Art work by native artists are much cherished treasures and souvenirs of any country. These five stores stock items handmade by local artists or made from materials unique to their part of the world.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE Ten Thousand Villages represents artists from small villages and communities that span the globe, from Guatemala, Peru and Kenya to Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam. Find all manner of goods representing the materials and styles of their country like wooden boxes, jewellery, games, blankets and other handmade items.
A TASTE OF THE WORLD Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages—hence a multitude of coffeeshops that populate every street corner of every metropolis. Merchants of Green Coffee specializes in sourcing, importing and marketing the highest quality of arabica coffee from around the world, including Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and Costa Rica.
GREAT SCOT For all the lasses and lassies out there, The Scottish Company is one of Canada’s largest importers of Scottish goods. Find fashions by Scottish designers, tartans and Edinburgh crystal.
LUCK OF THE IRISH The Irish Shop proudly represents its heritage with knitware and jewellery, including Claddagh rings—a classic Irish symbol of romance.
OH CANADA If you can’t get enough of the True North, visit Bowring Canadiana for Canadian-made gifts ranging from good old maple syrup to Mountie-themed decorative items.
For more works by native Canadian artists, see Aboriginal Originals.—Linda Luong