The Distillery Historic District, Part 2

105053-212296-thumbnail.jpgSo I was telling you about discovering Toronto's Distillery Historic District yesterday. The photo to the left is my first vision of this charming area I want to go to again when there's more time to explore. Glorious!

We went into the Distill Gallery as that's the place I'd found online that led me to the whole community in the first place, and I was not disappointed. Heather Frize was our gracious host. I think she said she's working there during the holiday rush. She designs these cool bracelets and other beaded jewelry. I made her give me her website information so I could mention it online. (The web is so important for providing the interconnectedness that's so integral. I love being able to "give" somebody a link.  You never know when it might hook 'em up with a little bit of business. Plus, her stuff is neat, and I think my visitors will want to see it. Fun photos of the pieces on real life models!)

Anyway, as I was saying, we were well hosted and I got to try on a couple of necklaces I completely fell in love with. As it turns out I didn't buy anything but I'm pretty sure I'll return there in future for a105053-212316-thumbnail.jpg purchase or two. They had gloriously fun pottery, by a number of Canadian potters, many of who live right in Toronto. And a neat array of jewelry designs, as well. I was inspired, and also gratified to see that a couple of things I've designed were along the lines of some of the pieces I saw there. Paintings, clothing, other accessories...there was so much to see I know I missed most of it. Remember that comment I made in the other entry about economy of space. They were so great at displaying a huge quantity of items in a gloriously appealing manner.

So as we were leaving, Heather gave us the best gift of all. She told us a little more about the Distillery District, and told us about some galleries and an exceptional coffee shop we should check out. The galleries will have to wait, although I was enthralled by what I saw through the doorway. The coffee shop was, however, definitely in our schedule.

Balzac's Coffee Limited is excellent. I've been checking out the coffee shops while I'm up here and this105053-212304-thumbnail.jpg was one of the best. The coffee itself was superb, not to mention the historically loaded surroundings in which we found ourselves lingering even after we'd downed our joe. This chandelier was something out of a movie or from the stage. You bet I'll go back there. I tried not to capture images of the other patrons while in there - there was a sense that everyone there felt this place was special and I didn't want to encroach upon their little excursion any more than I'd have wanted to have my own photo 105053-212313-thumbnail.jpgmade. But the door never stopped opening and closing. These people do a huge business, it's clear. And on their website you can find more photos. Artsy little images I think are most appealing.

Oh. I'll put one more shot in here. This image with the building and sky and lamp post and flower box was my view from inside Balzac's as I sat at the table drinking my coffee and soaking up the ambience. Not a bad view to have, eh? 

Anyway, I could go on and on but there's more to see in this city and I want to make the most of my stay here before I return home on Saturday.