Vendor Feature: De Mello Coffee

I love coffee! What about you?

Have you ever tried coffee skin care? I am very thankful for De Mello Coffee for sending me these items!

Who is De Mello Coffee?

1) Who is De Mello Coffee?

Our adventure stretches back to 2007 when our co-founder Felix and Won Cha met specialty coffee in Australia. Cultivating a passion for coffee, they moved to Canada and opened a local coffee shop and a small roaster in Midtown Toronto, where it became a community of coffee lovers enjoying the warmth and the creativity that comes from our specialty coffee.

2) What was their background?

The experience at De Mello cafe inspired Felix and Won to expand the business into a full-fledged coffee roastery in pursuit of creating coffee of the highest quality that holds a unique interpretation to each of its own. From a local casual coffee to an award-winning coffee, we are proud of our De Mello crew–from producers to baristas– and the quality product we make as a team to deliver the best coffee experience to you and the community.

3) What is special about your products?

We strive to promote coffee culture by introducing coffee in a fun, vibrant, and diverse way. Our community and our relationships define the De Mello coffee culture; without trust and transparency throughout the De Mello fraternity–from producers to customers–a true De Mello coffee cannot be brewed.”

4) Some fun fact might be… our products other than coffee is pretty clever and well designed.

Also, the baby tiger character on our items somewhat looks like our dog “Paco” and the character from NOMNOM series is drawn after Felix, our co-founder.

Check it them out!

https://hellodemello.com/

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Vendor Feature: Spa Tru Face & Body Lounge

I had the opportunity to enjoy a lovely facial at Spa Tru Face & Body Lounge previously. It was located at a hotel, so imagine the lucky hotel guests that visit there!

Who is Spa Tru?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started a body contouring clinic in 2007 in Kelowna. Then, I moved to Orange County, California and opened up a second clinic before having two children.

Therefore, our first son was born in California where I discovered the product line, Dermaesthetics. Afterwards, we moved back with our 3 month old son back to Canada and opened up Spa Tru in Langley!

2) What is special about your business?

Since that we opened up Maple Ridge and Abbotsford, we have become the number one clinic in British Columbia for Botox and Filler. In addition, we made it to top 25 in all of Canada!

3) What else do you want to share?

Dermaesthetics is a medical grade skin care line that we use in all of our facials and Peels and micro-needling. It is a amazing skin care line that used to manufacture all of the top brands in the market. When the other brand started reducing active ingredients for more profits, Dermaesthetics created their own line to make the products more pure and more beneficial than others.

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https://instagram.com/spatruclinics

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Vendor Feature: Heaven Scent

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I really like the simple, but elegant design of Heaven Scent candles and reed diffuser. Thank you for my lovely candle!

Who Is Heaven Scent?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Heaven Scent was created in 2021 by a mama of 2, who wanted to be able to balance both work life and family life.

2) What is special about your products?

The Reed diffusers are made of natural ingredients and free of parabens and phthalates!

3) What else do you want to share?

Handcrafting natural soy candles and reed diffusers became her passion and she loves sharing it with the world to enjoy!

Check out them out!

https://heavenscentcandles.ca

Note: From May 1 to May 8, 2022, use the 20% off code: MAMADAY on your next order!

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Vendor Feature: Bodahealth

I had my first cupping experience ever at Bodahealth! It was painless and extremely relaxing afterwards. I definitely would love to do this again!

“Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin with the application of heated cups. Its practice mainly occurs in Asia but also in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.”Wikipedia

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.”- WebMD

Who Is Bodahealth?

1)Why and when did you (Dr. Boughton) start your business?

I love working with other practitioners of the same – as well as different – modalities. I really wanted to surround myself with practitioners who are caring, passionate, highly educated, and skilled in their field, so I opened BodaHealth in 2008.

2) What was your background?

I started Chinese medicine after graduating with a BA in Sociology and Criminology in 2000. In 2003, I received my acupuncture licence and started practicing on Saturdays while I finished herbology and a doctorate in Chinese medicine, and started my practice full time in 2005.

3) Interesting facts about your business?

At BodaHealth we treat a lot of women’s health and have a cooperative team of practitioners who bring unique skill to the practice. We provide acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, shockwave therapy, and holistic nutrition. Many of our patients utilize several or all of our services, which lends to collaborative relationships in treating our patients.

4) Finally, is there anything you’d like to add?

