Given the chance, I’ll shop locally. I love supporting people in my community. Although it might take a little more effort to get to a farmer’s market, I’ve found that it’s well worth it. There’s some amazing people out there who are so passionate about what they grow, create, and sell.
I thought I’d put together a post with a few of my favourite local talents. I’ve bought from all of them and have been really impressed with my purchases. It’s great chatting with the person who actually made it and getting to hear the story behind the item.
This past summer I visited Market Collective. They always have an amazing group of artists. I discovered Medicine River Soap Co. while I was there. I bought myself some lemongrass solid lotion. I was at Market Collective again this past week and I ended up finding a great gift for my boyfriend from Medicine River Soap Co. I know he’s going to love it.
A couple weeks ago I was at a craft sale when I saw these lovely glasses. My brother has a great glass collection going for his liquor, so when I saw these, I knew they’d be a great gift for him. I bought them from Nicole at Fireweed Glass Studio out of Canmore. (Fireweed is actually one of my favourite native plants!) She had so many beautiful creations.
Have you been to Cake Bake Shoppe before? I bought some mini cupcakes from them this weekend and I know I’ll be finding my way to their bakery sooner rather than later to sample some of their other delicious treats. My favourite out of this batch of cupcakes was the salted caramel one. Chocolate cheesecake was a close second. The fact that I couldn’t get a photo before a couple of them had disappeared should be a good indication of how tasty they are.
My dad loves chai tea. There’s a coffee place at the Calgary farmer’s market where he always gets a chai tea latte. I think it’s become one of his favourite drinks. Well I discovered that the Naaco food truck has come up with their own chai tea. When I asked about it I was told that it’s a chai tea with a spicy twist. I thought my dad would really enjoy it, so I thought I’d get it for him. He ended up really liking it. He said he liked the spicy kick to it. He even got fancy and added some frothed milk to it.
Now that you know my favourite local businesses to get Christmas gifts from, leave me a comment telling me about one or two of yours.