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Book Review: A Moose In A Maple Tree

As a child, I grew up with the traditional Christmas song “The Twelve Days Of Christmas”. This song made me question what a turtle dove was, a French hen, why ladies were dancing….I couldn’t relate these images as a Canadian.

Introducing the new Canadian version, “A Moose In A Maple Tree” by Troy Townsin. With its colourful illustrations and fun lyrics, this book would make a great Christmas gift!

Order yours now!

A Moose In A Maple Tree

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Vendor Feature: Shining Bear Designs

I love designs inspired by nature. Hence, I was intrigued by Shining Bear Designs! Thank you for this lovely sweatshirt!

Who is Shining Bear Designs?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I always wanted something in my life that meant something and gave me fulfillment. I started my business doing something totally different and it evolved into this…finding my culture and discovering how beautiful it is!!!


2) Next, what was your background?

I am an indigenous artist and entrepreneur…I have schooling in both graphic design and some business. Most however of what I currently do has been self taught.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

My raw products are locally sourced and I design and print them all myself. Every single crew , hoodie , track pants, zip up, and onesie has been made by me.


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

Each has a message , I call them my wearable teachings.

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/shiningbeardesigns?

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Vendor Feature: Pokerrito

Imagine a pokebowl and burrito combined into one…. That’s what a “pokeritto”! Thank you, Pokeritto for the invite.

Who is Pokeritto?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Started in 2017 to deliver a fresh and unique concept of Poke to Vancouver.


2) What was your background?


Our director grew up on Mexico with a background in sushi making. He wanted to immerse cultures together.


3) Finally, any interesting facts about your product?


Try mixing the sauce with veggies and protein for delicious taste!

Check it out!

https://pokerrito.com/

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Vendor Feature: Light’s Rhythm Beaded Jewelry

Unique and sparkly jewelry often caught me attention. Thank you, Light’s Rhythm Beaded Jewelry!

Who is Light’s Rhythm Beaded Jewelry?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started my business during covid, at home, and decided to keep going with it as a relaxing side gig.


2) What was your background?


I was a photographer and had learned traditional Native beading as a hobby, I had more time to perfect my own style during covid.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?


I use naturally sourced and recycled materials: leather, fur, birch bark, jewels, and beads, and more.


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


I can be creative with this hobby. I also only create my art in a positive state. I do not create when I am dealing with troubled situations in life and am feeling negative, as I know that those feelings can pour that energy into my work.

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https://instagram.com/lightsrhythm?

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Vendor Feature: D’ Lux Bath And Body

Who could resist such cute bath bombs? Thank you, D’ Lux Bath And Body for the gift!

Who is D’ Lux Bath And Body?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I, Kim, made bath and body products for Christmas presents for years with my mom. I tried to start a soap making business back in 2015. However, my mom got sick with Alzheimer’s so my partner, Peeter and I cared for her for years until it was time for her to go into a home. Once she was cared for in the home in 2020, Peeter and I decided to make a go of it and started making a ton of products after much research!

2) What was your background?

Peeter was a ticketed iron worker but injured his back so he was looking for something else to fill the void. I am a Medical Office Assistant part-time. We’ve always had an interest in making high-end bath and body products that are accessible to everyone.

3) What is special about your products?

We use high quality ingredients but make sure we can offer affordable pricing. We try to make bath time fun and relaxing.

4) Finally, anything else you want to share?

We love making products for you to enjoy and it makes our days when we have repeat customers! We also love creating customized gifts for business or pleasure!

Check them out!

https://dluxbathandbody.com/pages/about-us

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Book Review: The Fiesta Burger Murder

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Summary

Christie Watson was a Boston homicide detective who was forced to take a sabbatical because she had pushed a witness too much… So she decided to go back to her hometown and maybe… look for the murderer who took her mother from her years ago? She wanted to solved this…

Luckily, her best friend that owned the local burger joint invited her to stay at her apartment instead of the motel. In return, Christie had to work at the burger joint. This season, the spicy Fiesta was a hit with the townsfolk and Christie! All, but one overly verbal man….after causing a bit of a ruckus at the restaurant, was found dead at her best friend’s backyard!

Naturally, Christie was on the case! Until the local attractive detective arrived…..

Conclusion

I enjoyed this story of mystery and a bit of romance. A quick read that was entertaining.

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Vendor Feature: Hushd Creations

I love the Grinch! The story ending makes me tear up with emotion…. Thank you, Hushd Creations for my new sweatshirt!

Who is Hushd Creations?

1) Why did you start your business?

