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12 DAYS OF SPACING: For Christmas



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Vintage map wrapping paper (pictured above)
$10/3 Sheets, In-Store and Online

This year, we decided to make our own wrapping paper for the holidays. We took all the plates of Goad's Atlas of Toronto from 1890 and put them together in 22"x34" sheets.

Toronto Landmark Ornaments
$9, In-Store

If you were by our store over the summer, you may have seen the awesome acrylic CN Tower, City Hall, and OCAD buildings we had up as part of our Pan Am Games window displays. Well, our friends at Camden Collective (who do our window displays) miniaturized them into a series of Christmas ornaments, and included the Skydome, Honest Ed's, and the Gooderham Flat Iron building!

Christmas Cards
Most at $5, price varies, In-Store

We've got so many great cards it's hard to choose just one to highlight! Our designer friends have outdone themselves this year with the Christmas card selection, and they are selling out quick!

Bonus: Gift Cards
$ Whatever you want, In-Store and Online

Why not make it easy on yourself and just get them a gift card? Get them in-store for however much you want, or online in $5, $10, $20, and $50 denominations.

 

Written by Mike Bulko — December 11, 2015

12 DAYS OF SPACING: For Her



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Off the Shoulder Screenprinted shirts
$65, In-Store

Textile artist Yasmine Louis combines delicately screenprinted urban graphics with comfy, heathered, off-the-shoulder shirts to create a unique Toronto fashion statement.

Toronto Undies
$25, In-Store

Toronto designer Candice Levine has been hand sewing unique underpants for nearly 15 years. Each pair is handmade here in Toronto and are guaranteed to not ride up your butt. And if you're still shopping for your guy, we've got boxer briefs too!

Toronto Silk Scarves
$95, In-Store

Toronto designer Teresa MacDonell creates silk scarves with distinctly bold patters and colours. Designs include an ode to Toronto architecture (above), city map grid, and a playful waterfront/skyline motif.

BONUS ITEM: Highway Socks
$18, In-Store and Online

For the comfy commute in to the city. Silkscreen artists Yasmine Louis and Vanessa Higgs have produced this charming collection of classic camp socks featuring the crest of Toronto Highways. Made and printed in Toronto. Available in cotton and wool blends.

 

 

Written by Mike Bulko — December 10, 2015

12 DAYS OF SPACING: For the House



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Streetcar Butter Dish
$80, In-Store

Toronto Serving Board
$88, In-Store & Online

Our friends at Vancouver's Love My Local has gone beyond their usual Province-shaped serving boards and created a custom Toronto serving board just for the store! Handcrafted and custom made from FSC Certified rapidly renewable bamboo and finished with Balmbu.

TTC Vehicle Coffee Mugs
$25, In-Store

TTC Station Throw Pillows
$50, In-Store

Photographer Tanya Harrison has created a line of 16x16 throw pillows that, in perfect compliment to Spacing, feature the tile patterns and colours of the various TTC subway stations. The pillows are 100% Canadian-made.

Vintage Map Tea Towels
$25, In-Store

These charming linen tea towels by Toronto design Helen Hawketts feature maps of Toronto or Hamilton dating back to the late 1800s.

 

Written by Mike Bulko — December 07, 2015

12 DAYS OF SPACING: For Him



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

TTC Token Tie Clips (pictured above)
$60, In-Store

Display your transit love AND exhibit a little sartorial flair with this whimsical tie clip. Toronto's Jesse Zuker of Zinc Cufflinks crafts these with actual TTC tokens. Add a little transit bling to your wardrobe. To upgrade your style even more, add a pair of the TTC token cufflinks (starting at $60).

Toronto-inspired Pomade
$25, In-Store

Toronto-based grooming company 19fifties brings a little Mad Menera style to your hair. Named after Union Station, the landing pad of many-a Toronto businessman for years now, the vintage-style pomade is water soluble and perfect for sculpting flashy pompadours, keeping a tight side-part, or nice glossy slick-backs.

Toronto Neighbourhood Map Wallets
$35, In-Store and Online

Artist Jillian Bunting takes some of Toronto's iconic street grids and turns them in to multicoloured patterns on a number of cute accessories. Wallets are 100% top grain leather with billfold and 6 card slots (one windowed).

