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Teatro Verde: Flagship Yorkville Store Opens

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I spent most of my morning trying to figure out how I could move into Teatro Verde's breathtaking new retail space without being discovered. More thought required. I have competition from many who attended the store's media preview today. Tricky.

One of Canada's top garden and lifestyle shops for exquisite floral and design finds, furnishings, decorative accents, collectibles and chic gifts, Teatro Verde opens doors this Friday to its new flagship home at 100 Yorkville (in the 1930s, the building was Mount Sinai Hospital). Celebrated for their eclectic artistic vision, owners Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino are well-known style experts on the design circuit: Gibson is a regular contributor on CTV and on shows such as "House & Home," "Canada AM," "Etalk," and "Cityline;" and Pellegrino, a top landscape design architect, makes frequent media appearances of his own.

I fell in love with luxuriously soft oversize pillows, charming birdcage tableware (that my friend Jenn and I decided would make fabulous wall art), gleaming metal dragons, Chinese pagoda pieces, giant metal buddha heads, adorable kids' stuff, outrageously pretty stationery, quirky copper garden frogs, a beauty department stocked with delicious bath and body products including Fresh and Island Living by India Hicks.... Everything I could ever love lives at Teatro Verde. Price points range from wonderfully affordable to ohmygoodness; not finding a gift for someone at Teatro seems an impossibility (my friend Liza calls the entire shop a gift guide).

Drop by and visit anytime. I love visitors.