Ministry of the Interior
This quirky gallery and boutique is known for its offbeat exhibitions and designer home furnishings. Launched in 2007, MOTI was one of the first upmarket shops to put down roots on this once-gritty strip of now-prime downtown real estate in hipster-centric Beaconsfield Village. Its neighbors include art galleries, vintage-clothing stores, craft cocktail lounges, and locavore restaurants. Owner and Toronto native Jason MacIsaac's 2,300-square-foot shopsells big-ticket items like a multi-shade Wrongwoods chest of drawers by craft furniture makers Established & Sons, and anti-jewelry like a blackened needle or silver matchstick on chains.