Vendor Feature: Justo’s Plant-based Dips

I was very impressed at how delicious these plant-based dips were! Thank you Justo’s for this gift!

Who is Justo’s?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

In the summer of 2019, Justin was tired of boring hummus flavors sold in single use plastics. With his father being pretty handy in the kitchen, it was his turn to get crafty with food. He created upwards of 40 hummus recipes and would regularly bring them to parties and potlucks to resounding reviews. In response to this positive feedback, Justin, along with his two best friends Adam and Eric, decided to start selling these delicious creations and Justo’s was born!

Instead of starting a business to just turn a profit; all 3 boys were motivated to make a positive impact on the planet and their community. Between the summer of 2019 and the start of COVID; products were sold via an Instagram page, further tested at some winter farmers markets, glass jars with a unique art pattern were designed and purchased, a closed loop return system was developed as well as the “Hummus Helps” program. This program would see one serving of hummus donated to vulnerable populations in their local community for every jar sold.

The summer of 2020 saw a huge season of farmer’s markets, the introduction of a first non-hummus product, their first retail vendors and a chance meeting with now Co-Owner Tyler. From here, things really started to take off!

2) What was your background?

Justin was born and raised on Salt Spring Island with deep values in sport, community, sustainability, and connection to local food. After graduating highschool, Justin left to travel for 2 years to expand his world view. In 2016 he returned to the west coast, landed in Victoria to take up studies at camosun for two years, learning about exercise and wellness. It was after this 2 year program that his values combined with a passion for entrepreneurship, and Justo’s was started.

Born and raised in Calgary, Adam moved to Victoria in 2016 after completing his first year of university to attend the University of Victoria. Graduating from the Gustavson School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in entrepreneurship, Adam brings his experience in sales, digital marketing, advertising and web design to the Justo’s team.

Eric was born in North Vancouver, and moved to Vancouver Island at the age of three, where he was raised in many different locations on the island, predominantly in the Comox Valley. As a child, Eric grew up with a very active, outdoor lifestyle, where he would be spending almost every weekend skiing, fishing and hiking with his parents. He was also invested in many team sports, and played competitive hockey as an older teenager. Eric also took to academics throughout highschool, particularly math and physics. He even took an eye to entrepreneurship, and started a side hustle in highschool, catching and selling the invasive american bullfrog species to his highschool for dissections. Once graduated, Eric began studies at the University of Victoria, and eventually graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Tyler was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. He excelled in both sports and academics as a child. Initially working as an accountant with KPMG straight out of High School, he changed lanes as a late teen and pursued a career in sports. Once injuries ended that dream he went from a Personal Trainer at a gym, to a Salesperson, to a General Manager within the same business. Already having his Bachelor of Commerce, he then completed his Master of Business Administration (partly abroad in Germany). Before moving to Canada at the start of the pandemic, Tyler was an Executive Manager for Aldi Stores Australia. He also founded a mental health awareness initiative; a cause very close to his heart.

3) Any interesting facts about your product?

All Justo’s products are 100% natural. They are plant-based, gluten and artificial preservative free, and made using some up cycled ingredients from our production processes. All the recipes were created by Justin himself.

Our Plant-Based Alternatives were inspired by minimizing waste; we upcycle the aquafaba from our hummus recipes into all our other dips including our Ranch, Queso and Tzatziki.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

To date; Justo’s has recovered and reused over 14,400 jars and donated over 4,100 lbs of hummus to charity.

We are a 1% for the Planet member; proudly supporting the Plastic Credit Exchange and our “Hummus Helps” Program has evolved into our 1% for the People initiative.

We are a certified B-Corp member. It was an 8 month iterative process that helped shape our business to create the greatest, long lasting impact as possible.

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Netflix Series: Bridgerton Season 2

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Summary

Kate and Edwina Sharma arrived as wards under Lady Danbury with their mother from India. The season had began for the young people to look for acceptable matches. Lady Whistledown was ready to write the lovely pieces of gossips again!

The Queen was ready to expose Lady Whistledown and Lady Whistledown knew that. The Queen successfully named the perfect “diamond” last year with the arrival of Daphne Bridgerton. This year she needed to do the same.

Anthony Bridgerton was ready to find the right lady to strengthen the family. He was determined to marry for practical reasons and not for love. He saw his mother fall apart when his father dies because she loved him so much. He did not want his wife to ever feel that way.

Kate was the elder stepsister of Edwina, who was the true daughter of an estranged lady of the Ton. Kate gave up the notion of marriage to train her younger stepsister to be the ideal wife. Edwina’s happiness was the most important thing in her life. Kate would be a spinster, a single lady who never married. Love was not important to her.

The first time Kate and Anthony set eyes on each other, they hated each other. She was frustrating; whereas, he was unbearable. So, when Anthony announced his will to marry Edwina, Kate was completely against it!

How would anything work out?

Conclusion

I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline in season 2 more than season 1. Feminism and feminist ideas were evident throughout the series through Kate and Eloise Bridgerton.

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Vendor Feature: AlpacaGalore

Do you like alpacas? Well, I do! Imagine my joy when I discover that there is Alpaca Galore!

Who is Alpaca Galore?

1) When and why did you start your business?

AlpacaGalore started off as a hobby to trade kawaii (cute) plushies with other avid collectors. In 2017, we branched off into designing our own enamel pins. Since then, we have become a small artist run shop with a variety of merchandise featuring our alpaca artwork. We have products ranging from stickers, buttons, keychains, pins to occasional apparel.

2) What is unique about your products?

Our small team handles everything from designing, marketing, manufacturing to fulfillment. All our products are made with love and we take part in every part of the process until they reach their forever homes. AlpacaGalore products run in very small quantities. When you buy a piece of AlpacaGalore merch, you are supporting an artist’s dream to share the alpaca love.

