Downtown Kingston! | People of the Big Dig: Tracey & Steve from End of the Thread Antique Emporium

People of the Big Dig: Tracey & Steve from End of the Thread Antique Emporium

Meet Tracey and Steve from End of the Thread Antique Emporium! Find out what they love about Kingston and what they enjoy doing when they aren't sourcing amazing one-of-a-kind antique pieces! 

What is your favourite thing about Downtown Kingston?

Our favourite thing about Downtown Kingston is the variety – the variety of shops, food and people that create the energy and community. Although we don’t reside in Kingston we really love the history of the city! We enjoy drives and walks to see the architecture and charm that is present in commercial buildings, churches and the many neighborhoods. 

What’s your favourite product/service that you offer?

We both really love the one-of-a-kind offerings we have in our shop.  It is eclectic and YES, we do carry both old antiques and NEW gift items, which we feel totally compliment each other.  Anything apothecary makes both our hearts sing for some reason – old medical cabinets, apothecary jars, old first aid/red cross items.

Steve loves anything big and HEAVY (and shiny) like National cash registers, safes from days gone by and neon!

I love anything a bit more rustic with patina and character. I suppose this is why our shop is so eclectic – it’s a blend of both of us, which is why we make such a good team.  (Can you tell we are also newlyweds YES…its true…End of the Thread FINALLY tied the KNOT after 11 years!!).


What is your background?

We are both from Ontario – Steve grew up in Brantford and I grew up in Hamilton.  Our educational/work backgrounds (and strengths) are quite different.  Steve is from a business/finance background and mine from the Arts – studying at Emily Carr in Vancouver.  After graduating, I became a professional job-hopper including everything from flight attending and hospitality jobs to office administration. 

Our paths crossed in Toronto while training for the Dublin, Ireland marathon which we ended up finishing side by side! It makes sense that we are now side by side in business and in life. While still living in Toronto, our personal life always included antique shopping and collecting and upon moving to Brighton, ON it seemed the creation of End of the Thread Antique Emporium (which is where our first shop opened 8 years ago) was natural for us.   Kingston seemed to be a very good “city” fit for us after we realized we had collected many city folks as clients to our Brighton location.

Running marathons has sadly slipped into our activities of the past but we both would like to return to the race at some point in life…perhaps after the birth of our newest addition this JULY.   Lots of FUN is on the horizon as we continue to juggle work and life with three shops and a BABY!


 Where did you go on your last vacation?

 Our last vacation was in Mexico.  It’s actually where we return to vacation year after year.  We just really love it there and in fact hope to spend some well-earned retirement years there, one day. 

One year we spent some time with a local artist Jacoba Roa whose work we had fallen in love with the year prior. We purchased a few pieces, brought them back and had our neighbours at Frameworks frame the original paper pieces and stretch the large canvas painting for us.   We then showcased his work at our first Art after Dark – some pieces sold, but we still have a few pieces available. 

We have toured around different areas of Mexico- but this last trip we stayed in a very old city called Merida located in the Yucatan.  The architecture is incredible and the sense of history is still present.  There is a lot of restoration going on in this city and it was nice to see the old being made new again. We rented one of the restored colonial homes and fell in love with the original “pasta” tile work and woodwork of the past.  The owners and host couple Helene and Thomas were amazing – and did a fabulous job of restoring it. 


What is the movie you have watched the most (not necessarily your favourite)?

 My favorite movie: Amelie.  A great French film with beautiful cinematography. It’s a beautiful story of an interesting gal who performs anonymous random acts of kindness for strangers resulting in profound happiness for those on the receiving end as well as Amelie.

Steve’s favorite movie: Papillion. (which means Butterfly) great cinematography and two of the best lead actors – Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.