Hushd Creations was created from a silent passion. It took a lifequake to ignite the fire that I needed to repurpose my focus. Working a 9-5, you don’t always get to fulfil your inner joy. I was figuring out how to loop all of my passions into something tangible that I could enjoy doing and share with others, seemed like it was taking years. Through a lot of self-realization, hard work and commitment, I was able to redirect my energy, find purpose and focus my passion into a business that I am now so proud to be able to share with all of you!

2) What was your background?

My background is actually in Science, but ever since I was young, I’ve always had a creative/artsy side. Working almost 20 years in the industry, you tend lose touch with creative expression. The more I’ve grown, the more I’ve come to realize that I need to channel my inner child and get back to doing what makes me happy, but in a way that I can also share with others. I feel that my business is the perfect mesh that allows me to do both.

3) What else do you want to share?

I recently launched my business in April of 2022 (after 2 years of struggling with how to make it a reality), and I’m so honoured by all the love and support we’ve been shown in such a short span of time. As they say, “the best gifts are the ones you give”; we hope you love our products as much as we love making them for you, and we hope we can be a part of your gift-giving experience.

Check them out!

https://www.hushdcreations.com/

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Vendor Feature: Ipse Mandoo

Dumplings are a staple in my kitchen. You can panfry, steam or boil them for a quick meal. Thank you, Ipse Mandoo for the invite!

Who is Ipse Mandoo?

1) Why did you start your business?

As a mother, I did not have time to take care of my two years old son when I operated a Japanese restaurant in Langley. Closing the business, I decided to do a small business which I could work according to my own schedule. While I owned a restaurant, I did not like the taste of factory made gyoza. So I developed my own recipes, which was first used for my first sales in the dumpling manufacturing business. Plus, I like to decorate things, which is the reason why I shaped leaf-shaped dumplings.

2) What was your background?

Before I operated two different Japanese restaurants, I worked as a cook from some Korean restaurants. I was into learning various recipes and developed it as my own ones. This enhanced my understanding in Korean food.

3) What is special about your products?

My effort is revealed in the taste of my dumplings. I have a motto to run my business: I only produce the food that my son can eat without any concern. My dumplings are what my son likes the most. That’s why I am always obsessed with checking the quality of ingredients.

  • our dumplings are 100% handmade.
  • our dumplings are made upon pre-orders. We never make them in advance.
  • The wrappers are also made of our secret recipes.
  • I always buy the ingredients myself to check the quality.
  • My business has grown so fast as my customers instantly noticed the difference between my dumplings and other ones.
  • The lineup for our booth was among the longest ones in the BC Dumpling Festival.

4) What else do you want to share?

We are introducing seasonal menu on a regular basis and running giveaways in the future.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/ipsemandoo

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Vendor Feature: Thomakis Yogurt

I love Greek yogurt! What about you? Thank you Thomakis for the treat!

Who is Thomakis Yogurt?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

My husband Christos wanted to make something to feel connected to his Greek roots. He came home and said he wanted to make yogurt. So he did and it was amazing! He did this during covid when everyone else was making bread. A friend of ours came by and tried the yogurt and said we should make a business…that people would love it. So Thomakis was born.

2) What was your background?

Christos was a chef professionally for many years but when wanting to start a family chose to change directions for a job that was more oriented to be able to balance a family. He works in food sales and distribution. Though his passion was and always will be good food.

3) What is special about your products?

We strive to make the highest quality product. Clean with no fillers or preservatives. It takes time and lots of love and care to get such a smooth silky product.

4) Finally, anything else you want to share?

We love what we do and the community around us who love our product and make it possible for us to continue to grow and share great food with others!

Check them out!

https://thomakis.com/

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Vendor Feature: Sushi Mura (Richmond)

For beer lovers out there, this Japanese restaurant has beer on tap! Thank you Sushi Mura for the invite!

Who is Sushi Mura?

1.Why and when did you start your business?

Our owner EJ ran this business for 11 years now. He has been in the food industry for over 21 years as a chef and the owner.

2.What is the background?

Sushi Mura is a fast-growing restaurant located in Vancouver since 2012. After receiving so much love and support from our customers, we are dedicated to constantly expanding our restaurant in the future. Our goal is to bring customers joy and satisfaction with the best quality of our customer service with our best fresh ingredients.

Until everyone becomes Sushi lovers “Muran,” we won’t stop serving our immersive dining experiences service and the best quality of taste.

3.Finally, what else would you like to share?

With highly experienced and passionate sushi chefs, we strive to bring the greatest taste and finest experience to our customers. To satisfy your desire for an exceptional Japanese foods experience, we only use best quality of ingredients, which we receive from our suppliers every morning.

Check them out!

https://sushi-mura.com/

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