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Savour and Shop: The Perfect Day Downtown

By Tianna Edwards

Downtown Kingston is a Hallmark greeting card this time of year.

The large lit Christmas tree behind City Hall, framed by the picturesque old buildings, and cozy restaurants - photo opportunities everywhere you turn. If you’re not in the holiday spirit, one afternoon spent strolling downtown Kingston will absolutely put you in a festive mood. I’m going to take you through my perfect shopping day spent downtown for a little inspiration as we countdown to Dec 25th.

Coffee and a View:

My first stop after drop-off is for a coffee! If I am really easing into my morning, I grab it from Kingston Coffee House and sit in a window seat. I take in the pretty views of Springer Market Square while listening to an audiobook or a great podcast.

Morning Shop:

After Kingston Coffee House, I make my way up Brock Street and pop into Happy Thoughts for stocking stuffers for my daughters, or a great coffee table book to gift a friend.

Then I pop into Cher Mere Day Spa where I pick up a nice bundle of skincare products - these natural products are a favourite to many loved ones and make great gifts. Continuing on my journey up Brock I would also drop by neighbours Harlow Green, for the beautifully curated eco-conscious goods, and Closett Candyy Consignment, for a unique vintage gem. I’ll drop into Moxie and Mine/Thrifty Girl as well because I love to see what’s new every week.

Then it’s over to Cooke’s Fine Foods and Kingston Olive Oil Company for gift packs of culinary treats and charcuterie items.

Brunch Stop:

After this, I need something to eat. I stop in for brunch at either Pan Chancho or Northside before venturing out for more shopping. My current favourite menu items are the Curry eggs at Pan Chancho or the Brunswick at Northside. Both are perfect fuel to continue on my way!

Afternoon Shop:

Next stops are Heel Boy for a pair of cozy slippers that are on a loved one’s wish list and I am eyeing the UGG slippers for myself; Whit Kingston for a cozy sweater for my father-in-law; BSE Skate Shop where I admire the wall of sneakers and maybe grab the perfect Dad shoe for my husband (and a baked good for later!); Midori, for more great stocking stuffers; Rocking Horse, the toy selection is great and I recently spotted the perfect dress up dresses for my daughters; Montreal Street Collective for tailored and unique home good gifts; Novel Idea for books, specifically children's books! The Loft (above Antique Emporium) for prints and stationary by local artists; Sterling Jewelry to browse their thoughtfully curated pieces.

Last Stop:

My final stop is for teacher gifts. I like to pick up goodies from Cards Bakery that I can pair with a card.

And lastly, spending the entire day downtown means I haven’t had a chance to prep dinner so I am likely swinging by Pasta Genova or Sally’s Roti Shop to pick up either a pre-made lasagna or the family deal before I go to pick up my kids.

Tianna Edwards

Tianna is a wife and mom of two young kids with a day job as an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Coordinator at Queen's. She takes pride in living in Kingston and loves celebrating all things local (mostly food related!) through her blog, Keep up with Kingston. Follow Tianna's blog for more local food, culture and shop inspo. Get the latest from her over on instagram.

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