The place: Named after the hip Soho intersection, this Yonge and Eglinton shop offers home accessories similar to what you might find at Restoration Hardware or Teatro Verde for significantly lower prices. Having opened just in time for the Christmas rush last year, the store is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent on many items as it restocks for 2011.
The stuff: Picture frames, housewares galore and candles line the walls. Not staid pillar candles, mind you, but items like the Paddywax soy selection (also available as diffusers) in such fruity scents as limoncello, mint mojito, cucumber, grapefruit and blood orange; and Napa FireLites, which come with a ceramic basin you fill with citronella oil. Also a great place for last-minute gifts, Mercer and Prince has a well-curated selection of wrapping paper, bows, bags and cards, making it a one-stop shop for forgetful friends and family.
The shoppers: The store caters to uptown shoppers looking for knick-knacks to festoon that new side table from the Art Shoppe. We could easily imagine HGTV host Sarah Richardson loving the French country pieces, like ceramic flour pots and overstuffed accent pillows.
Our favourite things: The ceramic, baby blue and white polka dot whale ($42.50) and elephant ($38.50) piggy banks are cute pieces to add to the baby’s room. And as a stand for those Paddywax candles, the art deco–inspired nickel-plated candle holders ($60), with transparent cubes running up the base, would look brilliant in any modernist living room.
Mercer and Prince, 2503 Yonge St., 647-288-9600, mercerandprince.ca.