5 Great Online Shops

Shopping in a store is almost always more enjoyable (visually, at least) than shopping online. Who could compare the experience of perusing the offerings of a charming and curated boutique to the fluorescent glare of so many links? More and more online retailers, though, are closing the gap between these two experiences, with well-executed and designed websites that sell truly unique goods. Here are five online retailers whose kitchenwares and home goods we love, and whose sites make online shopping as lovely as a Sunday spent walking along an avenue.


An architectural designer started this website that purveys hand-crafted pieces from designers and artisans from all over the globe. They offer a wide range of products, and they’re all stunningly unique.


Also from Canada, this online-only shop boasts gorgeous wooden wares for the kitchen from a husband and wife team. Their smoothly sanded and expertly shaped cutting boards aren’t like any around.


The online outpost of the gorgeous Soho store is just as elegant as its brick-and-mortar counterpart, which is especially great news for those who don’t live in New York. We love their kitchenwares, but they have everything from furniture to pillows to lighting.


A father-daughter duo is behind these incredibly elegant handcrafted kitchen pieces and wooden wares. Their offerings truly are works of art.


The online outpost of a store in Vancouver, this site is great for simple and classic goods of fine quality. Many smaller items make this the ultimate place to find gifts.