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Shop Here: Goodfolk

By Eric Mutrie
Photography by Naomi Finlay

Editor’s note: Goodfolk is now closed. This feature story was published in winter 2014.

Folksy furniture, retro Canadiana and select new, handmade items fill Matt Hodgins and Emilie Dolenc’s vintage furniture shop – the result of a modern romance. Two years ago, the young couple spent one of their first dates rummaging through the St. Lawrence Market’s Antiques Market. Dolenc’s background as a textile designer gives her a fondness for colourful patterns and handcrafted textiles from around the world, while Hodgins, a graphic designer, gravitates toward industrial pieces and items that have typographical elements.

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The duo’s shared love of rare finds soon developed into an addiction to weekend estate sales in nearby towns. They even picked up a trusty Dodge Caravan so they would have space to ferry back bigger items – and somewhere to sleep on longer trips.

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As their collections of treasures outgrew their apartments, Dolenc and Hodgins decided to move in together and open a store that merges their aesthetics. They now live above Goodfolk in a brick building at Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street East. The reno-ed retail space features floors made of reclaimed wood from an arena in Stratford and a sliding barn door discovered near Bancroft – two salutes to rural Ontario, where a lot of the shop’s antiques were found.

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SHOP HERE FOR: Furniture and decor that bring rustic charm to big-city homes. Desks, trunks and armoires from days of yore hold artful compositions of globes (from $25) discovered around Belleville and weathered bowling pins ($25 each) from Combermere. In the corner, a lovingly worn Remington typewriter ($225) found in Mississauga sits atop a metal filing cabinet ($425) hauled all the way from Upstate New York.

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BEST BET: Fans of the Life Aquatic aesthetic will love maritime decor pieces like a needlepoint portrait of a sailor. Near the entrance, a coat rack holds an assortment of large nautical flags ($70) featuring graphic patterns done in bright blues and yellows.


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