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Shop owners like to share in their wins, lift each other up – and combine forces to build up the overall neighbourhood experience. Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring seven great Exchange District businesses and giving you a glimpse into the way things are done here.

Featured Businesses


Lennard Taylor dubs his Heart Capsule Collection, three key pieces that can easily be added to any closet to create a variety of new looks, the modern uniform. “You really don’t need a lot. You just need a few timeless pieces with a ton of flexibility.”

246 McDermot Ave.


Sutton Smithworks are experts at creating, preserving and repairing precious symbols of love and family heritage. Work is done on site.

250 McDermot Ave., Unit 103


For the home and cottage: beautiful vintage and antique wool rugs, all unique and handwoven by women in tribal families of days gone by in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and The Caucasus. See gallery hours on website.

132 James Ave. Unit 102.


Acorn Café

Eat right where you shop. Alongside Generation Green’s shelves of eco-conscious goods for the home and body, the vegan Acorn Café specializes in quick-service eats on the go, including dairy-free baked goods and lattés with every milk substitute, including soy, oat and macadamia nut.

433 Main St., Unit 100
First Fridays In The Exchange


It’s full-on creativity where galleries, artists, shops & restaurants welcome your visit on the 1st Friday of each month.

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It’s festival season, which means everyone needs a lightweight handbag to toss over their shoulder, keeping their phone and wallet safe. Real leather will only look better the more it’s loved, year after year. Find your festival partner-in-crime at U.N. Luggage.