Back in black
Black Market Clothing (www.blackmarkettoronto.com) co-owners John Christman, Tracey Opperman and Bernard Chung are expanding their budget-friendly vintage shop list with the opening of the Public Butter (1290 Queen West, 416-533-4343). Launching tomorrow (Friday, February 29, starting at 8 pm), the shop combines clothing with retro furnishings, collectables and work by established and emerging artists. The first talent on display is Jake Summers, an OCAD grad who paints up earthy landscapes.
Time for a bath? Grassroots (408 Bloor West, 416-944-1993; 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, www.grassrootsstore.com) has got you covered with its on-sale selection of tub-side accessories and soapy treats. Scrub down with coarse back, body and foot brushes made with natural jute, sisal and coconut, all 15 per cent off. Then lather up with Druide’s foaming bath wash in anti-stress, detoxifying and energizing formulas, discount priced at $11.47. Finally soak in the dim light of pure beeswax pillar, tea-light and votive candles marked down at 94 cents to $13.59.
Tracking down a bottom-line-friendly studio space isn’t always easy, especially if you’re more hobby artisan than professional creative type. If metal and glass are your media, Nanopod’s (322 Harbord, 647-219-0585, nanopod.tv) open studio hours might be the perfect fix for your workspace dilemma. On Thursday evenings between 6 and 10 pm, you can book benchtime in the Harbord and Grace studio either by the evening ($45) or for a six-week period ($250).
Luxe for less
For the look of luxury at semi-precious and Swarovski crystal prices, the Loranne K jewellery line is hard to beat. Designer Loranne Kettlewell has just launched her spring collection at www.lorannekettlewell.com. The bold Roxanne collection includes oversized baubles in silvery hues, while the Samantha and Bianca lines combine candy-coloured crystals. Coral, turquoise and shell give the Beach grouping a seaside look.