vendors 6low

Featured Artisan

We LOVE our artisans and small businesses, as they are the ULTIMATE MAKERS & SHAKERS of this region!  The Okotoks and Calgary area has thousands of amazing artists and boutique businesses, bringing to our town their vibrant personalities, fabulous ideas, amazing talents and time-honed skills.  We love to celebrate them and feature them on MarketSquare's home page ... so come back often as our features are updated on an ongoing basis.  Below are just a few of our many beloved local artisan and business vendors!  

Come meet other fab artisans and business owners in person at one of MarketSquare's upcoming events, or find them through the artisan and business links above.  Join us, spread the word and help support local! 

***********************************

SMALL BUSINESS FEATURE

JKIDS PLACE 2 

J' KIDS PLACE

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

My name is Jeannette Ruty, I am the owner and founder of J' Kids Place. I live in Calgary with my husband and 2 yound children. I have always wanted to have a Kids shop, where every child would find exciting and fun products. It is after having my second daughter that I put my plan into action. Our slogan is " All About Kids", and I strive to carry unique products for kids that are inspired by my children. Above all, I am a mom and wife, and would like to build a place that is exciting for every child, every mom, and every family. I am adding new exciting products to my shop regularly! 

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

You can visit us at MarketSquare's Summer Markets this summer in downtown Okotoks!  Also, please connect with us on Facebook page to be in touch and to keep you posted about the new arrivals. My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/jkidsplace 

 

***********************************

 

home page features Prairies Past

 

 

PRAIRIES PAST

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

Our business is Prairies Past, and our slogan is "It's in the wood!".  We came up with this slogan as old wood holds stories from days gone by.  Old wood has survived the test of time, where the elements aged each piece of wood resulting in amazing patina and character ... giving each piece of furniture it's own unique look.  

We are a husband and wife operation, where my husband builds and I operate the store.  I am originally from NS and my husband Shaun grew up right here in Okotoks. We started off selling our creations online, and after much success we ended up finding this charming little store-front shop on beautiful downtown Elma Street in Okotoks.  We hope to build it into a large successful operation in the future.

We also sell farming antiques and products made by local artists and artisans.  Each piece tells a story ... come find your special one!  

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

You can visit us Tue-Sat 10-5pm on 2 Elma St W.  We will also be participating at all three Market Square Summer Markets in downtown Okotoks coming up as well. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!  Next market will be MarketSquare's Summer Market at BuskerFest on June 25th.  Come say hello!  

 

***********************************

home page features Bird on Barbed Wire 2

BIRD ON A BARBED WIRE

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 Summer Market at BuskerFest on June 25th.  Come say hello!  Etsy link is https://www.etsy.com/shop/BirdOnABarbedWire and Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/BirdOnABarbedWire

 

***********************************

2 jennifer stables

JENNY DALE DESIGNS

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

 

***********************************

 1 tearrific

TEARRIFIC

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 2016. 

 

***********************************

home page features Crate Ideas

CRATE IDEAS

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? 

Crate Ideas will be at MarketSquare's Summer Market at Buskers Fest on June 25th in downtown Okotoks, and will again be at MarketSquare's Christmas Festival November 11-13 at Foothills Centennial Centre.  For more information please visit their website www.crateideas.ca or email them at crateideasyyc@gmail.com ... and watch out for their MarketSquare business page in upcoming weeks!