Everybody has a special lady in their life – be it their mom, wife, sister, significant other, grandma, BFF, mentor… the list goes on. We’ve hand selected some gifts that will make her feel especially loved this time of year. Guys, listen up – this list is for you – don’t wait until the last minute! As usual, we’re on hand at the shop to help you put together something really special. We want you to feel as good about your purchase as she does receiving it. xo
Pyrrha talisman necklaces will always win favours! Each charm has a different symbolism and meaning. Design and made in Vancouver for over 20 years. Lots to choose from in the shop. Prices range form $154 to $233.
Ultra soft oversized scarf for blustery days. Also available in grey mix. $95.
Linen covered recipe boxes with gold detailing for the organized cook. Recipe cards included. $58.95
Hand thrown mugs and bowls with delicate gold and blue dots make a thoughtful present. Made in Golden, BC by Kalika Bowlby. $46 each.
Soft and supple open long cardigan in a deep moss green. Elegant and versatile. $260
The Radio Purse from Minor History is a great all purpose bag with a modern shape. Adjustable straps, brass hardware and plenty of room for all the essentials. Available in black or Carnelian leather. $235.
New styles of Tense wooden watches have arrived – large and small faces available. Made locally and always a lovely present. Styles range in price from $168 to $265.
Stay cosy and warm on those winter walks. Sweater by Day. $234.99
Perfect for anyone who loves to entertain. Uncomplicated recipes and inspiration for food, cocktails and gatherings. Full colour photos on every page. $45.95
Made by artisans in Santa Fe, New Mexico, these tuxedo knives make a sweet gift. Assorted patterns and colours. $68 – $74.
Handwoven, fair trade towels make a thoughtful gift. They can also be used as shawls and throws. The photo doesn’t do them justice! The texture and subtle slub in these are tell tale signs of a truly handcrafted item. We have other styles in the shop as well. For the lady who appreciates quality, timeless goods. $98.
Help her stay organized with a 12-month agenda. Hardcover and organized monthly with plenty of room for important dates and notes. $45.95
We’ve always been fans of classic, well-made goods for the home that have stood the test of time. We’ve recently been restocked on two brands that we’ve carried since the shop opened – Riess Enamelware and Bauer Pottery – and a new edition to our collection, Fog Linenworks. Below is a bit of history…
Riess is an Austrian based company that has roots dating back to 1550. They began making high-quality porcelain enamel kitchenware in 1922, and the company is currently run by the ninth Riess family generation. The company philosophy revolves around sustainability, ecological vision and social responsibility. Their manufacturing is powered by green energy from three hydroelectric plants and their production process is carbon neutral.
Riess cookware consists of four coats of porcelain enamel applied to a steel core. Porcelain enamel has no artificial elements in it and is completely recyclable into scrap metal. It can be used on all heat sources, is nickel-free, scratch-resistant, non-porous and easy to clean. Morever, it comes in the best colours! We’ve got lidded casseroles, baking dishes, saucepans, ladles, milk pots, and mixing bowls.
Bauer Pottery is another favourite collection of ours. The company’s roots date back to 1878 in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1910 J.A. Bauer moved production to Los Angeles, California where the company expanded it’s designs and colour selections. In the 30’s the famous “ring designs” were added to all manner of vessels – butter dishes, mixing bowls, candle holders, and honey pots to name a few. The most famous period for Bauer Pottery had begun and the company enjoyed years of success. Eventually things changed, and in the early 60’s the company shut down it’s production. As time passed, original Bauer pieces became highly collectable.
It wasn’t until years later in 1998 that current owner, Janek Bonieki, purchased the rights to reproduce classic Bauer designs. Using original vintage pieces, new molds were made. Original and new colours were developed – without the use of harmful elements like lead and uranium! A new era of Bauer Pottery was born and we can now enjoy replicas of the original pieces.
In the shop you’ll find creamers, sugar bowls, mixing bowls, egg cups and butter dishes in all colours!
Fog Linenworks was started by Japanese designer Yumiko Sekine after her own search for affordable everyday linens came up short. She travelled to Lithuania, where flax has been grown and spun into linen since the Middle Ages. This began her relationship with Lithuanian makers who produce all of Yumiko’s designs. She started with seven items in her line, and ten years later there is a large and growing line of linen homegoods – including clothing – which we also carry!
It just so happens that all these collections coordinate beautifully with each other. We hope you will come in and see them in person!
Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15th! If you’re searching for ideas to make your pa feel like the SUPER-DAD he is, look no further. Below are some of our favourite Father’s Day picks!
If he’s a coffee purist then look no further. The manual Camano Coffee Mill from Red Rooster is handsome and functional (and way quieter that that electric grinder). Fully adjustable from coarse to very fine. Sold separately are our reusable cotton coffee filters and 1/8 cup cherry wood coffee scoop.
Is his sock collection looking a bit sad? Does he need a dose of colour in his wardrobe? Maybe he’s the conservative type but his feet are more progressive? These socks will are the perfect gift for any dad.
Classic, durable and handsome, this heavy-duty waxed canvas and leather briefcase from Frost River easily doubles as an overnight bag.
Bring out the kid in him with one (or two!) of our t-shirts from Gnome Enterprises.
Always a winner – wood watches locally made by Tense. Adjustable and amazingly lightweight, we now have even more styles to choose from.
A clever and versatile waxed canvas and leather bike bag made by local gal Andrea Wong. Comes with three adjustable loop attachments to fit most standard frame sizes.