Toronto Street Art Socks
$20, In-Store

Histu Socks has teamed up with popular street artists to create this unique series. Each pair of combed cotton socks is adorned with popular art by such names as Anser, Poser, and SPUD1. These socks really pop and look great dressed down or up if your guy likes a little sock flair.

Written by Mike Bulko — December 07, 2015

12 DAYS OF SPACING: For the Historian



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Vintage York County Atlas map prints (pictured above)
$40, In-Store

The Historical Atlas of York County Ontario was illustrated by Miles & Co. in 1878. It is a beautifully composed collection of town maps, portraits of locals and business directory for the time. These atlases were pre-sold by subscription only and typically purchased by affluent families or individuals. These 15"x19" maps come in coloured or sepia-toned and are available for Toronto, Yorkville, Scarboro, and Etobicoke.

Toronto Sewer Cover coasters
$20, In-Store and Online

This 2-coaster set depicts two different designs of 19th century Toronto sewer covers, laser-etched onto birch plywood.

The Ward
$25.95, In-Store

The Ward finally tells the diverse stories of this extraordinary and resilient neighbourhood through archival photos and contributions from a wide array of voices, including historians, politicians, architects, story­­tellers, journalists and descendants of Ward residents. Their perspectives on playgrounds, tuberculosis, sex workers, newsies and even bathing bring The Ward to life and, in the process, raise important questions about how contemporary cities handle immigration, poverty and the geography of difference.

Historical Atlas of Toronto
$34.95, In-Store

In just two centuries, Toronto has grown from a far-flung outpost of the British Empire to a world-class city, the largest in Canada. This book is the first to illustrate Toronto’s history through contemporary maps, drawn at the time to record, promote or illustrate major events. Collected together for the first time, these beautiful, revelatory documents add up to a fascinating visual history of the city’s development. The book covers all of today’s Greater Toronto Area, from Mississauga in the west to Oshawa in the east.

BONUS: Vintage Goad's Atlas wrapping paper
$10, In-Store and Online

We're getting into the holiday spirit this year with the launch of our WRAPPING PAPER. The 22"x34" sheet collects multiple maps/plates from the 1890 Goad's "Atlas of the City of Toronto". 3 sheets per pack.

Written by Mike Bulko — December 04, 2015

12 DAYS OF SPACING: Neighbourhood Love



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Toronto Town Soaps
$6, In-Store and Online
Spacing has teamed up with Soapbox Soap Shop to create our own line of soaps depicting the old corporate seals of the former towns and villages that have been annexed and absorbed by Toronto over the years.  Available in a wide range of scents. All scents are from essential oils (exception: Scarborough) and are made in Toronto.

City of Neighbourhood x Oxford Pennants
$20, In-Store and Online
This year, the company behind the ever-popular City of Neighbourhood Toques ($38 in-store and online) has teamed up with the venerable Oxford Pennants to bring some neighbourhood pride to your walls. They handpicked some of their best-selling 'hoods to feature on these retro style pennants. Available in: Toronto, Scarborough, The Beach(es), Cabbagetown, Queen West, and Parkdale.


N-Product's Urbanwood collection
Prices vary, In-Store only
Ottawa's N-Product has expanded their Urbanwood line of laser etched neighbourhood maps to include Toronto! Neighbourhood wall art comes in several sizes (10" round, $105; 18" round, $165; 18x24", $150) and is available in a number of different 'hoods, though stock is limited. We've also gotten in a whole bunch of coasters cut from lovely aromatic cedar for $10 each so you can mix and match as you like. Coasters include: Annex, Beach, Cabbagetown, Distillery, Junction, Kensington, King West, Leslieville, Parkdale, Trinity-Bellwoods, and Wychwood.

Written by Mike Bulko — December 03, 2015

12 DAYS OF SPACING: For the Cyclist



The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we're heading in to our second Holiday season. We've picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Bicycle Wine Rack
$40 In-store and Online
If you like wine and you like biking, you're going to love this. The handmade leather bicycle wine rack is perfect for taking wine with you on the go. It easily attaches to most bike frames with antique brass fasteners, while the hidden clamps hold the bottle securely.



