Inside Kit and Ace, the Short North's Newest Shop-and Biggest Cheerleader

Taylor Starek

Kit and Ace has character.

The newest Short North shop, which opened its doors on June 11, may be a Canada-based brand, but it's all about the local love.

Take The Wall, for example-a space in the brightly lit store dedicated solely to local art. The mystical and dreamy watercolor paintings of Meagan Alwood are there now and are for sale.

Or how about The List? It's a brochure that sits front and center on the store's expansive "supper club" table and serves as an eating, drinking, shopping and playing guide brought to you by the staff. It features such businesses as Northstar Café, Native Cold Pressed, The Candle Lab, Kingmakers and more.

And yes, Kit and Ace does host supper clubs for local creatives, though it doesn't appear the Short North location has scheduled one yet.

But the brand's bragging point is certainly its fabric. Called a "technical cashmere," it feels soft but durable, airy but functional, and it's meant to be lived in.

With a mix of shirts, dresses, tanks and scarves, Kit and Ace endows each piece with a minimalist design, usually in the form of a scoop neck or a low back, and prides itself on offering men's and women's clothing that can be for both leisure and a night out.

Take home with you the Noosa Tee ($78), and revel in its comfort. It slouches and hugs in all the right places and with its thinly lined gold "V," would look just as great with yoga pants as it would with jeans and heels.

Prices range from $58 to $168.

The store is located at 17 Brickel St. (in the former Homage shop) and is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.