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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Beautiful Things

Pioneer has returned from a very lazy summer hiatus, and back to discovering all the hidden gems that have popped up over the last few months - and literally, this hidden gem was actually a DECA pop-up shop before becoming a beautiful, permanent space at the corner of Coxwell and Danforth. You may remember Pioneer blogged about 698 Coxwell back here, when it was another small retail niche called S Sense In Design. We heard rumours that a new shop had opened up here, and kept noticing the cute red chairs out front so we had to check it out (on the way, we finally picked up our handmade indigo pillows on hold at the Pillow Shoppe, much to Daddy Pioneer's dismay....)

The gorgeous, light-filled space has since been taken over by LEN - democratic purveyors of fine art & beautiful things. Warning: If you don't like beautiful things, or fine art or anything made by local artisans and crafters, please do not read any further. Thank goodness Pioneer likes democratically purveyed baubles of delight since this is what LEN is filled to the brim with: irresistible finds of all shapes and sizes.

Pioneer is always drawn to jewelry first, so of course we had to get a full tour of the display case by proprietor Christal Pshyk. Beautiful silver earrings from Janet Stein are mixed with Rimanchik leather bracelets from Montreal and bohemian crystal bead necklaces by local jeweller Csilla Marki. All things that are perfect for BFF birthday gifts, or kicking stocking stuffers up a notch (yah...with two Junior Pioneers around, we're already prepping for Christmas....).

We really want to stress the uniqueness of everything at LEN. It's reminiscent of the Drake General
Store - for those of you who remember a time when shopping for curated cool was combined with a leisurely Sunday brunch along Queen West..... At LEN, their stationary is not just stationary, their fine art is not mass-produced and their well-priced glassware is shipped from France.

Once you discover the handmade Canadiana cards by local artists Sarah Deacon (Grade Eh Designs) & Wendy Tancock, you'll be looking for occasions to send greeting cards far and wide. The Duralex glassware was brought in specifically for young families looking for non-breakable glassware for their kids (anyone else sick of plastic IKEA tumblers cluttering up your cupboards??). And if those things are not appealing, the yummy aroma of all their lotions and potions will surely pique your curiousity.

Proprietors David and Christal are newly native to Toronto, and they bring a delectable dose of their west coast style, cool curation and eye for detail to this little bohemian but modern space that would belong on the High Street anywhere in the world.

Check out all our beautiful finds on Pinterest!

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