Emily Ross’ call to her longtime friend Lindsay Stewart for advice on getting involved with a co-op-style shop couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. As it turned out, Stewarts’ former co-op, Queen Street's Second Storey, was closing, so instead of advice Ross got a likeminded business partner.
Since then the pair’s had a whirlwind of a month to create Big Pony (1453 Brenton Street)—from finding the perfect location, to next door to Duly Noted to carefully collecting a very successful (we’re not jealous at all) Sally Ann haul.
“Pretty much everything came from scratch in the last three weeks. It just made sense. It came very naturally,” says Stewart of the sweet boutique, which features curated mens’ and womens’ second-hand clothing, as well as stationery from her Varity Concert line and Ross’, Carnival. “We have different tastes, but the aesthetic, how we wanted it to look and feel, is cohesive.” Stewart and Ross hope to keep their clothing racks fresh, rotating colour stories and bringing in newfound gems depending on demand, and hopefully hosting some evening events (please ladies' poker) in the future.
Big Pony's open 10am-6pm Monday through Friday, and 12-5pm on Sundays.