Sunday, November 4, 2007


On Saturday I went on a little treasure hunt. I've been looking for a petite cabinet for my bathroom. Upon the suggestion of my friend Joanne, I made a trip to a quaint shop in Historic Crystal Beach.

A beautiful sunny afternoon and the lure of fulfilling my wish brought me to Mia's. It is housed in an old building on Erie Road overlooking a pastel coloured, gated community where once the infamous Crystal Beach amusement park stood.

As I ventured into the shop I was immediately charmed by the surroundings. Mia greeted me with her infectious smile and vibrant personality. We talked for some time about her offerings and the treasures that delighted me. From a pale subdued bedstead to brightly coloured girly dressers, this shop has it all.

Mia collects vintage castoffs and breathes new life into them. Some are painted, others newly upholstered...all one of a kinds.

She has clients from as far away as Toronto who have discovered the secret of her talent. Mia works out of her shop and is open during the winter. You can visit for hours and location.

If you're looking for that special piece or decorating ideas come visit Mia's. It's worth the trip to Crystal Beach. And if you close your eyes outside the shop and listen you may even catch a whisper from the old wooden roller coaster and the screams of delight a century ago.

Oh yes, I bought my cabinet and a shelf too. I couldn't leave empty handed!


Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Miss Maddie,
Mia's that is my daughters name. I do
have to confess I named her after the
actress Mia Farrow. I just love the name. I love Mia's shop too. It looks
so fun. I love all the furniture and
pastels. I think is alittle too far for me though maybe someday. Glad you
found what you were looking for that
alway makes it really a fun shopping
trip. Pinkie Denise

Dorian Fletcher said...

Places like Mia's make my toes curl.

Laurie said...

What a wonderful place!! Thank you for sharing this lovely place with us. I could be a happy camper shopping there.


Suzanne said...

What a fun excursion Susan! Mia's shop looks like a step back in time. Glad you found some treasures.

Sherry said...

Delightful!! I have never been to Crystal I have a reason to go!!

Christine L said...

It is all so delicate and soft and in my very favorite colors.

It is a treat to see all of your beautiful postings.


Sea Angels said...

Just so effortless, I so love shops that have that wonderful 'Chic' about them. You are so lucky to be able to visit, it sounds a magical place.
PS There is always giggles beyond that particular gate.........
Hugs Lynn

Lana said...

What a lovely shop Susan! Tghank you for taking us along for the ride.

rochambeau said...

Dear Miss Maddie,
What a nice experience to meet someone lovely like Mia, then come home with treasures to remember the experience by!

Sandra Evertson said...

Will we get to see pictures when it is all set up?!
Sandra Evertson

Carolyn said...

The shop looks so inviting ! Gorgeous things inside .. I would HAVE to buy something !
Thanks for sharing your treasure hunt .

Donna O'Brien said...

Hi Susan- Those trees are so majestice, aren't they?? Beautful...
And I saw a lot of "teal" in your last post. I'm on it!!

kim brimhall said...

great colors, great place, great blog! (my daughter is maddie)