Chris, owner of Uber Cool Stuff, was wearing the fabulous Hawaiian shirt he had purchased from Jackpot Vintage. The pattern says "Tropical" without being tacky, and the colours are gorgeous - it even matches the paint on one of the walls of his store.
I spent some time in Jackpot Vintage, the business that shares space with Uber Cool Stuff, and there were lots of pretty things to ogle, such as the purple velvet maxi dress in the above left photo. It's difficult to see in the photo, but there are large covered buttons down the left side of the skirt. I loved the rich colour and empire waist, but it was too small for me, for which I (and my wallet) was immensely grateful. The 60's bubble hat, above right, is a shape that is awkward to wear, but the woven ribbon crown is definitely a piece of art, as is the purse made of wooden beads.
I arrived at my next stop, From Mars, just in time for the unveiling of this gigantic (5 lbs worth) box of doughnuts that a friend of the store's owners had brought from Toronto. I don't get excited about doughnuts - they are too much dough and sugar for me - but I was admittedly very impressed by the crazy assortment of toppings and flavours (including Pina Colada, Bread and Butter, and Viva Puff).
Yes, those are hickory sticks on top of that chocolate doughnut. I may have to make a stop at that doughnut shop the next time I visit Toronto. Of course, the name of the doughnut shop is a major part of the appeal....
I had read about this doughnut shop when it opened in Toronto a year ago, and I'm sure that the racy name is a large part of the draw for first-time customers. If you are not familiar with the meaning of the phrase "Glory Hole", by all means, Google it, but best not to do it at work.
After the Glory Hole doughnuts, it was hard to focus on anything else, but these fabularse A.S.98, Italian-designed boots, were a definite rival for my attention. The greenish black leather, matching spats, and wire inserts in the cuff to allow for shaping all made me weak in the knees, as did the price, so these babies stayed at the store (they didn't have my size anyway).
Lots of cool stuff, and none of it came home with me - Let's hear it for will power! I am still thinking about the Hickory Chocolate doughnut though....