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209 days

Alice ClarksonComment

It has been 209 days since the fire. I can't tell you how many hours we have spent trying to recover our store items, working with insurance and talking to the investors of our business. The only silver lining was being able to partake in wonderful summer activities, but that doesn't erase the pain of losing the thing most important to you.

We're writing this to tell you that we have made a decision to not go back into our Parliament Street store. Unfortunately our business was just too new to survive the massive trauma of the fire.

We miss Cabbagetown terribly. We miss your wonderful faces and dogs and children brightening our days. We miss eating at Steak & Chops, and saying hi to Mo and Karim each day. We need to say BIG thank you's to the Cabbagetown folks who checked in and sent their well wishes. Sourced and Salvaged, House on Parliament, Labour of Love and of course all the brands we carry have been so kind and thoughtful. We appreciate it so much.

We can't express how much the writing on our door meant to us. Whenever we would see it, we were reminded of all you wonderful people supporting us on the sidelines! Thank you so much!

As you can imagine, we are heart broken and have had a hard time accepting this. However we have decided to continue online. You can purchase items from us through the shop link above, or as we periodically do pop up shops and markets around the city. If there is something you wanted, please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. We wll be posting new items on Facebook and instagram, so follow us there for updates!

Don't be strangers! Get in touch!

In times of struggle, you want to be in Cabbagetown.

Alice ClarksonComment

So. Sometimes things happen that you just have to take on the chin. This is one of those times.

Last week, there was a two-alarm fire at 451 Parliament Street, directly next door to our store. So much next door, that we actually have a shared hallway to each of our storage spaces. It was at about 10:30am when we heard the news and rushed over to Parliament Street, which was blocked off, only to see hoses snaking through our smashed front door, and the windows to the residential spaces upstairs shattered..

Going into details on the damage here will get us nowhere. Needless to say, the store basically has to be gutted and rebuilt, and almost our entire inventory was destroyed. We don’t know how long it will be before we can reopen, but we can’t wait. We can’t wait to see all of you again as soon as possible. We miss the wonderful regulars, the kind Cabbagetowners, and the neighbourhood dogs. We miss going into our store and switching the lights on and looking around and seeing the things we have worked so hard to build.

We have a lot of thank you’s to send out. The House on Parliament staved off panic attacks and fed us tea and gave us an office from which to wait to enter our space. The ever-lovely firemen from Station 325 and others were kind and caring, informative, and brought smiles to our panic filled faces. The police officers who gave us as much information as they could, and the fellow Cabbagetowners who stood by and offered their support and hugs.

There is a special mention to the group of people who brought the scale of this fire to our attention. It took messages passed through three people to inform us of what was happening. Justin, your bear hugs (even in your own difficulties) and jokes were part of what kept us breathing that day. I only hope you also were able to take comfort in us (sorry we had no blankets to offer you).

 

I can’t even begin to imagine how our wonderful upstairs residents feel being unable to go back into their spaces. We are so exceedingly grateful no one was hurt and we send our most positive thoughts to them and hope they also get back into their spaces sooner. After stopping by today to collect a few things, and seeing the handwritten notes left on our door, (ok after we cried at the love we felt), we are so grateful to be in Cabbagetown. You are the best

 

The lesson here is that things are things. And all things can be replaced, rebuilt, and restored. We will come back from this with flying colours. We will be the phoenix that rises from the ashes to start anew, stronger and better than before. And we can’t wait.

 

Oh and the other lesson here is about this neighbourhood. Of course we always knew Cabbagetown was something special. We moved in here because of that special. Because this community is tight and not like many others. Because here in Cabbagetown, people wish you well and genuinely mean it. They support you, they come back to show you their vacation photos with the straw hat in it. They send you kind emails in difficult times, and they offer you their space to work from when you no longer have one. We love this neighbourhood, and all of the people in it.  So lets all have a warm and cuddly moment, where we tip our hats to each other for supporting each other, loving each other in the hard times, and doing the right thing when things get hard. Thanks Cabbagetown.

Stockings with Integrity

Alice ClarksonComment

Most tights/stockings/hosiery are actually made out of petroleum. When I learned about that, I was a little grossed out to say the least. So we found Swedish Stockings. Everything about them, right down to the packaging is eco-friendly and sustainable. They are made out of recycled Nylon yarn, and they are crazy soft (bonus!), and pretty sturdy too! We have 2 sheer patterns and 3 heavier weight solid colours, including the ever important super opaque for Canadian winters. Pictures here! Come check em out in real life! Or if you're too far away, we have them online too! Just click "shop" up above in the navigation to get your own.

Grey! 60 Denier!

Grey! 60 Denier!

Herringbone! 40 Denier!

Herringbone! 40 Denier!

Swiss Dots! 40 Denier!

Swiss Dots! 40 Denier!

Solid black! 100 Denier!

Solid black! 100 Denier!


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ALPACALYPSE

Alice ClarksonComment

If you are like me (Alice here), you always wanted some one in your family to knit you things. Blankets, hats, socks, and the like. As a result of this, any time a friend has taken up knitting or crocheting, I have begged them to make me ANYTHING. 

Luckily, this summer we met the wonderful Korinne, who off the cuff mentioned her mother's alpaca's and knitting hobby. My brain may have exploded because of the sheer thought of knowing the alpaca's that the pieces were made from. So over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to Spatz, Sherlock, Miss Fluff and Copper, who have graciously provided their wool for Cheryl to knit and make wonderful things.

Stay tuned. Here's a little taste of the fierce foursome to warm your day.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/shoppipler/videos/1649523918651922/

O My Bag

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O My Bag has arrived! 

Made from a unique kind of eco-leather, an O My Bag is a piece that you can flaunt without guilt. This is due to a cleaner and safer tanning process, a reduced carbon footprint, and leather that is made with respect for the environment. It is also a bag that gives people the opportunity to establish a better life for themselves. In the area of Kolkata, India, every O My Bag is created with love in a safe & positive atmosphere: here fair wages are paid, benefits are provided for, education and training are offered, and women and minorities are given equal-work opportunities. We are proud to work with our friends in India. As their organization grows, we will be delighted to see our suppliers, tanners, and manufacturers’ organizations grow with us. By choosing to work with these carefully selected producers in India, O My Bag contributes to global issues like fighting poverty and encouraging the empowerment of women.