for the fall season.
Cocktail connoisseurs hunting for some divine drink inspiration can visit the Drinks Show Friday and Saturday (July 13 and 14) at the Don Valley Brick Works (550 Bayview). From 5 to 11 pm, lushies and novice mixologists mingle with expert bartenders shaking up martinis and combining new booze products and unexpected mixers. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Order tickets and find shuttle bus info at www.drinksshow.com.
Now that Queen West is losing cheap studio space to big, bad condos, designers are looking in the opposite direction, beyond trendy Leslieville to converted warehouses like the East End Design Centre (1402 Queen East). The Queen and Greenwood building is home to the Margie Jewellery Studio (unit C4, 416-916-6072, www.margiejewellery.com), and owner Michelle Goldfinger now offers her space to other established jewellery artists to teach their own classes in beading, flameworking, fusing and metalsmithing. E-mail Michelle@margiejewellery.com for info and rental rates.