Markham is bursting with things to see and do – bike routes, hiking trails, museums, restaurants, bars, cinemas, entertainment – it has everything you could possibly want, and sometimes what you want is some good old fashioned retail therapy. Great news, Markham’s got that too! In spades. Here’s a look at some of the city’s most unique finds, from a modern twist on a general store to 100 varieties of Pocky snacks. On your mark, get set, shop!
Old Firehall Confectionery
The Old Firehall Confectionery offers a variety of old school, handmade sweets and treats in a red brick building that looks like something straight out of Little Red Riding Hood. Chew on an award-winning square cupcake and follow it up with a sponge toffee chaser. Nothing fuels a shopping spree like a mouthful of corn syrup goodness!
170 Main Street Unionville, oldfirehallconfectionery.com
Cigar Company + Gentleman’s Barbershop
Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying, “If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go.” The gents at Cigar Company + Gentleman’s Barbershop have taken that to heart, offering a cigar lover’s paradise on Main Street. Enjoy a classic Monte Cristo or a limited edition regional blend on the 3000-sq-foot smoking patio. Then work that hard-part in the barber shop and leave feeling like the king (or queen) of the town.
8 Main Street North, cigarcompany.ca
What Girls Want
Christina Aguilera waxed poetic on the topic of What A Girl Wants, but it seems the fine ladies at this Main Street boutique have an idea or two of their own. The answer? Jewelry, scarves, accessories, maternity wear, and one of the most extensive selections of Spanx in town.
157 Main Street Unionville, whatgirlswant.ca
The designers at Pineapple Design work magic with interior planning and furnishing, but for those who aren’t in the market for an entire home makeover, crown moulding to herringbone floor, there’s a shop where you can browse the selection of home décor. From furniture and lighting, to area rugs, sofas and more – this is the perfect place to satisfy your budding design aspirations.
134 Robinson Street, pineappledesign.ca
Too Good General Store
What happens when a corporate marketing exec has the opportunity to jump off the treadmill and open the shop of her dreams? The Too Good General Store of course. This modern twist on the town general store connects local artisans and their small batch goods with the neighbourhood consumers who see the value in something unique. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about. You may never go “big brand” again.
155 Main Street Unionville, toogoodgeneralstore.ca
Susannah Designer Consignment
When you’re feeling like you want to escape the world of fast fashion and find a totally unique piece, Susannah Designer Consignment is the place to go. The shop delivers a curated selection of high-end authentic designer handbags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Alaia, Burberry, Chanel – they’ve got the alphabet covered in style.
151 Main Street Unionville, susannahinunionville.com
Pacific Mall may not exactly be an intimate indie boutique, but the gargantuan 25,000 square metre space (that dubs itself “the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America”) is certainly packed full of eclectic finds. Where else can you buy cheap electronics, Korean beauty finds, crystal-adorned cell phone cases, and exotic flavours of Japanese Kit Kats you won’t find anywhere else?
4300 Steeles Avenue East
We love supporting local independent shops, but when you need a Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar refill and nothing else will do, CF Markville is the place to go. The mall recently underwent a $110 million redevelopment, transforming into a world-class shopping destination with over 160 retailers like Aritzia, Coach, Michael Kors, and more.
5000 Highway 7, cfshops.com/markville