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Favourite Kitchen Gear Store(s) in dwntwn TO?

New to TO, and I'm looking to find more store like Degrees Kitchen Store, that offer quality and innovation rather than low-ball price points, though value is always good too. Any faves out there?

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  1. Here are some spots that I know of, but necessarily downtown:
    The Pepper Mill on Yonge
    The Cooks Place on the Danforth
    William Sonoma, of course
    William Ashley's
    Another spot, but can't think of the name beside Whole Foods in Hazleton Lanes
    Cayne's - great spot
    Hope this helps....and welcome to T.O.

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    1. re: millygirl

      I don't know "Degrees" but I have found a lovely little Kitchen store on Eglinton just west of Duplex...it's called "The Internet Kitchen Store" ...they have a website which is how I found them on Google when I was looking for Henckels shears (used to buy them from the now defunct "Crockery Barn) I was thrilled to find them at this store and met the owners who are super amenable to ordering stuff they don't normally carry.
      I also agree with 'millygirl's suggestions.. 'tho the place in Hazelton Lanes is ridiculously overpriced in my opinion.

      1. re: pearlD

        I used to live near The Internet Kitchen Store, and 2 or 3 times a year they'd offer free knife sharpening for Henckel knives. It doesn't matter if you bought it there or not. And every so often they have great deals - I bought my Henckel skillet there for cheap. They carry an interesting selection, and while it's by no means extensive it's definitely worth checking out.

        1. re: sgogo

          They are having a Henckels knife sharpening scheduled on May 6. You can leave your knives in advance.

        2. re: pearlD

          I love "Degrees" on Yonge Street south of Lawrence and it is my first choice.

          Do you mean the "Pepper Mill" in Hazelton Lanes across from Whole Foods?

      2. Nikolaou on Queen
        Tap Phong on Spadina

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        1. re: acd123

          Another good spot is a place on Yonge, about one block north of Bloor on the west side...but I can't recall the name. The Glass Place perhaps? Anyways they seem to have everything and it's been around for ages. In fact I was just there tonight to purchase a madelaine pan and they had 3 different styles.
          Great selection.

          1. re: millygirl

            You mean the place across the road from the "Toronto Reference Library"?

            It is a great place. It looks small from the outside but is quite deep. Quite a selection of bakeware. Good prices.

            But does not carry the high end cookware.

            1. re: millygirl

              I second the Glass Place. Not the cheapest or the best variety but what they do have is a unique variety of glasses and other kitchen gadgets. The men who own it are very sweet too. I also love Tap Phong. Above all caynes. There is a good little knife store in Kensington Market. He will sharpen knives well too. Canadian Tire has the best sales for larger items.

          2. I like Kitchen Stuff Plus at Yonge/Bloor. Canadian Tire is surprisingly good as well.

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            1. re: ziggystardust

              i second both of those recommendations. KSP has a fun assortment of gadgets and pretty good prices. Canadian Tire has a large variety of appliances, baking dishes etc.

              WON
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              1. re: wontonfm

                My only concern with Canadian Tire is the quality of their appliances. Years ago I remember comparing their Kitchenaid Classic with a Sears one and I noticed the motor had a lower wattage... Sounds weird, but it was a different machine and reflective of the lower price. Other than that I've bought their store brand Persona (again, long ago) toaster oven for it's curved oven door (suppose to circulate the hot air better) and it's still great.

            2. I don't cook but my partner has been dragging me to Nella's on Bathurst north of Bloor every weekend lately. This past weekend he got one of those new technology non-stick pans which he's been raving about ever since (no toxic coating, even heat, cleans extremely well). They cater to both restaurants and homes, so carry wide assortment of stuff from basic dishware to massive restaurant kichen equipment. Their prices are not always best so it's good to compare prices at competitors for items that are carried elsewhere like Ridel glassware. They do often have sales on select types of items (ex. knives).

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              1. re: Kasia

                I second Nella's on Bathurst. They had a great sale on pots and pans the other day - the name escapes me but they are made in PEI (I think). Its a great place to browse because you can find some items that are a little bit different. They will also sharpen knives, but you have to wait for around 1 week to get them back as they send them to another location for sharpening, but it is the real deal.

                  1. re: l_izzie

                    Thanks for all the replies, folks. I think Nella's looks to be an interesting one. Unfortunately they seem to have banker's hours, but I think I'll be paying them a visit this weekend.

                1. Funny, but I was just thinking how the name "Canadian Tire" would scare off the OP if he/she weren't from 'round here and was some sort of top shelf gourmet in search of high end merchandise.