LAURA BÉAZLEY
founder and owner
béazley vintage finds & decorative objects



toronto
canada

Growing up on the outskirts of Toronto my childhood was very much an adventure with the natural world. When I wasn’t outside; reading, or painting at the kitchen table kept me captive for hours. I began my career as a designer and goldsmith, but discovered soon after, that I was also passionate about fostering and curating the work of other artists. My design studio began to function as a gallery space, which then further evolved to include one other passion: antiques, art and the decorative arts. In one capacity or another, I’ve been involved in the antique business now for over twenty years. In March of 2017 I launched Béazley, an online shop that embraces much of the philosophy which has shaped my life.

When I’m not working on the business, you’ll find me in the garden, at the cottage or travelling in Europe.

my preferred spot for a morning coffee

ROOSTER COFFEE HOUSE
479 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4K 2N4

www.roostercoffeehouse.com

Outfitted in a mix of vintage meets modern, "Rooster” on Broadview Ave. has a relaxed vibe with a scenic view of Riverdale Park if you choose the window bar or you can lounge more comfortably in the back, plus the coffee is great, too! Best Americano in the city! If you walk further north on Broadview, the park offers one of the best views of Toronto.

my favourite cultural institution

401 RICHMOND
401 Richmond St. West
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

www.401richmond.com

My absolute favourite place to while away a few hours. It’s a restored historical warehouse turned arts and cultural hub in Toronto’s downtown and is home to over 140 artists, galleries, social innovators and shops. Having spent ten years at a studio within this building, I am somewhat partial to it. Be sure to check out the 6500 square foot rooftop garden and the beautiful indoor courtyard.

here’s where I buy my books

BOOK CITY
1950 Queen St. E
Toronto, ON M4L 1H6

www.bookcity.ca

With the onslaught of online book sellers, Toronto has lost the majority of its character book shops so pickings are slim these days. However I do enjoy Book City on Queen Street. It’s got an old school feel, is stocked with a wonderful selection and they feature some great discounted titles.

an additional local shop I support

EAST OF ELIZA
1960 Gerrard St. E
Toronto, ON M4E 2B1

www.eastofeliza.com

A wonderful flower shop with a magical secret garden tucked into the back. Owner and flower expert extraordinaire Reed Russell stocks the garden and shop with an everchanging beautifully curated selection of exciting and varied stock.

this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends

SAUVIGNON RESTAURANT
1862 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4L 1H1

www.sauvignonbistro.com

A relaxed comfortable atmosphere, the service and food are always good and it’s in my hood! I often just stop in for a light salad with a glass of wine and then head down for a walk along the beach.

here I dine when there’s something to celebrate

LESLIE JONES
1182 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4M 1L4

www.lesliejones.ca

Not fancy schmancy, simply a little gem of a restaurant that consistently serves great food with good service in a relaxed intimate atmosphere all of which is exactly what I desire when I’m celebrating. The back patio is lovely in the warmer months.

my favourite pizza spot

QUEEN MARGHERITA PIZZA
1402 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4L 1C9

www.qmpizza.com

Wonderful Neapolitan-style pizza along with other Italian fare and simply the best Margherita pizza in town.

my bar of choice

THE BROADVIEW HOTEL
106 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M 1G9

www.thebroadviewhotel.ca

Originally built in 1881 as a commercial centre, this wonderful old building that anchors the Broadview Queen Street corner in a part of Toronto known as Riverside, has gone through many incarnations, the most well known of course which spanned nearly three decades as Jilly’s, a not so desirable boarding house and strip club. The building was purchased in 2014 by Streetcar Developments who have converted it rather wonderfully back to its former glory. It now serves as hotel, restaurant, café and bar all of which are worth a visit!

additional things not to be missed

Kensington Market. A vibrant diverse historical neighbourhood located just beside Toronto’s downtown Chinatown. Home to a varied mix of architecture and colour that reflect its varied past incarnations, it’s now a cultural mecca of food mongers, eclectic restaurants and interesting shops including a few great vintage clothing haunts.

The St.Lawrence market on a Saturday morning when the local producers are set up in the south market beneath the tent or a visit early Sunday morning when the antique market takes place.

Toronto sits on the shores of Lake Ontario so a walk on the boardwalk in Toronto’s east end beach neighbourhood is a must.

the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller

Los Angeles photographer, Ursula Beatt (coming soon)

BÉAZLEY VINTAGE FINDS & DECORATIVE OBJECTS, Toronto

Béazley is a curated celebration of beautiful things. It's an online shop, it’s stories and it's a philosophy we embrace. It's about keeping things simple, and living in the moment, about cherishing who and what we have, about slowing down and living life well. The shop features an eclectic selection of vintage, antique, mid-century and decorative arts. Our design style runs the gamut from farmhouse primitives to classical antiques through modernist form. We believe strongly in protecting the environment and through the procurement of antique and vintage objects, we are not only recycling but we are also preserving the past for another generation to come.

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added october 2018
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