Volume 96, Issue 55
Monday January 6, 2003

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Best of the Rest

The Gazette's
Best of London

Best of Food
Best Chinese food at 3 a.m.
Best hangover breakfast
Best ice cream
Best lunch at a strip club
Best milkshake
Best mussels
Best pizza
Best place to get a sandwich
Best Portuguese chicken
Best selection of draft beer
Best sugar high
Best vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant

Best of Arts & Leisure
Best arcade
Best DJ
Best driving range
Best live venue
Best local band
Best place to buy clothes someone may or may not have died in
Best place to do tobagganing
Best place to have a gay ol' time
Best place to light a spliff
Best place to pick up a cougar
Best place to see a Scottish man in leather pants
Best place to watch pigskin fly
Best street performer
Best Sunday hoedown
Best selection of magazines and vinyl
Best tattoo/piercing place
Best used book store
Best used CD store

Best of the Rest
Best all-purpose sex shop
Best cabbie for drunken conversation
Best gym
Best hair salon
Best place to buy a creative gift
Best place to buy house accessories
Best place to buy long, striped knee-socks
Best place to buy men's dressy clothes
Best place to drop dead
Best place to find a unicorn
Best place to get a pet
Best place to plot a revolution
Best place to pretend you're in London, England
Best place to pretend you're not in a city
Best place to rent costumes

Best on Campus
Best custodian in the UCC
Best female athlete
Best makeout/study spot on campus
Best male athlete of all time
Best on-campus meal
Best on campus meal for $5
Best on-campus napping site
Best on-campus Tim Hortons lady
Best place to cry
Best place to photocopy a textbook
Best place to spend the most money on the least amount of food
Best place to stand in line
Best residence to party, sleep, and study
Least worst student politician

Best place to buy a creative gift
The Gift of Art

Sue McClatchey/Gazette

Nestled amidst overpriced clothing stores selling undersized garments to wear to overpriced watering holes on Richmond Row is Gift of Art, a place that will actually give visitors their money's worth. Gift of Art is filled with unique and funky gifts which will delight any taste and cater to any budget. These distinctive items include good karma for the buyer, as each is created by an independent artist and sold by the store on consignment. Owner Brad Scrinko is an artist himself, and creator of the wire and glass "twisters" that decorate the store's window. "I've actually been selling them longer than I've had the store," Scrinko said. Every artist whose work is featured in the store is Canadian, with nearly half being local London artists, he explained. The artists themselves make some submissions, while Scrinko discovers other pieces through art shows and tours. The student budget-friendly end of the spectrum includes handmade soaps that smell good enough to eat and brightly painted oil lamps. Scrinko said that the store's decoupage telephones have been particularly popular recently. A pair of Windsor-based artists decorates the phones in fun themes such as Curious George and the A-Team, and will even take customers' design requests. No visitor should miss the ingenious suitcases in the store's rear room. These retro vinyl suitcases contain miniature rooms that can be viewed through peepholes, and are wonderfully fun conversation pieces, like the many other treasures to be found at Gift of Art.
575 Richmond St., 642-4095
-Shannon Proudfoot