Whether we like it or not Christmas is on a many of our minds and people are starting to shop. So, to encourage people to shop really local and support our Roberts Creek businesses I have come up with a list based on my research and your submissions. If you have an epiphany and realise that you could be included in this list, write to me, now! Next week will be Volume 2 of:
CREATIVE SHOPPING IN THE CREEK
Please note that just so I can’t be accused of favouritism in the order of this list and who gets in Volume 1, I drew these out of a gumboot. So, no complaints, there is still lots of time for shopping!
Located at the corner of Orange Rd and the highway, Studio 1031 is offering “Gifts for Kids and Other Short Folks”. Woodworker Tim Clemens is making beautiful step stools and foot stools that can be engraved with a child’s name and they are great gifts for short adults too. Marion Jolicoeur is doing “Toy Tales”, lovely soft hand made toys paired with a children’s picture book. Also for sale are beautiful prints and cards by illustrator Sarah Clemens. Studio 1031 is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. website: studio1031.ca.
This Heart of the Creek cannabis store is one of only two on the Sunshine Coast that are locally owned so that makes it a good place to shop. In addition to the obvious supplies there is a nice selection of bongs, pipes and lighters all of which make nice gifts. Open Daily from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
This local writer and photographer will be selling her work at the Davis Bay Christmas Market on Nov. 25 and Dec. 9. Jane has written two novels, essays, poetry and a great cookbook. You can see these along with her photography on her website, www.janecovernton.com.
The Roberts Creek Community Association is selling quality black cotton, zip front hoodies with a Roberts Creek slug logo. Adult and kid sizes. Toques, too! Contact email@example.com.
Elaine Futterman and Micheal Allegretti create functional pottery that is meant to be used and enjoyed. You can see their work at www.creekclayworks.ca and then drop in at their studio at 1738 Lockyer. Call 604-885-2395.
TREE TO TABLE
Anne and Kevin make one of a kind, handcrafted charcuterie, cutting and serving boards using ethically sourced local wood. They sell at markets and through their website https://treetotable.ca.
Local musician and kids’ entertainer, Graham Walker, has CDs of original music that small children love. He also makes wooden musical rhythm instruments. He sells at craft markets and through his website www.grahamwalker.ca
This Heart of the Creek shop could be your “one stop shop”. They have a wonderfully eclectic assortment of imported and locally made items including jewellery, woodwork, toys, decor items and their own line of eco friendly re-usable products. You could find everything from the perfect gift to stocking stuffers here. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed to Mon.
Bonsai make a very special gift. Gerald Rainville has all kinds including beautiful 10-year-old bonsai fully grown in Roberts Creek. Located at 2530 Miles Rd (off Joe), Shikoku Bonsai will be open Dec. 3 through 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Their website is shikoku.ca.
Jennifer is an artist, writer and film maker new to the Creek. Her paintings and drawings on paper and canvas are wonderful and quirky and will go on my list. She sells on a sliding scale so everyone, including children can afford to buy something.
You can see her art at jennashtonart.com. Her writing is at jenniferashton.ca
FADE & DYE
A hair salon might not be the first place you would think of for gift shopping but you will find premium hair and personal care products that make good presents as well as their logo T shirts. They also have gift certificates and if you have a hard to buy for teenager perhaps an edgy cut and a pink and purple colour job would be a hit? Drop by, in the Heart of the Creek.
Cut this list out and keep it. There will be another one next week.
This weekend Grandmothers and Others are having their Fall Bazaar at the Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lots of handmade items, a white elephant sale and lunch all in support of the David Lewis Foundation.
Next weekend is the annual Hall Christmas Craft Fair and help is needed! You can sign up at volunteersignup.org/DDTWD or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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