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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

June Localist: Merchant Sons, Martone Cycling, Brennan Michael + More

By Gracie Carroll


With only a few days left until Canada Day, this month’s FLARE Localist segment on BT focused on all things Canadiana that are perfect for celebrating our country’s 150th birthday at the cottage, or in the city. Click HERE to watch the segment and see below for more details on everything that was featured!

Gracie Carroll BT Toronto June Localist

Watch the recording of the live Localist segment on the BT website here.


Merchant Sons Sweatshirt Blanket

Merchant Sons is a new, Toronto-based home decor company that launched online this past April.They just opened their first store and cafe at 273 Richmond St. W where you can go in to shop and grab a delicious coffee! They are founded on looking for smart, subtle ways to make technical improvements to everyday homewares (think moisture-wicking bedsheets for summer, stain-resistant cushions that repel water and oil) and I love the quality of all of their products. One thing that really stands out about Merchant Sons is that their commitment to ethical sourcing and manufacturing, and where possible, making items locally. You can shop online at MerchantSons.com and use code GRACIE for 10% any purchase over $100!

HBC x Steam Whistle

HBC x Steam Whistle collaboration cooler

The Hudson’s Bay Company and Steam Whistle Brewing have teamed up to create a new and limited edition barware collection. I love that these two iconic brands have come together to create such a cool and retro-inspired collection. Of course these are all perfect for the Canada Day long weekend and Canada 150! All of these items are available on TheBay.com until supplies last, and Steam Whistle has also included a complimentary stripe opener in specially marked 6 pack and 12 pack cases of Steam Whistle (while supplies last) so look out for them! Click HERE to shop now.


Brennan Michael Candles

I always think that candles are a fantastic gift to give, especially to a host. So these could be a great option if you’re heading up to a friend’s cottage for the long weekend! These candles are by Brennan Michael who makes them right there in Toronto from natural soy wax and beeswax using oils from all over the world.They are all handcrafted and the scents are inspired by nature. Of course his design and aesthetic is super clean and modern which I love too! Prices range from $45 for the smaller candles and $65 for the larger candles, retailers include Over The Rainbow in Yorkville, Gilding the Lily in the Distillery District and a number of other locations, you can also shop BrennanMichael.com




Province of Canada is a Canadian lifestyle brand that’s actually made in Canada but isn’t stereotypically Canada aka no lumberjack plaids.They’re committed to creating products that Canadians will love that are also perfect for Canadian weather. In case you’re wondering, Canada was called ‘Province of Canada’ before the confederation which is what inspired the name.They have items for men, women, home and prices range from the $50 to $150. Items can be purchased from ProvinceOfCanada.com


martone cycling co red bike

From now to September 4, Holt Renfrew Bloor Street has launched Cool Summer, a special collection of pop-up shops featuring exciting brands such as Orlebar Brown, Martone Cycling Co., and Wild Thyme Flowers. A one-stop-shop for all your summer essentials in the city at Holt Renfrew. Martone Cycling Company is a fashion and design-driven bike company. A bike that looks as good as it rides. There’s more than meets the eye, here: each MCC bike is powered by SRAM’s innovative duomatic gear system, which automatically adjusts and changes gears based on the speed you’re riding. It’s an entirely unique riding experience – and one you’ll find only on our bikes. Welcome to a whole new world of cycling that suits your style.



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