If invited to have a seat at Timothy Oulton, it means you:
(a) sit down to an Italian chef’s delights du jour
(b) buy a sumptuous leather sofa or
(c) select from a wide range of international wines
A: All of the above.
Oulton crafts much of his vintage-meets-post-modern furniture from materials with a history, such as wood reclaimed from retired fishing boats and recycled metal airplane scraps. Luxurious oversized sofas, covered with supple Argentinian leather, are constructed with more nails than a chattel house.
Also inside the Timothy Oulton space, Sicilian chef Gianluca Trasatti prepares a select daily lunch menu of scrupulously fresh dishes, served on rustic communal tables. Select wine or champagne from the Wine Cave to accompany your authentic Italian meal.
This shopping experience pairs craftsmanship in furnishings with foodie flair. The showroom houses styles that run from classic to industrial to contemporary. The overall aura is manly, redolent of cognac and cigars, happily cohabiting with iconoclasm. Add just a pinch of kitsch, and Bob’s your sporting uncle. Tradition and innovation play off each other this black-walled, two-floored space where vintage leather cozies up with moleskin and metals. All of it is substantial, timeless and made to exacting standards.
Choose from signature trunks, upholstered items, cabinetry, and tables either sourced antiques or hand-crafted for Oulton. One line is made from salvaged materials, which adds to the weathered feel. Another features riveted aluminium, resembling airplane construction. Another is pure classics, at home in any gentlemen’s club. Collectibles and accessories range from sparkling chandeliers, to giant cushions made of flags, to silver teapots and vintage sporting goods like saddles and boxing gloves. You’ll even find some pieces made with stag horns!
Whether shopping or not, it’s a great place to go for an experience that’s not just visual. With so many textures at play here, a tactile person could spend the morning stroking the surfaces. Feast your eyes and your fingers, and then sit down to a cup of cappuccino or a plate of fine food.
- The small country-suburban shopping complex where Timothy Oulton is located also contains a hardware/home centre, a lighting shop, and three other establishments for furnishings and accessories. It’s a great place to compare styles.
- People with trouble walking won’t be able to get to the upper floor, reached by staircases.
- Be prepared to pay for quality.
- Lunch is served by Gianluca Café beginning at 12 noon, until around 3:30 p.m. Espresso drinks are available all day.
- Ample Parking is available on either side of the building.
- Corporate or private functions can be arranged by contacting Manager Jennifer Straker (246-262-3502).
Hours: Monday to Friday – 10am to 6pm; Saturday – 9am to 5pm
Contact Information: Manager Jennifer Straker ‘ 246-262-3502
Assistant Manager Ross Callendar ‘ 246-247-1267