February 1st is here... not sure how that happened so quickly but let's welcome it with open arms. February is also Black History Month, and we're going to be sharing some amazing Black-Owned businesses below as well. Whether you want to impress a crush, buy a gift for your partner, or treat yourself... we've got you covered. Small businesses need you more than ever right now seeing as the pandemic and lockdowns are still so uncertain in the city. Here are some of our favourite local businesses to support...
1. Shop FleureA Queer-Owned Luxury Sex Toy & Wellness Shop based out of Toronto, Ontario. It is their goal for individuals to explore their inner sensualities and embrace their true selves by way of pleasure. Some of their best-selling Valentine's Day Gifts Include a super sweet Mini Rose Suction Vibrator that comes in red & lilac colours. Another best-seller is their Smiley Slippers that also range in three colours: Pink, Yellow, and Blue! Everyone loves memory foam slippers.
To Shop their entire Valentine's Day Collection, Click Here
2. Catherine & Co.
Catherine & Co. candles are designed to fit in your space and start a conversation. They literally have a candle for every situation - whether you immortalize that time you saw your favourite drag queen at Crews & Tangos or want to show someone how much you appreciate them, they've got you!
To Shop All Catherine & Co. Candles, Click Here
3. Lingnum Honey
It doesn't get much sweeter than honey. Lignum Honey sources it’s 100% natural raw honey exclusively from the finest apiaries in Jamaica. All our partnerships are firmly based on a commitment to natural and responsible practices. Made in Toronto, this honey is sure to put a smile on your lover's face.
To Shop Lingnum Honey, Click Here
4. Likely General
Likely General is an artist-focused shop & gallery primarily supporting the expressions of women, queer, and marginalized artists since 2013. If you need some incense to set the mood, a new vintage outfit, or cute branded condoms, Likely has you covered.
To Shop Likely, Click Here
5. Bom Dia Café & Bakery
Valentine's Day is for eating sweets... duh! Bom Dia offers high quality baked goods that embrace Portuguese traditions. Their mission is to deliver coffee and food that tastes amazing, and trust us... it is! By the way, when you go to pick up your goods, you have to try their premium coffee... it's to die for!
To Learn More, Click Here
6. Another Story Book Shop
This one's for the book lovers. Who doesn't love a little romantic novel this time of year? It's cold out, all we want to do is snuggle up with a book. Another Story Bookshop is focused on social justice and diversity, continuing the mission its founder established over 30 years ago.
To Shop New Arrivals, Click Here
7. Cup of Té
Cup of Té is a premier online retailer of loose leaf organic teas and teaware. Based in Ontario, Canada, we are dedicated to enriching lives through the experience of premium teas specially made from organic ingredients with each taste offering unique benefits to tea lovers all over the world and every drop telling a story.
To Shop Ethically Sources Tea, Click Here
8. Warren Steven Scott
Warren Steven Scott is a contemporary accessory designer, fashion designer, tailor, and craftsperson. His label was formed in 2018. Born in 1988 in White Rock, B.C., Scott is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, whose territory is located in the interior of present-day British Columbia. His jewelry is jaw dropping and sure to make your valentine sparkle inside and out.
To Shop Warren Steven Scott, Click Here
If you're a bit of an introvert, this one's for you! Whether you'll be indulging in some "me-time" this Valentine's Day, or cooking at home with your loved ones... fresh pasta is the way to go! Alimentari has daily fresh pasta specials, definitely a go-to for a romantic meal.
To See The Menu, Click Here
10. Grape Witches
Grape Witches began as a series of parties and educational events pouring the rare and delicious organic, biodynamic and natural wine. They now have a Natural Wine Agency Storefront in Toronto where you can pickup some tasty wine for your romantic Valentine's Day Evening (or to enjoy in a luxury self-care bath).
To Shop Luxury Wine, Click Here
A big huge thumbs up to you for shopping local this spicy season, Torontonians! Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe Month of Love. ❤️