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A Hidden Gem

A you probably noticed in my last post, walking around Kensington Market can be a unique experience. Sometimes as a photographer I think I’m so focused on seeing and finding that next special shot that sometimes I miss what’s actually staring right at me.

I nearly missed Casa Acoreana, a little shop right on the corner of Augusta & Baldwin in the heart of Kensington Market. As we were rounding the corner I was heading to another building intently focused on some graffiti I had spotted. As we just about passed the store I glanced inside and knew I had to go in. I fell in love with this place. It’s a coffee, spice, nut, candy, dried fruit store. Yup! And if you would like them to make you a cup of coffee they will. There’s two small tables set up at the front of the store.

I asked the owner if he would mind if I set-up my tripod and take some pictures and he said…”go ahead.” So I did.

As always you can click on the image for a larger view.

Casa Acoreana

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26 responses

  1. Cindi

    WOW! Very cool Edith! I love that old country store feel! Great find!

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    November 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

  2. That is quite the cool shop. I bet it smelled fantastic in there with all the candy and spices.

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    November 4, 2011 at 8:59 am

  3. What a great find, Edith!
    I love these small specialty shops like this. This series of photos is so nicely captured and processed. Fine job!

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    November 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

  4. The detail in these shots is amazing. I almost feel I can reach in there and grab some sweets.

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    November 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

  5. Very good work, Edith! You really put the atmosphere of that store in the picture!

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    November 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

  6. Gerry

    Superb pictures Edith; I’ll definitely visit the shop next summer when I’m in Toronto. It will be interesting to see the colours and compare them with your photographs. Gerry

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    November 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

  7. Rob

    Like stepping back to yesteryear!

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    November 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

  8. That place looks like it was built for some HDR glory. Nice set!

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    November 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

  9. Rick

    Looks like a great little specialty market!

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  10. A wonderful series of shots. All those colors and textures – what a find! Your choice of slightly muting the colors helps with the nostalgia of such a place. Very well done!

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  11. Really increadible HDR shots, I think they have a tad bit to much chromatic abrasion if I remember the term correctly. I see alot of bad HDR and this definately doesn’t fall into that category. I haven’t shot much lately, but I plan to revist it some time later this month.

    Really cool stuff.

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  12. What a wonderful shop!! 🙂

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  13. Little corner shops like this are so cool, you can almost smell it from here!

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    November 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

  14. This is one of those shots that to quote a UK advertising slogan “does exactly what it says on the tin”. It is exactly a Hidden Gem! And so well captured, Edith. Great work.

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    November 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

  15. Really cool shots Edith!! I love when people let me set up shop and go to work in the places they own/work at. Well done!

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    November 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

  16. wow there is so much to take in with these shots!! I am particularly fond of the last one, but they are all excellent and make a wonderful series Edith

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    November 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  17. Very nicely done Edith, love the series!

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    November 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  18. As others have said … a great find! And well done. Thanks for the share – these are fun to look at!

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    November 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

  19. Very cool shots, Edith. Well done. There is so much going on in these images. Excellent find.

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    November 7, 2011 at 6:13 am

  20. A beautiful set of images Edith, what a great find! It’s nice that he let you set up your tripod there. Lots of times I find store owners don’t want you to do that because they think you’ll be in the way of customers. But hey you’re advertising his store! Well done.

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    November 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  21. Absolutely loving this set, Edith, great tones, details and textures to enjoy!

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    November 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  22. Love the processing! Really adds character to a shop already full of it.

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    November 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

  23. Edith
    I very much like your images on this post. You really got the essence of the store and the old world atmosphere.

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    November 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

  24. WOW! What a beautiful place and your photographs are amazing. Thank you, with my love, nia

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    November 27, 2011 at 7:25 am

  25. Awesome work Edith.

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    November 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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