The Annex abounds with Valentine’s Day ideas to indulge yourself. Cool cafés and restaurants, unique clothing boutiques, environmentally-friendly gifts, a rare independent bookseller and hard to find DVD rental store — The Annex has everything to treat yourself this cold February.
501 Bloor Street West Ι bookcity.ca
As iPads and eBooks replace well-worn and dog-eared pages, thankfully Book City remains a much loved spot in the Annex. Opened in 1976, four generations later, it is still run by a book-loving family. Crowded with magazines, the latest bestsellers and old classics, Book City is one of the last independent bookstores in Toronto. This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a great read.
408 Bloor Street West Ι grassrootsstore.com
Walking into Grassroots makes you want to preserve the environment, because it seems so easy to do so. Only truly environmentally-friendly goods are sourced and stocked, such as soft linens, bath and body delights, beeswax candles of all sizes, a wide array of kids’ products, clothes, games, art supplies and much more. Looking for a unique gift registry that bypasses that annoying department store visit? Grassroots is part of the Gift Network, a one-stop online gift registry for smaller boutiques.
424 Bloor Street West Ι davidstea.com
Started in Montreal, David’s Tea has a wonderful location in The Annex. For the true tea lover, David’s Tea offers loose leaf teas with unique names like Secret Weapon and Forever Nuts, two delicious blends. This simple and bright shop instantly calms, making any mom want to take a break from mommyhood with a well-deserved and delicious cup of tea. For Valentine’s Day, check out Love Tea #7, Doctor Chocolate, Honeybee, Peppermint Amour and, yup, Hot Lips.
480 Bloor Street West
Have you tried to rent a movie recently? Queen Video makes the impossible happen. One of the last-standing DVD rental shops, Queen Video has shelves crammed with a great variety of films for the horror lover to the romantic. If you miss traipsing through the aisles of a video store looking for the perfect flick for a night in, check out Queen Video.
563 Bloor Street West Ι insomniacafe.com
With a large space for busy kids, exposed brick and beams, a fully stocked bar and cool music, Insomnia has long been a great brunch, lunch and dinner spot in the Annex. You’ll love gazing at the eclectic paintings and photographs by local artists, and eating the affordable and great food.
374 Bloor Street West
Affordable and adorable, the clothing at Nue is definitely something to check out when looking for Valentine’s Day treats for mom. With their glittery hair accessories, trendy furry vests, warm socks, leggings and sweaters, Nue has everything you might need for daytime casual to nighttime va-va-voom.
What indulgences are you looking forward to this Valentine’s Day? We’d love to know!
Photo credits: Grassroots courtesy of Grassroots; David’s Tea courtesy of David’s Tea
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