Blog posts about local shops that I find as I travel. These stores/people sell local products from the provinces they live. They support their neighbours. Interviews, photos and stories from real people who are giving back to their communities. Let’s encourage shopping local and support the talented people who live in our neighbourhoods. Eat local, drink local, buy local.
It’s 2018 already! Can you believe it? It’s time to hang up a new calendar so you can start marking all those important dates you have coming up this year. That special trip to Nicaragua, your cousins 30th birthday, and your favorite artist playing in a town near you! Those are hardly things you want to forget!
As always, Etsy never ceases to impress me with the quality of artwork they have. There are so many beautiful handmade calendars by so many talented artists it’s going to be hard to choose just one! Read more →
Not long ago, andthebee was living in the remarkable Montreal. In fact! It was there where my blog began. During my time there I met a ton of local artists and I wanted to discover a way I could support them. I came up with the idea to write a blog to showcase some of the small businesses who were creating unique original items as well as the shops supporting local handmakers and Canadian artisans. Now, this holiday season many of those very artists have put out a selection of holiday-themed items! So why not support real artists this holiday season and do your gift shopping on Etsy. I have gathered 10 holiday gift ideas from Montreal based artists to get you started on your hunt. #supportlocalRead more →
So you’re on the road, you’ve been cruising and it’s time to eat! One problem, you’re sick of going to the same chain restaurants and supporting the same big companies. Your heart believes in supporting locally but sometimes it’s just hard to find the small local businesses.
I’ve come up with 5 different tips on how to find locals. Read more →
andthebee had the opportunity to write a guest post for The Historical Cooking Project. It talks about the origins of local food and it’s effects on the environment, the economy, and the health of human beings. To learn more about the history of local food and tips on how to eat more locally, click the blog post below! Read more →
In the beginning, Chris and his business partner Karen ran a local clothing store for a few years. They had items from local artists but mostly falling in the fashion genre. And just as many of our past interviewees have told me, there was always talk amongst the locals of not having a place in town for the various local artisans. Chris and Karen came across an available space in an old Canadian Tire building and thought it would be an awesome place to take on the project. A project that would finally supply a home to 94+ artists from the Shuswap. And so we have… Read more →
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 →
Our story begins in 2003 with the opening of a store, Local 23. The idea behind the store was to be a showcase for all the amazing and talented friends that part store-owner Jennifer has. A place for artists alike; musicians, designers, painters, etc. After confronted with a lack of space for all the treasures, trinkets and talent the store now runs as a full throttle second-hand store, with always changing commodities. The artists however, have their place with Jennifer at a new store! The store opened in 2006 to make room for emerging designers to have a place next to experienced makers. With a desire to help people, and encourage the DIY community, Jennifer started the beautiful…Read more →
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 →