Boots & Pine


Erin Hall in Trinity Bellwoods

Where did you grow up?
I’m from Port Dover, Ontario.

What brought you to Toronto?
I lived in Vancouver for about 10 years and was feeling ready to move back east. When we started planning the store in 2008 it all kind of fell into place.

What do you do for a living?
My friend Robin and I own Robber together, and I also work part-time as a speech-language pathologist.

How did you get started?
It’s a long story but basically I wanted a whole different kind of life, I guess? And it seemed like there was room for the type of store we wanted to have in Toronto, so we just started planning it slowly. A lot of the time I still can’t believe it actually happened!

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?
The park and all the good restaurants.

What’s the last treasure you found?
Hmm probably the black velvet dress I’m wearing in some of these photos, good holiday Value Village find!

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?
Aaaaah this is so tough but the sticky ribs at Union would be up there, with lots of red wine.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
My friend Steph in Vancouver, I miss her.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
I think Safari by The Breeders has the right vibe.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?
I will probably always say better cheap sushi options, even though we’re not getting any closer to an ocean.

Visit Robber at 863 Queen St. West

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