Montreal Children’s Boutique: Galina.andthebee

Montreal Children’s Boutique: Galina.andthebee

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Galina has lived in the neighbourhood du Plateau-Mont Royal since 2002. She wanted to use her years of experience as a graphic designer to offer a new business on the street. One which combines retail with an artistic vibe. Galina is mother to two young boys, who may also be referred to as The Little Monsters or Les Petits Monstres. And with these two young boys it was brought to her attention that there wasn’t much as far as a children’s boutique in the area. Galina and her brother took the opportunity to offer something unique on the street and in February 2016 they opened to the public. Everything seemed to fall into place and that was seen as a positive sign to Galina; that she had begun a valuable project. Read more

Permaculture Week Two : Patterns in Nature

Permaculture Week Two : Patterns in Nature

I’ll tell you one thing; after learning about patterns in nature, you will catch yourself looking around a lot more. Your eyes will wander, following tree bark from the base to the branches. You will catch yourself squinting at leaves and flower petals. The scales on your inconsolable Siamese Fighting Fish will suddenly become very interesting. And your dusty magnifying glass that you bought after watching the Sherlock Holmes series will finally become useful! Success! Read more

Montreal Art & Custom Framing: Caroline&Mathieu.andthebee

Montreal Art & Custom Framing: Caroline&Mathieu.andthebee

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From salesperson to manager to owner, Caroline has truly worked up the ladder to success. Once a chain of 11 stores, Affiche en Tête has certainly seen it’s days and it’s locations. However, after all the years there is only one Affiche en Tête left standing. Caroline’s current position in the business is to be described as a “happy accident”. Read more

Environmentally Friendly Kitchen: Tips, tricks and products

Environmentally Friendly Kitchen: Tips, tricks and products

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I don’t know if I’m the only one who gets anxiety trying to cook, clean, bake and NOT think about how I’m impacting the environment.
Now-a-days it’s normal to plastic-wrap your food, then store it in plastic, cover that in plastic and chuck all of that in a plastic bag with a lovely plastic ribbon to finish it off. AHH! Meanwhile, you’ve got the faucet dumping rivers into your drain as you scrub your dishes with *soon-to-be* landfill sponges and a toxic soap that smells like a paint-can. Alright… I may have dramatized it just a little, but I’ve got to make a point! Read more

Montreal Hats, Ophelie: Corine.andthebee

Montreal Hats, Ophelie: Corine.andthebee

Montreal Hats : Corine.andthebee
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Our protagonist, Corine, took delight in fashioning together accessories for the hair.  She experimented with making them at home; floral headbands, lace veils, clip-on braided headpieces, oh the fun! Besides the enjoyment she got from assembling and creating, she also realized that there wasn’t many people doing this. It soon opened up to her as being a “need” for the general public, and therefore a business. This understanding helped develop hair accessories into hats, and hats into a business. Corine taught herself the art, and 18 years later we arrive to the current time of her story. The story of Corine and… Read more

Permaculture : Lessons Learned From Week One

Permaculture : Lessons Learned From Week One

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Have you ever found yourself thinking about all the problems in the world?

You spiral down, and take a deep breath. In your mind you see a list scrolling towards you, getting bigger and bigger, like the credits in the Star Wars movies. Instead of waiting for the end of that list, you open your eyes, and give your head a little shake, as if that’s going to scatter the problems to all sides of your brain. That way you won’t have to deal with them.

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Food storage containers: Plastic vs Glass vs Metal

Food storage containers: Plastic vs Glass vs Metal

In the first corner, lightweight and cheap, the reigning champion…. PLASTIC!

*crowds cheering*

In the opposite corner, heavy and durable, sneaking his way to the top…. GLASS!
*cheering grows*

Wait… what’s this? Another contestant is stepping in the ring… It’s… the forgotten soldier!!!… staainnnlessss STEEL!
*curious chatter among crows*
*cue Metallica soundtrack*
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Montreal Chocolate Shop: Chloé.andthebee

Montreal Chocolate Shop: Chloé.andthebee

Les Chocolats de Chloé
Our story begins…

Chloé was in her early 20’s when she realized that making chocolate could be a job. An exceptional realization I imagine. She had always loved baking at home, and decided to educate her passion at the pastry school of Montreal. Chloé worked different jobs here and there, but knew she was looking for something more. It was in 2002 when Chloé was working at a bakery in Old Montreal that she had made the decision to start her own business. The support from her community uplifted her to do just that. The owners at the bakery helped her with the paperwork, and her friends at Réservoir Brewery helped her with the renovations. Her first store opened in 2003, and in 2008 she moved to the location she is now. This is the beginning of the delicious little chocolate shop… Read more