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Curiosa: Purveyors of Extraordinary Things!

The greatest store EVER just opened in Toronto, and today I had the opportunity to visit. Welcome to Curiosa: Purveyors of Extraordinary Things!

Curiosa exterior

Curiosa is mainly Harry Potter themed; it’s like stepping into a shop on Diagon Alley. They sell games, stationary, enamel pins, artwork, even old-fashioned tin toys and music boxes. The majority of the items for sale are from JK Rowling’s world, but there is also a small section of Tolkien and Game of Thrones goodies. Surprisingly, I recognized quite a few things from some online shops I love. This store is so me!

Harry Potter shelves

Curiosa interior

The inside of the store is gorgeously decorated – the detail was kind of amazing. The shelves overflow with leather trunks, wand boxes and other magical props. They even have cauldrons that stir themselves.


Curiosa ceiling

My other stroller is a Nimbus 2000

If you live in the Toronto area (or happen to be visiting), you should definitely swing by and check out Curiosa for yourself. Trust me – it’s worth it!

Exploring Toronto’s Penguin Shop

There is a new shop in town, and I think all the local bookworms need to check it out. Penguin Random House Canada has launched a tiny store (filled with books and branded merchandise) in the lobby of their office building in downtown Toronto.

Penguin Shop

Guys, it’s awesome. The square footage is super small, but they’ve crammed a lot in there. Do you see the book spines on the wall? They are actually shelves that pull out, and are full of some great reads. My friend Shireen and I spent quite a lot of time browsing through them.

Browsing at the Penguin Shop

The opposite wall has exposed shelving that mostly contains the branded merchandise, and a small selection of books. For eons I have been trying to track down some Penguin classics with the tri-band cover, but until recently they weren’t available locally. So I was thrilled to see their famous cover design all over everything.

Penguin Shop Merch

Mugs, water bottles, notebooks, bags, pins… There is a lot. How could any bookworm resist this?! Of course I had to bring some of the lovely goodies home.

Penguin Shop Goodies

The water bottle was a lifesaver at FanExpo, the free-with-purchase tote is destined to hold some of my yarn, and the pin now has a place of honour on my purse. As for the notebook – it is almost too pretty to write in!

Right now the shop is only open on weekdays, although the shop girl did suggest requesting weekends on their Instagram or Twitter accounts. If they see the demand, they’ll likely oblige. But don’t let that stop you – go and check it out!

Rock Paper Books

The February Owlcrate came with an unexpected surprise – a second book. It was the classic tale The Time Machine, published by Rock Paper Books with a gorgeous, original cover. That was it – I was in love.

Rock Paper Books is on a mission – to publish the classics with beautiful new cover artwork. And man, are they doing a great job. Every single book in their online store is a work of art, and I’m dying to own them all. I’ve got to confess – I recently bought three.

Rock Paper Books

See what I mean?! Beautiful. The covers even feature a lovely matte texture. They’ve thought of everything.

Rock Paper Books currently has a Kickstarter campaign running to expand their catalogue. They are close to reaching their goal, but there are only a few days left in the campaign. If you’re interested in investing in some classics, please go check it out!

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