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ROOM 2046 1252 Yonge, 647-348-2046, room2046.com
New concept shop Room 2046 stands out on Yonge's Summerhill decor store strip. Its stark white walls and concrete floors are a blank backdrop for owner Kumala Nio's eclectic mix of clothing, accessories, books and design buys.
Her fashion lineup includes Kias leather bags, Sifr men's footwear and Bob Carpenter shirting with unique details like rounded collars and sleeve buttons to fasten rolled up cuffs in place. On the object and gift side, don't miss Thelermont Hupton mugs with curved and angled bottoms designed to help you perch the cup on your leg, and books like Ari Seth Cohen's elderly style survey, Advanced Style.
The store also serves as a creative space for Nio's graphic design biz and serves coffee by Richmond Hill-based Social Coffee & Tea Co., including its own Room 2046 blend of Ethiopian and Brazilian beans.
Room 2046 picks: Kulkith Shoes cut-out lace-ups mix suede and batik fabrics, $86.50; wood Waiting for the Sun shades come packaged with printed scarves, $285; a Fanny Laugier porcelain vase looks like it's made from a hundred band-aids, $525.
Look for: A great selection of Juma pieces including printed silk tops and oversized duffels.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 8 pm (café to 5:30 pm), Saturday 10 am to 7 pm (café to 5:30 pm), Sunday noon to 6 pm (café closed).