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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2006 02:01:45 PM »

Hi there,

I've been staying in Montreal for the past three weeks, navigating linguistic and actual waters (nonstop rain! but it's beautiful anyway).  I want to let all the Quebecois vrais on this thread know how much I adore your city, and how heartbroken I will be to leave it next weekend.  In spite of my nervous smiles and worried, uncomprehending nods at all French spoken to me, everyone has been very polite and helpful.  I haven't had any negative response to my English, even on the Francophone side of the Main (though I'm admittedly shy and earnest enough that perhaps people feel naturally compelled to be nice to pitiful me.)

That said, today I visited a fantastic vintage/handmade clothing store called Jake's of Montreal.  It's on St. Denis a couple blocks (west?) from Duluth.  They sell really interesting and unique reconstructed clothing.  Some of the things they sell aren't really beyond the scope of what most any Craftster could do with a thrift-store sweatshirt and a pair of scissors, but the vast majority have their own distinct style, which makes them worth the overall-reasonalbe prices charged.  Especially for folks like myself, who have certain talents but not those involved in constructing garments. 

Also, on Duluth just before St. Denis (south?) there's a little toy shop, with the sweetest proprietress.  It's called La Grande Ourse.  They sell handmade wooden objects, sewn things, some books and other items, and felted stuffed animals.  They also sell a little bit of yarn, and they do felting classes and a variety of other classes (I think.  The brochure is en Francais, so I can't get all of it).  It's a very sweet place to buy gifts for little ones. 

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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2006 04:59:38 PM »

Aawwwwwww...  shucks, thanks about the sweet compliments on our fair city!  And thanks for the info on those two shops, I never even knew they existed!  I'm glad that people were kind to you (so it's not just us saying we're nice!), and that you enjoyed your stay even though the past week has been a little... wet!  Take care and come back soon!

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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2006 06:36:09 PM »

I actually have a correction about the shop name; it's Chez Jack, not Jake's.  Smiley

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« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2006 05:32:10 PM »

For cool shops, there's Moulin on Notre-Dame,  the owner is a sweetheart and will help with any knitting issue but, it's a little expensive (they carry a lot of high end yarns) but it's worth it.  Otherwise, there's la Bobineuse on St-Hubert who'll spin any type of yarn to create some unique yarn blends for you.  Hope this helps!

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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2006 05:54:40 PM »

Hey guys..
Umm just a correction. Loiseau Bleu is on the Green Line. The closest metro station is Pie-X|. Then you can walk down Pie-X|, until you hit St-Catherine (15 minute walk) ( You will comme across a Village des Valeurs and another <Friperie> i cant remember the name of ) or take 139 bus down there.
I work @ Loiseau bleu now Cheesy Yayy ! Holla at me when ur there Grin

And while your at Oiseau bleu, Visit Le Vertige (store next door) and La cocinelle jaune ( a few stores down ).
There not craft store but there AMAZIIING !
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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2006 06:05:49 PM »

you can check out Worn Fashion Journal's site, it has some store reviews:

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« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2006 07:06:41 AM »

  Is there any festivals or exhibits I should check out in January? (around the eleventh)  I am tagging along to the "Colloque international des etudiants en dentisterie"  with my boyfriend, and am going to be spending a lot of time by myself.  I am probably going to check out some of the places mentioned earlier on this thread.  I am super excited to go and tour around Old Montreal, because I am working on my  photography portfolio.  Any good photo ops that I shouldn't miss?  I am a little afraid of how badly I am going to butcher the French language,  but I will try!    Merci!

« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2007 02:26:16 PM »

THIS IS AMAZING! I've just moved to montreal and I've been feeling to craft deprived and finding it hard to find the right places! Thank you thank you thank you!

Also, I've been obsesively looking for shrinky dinks for my entire life...do you think Omer Deserre would have em'?...Or where might I find such an item?

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« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2007 01:00:34 PM »

thoughts I'd post a Omer Desseres Update;  it's not on st catheirne up by atwater anymore, that one closed and moved to Place Montreal Trust - still on st catherines, but further east, right by Ave.Mgcill College .

« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2008 08:59:00 PM »

Ooh, this is great information--I moved to Montreal from the States a little over a month ago (and totally love it here so far!), and the only art store I'd been able to find was Art-tec on Sherbrooke-O.

Oh, and this is off-topic, but how am I supposed to not constantly fall down when the sidewalks ice over? Is there some kind of trick the locals use?  (I come from a place that never snows so I'm clueless) Huh  Tongue

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