3) What else would you like to share?

Someday we hope to see alpaca appreciation flourish everywhere in the world!

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https://instagram.com/alpacagalore?

https://alpacagalore.carrd.co/

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Movie Review: Turning Red

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Summary

Meilin was a thirteen year old girl of Chinese descent, living in Toronto. Her family lived and took care of the temple that valued the red panda.

Eventually, as she stepped into the beginnings of puberty with the arrival of her first menstrual cycle, she was blessed with the familial inheritance. Each time her emotions ran high or low, she would transform into an eight feet tall, fluffy red panda!

After learning that she would have the chance to lock this creature into an amulet, she was relieved. However, as time passed, she began acquainted with her spirit creature as a blessing and not a curse.

Meilin’s mother was determined to help her remove this curse and to set her on the “right” path. Unfortunately, many of her ideals were the opposite of Meilin’s preference.

Conclusion

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie with the family. So many aspects of this movie resonated with me. Growing up in two cultures often meant many clashes of opinions and expectations in the family. I liked it so much that I watched it in English and in Cantonese.

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Wellness Show 2022

This was the first Wellness Show since the start of the pandemic! I was so excited to be invited as a media guest to check it out. The first thing I noticed was that there were a lot fewer booths than before the pandemic.

However, I made my rounds and got to speak with a lot of the small businesses that were there. Many of them were new who actually started their businesses during the pandemic!

It was great to see everyone in such positive and great spirits! Thank you, The Wellness Show!

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The Sou’Wester Restaurant

After taking some beautiful photos at Peggy’s Cove, we decided to visit the little gift shop and take a look at the menu at the Sou’wester.

The Atlantic lobster roll was the first item we ordered. Seafood chowder and the large loaf of cheese bread helped to combat the cold.

Before I left, I bought a small figurine of the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse!

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https://shoppeggyscove.com

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Visit To Peggy’s Cove In Winter

Winter was still around, so there was less visitors to Peggy’s Cove.

“Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, also known as Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, is one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses and may be the most photographed in Canada. Located in the quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove along the South Shore, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse was built in 1915.”—- NovaScotia.com

The weather was very cold and windy at first, but the sun eventually came out. The blue skies were a perfect background for the photos.

All the water was frozen!

There were signs to remind us not to venture to far onto the black rocks, as these were the dangerously slippery ones. However, visitors could walk and hike slowly on the flat grey rocks for photos.

The scenery was very beautiful and serene. No wonder this spot was known to be one of the most iconic places of Canada!

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Cruising On The Fundy Rose

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Technically, it was not a cruise ship. But as I stepped onto the Fundy Rose, the interior reminded me of my cruise trips. This ferry ship brought passengers back and forth from St. John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia.

There was a cafeteria, and televisions around for entertainment.

The Fundy Rose was named after Rose Fortune, who was born a slave but gained freedom at the age of 10 when her parents became Black Loyalists. She arrived at Nova Scotia in 1783 and began a business of transferring luggages from the docks to hotels. Rose even became the first female police officer in North America.

What an amazing woman!

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Fabfitfun Spring 2022

What’s inside:

1) Earth Harbor Glow Juice $40 US

2) Ren Clean Skincare Global Protection Day Cream $50 US

3) Amika The Kure Bond Shampoo $24 US

4) Amika The Kure Bond Conditioner $24 US

5) Seraphine Botanicals Fruit Butter Lip Mask $25 US (there’s three)

6) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter $36 US

7) Summer & Rose Aviator Sunglasses $54 US

Which item would you try out first?

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Vendor Feature: SightSage

Thank you, SightSage, for sending me this gift package.

Who is SightSage?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Dr. Weidong Yu created SightSage in 2018 after realizing that there were no holistic and sustainable solutions available for vision disorders. He had researched traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutritional science for more than 30 years and found that a myriad of eye problems came from nutritional deficiencies.

His background in treating patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable eye disorder, provided him with the insight that proper nutrition can truly make a difference in people’s eye health and vision. With the objective of managing vision deterioration and providing solutions that can be incorporated in people’s day to day lives, Dr. Yu developed a range of practical nutritional products containing key ingredients that together work in tandem to become greater than the sum of its parts.

2) What was your background?

Dr. Weidong Yu graduated from Shandong College of Traditional Chinese medicine in 1983, where he studied both Traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine for five years, to earn a Bachelor of Medicine. In 1991, he earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the School of Public Health, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Yu practiced both Traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine at Binzhou Medical College Hospital as a resident physician. He also worked as an Assistant Research Fellow at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing – the best research institute of Chinese medicine in China. Dr. Yu has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine in Belgium, the United States and Canada. He is the author of more than 30 publications in both Chinese and English medical literature, and lectures internationally.


He is currently a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California, United States and a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

3) Any other interesting facts about your product?


Our Blueberry Gummies were made with kids in mind: it is difficult for children to swallow capsules. Thus, our Blueberry Gummies were created so that they could be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, no matter their age!
They are made with freeze-dried blueberry powder, so they are extra concentrated.
The specific formulation of monk fruit and blueberries is what makes the Gummies effective. This formulation draws on how herbal formulas used in Chinese medicine are created – by using specific amounts of various herbs that work together in tandem.
Monk fruit extract, the ingredient we use to sweeten our Gummies, is 200 times sweeter than table sugar and contains zero calories, carbohydrates, sodium and fat.

4) Is there anything else you would like to share?

SightSage wants to help people change the way they think about vision and eye health. Most people just assume that once they lose their vision that it is gone forever and there is nothing they can do to restore it. This isn’t the case, and we want to share that good news with the world! The best part is that this can be done using non-invasive techniques and nutrition, which don’t cause side effects like most medications do.

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https://linktr.ee/Sightsage

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