You do not need to be British to suck back an entire tin of Gardiner’s Butterscotch candies, or enjoy tea from a beautiful Emma Bridgewater mug.
“Everybody thinks they’ve got to be British to walk in the store,” says Empire by Bullet owner Creig Stearne, a native Canadian. “At the end of the day it’s chocolates, it’s biscuits, it’s tea.”
Not only is the shop fun with a contemporary flair, but it’s also guaranteed to carry good quality gifts and home decor, with 95 per cent of the products made in Britain.
British culture and the deep, rich history of Great Britain have long been an influence in Creig’s personal and professional life.
“I like the history, the style and the humour,” he says. The former window stylist has also always admired clean lines and quality merchandise.
When he first introduced British gifts and commodities at Bullet—an esteemed home décor shop he owned on Queen West before Empire by Bullet—the concept was so popular it exploded. He says customers loved the Burberry leather and nickel-plated picture frames, Triple Milled bath soaps and Robertson’s lemon curd.
Empire by Bullet has been thriving as an entity of its own on Riverside’s Queen Street East since 2011, meaning Creig and happy customers can enjoy their favourite bits of the United Kingdom every day.
While the storefront window has an old-world Downton Abbey eloquence—Belgian tapestry square pillows and a Union Jack throw blanket—Empire by Bullet has something for every home. Shoppers will still find Dr. Who paraphernalia, waving queen figurines and, of course, Cadbury chocolates, original Marmite, a sticky, salty food paste usually spread thinly with butter on bread, toast or biscuits.
The next time you’re looking to add a little splash of fun to your kitchen, or want a classic, well-made piece to accent your living room décor, be sure to visit Empire by Bullet. Creig insists you don’t have to be royal to enjoy the selection his shop has to offer.