Since 1961, we have been known as the premier European Gift Shop in the Roncy neighbourhood! Started up by their father, Wilhelm, the two 2nd generation sisters Karin and Helga continued on the tradition with personal service and quality products. They were icons in the neighbourhood.
Sadly, Karin passed away in 2019. Her spirit still lives on, as her daughter Sabine now carries on the daily operation of the business along with her aunt Helga, who continues to share her experience and wisdom.
We specialize in unique European products and gifts. Join the tradition and take in the nostalgia!
Our online store offers a select assortment of a few of our best products - we will continually update the store with new and seasonal items that we know our customers would simply love!
If you're in the area, come on by our retail store located at 355 Roncesvalles Ave. to view our complete assortment of items and exclusive collections.
Meet the co-owners Karin, Helga and Sabine
We had the pleasure of having the Old Country Shop filmed as part of a video series highlighting some of the most interesting businesses in Roncesvalles by students from Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School and Regional Arts Centre in conjunction with BackLane Studios.
The video tells the story behind the store and its over 50 year old family based history spanning both the past, with current sister co-owners Karin* and Helga, and potential future generation owner, and daughter, Sabine. Watch the video below:
Credit: Black Lane Studios - posted January 15, 2016
*Karin Smith lost her battle with cancer in November 2019. Her daughter Sabine continues the tradition with her aunt Helga in running the store in her memory.
We hope that you continue to support our small business, albeit it is tough times for so many. Be strong, be patient, be hopeful. We'll be alright.
If you have any questions please contact us.