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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: Vante Designs

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It’s great to see a small business expand their product line! Vante Designs made a banner for an event of mine previously. Thank you!

Who Is Vante Designs?

1) Who and why did you start your business?

I started my business in December of 2021 but officially launched in April 2022. I started this business because I love decor and charcuterie and I was spending a lot of my spare time doing that.

2) What is your background?

Along with starting Vante Designs, I am also a full time teacher in West Vancouver!

3) What is special with your products?

Our products are all thoughtfully handmade. We strive to make your moments special and ease any of the organization pieces. Our goal is to give you the space and products so you can fully enjoy and be present at your special moments.

4) Finally, what else do you want to share?

The more we know the more we can customize! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, share details of your event and challenge us creatively.

Thank you again for all your support. It means the world as we are just a small business getting started.

All the best,

Tasch

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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: Haute Foods

I am adding this chili oil onto almost everything that I eat! I like that it doesn’t contain additives or preservatives.

Who is Haute Foods?

1) Why and when did you start this business?

Started my business 6 years ago making it for friends and family and friends of friends. Then 2 years ago when my kids were older I started working with a co packer to redevelop the recipe to make it commercially viable. Launched 6 months ago with new recipe and branding.

I started this from a family recipe (Laos background) that was just hidden away in the back of my cupboard used for one dish only our Laos chicken noodle dish “khao piak”.

Until I met my now husband Peter who first tried the chili oil with Khao piak. He loved how it was actually spicy and of course the crispy garlic bits that’s actually the star of the chili oil. He started eating it with everything and so did I then we realized it could be eaten with almost any types of cuisines out there. So he encouraged me to share it with people. I’m the type of person who loves cooking for people and hosting dinners so I thought sure why not.

2) What is your background?

My background is Laos/Vietnamese. Prior to having kids and being a stay at home mom for 6 years I was serving at some restaurants in Vancouver. So I’ve always liked the food industry seeing people enjoy their food.

3) What is special about your product?

My product only has 3 ingredients but what makes it special is the crispy garlic chips that stays crispy! Our products all have no preservatives, additives or sodium. I like to say we’re an enhancer to food. It doesn’t take away from the food it complements it with spice and bits of garlic throughout without changing its flavours.

4) Finally, what else do you want to share?

Although my chili oils background is from Laos I see the chili oil as universal for all ethnicities which is why I love it so much! It can go well with all types of food without taking away from the original dish. Another thing is the name Haute and why I chose it. It’s actually really simple. One because it’s actually “Hot”. My OG one was the first one I made which is really spicy compared to a lot of chili oils on the market. Second reason was I perfected the recipe to look as good as it tastes. That’s why it’s “Haute”.

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Vendor Feature: Royal Backdrop

I was so happy to meet another amazing mompreneur! Thank you, Royal Backdrop for my personalized piece!

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started my business in 2019 when I got engaged. I started off with making paper flower backdrops for special events and home decor. The one I did was for my engagement party. It wasn’t as appealing as the ones now. Fell in love with doing paper flowers after that.

2) What was your background?

Just last year I gave birth to a baby girl and started my second business doing shadow boxes because I don’t think I’ll be going back to work for a while as a medical office assistant 🤭. Got to make money somehow!

3) What is unique about your products?

My products are handcrafted and custom made to all my customers likings! I do free shipping to Canada and USA 🙂

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/royal.backdrop?

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RoyalBackdrop

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Vendor Feature: Clawed Candles

These candles are super fragrant and has an interesting shape! Thanks, Clawed Candles!

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started this business in Dec. 2021, it started off solely because I wanted to make Christmas gifts for everyone. I gave the Peewee Candles as Christmas gifts & everyone encouraged me to start selling it, so I thought I’d try it out & when I received such positive reviews on the Peewees I decided to start a business to bring more laughter to everyone’s day! I also truly enjoyed making candles & making everyone smile when they smelled a scent or saw a cute/unique candle.


2) What was your background?

