It’s never just about the merchandise… customers still flock to traditional retail stores for in-store experiences that online merchants just can’t mimic. These one-of-kind experiences are built upon superior service levels and strong store designs that strive to excite all of a customer’s senses. We kept our eyes peeled across the city and spotted 10 stores with the best design in Toronto.
We are obsessed with this Aesop store on Queen Street West in Toronto. With luxurious samples on hand before even stepping into the store, you know you’re in for a great retail experience inside. This store’s design is spa-like, modern and uber minimal. Test out any product of your choosing at the luxurious sink in the centre of the store. 880 Queen St. W
We love this new Lululemon concept store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Not just a retail space, here you’ll find a cafe, interactive gallery, lounge area and studio space (not to mention, there’s an Instagram-worthy shot around every corner!) Our fave spot? It’s a tie between the oversized marquee sign at the entrance and the Toronto mural by the hemming station. 318 Queen St. W.
Lululemon is at it again with another new store concept. Located on Ossington Avenue in Toronto, this one is just for the boys. The Local is half retail store, half community space. Strolling through this modern and masculine shop, you won’t spot a flashy red logo in sight. You will, however, find art on display, a bar, barber services and gaming area. 6 Ossington Ave.
Get ready to be wowed! Hop on over to the Instagram page of Black Rooster Decor and we bet you’ll be itching to redecorate in seconds. A shopping trip to their Queen Street East showroom in Toronto will leave you in awe. This is not a traditional decor store, but a house of unique and stylish, high-quality pieces for every room. 1025 Queen St E.
Not your typical neighbourhood cafe, this Nespresso Boutique Bar in Yorkville is a treat for the eyes. Nespresso users know that you just can’t pop into your local grocery store to pick-up your next capsule. Therefore, a trip to this Toronto coffee boutique is worth the shopping trip in order to take in the bright product displays, high ceilings and stunning chandeliers. 159 Cumberland St.
There’s nothing like an Instagram-worthy shop where the design aesthetic is as good as the product. We are obsessed with the Village Juicery location on Roncesvalles in Toronto for its clean lines, natural materials and sleek design. This large store features a modern, multipurpose workspace for customers to sit, drink and work or play. 99 Roncesvalles Ave.
We are obsessed with green products for the body and home, but who knew that we could get them all in one elegant and unintimidating store? Located on King Street West in Toronto, you’ll love The Detox Market for its natural and inviting store design, informative staff and wide product assortment (all without the sales pressure and bright lights of traditional department store beauty counters). 420 King St W.
Eyeglasses store or library? We love the design of this sleek little shop in Toronto. The Warby Parker store on Queen Street West is worth a peak for your next pair of specs. It’s all in the details here with shelves lined with books by Canadian authors, elegant brass lamps and a Reference Desk as a checkout counter. 684 Queen St W.
Popping into this colourful Kensington Market shop in Toronto is always a fun experience. From its bright pink exterior, you know you’re in for a treat before even stepping foot inside the ½ oz. Cocktail Emporium. We recommend checking out this creative retail space with Miami-inspired vibes if you love to mix a good drink or simply appreciate a pretty bar cart. 20 Kensington Ave.
We love this Yorkville Deciem location with a subtle storefront that is meant to surprise and delight busy Toronto commuters. This pint sized ‘abnormal’ beauty boutique is nothing like what you’re used to. Here you’ll find bright white walls, open industrial shelving and a large workspace in the centre of the store to test out products. 1240 Bay Street, Unit 113.
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Featured Image: Inside Deciem via Instagram/@andreannewrites
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