A shelf at Logan & Finley — Photo courtesy of Phillipa C. Photography / Logan & Finley
It is rare to have the right amount of help when you walk into a retail store. Sometimes, you are inundated with a sales representative bent on commission, or ignored by an ardent texter. Toronto shopping spot Logan & Finley has the balance just right. They are the Goldilocks of stores.
Logan & Finley's Toronto store — Photo courtesy of Phillipa C. Photography / Logan & Finley
Opened in 2013 by Julie Skirving, Logan & Finley gives a rustic-cottage feel to a prime downtown location. Items are local, consciously designed and creatively re-purposed.
Julie says, "Our inspiration is nature - and we carry products that encourage a healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with nature."
Maple syrup containers serve as storage bins. A popular product is Abeego, reusable beeswax, which is trying its best to kick Saran wrap to the curb. Clothing is reasonably priced and often Canadian made with organic materials. Colours do not fit into the beige eco mold, but items pop in fuschia, teal and canary yellow.
Abeego, reuseable beeswax food wrap — Photo courtesy of Phillipa C. Photography / Logan & Finley
Whether you are served by Julie or one of her sales associates, you will be certain to be helped by someone who walks the walk. From the best tupperware to carry when you are an avid bike rider to which hemp shirt feels the softest against your skin, the staff knows the color green well.
However, even if you aren't yet an earth mother, there are products that will definitely encourage the spending of a conscious dollar or two. Food items include Monkey Butter, which swirls flavours like caramel and honey into nut butters. Skin care products include the Crawford Street Line, which is handmade in a Toronto kitchen.
The Crawford Street all-natural skincare line — Photo courtesy of Phillipa C. Photography / Logan & Finley
For those making a pitstop through Canada's largest city, Queen West is always a street worth considering. Logan & Finley will get you the "just right" souvenir to take home.
Julie confirms: "People generally comment that they like the feel of the store and that they can buy Canadian-made goods that are not your typical souvenir. We have over 25 brands that are made in Canada, including many that are as local as our neighborhood."
Get shopping, eh?
An urban general store — Photo courtesy of Phillipa C. Photography / Logan & Finley