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Shopper’s Diary: La Merceria in Toronto

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Shopper’s Diary: La Merceria in Toronto

April 15, 2016


Sandro Rojas-Chinni (a Colombian) and Marcelo Chinni (an Argentine) are the couple behind La Mercería, which started as a beloved coffee shop in Toronto serving South American–style hot chocolate and has morphed into an online emporium of household objects from the couple’s native countries.

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Above: A painterly still life with enamel tableware from Colombia.

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Above: The Aubergine Tapas Board, made in Colombia from local clay, is $25 CAD ($19.44 USD).

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Above: Hand-painted Enamel Dessert Spoon; $8 CAD ($6.22 USD). The Enamel Long Dessert Spoon; $12 CAD ($9.33 USD).

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Above: The cream Enamel Chocolatera is a traditional jar used in Colombia to make hot chocolate; $45 CAD ($35 USD).

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Above: The Market Basket, handwoven from tree root branches in Barichara, a center for artisanal craft in Colombia; $35 CAD ($27.22 USD).

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Above: Handmade by Santander, Colombia–based Luis C. Reyes, who makes his own clay and glazes from rocks found in the region, the Stone Teapot is $125 CAD ($97.22 USD).

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Above: Enamel Cereal Bowls are $15 CAD ($11.67 USD) each.

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Above: The Handwoven Hanging Basket is $32 CAD ($24.89 USD).

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