292 Queen West, 416-340-8579, www.stormwatches.ca Rating: NNNNN
Grateful sons and daughters who wanna buy a watch for Dad this Father's Day are guaranteed to please Pops with a stylish pick from Queen West timepiece spot Storm.
For the past eight years, the shop (the only North American outlet for the Brit-based line) has stocked options ranging from hearty stainless steel models with camera-shutter faces to fashion designs embellished with diamonds and crystals.
Manager Jennifer LeClair says the key to picking the right ticker is tailoring it to Papa's lifestyle. A casual dad will dig a laid-back leather strap while techie fathers gravitate to more gadgety styles.
LeClair complements the timekeeping stock with jewellery and accessories, 95 per cent of which are by local lines. Toronto content includes Foxy Originals, Smitten Kitten and Luli Designs. (A beaut pair of crystal drop earrings anchored by a gold wire-whisk-shaped bauble is a hot seller.) Vegan-friendly Espe bags and wallets get embossed and appliquéd with colourful abstract flowers. Storm picks : The men's Meridian watch has a square, double dial face that flips up to reveal a compass beneath, $187; Espe's white hard-sided handbag, a definite deal at $46; Brave Butterfly's summery necklace of turquoise- and amber-coloured beads with a painted shell pendant, $50.
Look for : Weekly Saturday sidewalk sales starting at the beginning of July, and new fall stock arriving toward the middle of that month.
Hours : Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.