622 Mt. Pleasant, 416-484-4080 www.thebranch.ca Rating: NNNNN
Wildbird may have spent its first 10 years "catering to the friends of feathered friends" by carrying an extensive lineup of organic seed varieties and all manner of feeders to put them in, but recently this charming shop in the Mt. Pleasant Village has spread its wings to include a full complement of garden, decor and skin care products - all made in Canada, with a focus on organic or recycled ingredients.
Working from the outside in, Wildbird's owners, friends Paige Cowan and Shannon Hobson , sell everything you need to create a home and garden sanctuary (from planters and garden lanterns to custom furniture, soy candles and even its signature essential-oil-based body care line). After all that shopping, you'll definitely need some downtime, just relaxing in the garden, listening to the birds sing.
Wildbird's picks: Custom-painted pine furniture like this Cathedral side table in Breton blue, $295; Wildbird Body Toning Oil, a detoxifying combo of firming cypress, diuretic fennel and grapefruit in a base of grapeseed, jojoba and coconut oils, $12/120ml; 5 lb bag of niger seed, $11, which goes well with a TH finch feeder, $60, for urban bird feeding.
Look for: Wildbird Pink Grapefruit Vodka Mist, 120ml (for the face); retro hand-painted ceramic signs (such as numbers for the front of your house) by Margret Keenan ; all manner of wind mobiles and chimes; and The Seeder display and seedspace at the back of the store.
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10 am to 5: 30 pm, Friday 10 am to 7:30 pm, Sunday 12:30 to 5 pm.