Assorted apothecary products from our friends at Otter Wax will keep Dad looking and smelling good. All natural, pure and – as always – no otters were harmed in the making of these products!
“Shake”: a great book that is one part instructional recipe guide, one part photo-journey through a year of cocktail crafting between two best friends who met in university. Filled with inspiring photographs, this little gem will be put to good use by any cocktail lover.
Spring has sprung and the shop is abounding with new products for your use and enjoyment! Beautiful and plush towels, supremely comfortable clog sandals, outfits for baby, the list goes on. See below for pics and details. Or better yet, come in a say hello. xo
We’re thrilled to be carrying Fresco Towels in amazing patterns and colours. A family-run business, Fresco Towels are made from 100% cotton terry, and are printed and finished in Los Angeles. It’s hard to decide which design to go with – 6 stunning patterns to choose from. They are also pre-washed and pre-shrunk. We also have a few bathmats.
Sven clogs have finally arrived – back by popular demand! We’ve added the high heeled t-strap in black, and the medium height red mary-janes. Regardless of height, they are amazingly comfortable. We also have the good ol’ standby classic clogs in red and black. Hurry in… these babies ain’t going to be on the shelves for very long!
With the warmer weather coming we can think about dressing the babes in lighter garments. We have new stock of Zebi Baby organic cotton t-shirts and bum covers in linen. Love this whale motif!
For the little lion in your life!
Adorable gauzy cotton dress and bum cover with flower embroidery, from Baby YaYa. Perfect for tea parties and warm spring days!
Super cute old-school wooden toys for your rug rat! Designed and made in Quebec. We love the simplicity of these toys which inspire creative play. The little leprechauns with their suede hats are too cute for words. Happy, happy, happy!
Introducing the Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker! A very clever design with patent pending that adds to our list of great uses for a mason jar. A four piece set with jar included. Makes a great gift, dontcha think?
A stylish and eco-friendly travel mug that keeps your drink hot or cold while remaining comfortable to the touch. Comes with a removable stainless steel tea strainer. Holds 8oz.
It’s been a little crazy in the shop with holiday shoppers braving the cold and wet. But as I write this it’s actually looking quite lovely outside – there’s even a patch of blue poking out behind that little grey cloud. Hello, blue!
Anyhoo, below are some pics of recent arrivals that might be perfect for that special someone on your list. We are pretty much bursting at the seams with lovely items to give and receive. We hope to see you soon. xo
Get organized with these smart and practical chalkboard canisters. The flat lids make them great for stacking and the neutral colour scheme looks great in all kitchens.
Matchsticks in vintage apothecary bottles. Turn it over and the bottom of the bottles have been scored for striking the matches. So clever. So cute.
Beautifully made ceramic teapots (and teacups and french butter dishes) from Calgary’s Juliana Rempel. We love the combination of the glazes with the red clay (sourced from Medicine Hat). No two are alike, all are beautiful.
We are finally stocked up on pocket knives from our friends in Santa Fe. Wood marquetry inlays and turquoise adorn these beauties. Assorted patterns and colours available. We also have their bread knives with marquetry handles for the foodie on your gift list.
Lovely leather pouches with embroidered feather and arrow motifs. Use as a wallet, a cosmetic case, a pencil case… did you know that crossed arrows are a symbol of friendship? Kinda sweet, we think.
Assorted tea towels from San Francisco’s Studio Patro. This one beautiful enough to frame – and wouldn’t it brighten anyone’s day?
Locally made leather mittens by Bel. These babies are gorgeous – soft, sleek and minimal. And we all know mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves!
Assorted travel kits from Toronto’s Made&Found. Carrie meticulously dyes the fabrics (using all natural dyes) and then sews each bag, complete with interior pockets for smaller items. So well thought out.
Buttery soft leather wallets from Victoria’s Arraworks. Each wallet is ingeniously crafted from one continuous piece of leather. Available in black, natural, robin’s egg blue and dark teal (not shown).
Pendleton blankets in various patterns are back in stock as well. These blankets are keepers – you’ll have them for a lifetime and then pass them on. We’ve got full size blankets, smaller saddle blankets, and baby/lap blankets too!
Fun, feminine and ethically made wristlet pouches and clutches from Jade Tribe. These bags are made from re-purposed, traditional textiles from Thailand and Laos. The women from the weaving villages that make them are fairly employed by Jade Tribe and benefit directly from their sales.
Yesterday we spent the greater part of the day unpacking a shipment of enamelware from Riess, the Austrian market leader in enamel cookware. Yes, the colours are wonderful (pastel shades of pink, green and yellow so befitting for the season) and the forms are functional and attractive, but there are a few pertinent things about this company that make their products truly stand out:
- Riess has been making enamelware for over 80 years, and their roots go back to 1550. The family firm has been committed to sustainability ever since.
- Riess uses only environmentally friendly resources in their enamelware production. Porcelain enamel is 100% recyclable and can easily be returned to the ecological raw materials cycle.
- Riess employs sustainable energy management and uses 100% green energy in their enamelling.
- Riess has drastically reduced their water consumption and waste water thanks to their own water processing plant.
- Riess has environmental programs in place including the goal of heating their entire business with residual heat and eventually be independent of fuel oil.
So there’s the lowdown on this centuries old business. Not only are their products practical and beautiful, but they have a deeply ingrained commitment to the environment for future generations. And this, we like!
Riess enamel cookware