It may still feel like winter but at the Direct Energy Centre, spring has sprung for the biannual One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale. With over 450 Canadian artisans, the OOAK Show showcases an array of homemade goodies including food, clothing and accessories, body care and houseware products. Since 1975, One Of a Kind has given Canadian artisans, makers and designers a chance to sell their one of a kind pieces to Torontonians. Novella always supports local shopping and it’s a great way to buy some cool pieces that won’t be found in other stores.
Here are a few of Novella’s favourite things:
LKPR Headphones – Booth O29
Move over Dr. Dre, LKPR Headphones are in town. Unlike other headphones, LKPR is an ecofriendly product that recycles skateboarding parts, instead of using the generic plastic that has become increasingly bad for our environment. The ear cups are made from skateboards and other products used to create this musical masterpiece include maple, natural leather, steel and alum. They are extremely comfortable when blasting music and the sound is amazing; pure quality, which you can thank their vintage RCA plugs for that. If you’re a music buff, then these headphones are for you. Choose matte black or brown leather and pair them with your choice of headband, which include black, clear or red. An anodized hardware 1.25 cable is included. Listening to music will never be the same.
Jeff Turner Photo – Booth E39
What Torontonian doesn’t love a piece of their city and neighbourhood in their home? The popular photographer’s pieces are showing up all over the city. Some of the pieces are coated with resin and mounted on wood, while others are 3D collages in a shadow box, ranging in size from petit coaster snap shots of the subway platforms and street signs, to large scale landmark prints. These prints make for great home décor.
Dreams on Paper – Booth N46
Laura Velasquez launched Dreams on Paper in 2013. After working in graphic design, she desired an outlet to reveal her true artistic capabilities. Products are handmade using Laura’s artistic skills with watercolour paint and are sold at stationary shops, pop-up shops and her online store. Dreams on Paper offers an array of personalized greeting cards and will include art prints, stationery and postcards for 2015. Laura lives in the eclectic Kensington Market neighbourhood where she draws inspiration for her work.
Sires Crown Eyewear – Booth C14
Sire’s Crown Eyewear brings Los Angeles to Toronto. This eyewear company specializes in wood frames. Their frames are hand crafted with woods from across the world with flexible wood pulp substrate and cotton fiber and custom fitted to each person’s different face shape. A must have for spring and summer!
da lísh Cosmetics – Booth M13
Enrich your true beauty with da lísh’s all natural and organic ingredients. Da lísh products are full of antioxidants, shea butter and are rich in fatty acids. The cosmetic line also offers other skin benefits, which include soothing and repairing of scars, safflower oil, which softens texture. Da lísh has an array of cosmetics available including face, eye, serums, toner as well as deodorant. Da lísh is also animal cruelty free!
Imagine Wood – Booth E44
Based out of Combermere, Ontario, Imagine Wood creates a unique spin on kitchen utensils. These unique maple wood pieces are hand carved, sanded and oiled. Their utensils range from the every day knives and spatulas, to their unique butcher boards. Imagine Wood brings a rustic spin in our every day kitchen appliances.
La Ferme Québec-Oies – Booth C23
Located between Mont-Sainte-Anne and the Massif de la Petite-Rivière-Saint-François in Québec, this booth specializes in goose liver products, including foie gras and pâtés. Goose is sought after for its refined taste and delicacy and La ferme Québec-Oies delivers an unbelievable product at an unmatched price point. Bravo!
The One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale runs from March 26th to the 29th at the Direct Energy Centre located at Exhibition Place. Tickets are available online or at the door. Make sure to hashtag #OOAKS15 #novellamag to show us you favourite booths and trinkets you purchased. Happy (local) shopping!