Montreal Boutique : Evelyne.andthebee

Montreal Boutique : Evelyne.andthebee

Montreal Boutique
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After working in events, Evelyne got a first-hand view of the difficulty that comes with getting noticed as a designer. This inspired her into wanting to help get the designers to the public, and the public to the designers. Evelyne went into wholesale to try and make this possible, and many of the designers she had met from doing events asked her to sell their items. She said yes. It wasn’t until a couple years back when Evelyne was asked to fill in a few shifts for a friend over at Boutique Général 54, a local boutique that supports a ton of local artists. Evelyne loved the job but was much too used to working for herself to become an employee. After the talk of opening a second Boutique Général 54 with her friend and store owner Jennifer, the timing just wasn’t right, so Evelyne decided to give it a shot on her own. And now, just celebrating their one-year anniversary, we have… Read more

Montreal Etsy Fair 2017 – Support Local!

Montreal Etsy Fair 2017 – Support Local!

This week I enjoyed myself at the 2017 Montreal Etsy Fair! There were tons of artists (100+), and a TON of people! It was one of those events that you can’t really stop walking… You just get engulfed by the current and find yourself back at the beginning all of a sudden…. How did that happen? Nevertheless, it was amazing to see so many people come out to support the incredible local talent that Montreal has to offer! Read more

Montreal Boutique & Thrift Store : Danette.andthebee

Montreal Boutique & Thrift Store : Danette.andthebee

montreal boutique & thrift store
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Arterie began (and I quote) “by a series of accidents”. Danette started off selling vegan shoes. She found a space in an existing store to set up her vegan shoes, and after time got more and more involved in the store. As time passed, the original store owner moved out, which left the option to Danette to take over. She had already put so much into the store she couldn’t have passed up the opportunity. So from vegan shoes to business owner Danette took over. The world put her where she needed to be and from that was born… Read more

Montreal Locals Boutique : Kristelle.andthebee

Montreal Locals Boutique : Kristelle.andthebee

montreal locals boutique 
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From old friends, to business partners; Kristelle Mercier and Geneviève Paquette explored the idea of putting together their talents to create something positive and new. Kristelle, having previously worked as a manager of a small bistro, had the desire to open her own business and the skills required to operate it. And Geneviève, a designer of her own ethical fashion line, brings imagination and artistic insight to the project. Together they decided to create a space for like-minded local artists to showcase their products, and to provide an accessible opportunity for the community to shop local, and discover local artists. This led to the beginning of… Read more

Montreal Children’s Boutique: Galina.andthebee

Montreal Children’s Boutique: Galina.andthebee

montreal children’s boutique
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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

Montreal Art & Custom Framing: Caroline&Mathieu.andthebee

Montreal Art & Custom Framing: Caroline&Mathieu.andthebee

montreal art & custom framing
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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

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

Montreal Chocolate Shop: Chloé.andthebee

Montreal Chocolate Shop: Chloé.andthebee

Les Chocolats de Chloé
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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

Montreal Eco-Responsible Boutique: Catherine.andthebee

Montreal Eco-Responsible Boutique: Catherine.andthebee

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Catherine began her eco-responsible boutique for a simple reason; she wanted to provide the consumer with a means to buying more ecological, and more local. She wanted to stray away from the normal consumerism of large factories and offer an alternative way to enjoy shopping, while still being eco-friendly. She succeeded this at La Mistinguette, providing around 15 artists a place to sell their hand-made products.
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Montreal Craft Beer Store: Patrick.andthebee

Montreal Craft Beer Store: Patrick.andthebee

Walking into Maltéhops is like walking aboard an old wooden ship. Wrapped in rustic wooden panels, the hidden remains of pirate bones, old barrels and antique beer bottles set a unique atmosphere. The concept of the store is shown by the impressive painting hung on the wall; a malicious octopus attacking an old ship. This painting symbolizes a story; a story of a battle to bring the beers across the rough waters of the sea. This old-school nautical theme gives the store a great vibe from the entrance to the cash register. Read more