Featured Shop : Kid Icarus in Kensington Market

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As mentioned in my last post, Julie, her cute baby son and I recently spent a lovely afternoon together in Toronto’s Kensington Market, during which she introduced me to a shop that has now become a firm favourite — Kid Icarus — located at 205 Augusta, on the east side just north of Dundas, across from that little park.

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While I’ve seen it before, I’d never been inside because I mistakenly thought it was a place that sold things specifically for children. While there are goods in this shop that would certainly appeal to kids, this combination retail area and screen-printing space is geared towards those who enjoy making things and lovers of handmade items.

I was totally taken by the amazing assortment of books and kits for makers, including instructions and supplies for diy stamp carving, origami, indigo dying, sewing, knitting and so much more!

According to their website, Kid Icarus is “Dedicated to finding the best in independent contemporary craft, with a focus on paper products, Kid Icarus takes pride in representing locally made items with the highest quality standards. The store is full of Canadian handmade goods from Vancouver to Halifax, and everything in between, with the majority of products coming from the neigbourhoods that make up the Greater Toronto Area.

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They also offer all kinds of unique greeting cards and an assortment of fun gifts …

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^ We really liked these crocheted cacti ^

The retail part is only half of the concept though, as the back half of the shop is dedicated to screen-printing posters and prints.

If you’re in Toronto, you may have recently seen the great poster for the Field Trip Music Festival that happened a couple of weeks ago — it was created by the artists at Kid Icarus.

Many of their great looking prints, including the Field Trip poster, are available for sale in the shop.

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If you like bright colours, making things, and/or are looking for an attractive handmade gift, you should check this wonderful shop out.

Maybe you’ll go this weekend — don’t forget the market’s summertime car-free Pedestrian Sundays! The weather’s expected to be perfect for it.

Thanks for checking out my blog,
xo loulou

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Hanging Out with Sweet Baby James and his Mom

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I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with this beautiful baby boy and his mom Julie.

James is six months old now, and as cute as can be, ready with lots of big smiles and not a single tear shed the whole time we were together, in spite of just beginning to teeth. In a word, the child is adorable.

Our plan was to wear our comfortable shoes, meet at my place, and then walk somewhere from there — given a few choices of interesting destinations, Julie thought a visit to Kensington Market would be fun and, considering it’s one of my favourite parts of the city, I readily agreed. So off we went, with James fast asleep in his stroller.

We did a bit of browsing in the shops, including a new-to-me one that Julie recommended, called Kid Icarus. I’d never gone in because I’d wrongly thought it was a store for children’s things. Turns out it’s an excellent place, which I won’t discuss further now, because my next post is going to be a feature all about it.

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^ ’tis the season! ^

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We also went to Good Egg, and Blue Banana.

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Bungalow is another great shop we went to. There they offer a nicely curated collection of vintage clothes and housewares, combined with some unique new clothing and accessories.

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Just about then, James woke up and was ready to leave the confines of his carriage, so we found a table on the patio at Café Pamenar (located at 307 Augusta, just south of College).

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I don’t often get such a close-up view of a barista creating coffee foam art — the ease with which this fellow made these beautiful creations was pretty impressive, for sure.

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^ sporting the tiniest pair of Levi’s you ever did see ^

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Thanks very much for checking out what I’ve been up to.
Wishing you a great weekend!
xo loulou

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