The 2015 #shoplocal Recap

Well, there you had it.  The 2015 #25days of #shoplocal feature was full of fun, beauty, home decor and so much more.  I truly hope you enjoyed all the posts and found them useful, I very much enjoyed researching and sharing them with all my readers.  Below are the links to each post from the past 25 days, use it as a reference tool this holiday season and throughout the year!

Day 1, Wordplay Designs – Vinyl wall decor from Okotoks, AB
Day 2, Table Top Cafe – Edmonton’s first licensed board game cafe
Day 3, Kozy Komforts – Knit and crocheted anything you can think of
Day 4, Brickbubble – Graphic design and laser engraved home decor and gifts
Day 5, Bashaw Sports – The local gun and outdoor shop that’s been open since 1984 in Bashaw, AB
Day 6, Lokahi Healing Arts – Your travelling, in-home massage therapist
Day 7, Fabutan Studios – The go-to for Vitamin D, Redlight therapy and sunless tanning
Day 8, Alberta Flyboard & Canadian Jetpack Adventures – Fun on the water at lakes all across the prairies (with a discount coupon!)
Day 9, Love & Laugh Photography – Premiere maternity, baby/children and family photographer in the Edmonton area
Day 10, One More Day – A campaign against cancer with a wonderful and creative mission
Day 11, FaBLOOMosity – Edmonton’s downtown floral powerhouse
Day 12, Madenu Dolls – Taking trashy looking, ill-advised children’s dolls and turning them into something positive
Day 13, Urban Oasis Spa – A relaxing spa that can be experienced in studio or brought to your home
Day 14, Days with Gray – Wood signs, chalkboards, wine glasses and glitter
Day 15, Farm Wife Style – simply stated, classic jewelry that’s affordable and stylish
Day 16, Tickled Floral – Flowers, gift baskets, moccasins, candles and more all under one roof in Sherwood Park, AB
Day 17, Axehole Indoor Axe Throwing – A new and exciting way to spend a Saturday night
Day 18, Coal and Canary Candle Company – Hand poured, small batch soy candles with crackling wooden wicks straight outta Manitoba
Day 19, Justine Ma Design & Hand Lettering – Beautiful hand drawn graphics adorn greeting cards and home decor
Day 20, Couture Lashes – No time for makeup?  No problem.
Day 21, Spinunity – The best place to get your sweat on in Sherwood Park, AB
Day 22, Creme Catering – The foodie that travels to you, dinner parties and cooking lessons available here
Day 23, Twig Boutique – The GORGEOUS get-everything apparel and accessories shop on main street Camrose, AB
Day 24, Younique by Riki – Beautifully made up with great cosmetics
Day 25, Leduc Artisan Market –  an array of different artisans and authors on main street Leduc, AB

ShopLocalI’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we love having your business so when you’re thinking of wish lists, please #shoplocal this holiday season but in the same breath, I want to remind you that this is not what the month of December is all about.  There’s a 4-letter word that the holidays represent and it’s not SHOP.  Merry Christmas, Kim.

A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign.  I received NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs, I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area. 

#shoplocal Day 18, Coal and Canary Candle Co.

Today is all about candles.  I LOVE a good quality candle, especially around the holidays.  The smell, the glow and the flicker and sound of the flame.

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Coal and Canary Candle Company was started in Winnipeg, Manitoba by two pals, Tom and Amanda.   Via email and the internet, they are so much fun and I cannot wait until the day I can actually meet up with them both and share a cocktail.

Over a glass of wine one night, they realized there was a gap in the Canadian market for well-made candles that cater to hip, young professionals so they jumped right in. Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.01.56 AM And even if you’re not a hip, young professional I know you’ll still love them.  The designs, scents and packaging are so beautiful I had a very hard time actually lighting them up.

And you read right.  I said the sound of the flame.  All their candles are hand-poured in small batches and made with wooden wicks that flicker, crack and pop just like real wood.  I am a wood fireplace LOVER so for me, it’s not just lighting a candle to make your house smell like cookies or cover the scent of the piles of clothes accumulating in your laundry room, it’s a complete experience with Coal and Canary; they burn exquisitely.  I’ve had my hands on their brand new holiday line for the past two weeks and once they’re burnt out I will definitely be ordering more.

HolidayCollectionThere’s Ginger Bell Rock, a festive blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla; All I Want Fir Xmas, a joyous mix of fir, orange, cranberry and cinnamon; and May Your Days Be Minty and Bright, a merry pairing of strawberry, peppermint and vanilla.  All three of them smell incredible!

There’s plenty of other candles in their line and they all have fun names that make you want to show off the labels.  To name a few, Chunky Knit Sweater, Big Hair & Fresh Air, Don’t Be Chai and Vodka Crans and Elastic Waistbands.  SO. MUCH. FUN.

They have well surpassed 50 stockists all across Canada and now into the United States and are just barely over their first year in business which is amazing progress; congrats to you C+C!  All of their stockists are listed online and if you don’t see one that’s close to you, you can order directly through them on their website.  For more great photos, check them out on Instagram and Facebook, I know they’re definitely being included on my gift giving list this year.

BigHairFreshAirA NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign.  I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way!  I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area.