Our therapists are extremely passionate about supporting women and men who are trying to conceive, working with pregnancy, hormone balancing at any age, as well as injuries, sports medicine, and rehab techniques.

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https://bodahealth.ca

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Vendor Feature: Magic Merchandise

Thank you, Magic Merchandise for my comfortable sweatshirt!

Who Is Magic Merchandise?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Originally, I began the business in November of 2020 on Etsy, but switched to teespring in December! I started my business because I always liked designing / photoshop, so why not make a business out of my hobby to make others happy!


2) What was your background?

When I started my business, I was a 21-year-old full-time college student so i was very limited in time. Now I am an almost 23-year-old full-time worker, so now I’m able to expand my options!


3) What else would you like to share?

My business was actually originally named “sam’s shop & grande merch inc”. However, I decided on “Magic Merchandise” because I feel as if it describes my vision much better – creating all my products with a ‘magical’ approach / touch !

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https://www.magicmerchandise.org/

Quote Of The Day: Volunteers

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Ever since I was in high school, I would volunteer. I volunteered as a summer camp helper, Farmer’s market tickets seller, trade show helpers and rescue animal shelter care taker. I enjoyed to help others to make things run smoother and to bring a smile to faces.

Unfortunately, there were people out there who thought that venting and raging to volunteers at events was tolerable. As a seasoned volunteer, I would stand up for the newer ones to defend them against these types of verbal lashes.

Thank you to the volunteers in the world for giving their time and love where others would not.

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Happy International Women’s Day 2022

It’s International Women’s Day!

What does that mean to me? Well, it’s a day that reminds me to keep my head up and keep walking forward. Even when everything seems to be unfair and difficult, I must continue to tell myself everyday that I need to try my best to forge my own path.

What does this day mean to you?

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Vendor Feature: brEAThe Kitchen

Thank you brEAThe Kitchen for treating me to these delicious vegan pies!

Who is brEAThe Kitchen?


1) When and why did you start this business?

I started brEAThe during the pandemic unsure if my stable work place will stay open and my new business really too off since !


2) What was your background?

Actually, it all started with a mushroom quiche that I created and shared with friends , families and at potlucks! Their reactions were very positive that I decided to take a chance and provide people with vegan zero waste products for their lifestyle so it made sense to venture into food .


3)What is special about your products?

I quickly learnt that brEAThe kitchen is the only vegan quiche and pie shop in all Canada and our hungry customers couldn’t get enough of our handmade pies and quiches.


4 ) Finally, anything else that you want to share?

The past year for brEAThe has been phenomenal! The demand for our 100% plant-based , preservative free, homemade product by not only the vegan and PlantBased community, but by anyone and everyone looking for comforting , satisfying and healthy options, has been incredibly gratifying and inspiring.

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Vendor Feature: Van Makgeolli

I received these bottles of makgeolli, which I had wanted to try for a long time. However, I didn’t normally drink alcohol much, so I was hesitant….

Who is Van Makgeolli?

  1. When and why did you start this business?This ricewinery business started 2003 in Langley and we took over 2 years ago. Our winery is only one Korean ricewinery of B.C. When we started this business, almost all of our customers were Korean. Now, 70% of customers are not Korean. We appreciate that we can serve and introduce Korean traditional liqour for many different customers.
  2. What is unique about your products? We make the wine every morning and sell within 3 day since bottling. So we make a limited amount of wine. As we want to serve fresh wine, we don’t too much. We will keep the rule that make limited amount for the greatest quality.
    Other wines have chemical additives to allow the wine to last long time, so they can keep on room temperature. But we dont use the additive, so our wines have a “best before” date. It should be consumed within 3 weeks after buying.
  3. What else would like to share? We proud that make Korean liqour in Vancouver. and we will try to make new one and serve for someone who love to drink our product.

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Homemade Christmas Cookies From A Friend

Our family had this friend, who for the past few years, baked cookies for Christmas. At first, I thought he was only going to do it once, as it was very time consuming. He made many different flavours, from the lemon centred ones to the chocolate chip cookies. I believed he made about eight different types once!

I remembered one year, he did it with his niece and nephews as a group effort! Ever since the pandemic, he went back to making them all himself. Then, he would drive around to drop off a box to all his high school buddies.

Every Christmas, I look forward to receiving his homemade cookies of kindness and care.

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