Unbeknownst to most, the Spacing Store (Toronto’s self-proclaimed “City Store”) is the perfect place to pick up truly authentic souvenirs of the City. Collections of magnets with TTC subway station signs, funky gift cards designed by local artists, Toronto-themed apparel and accessories (how about a “Toronto vs Everybody” sweatshirt? Or a neighbourhood toque?) – even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll have a good time perusing.
The ironic thing is that I’m not entirely sure that this store and its wares are even geared towards tourists. Spacing is actually a magazine centred around urban planning and city design that has been around for over a decade; the store opened just in 2014 and seems to cater more to urban planning geeks and locals who just love their city. Of course, everyone is welcome to join in the appreciation!
While you’re at it, you should check out the rest of the 401 Richmond building. It is a beautiful heritage industrial building that takes up an entire city block, and is worth the walk through. Wander the halls and take in all the shops, galleries, artists, NGOs and other eclectic tenants. There are a café and Dark Horse espresso bar if you need sustenance, and a courtyard that is lovely in the summertime.
New this summer: Spacing set up an outpost in a shipping container in front of Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall). Check it out!