I’m a strong believer in supporting small businesses. I find there is more attention to detail when someone has more at stake than just making a few dollars. Many of my friends are super talented, so I’d like to share with everyone some links to their products/services:
I’d like to start with Elemental Illusions. Here is a talented lady who makes amazing leather masks/dragons in her spare time. She attends conventions in Alberta regularly. Her daily grind is being a teacher in Alberta and raising her twin boys on her own.
Next is a husband & wife team from Salt Spring Island who have made it their full time job to create amazing glass art pieces. They travel across the continent to conventions & craft fairs and have earned themselves a devoted following. Check out Bling Squared to learn more about their process and perhaps pick up some “Cute Glass”.
Changing it up a bit and bringing it closer to my home: Here is a young lady who has made it her passion to bring amazing vegan food to the people of BC. Follow her on Facebook to find out where she will be next so that you can sample some of her goodies. You won’t be disappointed with Gypsy Food Trunk!
Take a break in the evenings and sing your heart out with 1 Epicnight Karaoke. They set up at numerous locations throughout the week in Surrey and Langley. Singing relieves stress! Plus it’s an opportunity for you to showcase your skills.
Looking for an online giggle based on the struggles of parenthood? Check out How Baby twice a week. I was once Lindsay’s boss at Chuck E. Cheese’s and I’m glad she has kept up with her art- she is extremely talented. You can also find this artist attending anime conventions and Comicons.
Speaking of babies, be sure and check out Geekling Designs for geeky clothes to dress you and your baby in. Made and shipped out by a couple with two daughters at home who understand what it’s like to be nerds with children.
Needing to celebrate something special? Have Mosaic Party in Kelowna help you out. Classy and elegant decorations as well a professional attention to details. If Kelowna is a bit far, at least check out the cookies that she hand makes- Sugar Bee Cookies.
This summer, make sure and take the family out to the Twilight Drive-In. This is the last Drive-In theater in the Lower Mainland. It’s privately owned and operated and not part of the big chains. My family and I love the fact that you can see two-three movies in one sitting.
Loretta Braun: She is a fantastic piano teacher in the Langley/Aldergrove area that has been teaching my children for over eight years now. She has also become a close friend of ours.
Here are a couple other friends who are just starting out that you may be interested in as well:
Ice ‘N’ Fire: They sell scented candles with a beautiful ring hidden inside. Not only are you supporting a small business when you buy from them, but they also donate a part of their sales to charity. Goodness x2!
Knottie Things: She is just starting up, and made a lovely crocheted Toadette for my daughter. Be sure and follow her on Instagram to see some of her amazing work.
And of course, there is my wife (whom I’ve promoted numerous times before) at Ningen Headwear. She works from home and hand makes all of her products in her own studio on the side of our house. If it wasn’t for her business, we’d probably never have traveled or seen as much of the world as we have over the past few years.
I know there are plenty of other people who have a small business that they are working on getting off the ground. I meet plenty of artists and crafters at the conventions who are extremely talented and deserve recognition. So, get out there and support your local small businesses!