Last weekend I surprised my best friend Kristen by showing up in Montreal for her birthday. Besides me getting extremely and disgustingly sick on the final days visiting that glorious city, it was such a fun time (as always, Mtlers are the best people). Mtl has alot of genuinely interesting stores and neighbourhoods, if you’re willing to really dig and wander. It’s hard for me to say, but as far as I can tell from the many visits I have done in that city, the vintage stores are some of the best. Better than Toronto, in my opinion. And there is one particular shop I speak of, a strange shop – strange because it is only known through word of mouth – The Little Shop.
I have many friends who reside, or can call Montreal their home city, so I had heard about this shop from several of them. But alas, every time I visited Montreal, the shop was either closed, or we were staying far enough away that the trek to it would have been ridiculous without a car. It is only open 4 days a week for only 3hrs on those days. It is owned by a wonderfully eccentric woman, in her home. Yes, a house! We’re talking vintage and antiques EVERYWHERE, 3 floors filled to the brim, washrooms, kitchen, no place is untouched by the glorious dust of decades past. We spent a good hour digging through old objects and clothes, and were given tea to sip on and cookies to munch on. It’s the sort of vibe I would like to have if and when I own my own store.
If you ever find yourself in Montreal, I highly recommend checking this place out.