Monday, August 6, 2012

A Man And His Toys

The cheerful smile on the sidewalk welcomes you to Chris McInnis' new store, Uber Cool Stuff

Just make a left at the sign, and there it is!  It officially opened this past weekend, and McInnis celebrated the occasion with a little in-store soiree on Friday evening

The store is a realization of a dream for owner, McInnis (standing in front of his "Ubercade" which was very popular at the opening), who used to have a booth set up at the now defunct Metropolitan Artisan's Market.  The stock carried in the store is inspired by McInnis' "life-long love of geeky things"

There was a Candy Bar, and yummy cake pops, made by Veronica Schemel of Schemel's Sweet Temptations.  I had never had a cake pop before - these were marvelously moist and came in Uber Cool colours!

McInnis also had these "U" shaped pretzels made by a baker in Kitchener for the occasion, and there were blue "Ubertinis" with which to wash them down

McInnis' store stocks cool designer toys, art, cards, books, games and other items sure to delight everyone's inner geek.   What guy would not enjoy having a Ninja coat hook or two in his hallway?

Business was rather brisk as people who came to see the store and wish McInnis well also did some shopping.

It's possible I would eat more salads if I had a "Salad Bunny" with which to toss them...

With apologies to all my friends who have children, and their children..... I must confess that this was my favourite item in the store

I was completely won over by the droll tone and illustrations, and of course, the sentiment.  Which explains why I have no children.

The main entrance to Uber Cool Stuff is at 123 Carling Street, at Talbot, opposite Chaucer's Pub.   You can also enter the store from 122 Dundas Street, through the Home Decor store.  For more details about the store, and the opening hours, visit the website

17 comments:

  1. Shelley, you note the address is on Carling, but the sign in the picture says Dundas...let me know which it is. I will be in London later this month and I'd love to pop in.

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    1. The main entrance is off of Carling St. but you can also enter through 122 Dundas Street, which is a Home Decor shop. Chris' store is through the back.

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  2. What a great shop! As a parent, I thoroughly approve of the Disappointing Baby book, I'd love a copy! I'm rather taken wih Salad Bunny too! xxx

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  3. Oh I LOVE this store! My brother would love those ninja star coat hooks and I love the book too - I love being an aunty but i am childless by choice! Sarah xxx

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  4. Oh yes, the book has stolen my tender heart too. I wish Mr. McInnis success beyond his wildest dreams!! This store IS uber cool! Thanks for telling us about it.

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  5. My son and I would love to own a shop like this. That book looks hilarious too. I love love these kinds of shops with out of the ordinary finds. I wish him luck and heaps of success!

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  6. That book is hilarious, babies scare the hell out of me! I bought my bro a salad bunny last year (via a car boot sale)! x

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  7. Thanks the writeup and all the pictures! Great to see.

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  8. Believe me, those of us with children appreciate the sentiment too!

    The first time my husband and I saw Tim Minchin live he did this song, which as parents we found absolutely hysterical

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESFANzZTdYM

    I'm quite fond of a bit of geekery, looks like a great shop. I approve of the lego effect stripes outside too.

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    1. Until I read your comment and watched the video I had no idea who Tim Minchin was. That was hilarious, and I'm sure he would also like the book.

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  9. Cool place Shelley and yes those cake pop are so delicious - I had them at some events i went with Izzy last spring -

    Ariane xxx

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  10. I would love to make you a tank or tee sometime. With a quote by Oscar Wilde perhaps? ;)
    I'll be placing a big t-shirt order soon and beginning to get some momentum going in about September. Let's talk again then.

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    1. Oooh, a Wilde quote would be Puuurrfect! We'll definitely talk.

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  11. Oh, I love this book...and I do have children...three teenagers! :)

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  12. The baby is disappointing! Oh, I LOVE it. How funny! I do hope people see the funny side of this, especially those odours in the hallway, etc.

    Good luck to your friend opening his store. I wish I was brave enough to do that.

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  13. Wish I'd been there. You don't have to be child-free to appreciate the humor of the book. The pretzels were sort of disturbing, however, I have to confess. But I absolutely loved the glimpse of the neighborhood and it looks like the salad bunny is a must-have!!

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  14. What an interesting new store; love the name and it's always great to see that someone has realized a dream. Looks like business was brisk and the salad bunny should be a best seller. The price is right! You showcase the most interesting places.

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