Empathy’s List of Local Businesses We Love 

At Empathy, we are about giving back and sharing love. Simply put, it’s who we are and what guides our brand. We pride ourselves on being a brand that cares—read how we give back here.

We are a small, Canadian business and we know how much passion and energy goes into our company, our products and our support people. We are grateful for all the love we receive and now it’s our turn to spread it and share it. Shop small, think big and support some of these amazing Canadian brands and retailers today and always.

Jewelry

Biko
@biko_official
What: A sleek jewelry line created by Toronto designer Corrine Anestopoulo loved for its bold and unique statement pieces.

bluboho
@bluboho
What: Delicate fine jewelry pieces made for layering and stacking—diamonds, sapphires and pearls have never looked cooler.

Jenny Bird
@_jennybird
What: The coolest accessories imaginable, just ask Selena Gomez, Pink, Saoirse Ronan and Kylie Jenner—they are all fans.

L’Oro
@loro.ca
What: If fine gems and luxury timepieces are your passion L’Oro is your must-shop. Chopard, Omega, Gucci, Breitling and Hamilton are a few of the watch brands in-store and did we mention the diamond pieces are the stuff of dreams too?!

Knots And Pipes
@knotsandpipes
What: Creators of handcrafted accessories (bold tassel earrings are a signature item) produced in small batches and crafted from internationally sourced and recycled material.

Rebekah Price
@rebekahprice
What: If you love mega-watt bling statement jewels, one look at through the RP online store and you will know you’ve arrived at your happy place. Here you’ll find earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces that shine—we adore the Rivoli collection.

Fashion

6 by Gee Beauty
@6bygeebeauty
What: This chic Toronto-based boutique stocks so many of our favourite beauty and fashion things (hello Le Labo, Dannijo, Zadig & Voltaire) and the best part is they ship across Canada!

Bare Knitwear
@bareknitwear
What: This west-coast company curates a collection of the luxury sweaters, housecoats, beanie and wraps created from mindfully sourced materials which support the small Peruvian farms they originate from.

EMMYDEVEAUX
@emmydeveaux
What: This Edmonton-based brand is founded on effortless body-con fashion basics for all body shapes and sizes (bodysuits, tees, hoodies, tank dresses) all built for comfort, mixing and matching.

KAYDEA Apparel
@kaydea.apparel
What: Every cent of sales from this line of curated athleisure basics are donated to charity so supporting this brand and their spirit of empathy is a major shopping feel good.

KIP Sleepwear
@kip_sleepwear
What:
Cozy and cool pajamas and sleepwear that you will literally live in. Did we mention they monogram too? SOLD!

Our WalkIn Closet Inc.
@ourwalkinclosetinc
What: If you love the thrill of the unexpected fashion find this luxury consignment boutique is the place to find unique hidden style gems.

Prairies And Petals
@prairiesandpetals
What: Purveyors of the most incredible 12-month fresh roses which arrive artfully arranged in a Parisian style hat box—you pick the colour, size and scope of your arrangement.

Rewind Couture Revisited
@rewind_cr
What: If you are looking for luxury resale goods this is your place! You never know what designer treasures you will find but Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Dior all make regular appearances!

SIDIA
@sidiathebrand
What: This Canadian fashion brand has become the go to for It Girls who love their cool Tencel caftans (perfect WFH dresses), Cloud Nine head wraps and just launched lounge sets.

Spread Love Clothing
@spreadloveclothing
What
: Find cool hoodies, tees and cozy sweats here that support a message we all need how—the world needs more love!

Home

Black Rooster Décor
@blackrooster
What: Home is where the heart is especially now and Black Rooster is packed with all the cool stuff you need to feather a stylish nest: furnishing, lights, art and some cool and creative giftables.

Crying Out Loud
@cryingoutloudto
What: This business founded by four women is one of our faves because not only do they stock the coolest stuff (beauty products, pins, puzzles, candles, plants and more) but they also promote a message of mental wellness and empathy.

Fable
@dinewithfable
What: This Vancouver-based brand of sleek everyday dinnerware basics are made in Portugal by artisans who use recycled ceramic pieces that is locally sourced.

Hopson Grace
@hopsongrace
What: Find all of life’s little luxuries are all here—incredible tableware and entertaining essentials, bed and bath essentials and home accessories from pillows to blankets, picture frames to pet beds and bowls.

If Only Home
@ifonlyhome
What
: Hygge season is here which means extra time in bed and luxury bedding are essential. This Montreal-based company has the most divine luxury linens.

Lohn Candles
@lohnofficial
What: This candle company is beloved for it’s incredible and innovative scents designed to transport you to an exotic world away.

Rizo Lola & Co.
@rizoloaco
What: This home décor store is a regular stop for us—we’re a huge fan of their artful gift items, as well as stylish accessories for all areas of your home from bed to bath, garden and baby’s room.

The Paper Place
@thepaperplace
What: If you love pretty paper things, this is your nirvana. Incredible stationary, wrapping paper, planners, journals, vintage posters—these are just a few of our favourite things!

Yela’s Unique Creations
@yelasuniquecreations
What: Shop here for crafty, cool and cute giftables. Everything from tea towels to holiday ornaments and trinket dishes are darling, even more so when they are custom monogrammed.

Pets

The Beach Dog Market
@thebeachdogmarket
What: Your full-service pet centre stocked with everything to keep your pooch (and kitty!) feeling pampered and pretty: toys, treats and grooming services.

