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Vendor Feature: Draffiti

Fashion help promote ideas. I love how Draffiti is working to promote awareness for different issues with their designs! Thank you for my hoodie!

Who is Draffiti?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I have always been passionate about art, but was not great at it. I always wanted to make people more aware about art and its importance.

The idea of Drafitti came to being when my childhood friend, Sultan, who’s a great artist pitched me with his interest of opening a clothing brand which would be centered around street fashion, art and different mediums. Being a college drop out, Sultan had plenty of time to practice his art and explore digital art. He discussed his idea of selling printed clothing with his digital art to create an impact on people’s lives. Being passionate about art and environment, I loved his idea and we decided to execute it.

2) What is our background?

I have always been a business student with the passion of an artist and digital expert. Since I was not really good at art, I decided to become a business mastermind and collaborate with other artists to help them monetize their work. I wanted to help artists build an opportunity for them that would encourage them to practice more art.

Due to my interest in being a digital expert, I explored and acquired various digital skills like digital marketing, designing, etc. So, there are two masterminds behind Drafitti, an artist and a digital expert, trying to make an impact in this world that we live in.

3) Interesting facts about Drafitti

Alright, so I always wanted to get into art, and my friend always wanted to have a clothing brand. Drafitti is about awareness about the society we live in. You might have noticed that things aren’t normal these days.

We live in an era of identity crisis and an age of lost souls that I believe is one of the main reasons for world terror. If we knew who we were and our responsibilities as human beings a-lot of things can be improved such as human behavior towards one another, our climate situation, knowing what to do and what not.

So, hence the paper bag concept represents identity and awareness. The paper bag is about helping people struggling with an identity crisis. We recently started so our main goal is to bring opportunity towards the awareness we create.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/drafitti

https://drafitti.com/products/llama-unisex-hoodie

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Vendor Feature: Jocelyn Eloise Designs

Valentine’s Day is coming up! A lovely shirt by Jocelyn Eloise Designs is what I needed! Thank you!

Who is Jocelyn Eloise Designs?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


I started my small craft business while I was on maternity leave with my second daughter (started thinking about it in February 2022 and actually got all my marketing materials ready/started my IG & FB in May). Being so much more isolated during this past maternity leave than I was in my first, I felt I needed a creative outlet. I also noticed that my eldest (3.5 years old) took an interest in my crafting and wanted to help. I decided that the business could be something my daughter’s could grow into helping with, so I centered the foundation around them—naming it Jocelyn Eloise Designs after each of their middle names.

2) Next, what was your background?


My background is in disability consulting, but I’ve always had an artistic side that I never did anything with career-wise.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?


While I can make just about anything requested, I prefer to make apparel. I like the idea of making something that lasts and has a longer use than something like paper products. I’m also very environmentally conscious, so I try to use products that are made from recycled materials and prefer heat transfer vinyls over adhesive (PVC) vinyls.

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


I offer unique, thoughtful, but also affordable personalized or custom products. I put my heart into each of my designs and pride myself on a great customer experience.

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/jocelyneloisedesigns

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Vendor Feature: Aimé Kitchen

As I have family and friends with canine and feline friends, I am constantly looking for the newest pet food in the market. Thank you, Aimé Kitchen for the goodies!

Who is Aimé Kitchen?

1) When and why did you start your business?

We started Aime Kitchen in 2019 because we were cat lovers who found it incredibly difficult to brush our cats’ teeth. We were having to take our cats in for dental scaling which can be a bit risky to older cats, but also stressful for our cats and we knew there must be a better way. We also knew that gum inflammation in cats could lead to stomatitis and the removal of all of their teeth. We had tried several of the other dental products on the market and found that some weren’t easy to use and some didn’t work at all.

2) What is special about your products?

So we decided to partner with a PhD Animal Nutritionist to create an oral health pet formula to design our premium line to provide a solution that not only supported healthy teeth, but the entire digestive tract. When we looked, we found that there was nothing in the market that offered this kind of support for pets. Since we began in 1999, our products have evolved with decades of scientific research in animal nutrition.

We are committed to staying up-to-date and offering cats and dogs the very best quality products, providing them with human grade meats in our products that will not only support optimum health, but that they will also find delicious.

Check them out!

https://www.aimekitchen.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Beth And Olivia Handmade

When I saw the name of the scent, I needed to try it! Thank you, Beth And Olivia Handmade for these lovely products to try!

