Established in 2009 in Toronto, Coal Miner's Daughter is the product of many nights discussing how lovely it would be if we could start up our own little shops and share our love of jewellery and fashion with the world, little did we know at the time that we would end up building it together!
Coal Miner's Daughter is made up of owners Janine Haller and Krysten Caddy, along with an amazing team of shop gals. Janine worked in wardrobe at Stratford, the Canadian Opera Company, and Young People's Theatre after studying Costume Design at Dalhousie. Interesting fact: Krysten's great grandmother Rosilla (Rose for short) was a real Coal Miner's Daughter and worked at the Dominion Dress Company in Brantford, ON in the 1930's.
We started out in a 160 square foot shop in the front room of Gallery Gabor, a fixture in Mirvish Village since the 70s. We found the space on craigslist and it was $800 a month - we could find a way to split that and see what happens, right? We took it then built the shop and in July 2009 we opened our doors for the very first time. We had full time jobs and opened the shop late in the afternoons. Three months in along came Minna, Janine's daughter. We changed our hours and opened at 5pm - 9pm in order to catch the after work crowd. We improvised and figured out ways to make it work, and it wasn't long until Minna became a fixture in the village, and many of our customers who have shopped with us from the beginning will have seen her grow up before their very eyes (she's almost 10!). In 2012 we decided it was time to take the leap and opened our second location, at 744 Queen Street West. It was then Krysten quit her corporate day job and we were all in. In 2014 we opened up shop #3 at 87 Roncesvalles. on January 31st 2017 we had to finally close our doors in Mirvish Village along with all of our neighbours to make way for the development at the site of Honest Ed's and Ed's namesake, Mirvish Village. We then opened our doors at 3023 Dundas Street West in the Junction on Feb 3, 2017. In October 2018 we opened up a concept shop that is still in development at 1586 Dundas St West in Brockton Village, more on this later! In May 2019, we finally made the jump to the east end and opened up shop in Leslieville, at 1360A Queen Street East. There you have it, 10 years summed up in one long paragraph with run on sentences. PHEW. Thank you so much to our endlessly supportive customers for the last decade. We wouldn't be here without you, and that's just a fact. We know we aren't perfect and are learning every day how to run with this thing we've created. We can't wait to see what happens next, but for now we are going to try to keep up the best we can and keep bringing you the effortless and a joy to wear Canadian fashion you have come to know us for.
Janine and Krysten
We specialize primarily in Canadian clothing, jewellery, and accessories designers and makers (many of them local), including Janine's clothing designs. Janine's line, Haller, focuses on small run production that she makes by hand, featuring easygoing shapes that feel great on. Keep an eye out for Haller at all of our shops. Among the jewellery collections we show you will also find designs in sterling silver and gemstone designed and made by Krysten.
Our goal is to have no less than 80% Canadian designers and brands in our stores. Canadian brands you'll find at Coal Miner's Daughter are Valerie Dumaine, Eve Gravel, Birds of North America, Pink Martini, Melissa Nepton, Jennifer Glasgow, and Sara Duke (just to name a few - there are so many more!). An example of non-Canadian brands you will find are Des Petites Hauts from Paris, ELK from Australia, and Noa Noa from Denmark.
If there is something specific you're looking for, feel free to contact us to see if we have it in one of the shops.
Want to come see us in person?
Monday to Friday // 12 - 7pm
Saturday // 11am - 7pm