Kids

Silly Goose Kids
@sillygoosekids
What: This kid’s depot has the best toys, educational tools, games and books and was recently voted the Toronto’s Best Children’s Store by Toronto Star Readers!

The Rebel Mama
@therebelmama@rebelmamabooks
What: Loved for their candour and realness Nikita Stanley and Aleks Jassem are the mamas and their two books Get Your Shit Together and Handbook for (Cool) Moms are must-owns for every modern mom.

Beauty

Amal Beauty
@amalbeautybyamal
What: This vegan spa and body care line is inspired by traditional Moroccan recipes. We love their delicious facial waters and incredible lava clay which you can use on the face and body.

Ritual
@ritualtoronto
What: Your one-stop-shop for hair, nails, brows and lashes, Mani’s/Pedi’s, skin and makeup sessions. Ritual is one of the best and their online beauty boutique offers an amazing selection of beauty essentials and tools and you can grab gift cards too!

Soap + Honour
@soapandhonour
What: You have never seen soaps this chic! Here you’ll find bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, balms and our favourite Magic Crystal Candles all in an eclectic scent range handcrafted with love.

Hair

Alcorn Hair
@alcornhair
What: A fave beauty spot of Toronto influencers, Alcorn Hair’s online store is packed with haircare essentials from Living Proof, Kerastase and Christophe Robin as well as incredible accessories and newly launched bespoke Alcorn candles.

Tony Shamas Boutique
@tony_shamas
What: This Toronto salon is loved by the uber-stylish, and you can pick up some of the top haircare brands (Oribe, Kerastase, Kevin Murphy and Olaplex) here. They offer personalized DIY root colour kits that can be delivered right to your door!

Supercrush
@supercrush
What: This is a hair accessory wonderland! If you love a good scrunchie like us this is the place to stock up, they literally have one to suit every style vibe (they even have lovely lace bridal ones!).

Food & Dessert

Churchills Fine Gourmet Gifts
@churchillsgourmet gifts
What:
These treats taste as good as they look and trust, there’s truly nothing sweeter than their classic chocolate shortbread dipped cookies and heavenly pecan bars.

Coco Market
@shopcocomarket
What: Packed with healthy snacks from popcorn to chips, teas, cookies, candies, energy bars, nut milks and more, this is the place to hit to stock
up on all the treats you need when the WFH munchies hit.

Delysees
@delyseestoronto
What: This Toronto-based French patisserie is renowned for the most heavenly treats—macarons, eclairs, croissants and brioche oh my!

Greek Market Café
@greekmarketcafe@greekmarketchicken
What: This market and café is full of Grecian specialties like spices, salts, baked goods, pastries, and coffees. Also, the take-home and chicken souvlaki and BBQ chicken from their Greek Market Chicken are next level delish!

Life Is Sweet
@lifeissweetbeeches
What: This cupcake shop is a Toronto fan favourite and is loved for its inspired and delicious flavours as well as some next-level brownies!

Memories In the Baking
@memories_inthebaking
What: Serving up baked treats with tons of personality this bakeshop is loved for its custom-designed cakes, cookies, cake pops, chocolate covered Oreos—a sweet lovers paradise! The hot chocolate bombs are a must!

Miss Macaroon Backing Co.
@missmacaroon_bakingco
What: Everything cooked up at Miss Macaroon is divine but there’s one cult item no foodie can resist: the cinnamon bun. Routinely sold out so order early and enjoy often!

Nutbar
@nutbar.co
What:
Our favourite superfood snack café has three locations in Toronto and offers curbside pickup of treats and eats or an online pantry you can order your favourite nut milks, granolas, bites and bars as well as wellness essentials by Province Apothecary and Beekeeper’s Naturals.

The Good Neighbour
@thegoodneighbour
What: With three locations that we love, this Toronto coffee shop offers good brews served up by the best people on earth.

Wellness & Fitness

Afterglow
@afterglowstudio
What: This yoga studio offers a go with the flow approach and has a wealth of online classes for everyone (beginners to power yogis and even kids) to help keep you moving and motivated.

Align & Soul
@alignandsoul
What: Owners Sarah Back and Kristen Likopulos want to help you keep your groove on with classes from their mindful movement studio now offering yoga and Dynamic HIIT classes virtually. Passionate about the power of connection and living an aligned life. Their energy is infectious!

NXUS Collective
@nxusco
What: With a focus on health, wellness and fitness this new co-work gym and coffee space in Toronto is currently offering some kick-ass virtual fitness classes including kickboxing, Zumba and Barre.

Resilience
@resilience_fitness
What: Kick your butt into gear with Resilience’s online fitness classes designed to get you moving, no matter what your fitness level. Prepare to work and feel great! We love that community is their priority.

Drinks

Fielding Estate Winery
@fieldingwinery 
What: This family-owned, Niagara-region winery produces small-batch, unique vintages—everything from sparkling to white, rosé, red and cider can be found in the online shop.  Be sure to check out their super cool wine domes!

Sip Well Do Good
@sipwelldogood
What: This company has a truly unique business concept: partnering wineries and beverage companies with grassroots charitable organizations making an impact. They recently teamed up with Fielding Estate Winery to offer preselected wine packs with a portion of proceeds donated to Safe Transitions, a Toronto non-profit that helps survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

VQ
@vqwines
What: Consider VQ your own personal sommeliers who will select the best wines for you and deliver them straight to your door! We love their gift packs that offer a curated and creative selection of vinos to give you a taste of world.

Written by Alison McGill

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