Insider tips on where to go, shop and eat in Stratford this summer

"Distill Gallery is another little gem of a shop that features all Canadian fashion and home decor designs. Owner Allison Skinner has been in her Stratford location for five years, 16 years in Toronto before that, and is a great source of local tips as well as shopping advice."

36 hours in Toronto

"The cobbled lanes are lined with an array of artisans, and the factory buildings host shops - don’t miss DISTILLfeaturing Canadian made jewelry and clothes."


"DISTILL is a great spot for unique gift items like handmade clothing and ceramics."


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"DISTILL Gallery has a mix of clothing and jewellery and what you would call objets by local designers and craftspeople, including old Toronto company logos and silk prints depicting the subway system."


"Best place to find local handmade"

"Best place to find stuff made by local designers"

"This Distillery gift shop is high on whimsy. I discover unique gift ideas and hard-to-resist personal splurges at every turn. Handmade hats with recycled fur pom-poms, plush cloud mobiles, and TTC-station resin bracelets are good bets. I also love the silkscreened elbow-length mittens and “Be Proud” badges. The local factor here is paramount, and the buyers have scoured the city (and country) for the best-of-the-best in made-with-love goodies."

"Best place to find unique gifts in Toronto"

"DISTILL is a store specializing in Canadian designed goods. It's a near perfect mix of crafts, jewelry, and clothing, all made in Canada. DISTILL is one of the many shops and galleries that make this area worthy of an afternoon stroll. But the focus on Canadian talent makes DISTILL exceptional, and a 'must visit' stop."

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"Textiles and ceramic finds stand out in DISTILL'S locally made mix"

"DISTILL has a sleek and spare Scandinavian feel and features contemporary fashions, gorgeous handbags, and funky jewelry. The vibe is very modern and cool with a wink of whimsy."