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Tell us about your business and where you are from ...

My name is Jennifer Rondeau.  I grew up on my family's farm north of Blackie that had been owned and operated by the Bird family since 1905.  

Bird on a Barbed Wire started as a hobby business in November 2015 to give me a creative outlet as a stay-at-home-mom to two little boys. I enjoy finding ways to incorporate my modern/transitional sense of style with my farm girl roots. I love hunting for vintage & reclaimed pieces to use, climbing through the scrap piles at the farm searching for beautiful old pieces of wood, and creating lovely little pieces of home decor.  All of the barn wood that I use in my products is reclaimed from the Bird farm I grew up on.

Where do you sell your work and how can people get hold of you? 

I sell my work through local market events as well as through my Etsy store.  Next market will be MarketSquare's annual holiday edition, the Okotoks Christmas Festival.  Come say hello!  Etsy link is https://www.etsy.com/shop/BirdOnABarbedWire and Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/BirdOnABarbedWire



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Tell us about your business and where you are from ...

My name is Jennifer Stables and I am an artist and educator living in Okotoks. I grew up in the small town of Bow Island Alberta, and I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts and my Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.  I have been painting and drawing my whole life, but it wasn't until after the birth of my son in 2012 that I began to focus on selling my own artwork. After spending 10 years as a classroom teacher, I decided to start my own business, Jenny Dale Designs, which I launched in 2013.  I create and sell whimsical artwork and poetry, and I work in schools as an Artist in Residence.

Where do you sell your work and how can people get hold of you? 

My artwork is currently being exhibited at the Okotoks Rec Centre as part of their Art in the Hall program. My work has also been featured on Etsy and Project Nursery, and a selection of my artwork is also distributed to stores throughout North America through Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids. You can find me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennydaledesigns/ on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/JennyDaleDesigns/,Or my website www.jennydaledesigns.com

Jennifer can also be found on MarketSquare website.  See sample of her work here http://www.themarketsquare.ca/store/shop/jenny-dale-designs/18



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Tell us about your business, where you are from and where you hope to take your business ...

I have always been a big tea drinker. I remember drinking tea with my grandmother from a very young age. I loved the idea of making my own teas and I enjoyed experimenting with combinations and flavours. The business side of things started when I couldn't find what I was looking for when I thought about what I'd want for my own wedding favours - completely customized tea, with ingredients or flavours that we could choose that meant something to us. That's the product I began with and it is still a service we offer. I opened The Tea Wagon because there was no such thing as a mobile version of my favourite brick-and-mortar specialty tea stores. I think great, high quality tea should be available everywhere, and The Tea Wagon helps me to spread the love of loose leaf!

Tearrific's base of operations is in DeWinton (where I previously lived) and I now live in Calgary. I've also lived in Vancouver and three different cities in England (my time there really strengthened my tea habit!). I have never felt more at home anywhere than I do in Calgary and the surrounding area. Even though I wasn't born here, this will always be my home!

I started Tearrific about 4 years ago selling my hand-blended teas at craft fairs and markets and doing personalized party favours. I started The Tea Wagon last year and we had our first event with the trailer in April 2015.

Where can you find Tearrific? 

Tearrific has been a loyal MarketSquare vendor in Okotoks from the get-go, and we're thrilled to have them continue to join us at each event in 2017. 



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Tell us about your business, where you are from and where you hope to take your business ...

My name is Cindy Hogg, and I own Crate Ideas.  My husband and I live on acreage in DeWinton and have done for the past 10 years.  We got into creating and making crates, trays and small furniture last January when we both became unemployed. We found we loved the creative aspect of building and finishing these pieces, and sometimes even find it hard to part with our product! My husband is now employed but races home each night to spend his evenings building and planning. We hope this will lead to something we can both do in retirement. My husband’s moto is “do something creative every day”.

Where can you find Crate Ideas? 

For more information please visit their website www.crateideas.ca or email them at [email protected] ... and watch out for their MarketSquare business page in upcoming weeks!