Who is Beth And Olivia Handmade?


When my daughters were only preschoolers back in 2008, they loved all things sparkly. They were my inspiration to make jewellery for little girls. This passion then turned into a business.
My little tots are now teenagers and I have shifted my focus to making charm jewelry for females of all ages. My necklaces are dainty and minimalistic, making them great for both casual and dress-up looks.

My youngest daughter, Beth, developed eczema at a very young age. It got worse as she grew older which prompted me to look for a natural product to relieve her skin condition. Nothing that I found helped her condition, so I decided to create something myself. The result was my Neem and Tea Tree Body Butter using natural herbs and oils that worked best for Beth. From there, I expanded my collection to include lip butters, body butters, bath bombs, soaps, bath salts and more.

In 2013, I finally decided to start my business combining both jewellery and body care products.

I graduated as a fashion designer and was in the field for 8 years. Everything I create for my company presently was all self taught.

I’m in a positive mindset whenever I make my products. This intention goes into pouring, mixing, measuring, labelling, the whole creation process. This is my way of spreading love and positivity to the world…through my products.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/bethandoliviahandmade

https://bethandolivia.com/

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Vendor Feature: JL Collection

For a long time now, I have been exploring reusable menstrual pads. They help reduce waste, especially plastics. Also, I find reusable ones absorb more.

Who Is JL Collection?

  1. Why and when did you start your business?
    JL collection started in 2021. The whole idea was from Junko, who’s allergic to disposable pads. Also she has been using fabric pads for 8 years and was thinking there might have a lot of women having the same problem as her. Therefore, she would like to share with others the advantage of using fabric pads.
  1. Next, what was your background?
    The whole setup is Junko and Louisa, both are full-time moms living in Richmond. Then Junko talked about the fabric pad to Louisa, who has been in fabric business for years. At the end, the two moms became very excited and that’s where it came up.
  1. Interesting facts about your product?
    I bought all the raw materials from Japan and hand made in Vancouver. The most interesting part is when we were choosing the print patterns. There were a lot of cute and beautiful print fabric, but not all of them fits on “fabric pads”. Although we understood that nobody will see the print that you are wearing, we still wanted to pick the most prettiest print that will make your day.

Check them out!

https://www.jlcollection.ca/

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Vendor Feature: I Am Guru Kid

I love meeting another mompreneur who loves to share her positive thoughts too!

Who is I Am Guru Kid?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I’ve always done some hustling on the side like publishing books and career coaching.

In 2017, after my son was born and while I was on maternity leave together with one of my friends, we decided to work on this project together. As a new mom, I’ve wanted to provide the best for my child and be a present and self-aware mama. I was looking for fun ways to engage through play with my son while promoting early childhood learning.

2) What is special about your products?

Flashcards are a fabulous tool designed to help develop brain memory, promote color recognition, enrich vocabulary and enhance creativity. They learn and have fun at the same time. We designed the Flashcards in English and Spanish as we know that bilingualism shapes not only language development, but also have cognitive development and long-term benefits.

It’s a great product suitable for babies and toddlers and plays a key role in learning through play while giving parents a chance to mindful engage with their children.

In the same spirit to create products for kids that foster connection and wisdom I’ve published “Shine your Inner Light – A Book of Mindfulness and Self-Confidence for Kids” . In today’s world, children are facing increasing pressures and challenges in their both school and social lives that can lead to stress-related problems such as anxiety and depression. Teaching our kids how to shine from within, believe in themselves, and focus their minds no matter how difficult life becomes can be a lifetime task. 

As the business started to grow, I expanded to nursery wall decor and added lovely wall decorations featuring cute designs accompanied by motivational quotes to inspire little ones. We envisioned a better world with our kids being the leaders of the future!

About Gabriela Medar

Gabriela Medar is a career coach, author, and TEDx speaker who is passionate about education, personal development, and mindfulness. After becoming a mom she started her e-commerce business IAM GURU KID, a Canadian Brand focused on creating products meant to inspire kids by stimulating creativity and encouraging them to shine upon the world.

From Illustrated Flashcards, Educational Books, and Posters to Nursery and Playroom Decor and Inspirational Gifts, our brand aims to grow along with your children and make a great life companion while ensuring their success in life. We believe in promoting early learning through fun and inspiration!

Love,

Gabriela

Email – info@iamgurukid.org

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Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/IAMGURUKID

Website – www.iamgurukid.org

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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: 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.

Check her out!

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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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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