It's UP TO YOU
I'm always up for supporting Canadians - or anyone for that matter! - who make it their mission to bring interesting things to the marketplace, and Up To You fits the bill. From my old hometown of Toronto comes this new concept shop of curious objects, for those who like their days infused with a little humour, oddness, and fun. Such as? Well, wouldn't you prefer your coffee mug to leave neat, swirly designs instead of the usual boring ring? The frustration of nearly ruining your oak top or white table cloth becomes "Aw, look at that...how pretty!" I also like the corrugated coffee cup and coaster combo being the texture freak that I am. And although I would be craving it constantly, I would love to sit my cup on top of that thick bar of chocolate. Which of course isn't really chocolate but don't you want to sink your teeth into it? (I know that I would put my teeth on it just a little bit. And maybe lick it, but just once.)
You can tell I'm in a cup phase, I haven't mentioned anything outside of their Kitchen and Tabletop category. There's everything from lighting to toys to T-shirts. And funny things that made me laugh such as 'moldy' sandwich bags to prevent the office jerk from stealing your lunch. (Who does that? No, really, who does that? At one place I worked we were always getting our lunches stolen. And even if someone was dumb enough to forget what they brought and mistake someone else's for their own, there's no excuse for eating my friend Kerri's sushi that she was so looking forward to all morning, or the tasty samosas I had bought next door and put in that fridge just 20 minutes before. Yes, it was 11 years ago and it still stings!)
Wow, where were was I? Oh yes, funny stuff:
They have book covers that will make you look smart and hide your shame at the same time! Worried what the judgemental-looking stranger across from you on the metro will think of your Danielle Steel novel? It would help if they didn't put her name in a gigantic point size front and centre but since they do, how about Complete Japanese to the rescue? Konnichi wa to you!
You can visit the Up to You shop online or have a browse in person at 1483 Queen St. East in Toronto - they've got all of their products displayed in an actual flat so you can have a voyeuristic shopping experience. It's like going into someone's cool house and buying their neat stuff!