Cleverhood Cycling Rain Cape
$250 In-store and Online

Designed, crafted, and manufactured in the US, every Cleverhood features sturdy, waterproof breathable membrane fabric and protective seam-sealing. It has a fitted hood with a large brim to keep faces dry, without blocking peripheral vision. Handy arm holes have snappy magnetic closures and some models feature Velcro trim tabs. 

Look sharp and smart. Cleverhood’s Electric Houndstooth rain cape offers the classic pattern with a high-tech twist: hidden reflective thread. Its bright grid stands out on dark, rainy nights against passing headlights.




FlipCrown Bike storage accessory
$45 In-Store and Online

A Spacing-exclusive in North America! FlipCrown is a stylish and affordable bike accessory that allows you to flip the handlebars 90°, while keeping your front wheel in line with the frame, making it much slimmer to store in your house, office, or in a packed bike rack. FlipCrown replaces the crown nut on threaded headsets and operates with the push of a button.



Ringtool - Cycling Multitool
$35 In Store & Online
Ringtool was conceived as an ultra-light solution for cyclist commuters, but its applications extend far beyond the biking community. A super compact alternative to lugging around a full size tool kit, Ringtool lives on any standard keyring, always on-hand for minor repairs or in the event of an emergency.

Written by Mike Bulko — November 30, 2015

Anniversary Week Sale!

This week we celebrate the first anniversary of our very own retail shop! We've had a great year and met a lot of new people, tourists and Torontonians alike. We've welcomed athletes from all over our Americas during the Pan Am games, cheered with customers with every run the Jays scored during the playoffs, and had many (too many!) political debates during the Federal election.

We're heading in to our second holiday season now and we're very excited. We've been hard at work building new store fixtures and are happy to say that we have the biggest selection of products we've ever had in the store. There's been no shortage of great designers in Toronto making awesome products about our city, we're finding new ones all the time. It's been an honor to work with so many people who love Toronto.

To celebrate such a great year, we're giving everyone who comes in to the store 10% off their purchase all week until Sat Nov 21. On top of that, we have a massive $15 t-shirt sale, including our classic streetcar design, "What Would Jane Jacobs Do?", and some past season items from the ever-popular Peace Collective.

Written by Mike Bulko — November 17, 2015

NEW: FlipCrown - The bike storage solution

We're excited to announce an ingenious new product in store and online. The FlipCrown comes to us from Gent, Belgium and after a successful Indiegogo campaign, we're the first retailer in North America to stock it.

 

If you keep your bike inside, whether at home or work, you've probably bumped into the handlebars far more often than you'd like. FlipCrown is a stylish and affordable bike accessory that allows you to flip the handlebars 90°, making it much slimmer to store in your house, office, or in a packed bike rack. FlipCrown replaces the crown nut on threaded headsets and operates with the push of a button. Paired with removable pedals, you'll be able to store your bike in the tightest hallways without annoying your roommates.

FlipCrown is easy to install and comes with all the required tools (older bikes with corroded or rusty parts may need a stronger wrench). FlipCrown is compatible with most threaded headsets (see graphic below if you're not sure your style of headset).

 

Written by Mike Bulko — November 10, 2015

NEW!: Montreal Metro buttons/magnets

You may have seen some of these around in the past, but Spacing is proud to announce that our Montreal Metro line of buttons and magnets is finally complete!

We have replicated the tile patterns and public art installations of Montreal's Metro stations in one-inch buttons and magnets. There are 68 different buttons and magnets that can be purchased individually, per line (Orange, Blue, or Green + Yellow), or as a complete set.

For the lucky people who got our first two sets of Metro buttons/magnets during the first release, we have a special package that will complete your set without having to buy duplicates of some stations.

Vous avez peut-être vu certains de ces macarons et aimants autour dans le passé, mais Spacing est fier d'annoncer que notre ligne de métro de Montréal est enfin complète!

Nous avons reproduit les modèles de tuiles et installations d'art public des stations de métro de Montréal dans les macarons et les aimants d'un pouce. Il y a 68 macarons et aimants différents qui peuvent être achetés individuellement, par ligne (orange, bleu, vert ou jaune), ou comme un ensemble complet.

Pour les chanceux qui ont obtenu nos deux premiers jeux de macarons / aimants de métro au cours du premier lancement, nous avons un forfait spécial qui viendra compléter votre jeu sans avoir à acheter des doubles de certaines stations.

Written by Mike Bulko — October 26, 2015

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