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As any Avenue Road & Lawrence area resident knows, some of the best clothing boutiques, flower shops, sports stores and more call the neighbourhood home. Read on to discover some of our favourite one-of-a-kind shops and proud local businesses in the area.

The aptly named Want Boutique is where women go to find one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find items hand-picked by their staff. Visit the shop to speak to their experienced stylists and find the perfect piece any occasion.

No matter what your wardrobe needs are, you can find what you’re looking for at Out on a Limb. Wander in (and bring your dog — Out on a Limb is pet-friendly!) to find many great fashions and accessories in addition to hosiery, socks, shoes, bodysuits pyjamas and jewellery.

The oldest independent toy store in Toronto, Toytown was established over 55 years ago and is home to the best children’s products on the market. It’s loved by children and adults alike, who stop in for everything from board games to craft items and — of course — toys.

Known across the GTA as one of the best places for artisan fare, Pusateri’s has been elevating Toronto’s food scene since 1963. With origins as a small family-run Italian produce market, son Cosimo Pusateri devoted himself to the store from a young age, transforming his parent’s small neighbourhood shop into a fine-food emporium specializes in gourmet imported goods, speciality products and artisanal goods.

Find a carefully curated and incredible mix of contemporary brands from all over the world at Parpar. With a focus on fit, style, fabrication, colour and lifestyle, Parpar will be your go-to destination for excellent service and chic but wearable looks for everyday life.

Floris Flower Co. mother-daughter duo Judy and Sarah have a flair for unique, dramatic and modern floral arrangements no matter the occasion. The shop offers custom-designed arrangements, hand-tied bouquets, seasonal plants, vases and more.

Ambrosia Natural Foods owners John and Rina believe that everyone deserves to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Their natural foods store serves up fresh organic fruits and vegetables in addition to vitamins and minerals and natural cosmetic products.

With a wide selection of popular brands and hats imported from around the world, The Hatter believes that every well-dressed gentleman should own a quality hat. As the last professional hat blocking business remaining in Canada, you’ll many different styles and hats for every season and occasion in-store.

Looking to enhance your outfit? Visit Linea Intima for a wide selection of designer bras, underwear, shape wear, loungewear and accessories from high-quality fashion brands and expert advice from owner and lingerie expert Liliana Mann. Liliana prides herself on helping every woman look and feel her best.

From home and bath products to invitations and stationary, you can find your every home need met at At Home by Papergrafix. Owned by mother-daughter duo Sandra and Nicole Shleifman, the duo pride themselves on their excellent customer service and product lines that are always being refreshed.


Images courtesy of Want Boutique (Want Boutique); Pat (Toytown); Floris Flower Co. (Floris Flower Co.);


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