Jim Robertson and Maciej Fijalkowski opened The White Monkey three years ago. Both have other jobs, hence the eccentric opening hours, Thursday through Sunday.
WHO: The White Monkey.
WHERE: 395 Gladstone Avenue (at Bank). 613.321.4678
WHAT: Vintage and mid-century modern furniture and decorative accents.
STYLE: Hip, vintage, urban with New York-style flair.
BEST BUYS: Vintage barware starting from $20 per glass and decorated cocktail shakers from $38 - perfect for the home entertainment room, games room or even a post workout drink.
THE GOODS: Lamps, glassware and mid-century modern furniture suitable for a home exercise or games room. Includes Saarinen tables and tulip chairs; teak chairs; glass and stainless-steel tables; stainless and black leather round swivel chairs and vintage decorative bar mirrors. All are set against stylish black and white-striped walls and chequered flooring.
OWNERS: Jim Robertson and Maciej Fijalkowski opened The White Monkey three years ago. Both have other jobs, hence the eccentric opening hours, Thursday through Sunday. Robertson is "the picker," finding the treasures that line the store, while Fijalkowski is Mr. Fix-it, restoring furniture to its former glory. Robertson used to own a store in the ByWard Market selling reproduction pine furniture. "Ever since I gave it up I've missed it," he says, "and I've always wanted to have a really nice retro-furniture store." For Robertson, buying things for the store, "is like a treasure hunt, but you've got to have an eye for it." Clearly he does. There are plenty of treasures here to work with any style.