I recently faced the same dilemma that many of us will face over the next few weeks.
I was in Winners and I saw some big plastic trucks for 19.99 that my two little nephews would probably love. I stood there for quite a while in front of them, thinking that for 19.99 times 2, I could be finished my Christmas shopping for them, but I would be doing exactly what I said I didn't want to do - buy plastic and buy from big mega stores. So I walked away. I walked away and this past weekend I went to Kids Books
on Broadway where one of the very helpful women working in the store knew exactly which books they had on space for 4 year olds. I bought a beautiful book about a mouse who goes to space and a rocket ship board game. I walked away happy that I was supporting local independent shops.
I want to live in a city where local independent shops can thrive.
Below is a list of the amazing local independent shops and galleries who carry my handmade one of a kind jewelry. I hope that you support some of these shops and other local independent retailers over the holidays.
British ColumbiaUrbanity2412 Granville StreetVancouverwww.urbanity.caEdgemont Village Jewellers3102 Edgemont BlvdNorth Vancouverwww.edgemontjeweller.comStock Home Design38036 Cleveland AvenueSquamishwww.stockhomedesign.comSalon D166 Selby StreetNanaimoGar-nish120 Mackenzie AveRevelstokewww.gar-nish.com
AlbertaInflux Jewellery Art Gallery201-100 7th Avenue S.WCalgarywww.influxjewellery.com
Mysteria Gallery2706 13th AvenueReginawww.mysteria.ca
OntarioDistill Gallery55 Mill Street #47The Distillery DistrictTorontowww.distillgallery.com