Our lobby is the place of the all-important first impressions, and also the place where the Gladstone can give guests a lasting impression of their visit as they leave. It has been a long-time vision to create a uniquely Gladstone gift shop in this space — a selection that welcomes guests into our art hotel and gives them a souvenir to take with them on their way. Now officially open, the GH Marketplace Shop offers a curated selection of unique souvenirs from the Gladstone, Toronto and Canada that are all created by local artists, makers, and writers. It’s art you can put in your bag and take home along with memories of your visit!
Introducing GH Marketplace Shop: A unique gift shop that showcases the best of our community collaborators.
Building on the model of our new monthly market series (GH Marketplace), this carefully curated selection of offerings reflects Toronto’s rich and diverse creative community. With a handful of local vendors, GH Marketplace Shop has handmade and handpicked souvenirs that will appeal to travellers and locals alike. Every purchase supports a member of our local arts community, from writers to makers to chefs and beyond.
Make sure to swing by the Gladstone front desk and check out this amazing line-up of vendors who make up the GH Marketplace Shop, now available 24 hours a day 364 days a year!
Literary Art with FLYING BOOKS and WEST END PHOENIX
Flying Books is a uniquely Canadian and specifically Torontonian initiative. Rotating selections include fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, science, or history – always choosily chosen by Flying Books founder Martha Sharpe, an editor who has acquired and edited the work of many acclaimed and best-selling Canadian and international authors. Martha tells us that “to read is to take flight. Great writing transports you to other places, takes risks, breaks down barriers, and enlivens your world.”
The Gladstone Hotel also has a long history as a literary hub. Over 300 books have been launched at the Gladstone, including many by famous Toronto authors such as Margaret Atwood and Dionne Brand; and many books have been written on site by writers hunkered down in our cafe or studio spaces.
By the way, that’s Amelia Earhart in the Flying Books logo, drawn by artist Leanne Shapton. When Earhart saw the air show at the 1917 CNE in Toronto, she was inspired by the possibilities of aviation, a “marvel of modern invention.” Flying Books takes her as its inspiration, opening on the first day of the 2015 CNE, and launching marvels of written invention one flight at a time to land on our Front Desk.
The West End Phoenix, a monthly community newspaper for Toronto’s West End, launched in October 2017. Dreamed up by musician (Rheostatics), writer and publisher Dave Bidini, it is a home-delivered broadsheet devoted to telling the stories of a diverse, compelling and quickly evolving catchment, from the Junction Triangle to Parkdale, Christie Pits to Baby Point. Contributors reflect the broadest range in both experience – from legendary voices to young writers – and perspective. Their views illuminate the catchment and transform the idea of a community newspaper.
Oh, and did we mention that the Phoenix calls the Gladstone home, creating their magic monthly out of one of our second floor flex studios?
Urban Souvenir Art with SPACING MAGAZINE
Spacing Magazine was launched in the fall of 2003 by a group of young journalists and public space advocates. They felt that Toronto needed a publication that would bring together a number of key urban issues that were not being discussed by the local media. Topics like public transit, urban design, public art, community planning, and sustainable development were brought together under one umbrella to create a forum for residents and the urban curious to discuss these pressing topics.
Spacing Magazine Store offers city-themed gift items, books & apparel that showcase the talent of Toronto and Canadian artists, designers, and authors, and the Gladstone is ecstatic to now offer some of their selections!
Wearable Art with MADE YOU LOOK JEWELLERY
This is about as local as it gets! Just a few blocks west of the Gladstone in Parkdale, Made You Look represents over 100 local jewellery designers, with 20 designers who work right on site. They have built their business model around working collaboratively with artists. It’s a mandate that strikes very close to home for the Gladstone; like us they believe it is important for clients to connect directly with artists and their work. This storefront is structured to provide in-store studio space and marketing support to artists so they can focus on making unique jewelry. Everything has been designed to Make You Look!
Edible Art with CXBO CHOCOLATES
CXBO Chocolates is the lovechild of Toronto chef/chocolatier Brandon Olsen and artist/filmmaker Sarah Keenlyside. Their combined passion for food and art inspire their chocolate confections. They have already custom packaged two of their best selling flavours for the Gladstone’s Hotel guests, but we can’t keep them under wraps anymore! CXBOs delicious offering are now going to be available to the anyone who wants to gift their loved ones (or themselves!) a uniquely handmade treat.
We believe that as a true art hotel we should be a connecting our guests more directly and authentically to Toronto’s artists and creatives. Art is not decoration at the Gladstone Hotel – art is the methodology of operating our business. GH Marketplace Shop is part of that mission to highlight, partner and work collaboratively with local artists and entrepreneurs.