ShopKeepers – Vaughan Retailers
When there’s a designer fashion trend blooming overseas, Jeff Karadjian and Haigo Derian are promptly in the loop. These gents keep their boutique stocked with the best and brightest accessories, from Pandora rings to men’s Scott Kay jewelry and everything in between. If gems and jewels are your jam — or if you seek a sparkly gift — visit Cupido to find your fix.
2. NICOL’S PASTRY SHOP
Cake: the one thing everyone looks forward to at a party. It’s also the art form of award-winning pastry chef H. Fabian and his daughter Nicol, who use equal parts skill and imagination to craft sweets that’ll rock any celebration, from birthdays to weddings to every-now-and-then cheat days.
3. VALENTE JEWELLERS
Ring shopping should be exciting, not terrifying — but with all the cuts, clarities and colours, what’s a hopeless romantic to do? Carmen Valente and his son Chris are experts at gemology and renowned in the sparkle industry for their unique designs and immense jewel knowledge.
4. DESIRÉE CHINA & GIFTS
Your best friend just moved into her new home and you just know she’ll cherish a Kate Spade New York serving platter and rolling pin. Find them among the treasures at Desirée China & Gifts, where co-owners Carmela Bozzo and Josie Restivo have curated a charmed collection of kitchenware, home décor and other ideas.
5. THE BIG CANNOLI
We’ve never seen people so passionate about cannoli as Val Cappelli, his son Michael and their tight-knit crew, who use a traditional recipe to craft their sweets. So go ahead — enjoy a macchiato with one (or five) of this bakery’s namesake pastry.
Chris Rosa, Jerry Rosa and Luca Di Carlo may be three quarters of Vaughan-based rock band Rollercoaster Jupiter, but their other passion project is 7valley, a professional audio facility where artists both aspiring and accomplished can record, mix, edit, master and produce. It’s also a unique spot to host a birthday party for your little singer-songwriter.
PHOTOS BY CARLOS ARTURO PINTO