Unique treats, gifts and baskets for unique people.

The Mercantile in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village is your go-to shop for everyday luxuries, with a thoughtfully curated selection of gourmet food items, kitchen accessories, gifts and gift baskets to help you live, give, and entertain in style.

The Subtle Art of Refreshment

Lacroix flavoured sparkling water

Honestly, the most thoroughly refreshing drink on the planet is water - no matter what the pop and beer companies spend millions telling you. Sometimes a sparkling water adds an extra jolt of satisfaction but when it comes to flavour, most of the options out there try to slip in a little (or a lot) of sugar or other sweeteners. 

From a variety of natural sources around the U.S. we are now welcoming LaCroix (it's an American brand so it's pronounced "la-CROY") as a truly refreshing - in both senses of the word - alternative. In fact, we thought we'd discovered this product on our own but already a number of customers have come in expressing delight that this no calorie/no sweetener/no sodium product subtly flavoured with all natural fruit essences that they experienced during their travels south of the border is now available locally and have been buying by the 12-pack.

We're starting small - with the lemon, lime, grapefruit and peach-pear flavours but - depending on how much people like them - we'll add more from the full flavour line-up as they become available in Canada.

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Summer Sneak Peek

PopStand Ice Pops

While it's cooled off towards more seasonable temperatures heading into this long weekend, summer did give us a tantalizing preview earlier this week. So we thought we'd give you an equally tantalizing sneak peek of summer ourselves:

Like the burger and the G&T, ice pops have been undergoing a renaissance in recent years that taps into a deep nostalgia for these cooling treats but updates the flavours for our ever-expanding palates. Kari Marshall's Pop Stand series is, we think, the most interesting entrant into this market with flavours that range from the traditional to the experimental. Among our favourites now available at The Mercantile:

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Make Mom's Day

Laura Slack's chocolate flowers

The modern Mother's Day was founded in 1908 in West Virginia by Anna Jarvis to honour her own mother, who had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. Later in life, Jarvis protested the commercialization of the day she had founded and the various fundraising activities that linked themselves to the holiday. 

So first - in keeping with Jarvis' original spirit (or, for that matter, the festivals recognizing the power and influence of motherhood in many cultures dating back thousands of years!) - let us encourage you to think this Sunday about how to acknowledge your own mother or the mother figures in your life in your own words or music or art or action.

But second - admitting that we live in a culture that frequently expresses itself through gifts and tokens and that the Mercantile prides itself on featuring products of great quality made by the loving hands of people we know - if you are planning on getting a little something for the Mom in your life as a token of your appreciation, we have all kinds of delights in store (if you haven't already blown your budget at the Toronto Flower Market that launches its season tomorrow on the grounds of CAMH!).

Of course we've got cards and cookies and gifts and chocolates of all sorts but once again we feel compelled to talk about our friend Laura Slack - the Toronto chocolatier who continues to excel with her artful creations made using the very finest chocolate. Pick up a box of her latest truffle assortment OR how about  getting the best of both worlds with these hand painted chocolate flowers!?!? (though it is debatable which - between real flowers from the market or Laura's chocolate variety - would last longer in the house!)

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