Queen West Market
2008 will go down in Toronto history as the year the city went to market.
We all jumped on the locavore locomotion, eating our 100 mile, farm fresh diets straight out of reusable grocery bags and feeling darn healthy and au courantly Earth smart for it.
As much as the market movement has affected our eating habits, it's changing the way we shop for fashion and design stuffs too. City standby's like Sunday's St. Lawrence Antique Market where you can find vintage jewellery and designer look-a-like handbags existed long before the trend hit but a new crop of style bazaars has sprouted to take advantage of our loosening retail habits.
Kensington's Blue Banana Market was the first newbie out of the gate but this summer's semi-regular shop spot standout is the Queen West Market. 69Vintage's Kealan Sullivan and artist Karen Kawarsky converted SPIN Gallery's Queen and Dovercourt space into a one-a-month weekend destination that's been luring in the west side's indie shopping set.
This weekend's event (Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm) hosts a long list of designer and artist vendors including Petalwear, Sui Generis and Rare Bloom while offering shoppers ice cream, pie and cookie treats at the in-house café between purchases. Sullivan and Kawarsky will be taking the QWM weekly in the fall and hosting an art crawl on September 13 and 14.
NOW's next Store of the Week, Heart On Your Sleeve, is hosting its own Heart & Craft Eco Artisan Market in front of the shop this Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm. Paper People Clothing, Eco Flora and Frog Pond will all be on hand hocking green buys. Bring your own bag of course.