Scout

#iheartscout; 405 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

Guys, I’m going to get a little sentimental here and go off on a little tangent, but believe me, this all winds back around to Scout (which happens to be my absolute favourite little boutique in Toronto).

So, if you’ve visited my little “About” page, you’ve seen about a quarter of what is the main street (literally, it’s called Main Street) of my little hometown of Warkworth, Ontario. I heart Warkworth. I was born and raised there, and I still return at least once a month to visit my family. On almost every occasion home, I end up on Main Street, which is one of the three streets that make up the heart of Warkworth (Church Street and East Street are the remaining two).

The village has changed a lot since I was young. Present-day Warkworth is a tiny little village full of surprises and shops that celebrate the arts, good food, and at times, the whimsically absurd, with the majority of goods coming from crafters, artisans, and small-batch clothing and food companies. It’s this spirit that I love about Warkworth; it’s all about community and supporting the little guys with passion and creativity. (More to come on Warkworth in an upcoming post though, including the upcoming East Street Market and Warkworth Long Lunch—a community affair!)

So what does this all have to do with Scout? Well, I’m a smalltown girl at heart. I live in the big city of Toronto now, and I enjoy its little neighbourhoods, but Scout was the first space in this city that gave me this same sense of community and pure joy the moment I walked into this little shop of happiness on Roncescvalles a little over a year and a half ago.

Scout offers one-of-a-kind and handmade goods—that includes everything from stationary and books to jewellery, bags, candles, natural beauty products, brooch Bowies and Ron Swansons, and everything in between. When it comes to my purchases, I have two pretty big obsessions: jewellery and mugs. Scout perpetuates both with its stellar selections. Really, I’m just plain hooked on Scout and could gush over this place for seemingly ever, but every post must eventually end.

Before I sign off and leave you with a little sneak-peek gallery, let me offer a couple of tips for your upcoming shopping trip to Scout (because, you know you just have to go now):

  1. Bring lots of money, because you’ll want to buy everything
  2. If you need any help, just ask; the ladies at Scout are always super helpful and the absolute sweetest!
  3. If you like it, buy it; things can go fast and as any one-of-a-kind goods lover knows, when it’s gone, it’s gone. (I’ve learned the hard way…sigh)

For more information on Scout’s location and hours, head on over to www.iheartscout.com.

Bread and Butter Pottery

Bethany Butterworth; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

I first came across Bread and Butter Pottery when I hit my first One-of-a-Kind Show in Toronto with my bestie of eons of years (or so it seems). We both fell in love, the tiny little booth that it was. Drawn in by egg and bacon mugs (though mostly the bacon mug), amused by mermen and mermaid mugs, and finally being sold by cat mugs, I have to say I feel like Bethany Butterworth, the creative genius behind the cheeky, quirky, and smile-inducing pottery, just gets me. (Better yet, the mug I chose had an illustrated kitty that closely resembled my personal obsession, my cat Bea—who inspired the little ears in the Et Cetera header!)

Since then, I’ve found good homes for even more Bread and Butter mugs and I only foresee even more purchases in my near future (new designs are emerging and the classics are forever faves). Better yet, when I first decided to get matching merpeople mugs for my boyfriend’s parents, I found a stockist in Toronto that’s now become quite possibly one of my favourite stores ever. (I’m talking about Scout in Toronto!)

I’ve had a lot of down days and just plain old sick or grumpy days; when I do, a cup of tea in my beloved Bread and Butter kitty mug always helps. My mug has brought me so many smiles, and Bethany Butterworth gets all the credit for that. Seriously, THANK YOU for bringing this kitty-lovin’ mug into my life.

Purchase information: Visit Bread and Butter Pottery’s website for more information, a list of stockists, or to contact Bethany.