We’re going to paint a picture for you. 

You’re sitting in an antique rocking chair. A steaming hot mug of tea clutched in your hands, the sleeves of your vintage sweater tugged up to your knuckles. You take a deep breath and the soft scent of Nemesia flowers fills you with calm. A timer chimes gently and you stand up, stretch, and walk across the soft woven carpet towards your kitchen. You open the oven and the smell of homemade roast chicken and rich mushroom soup fills the room. You sit down to dinner and pour a healthy glass of an Ontario pinot noir. Welcome to your fall fantasy; here’s how you’re going to get it in Old Town Toronto. 

Imperial Rug

First, you’re going to tell those cold floors take a hike! Get you a soft and comfy carpet to cuddle your toes through the chilly months from Imperial Rug on King Street East. This family-run business has been importing hand-knotted rugs from Nepal, India, and Pakistan for over a century. Nothing quite ties a room together like a cozy carpet, and their massive selection of modern, contemporary, and traditional textiles is hand-picked and certain to store the right rug for your perfect fall. 

Wildlife Thrift Store

Finally it’s SWETTAH WETHA and we couldn’t be more excited to visit Wildlife Thrift Store. This eclectic shop is full of pre-loved mens, womens, and unisex clothing, housewares, jewellery, art, and more. But don’t let the long list of goods fool you: every item at Wildlife is selected by eagle-eyed staff with a passion for fashion, meaning no matter what you grab you’re bound to pick up a gem. You’ve got to check out their rack of vintage graphic sweaters and cozy hoodies, but don’t miss out on their collection of antique glassware where you’re sure to find the perfect retro wine glass for sipping red wine on a rainy Sunday. 

Stôk Floral & Design

Florals? For fall? Heck yes. The folks at Stôk Floral & Design create fresh living designs year round from their boutique on Church Street. Stôk specializes in crafting custom seasonal bouquets fit for any space or occasion from simple side table blooms to majestic centrepieces. Stôk also provides weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly flower subscriptions to keep your home feeling fresh and lively all year round. Not a flower person? Stôk has a robust collection of house plants, including pet-friendly varietals.


Your butt deserves somewhere amazing to sit. Trianon is a bespoke + antique furniture shop in the heart of Old Town Toronto, and their pieces are truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re looking for a classic rocking chair with a bit of fluffy flare or a heart-stopping 1930s walnut dining table set, every item at Trianon oozes with luxury, quality, and history. Even if you’re not in the market for a new rocking chair, stop by to visit their stunning boutique. Trianon’s shop, dripping with mid-century-modern chandeliers, soft lamps, and brass knick-knacks will give you a shot of second-hand nostalgia sure to warm you as you traipse through Old Town Toronto on a cool autumn perambulation. 


It’s getting cold and you don’t want to go out. We get it. And so does COMMO, aka “a community of menus and meals online” who will drop healthy, hearty, homemade meals- ready to heat and eat- right at your door. Frozen? Yeah. Fancy? Absolutely. COMMO specializes in creating restaurant-quality meals- prepared by their team of in-house chefs- which are sure to satisfy your need to not move AND eat deliciously without breaking the bank on Door Dashing every day. 


Runner Market

Our goal is simple: we want to make your fall fabulous, and there’s nothing more lux than having people bring you stuff while you relax in your jammies. Runner Market’s brick-and-mortar shop on Berkeley Street is chock full of curated goodies- top-notch snacks, wine, beer, and coffee- and you can get any (or all if you’re feeling dangerous) delivered to your door within an hour. Try picking up a plummy Pinot noir or a jar of their basil-berry ice cream.

Patio season is over. So what? It’s time to embrace cozy-critter fall! Take a breath, crack open a book, bottle, or both and let’s enjoy the cooler weather with all its pleasures… at least until March 30th when we’re like really? Isn’t it spring? Why is it minus 10? At which point we’ll be sure to share our “winter fantasy” survival guide to get you through to May. Click here to visit our business directory and discover more hidden gems and in Old Town Toronto. Thank you for shopping local, mwah. 


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