The iconic art store is right around the corner from my office and I finally got around to visiting it a few weeks ago.
It was... meh. Considering all the wonderful things I'd heard, Woolfitt's Art Enterprises Inc. was a major disappointment. It was well appointed, sure. But bland. Incredibly bland. When I go to an art supply store, I want to wander. I want to be inspired. I want to feel like a surprise is just around the corner. Woolfitt's definitely doesn't have that vibe. I'm tempted to call it clinical.
The store is run "by artists for artists" and maybe that explains it. If you're an artist who knows exactly what products you want, and you need a bulk load of them and want the whole process to be expidited, maybe Woolfit's is great, but if you're like me, you might not know what you want to make yet. You might not even know your favourite medium. I need an art store that inspires me as I wander, that surprises me with new things I'd never heard of, that's packed to the rafters with colour and canvas and... possibility.
Woolfitt's just isn't.
1153 Queen St. West
Toronto ON, Canada
M6J 1J4 Phone: (416) 536-7878
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