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The Beau and Bauble store in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood is filled with nostalgic references from the eighties.

While working as a theatre costumer in London, Kate Elia had a dream that she was the owner of a fantastical store for girls. Her retail reverie stuck with her and, following her return to her hometown of Toronto in 2011, she opened the Beau and Bauble. With a focus on jewellery, her Junction neighbourhood shop offers a distinctly whimsical, feminine environment filled with playful items at affordable price points. “I grew up in the eighties so it’s a huge influence in the shop. It’s very nostalgic in here,” Elia says of her selection of classic Levi’s denim, cards and stationery, homewares and hobby items including jigsaw puzzles and sticker books.

In 2018, Elia expanded her vision across the street to Beau Men’s, a masculine interpretation of the Beau and Bauble world. Here, the emphasis is on more grown-up activities reflected in goods such as cocktail accessories, coffee-table books and vinyl records. Behind the cash desk, find Elia’s personal collection of VHS tapes that she plays on a TV above the door.

Online, the Beau and Bauble aesthetic is translated to an e-commerce store with a fulsome selection of pieces sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. By request, Elia is offering virtual tours of both spaces and can make any in-store product available on her webstore. For the full Beau and Bauble experience, however, she recommends visiting in person when possible. “That’s what I always intended – for girls to feel like they’re in this crazy place that they’ll always remember,” says Elia.

The Beau and Bauble, 3092 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-904-6136; Beau Men’s, 3083 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-769-6149, thebeauandbauble.com.

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