I still am currently a home-based nail technician so it was a nice change to start selling products!


3) What is unique about your products?

All the candles I create are made from 100% natural soy wax so that everyone can enjoy them! And as far as I can tell, the Peewee Candle is a one of a kind in Vancouver! All scents are also combined scents created by me.


4) Anything else you want to share?

I am now focusing on expanding the candle business to incorporate solely unique shapes & scents for everyone to enjoy! I will soon be launching an anime themed candle set too 😁.

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/clawedcandles?

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Vendor Feature: Faceplant Organic Skincare

Thank you Faceplant Organic Skincare for letting me try their Lavender Oasis moisturizer!

Who is Faceplant Organic Skincare?

1) Why did you begin your business?

I have always had sensitive skin and struggled with it. I reacted to many products over the years and couldn’t figure out what I was reacting to so I decided to make my own products. My mother has rosacea and my daughter has eczema so I started making products to help them as well. More and more people started asking me to make for them too.

So I started taking skin care courses, aromatherapy and a naturopath diploma to educated myself more on skin health and how to make the best all natural products.
When I started to learn about the regulations surrounding label laws I realized how much companies don’t have to disclose to you. No wonder I couldn’t figure out what I was reacting to when brands are not required to list all ingredients if it falls below a certain percent! They also can claim they are organic even if only one small ingredient is organic. So I wanted to educate people and provide a pure brand that lists all ingredients.

2) What was your background?

Modelling and acting was my background which demanded nice skin.

3) What is special about your products?

Nothing toxic, vegan and 100% organic

Check them out!

http://faceplantorganic.com/

https://instagram.com/faceplant_organic

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Vendor Feature: Tay-Lor Designs

Check out my super cool sign by Tay-Lor Designs! I met her at an artisan’s market and she had the coolest Christmas wreaths!

Who Is Tay-Lor Designs?

1) Why did you start your business?

I have been crafting my entire life. For wreaths, I have been doing for three years.

2) What was your background?
My background is work-wise was Marketing and Promotions.
I started making wreaths because I had a table selling signs beside a ‘wreath maker’ who was quite pricey ($250+).
I sought out to make a few for family under $50 a piece where I still made a buck. It’s been great!!

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Each wreath (swag) was 100% unique just like each buyer.

4) Anythinh else your would like to share?

My happiness was when a customer was truly happy and excited ‘scoring’ one of my wreaths!

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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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Vendor Feature: The Alfajor Co.

Some cookies for Christmas? Yes, please! I met this wonderful cookie company at a local artisan market.

Who Is The Alfajor Company?

1) Why and when did you start this company?

The Alfajor Company was established as a licensed homemade business in December 2020 here in Vancouver, British Columbia. I had managed and co-owned a pastry shop, where we sold these cookies before. I had a vision that, maybe later in life, I could sell them from a commissary kitchen to other cafes and establishments. I had done a bit of forecasting to see if this idea could be realised, since more and more small coffee shops were closing, at the peak of Covid19. That was when the idea for a different approach to the business was born, and I launched my virtual alfajor bakery.

2) What was your background?

I am Bolivian-born, eating these special cookies after my mom and both grandmothers would get together before birthdays. They would bake so many alfajor cookies as well as other sweet treats. I love to have a connection with those times. Being small and learning from them.


3) Interesting facts about your product?

The Alfajor is now a Latin American staple. More so then its place of origin. It is loved by all its countries.

Slight differences in the aspects of it from one country to the next. This is our take on it, while trying to keep it as traditional as it can be.

4) What else would you like to share?

The cookie originated on the Iberian coast in the late 700’s, when Spain was taken over by the Moors. Much later in time, after South America was colonized by the Spanish and their traditions introduced, so was the alfajor cookie.
Argentina was where Dulce de leche originated from, and this was my take on it. The Alfajor cookie wafers were sandwiched with dulce de leche (Milk Caramel) in the middle. Sweet lovers were fascinated over it and it became what it was…

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https://instagram.com/thealfajorcompany?

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