Friday, January 13, 2012

Purple Urchin: Watching Ottawa's Indie Businesses Grow Up!

 As organizers of craft shows here in Ottawa, one of the coolest things we get to do is see the amazing range of talent that resides in this city as it comes across our desktops each month. We're introduced to the coolest, most creative people and things and it's sincerely so inspiring to see what people are creating with their own two hands.

The second coolest thing is to watch these companies that we work with grow from month to month and year to year. And every once in a while, we get to see a company grow leaps and bounds and exceed our expectations.

In July of 2010 we ran a show in the Byward Market called Capital Craft Market. It was our first proper craft show (even though we had run Wed By Hand, our handmade & DIY wedding show earlier that year). One of our very first vendors that signed on was Purple Urchin--and boy are we so glad that they did! Purple Urchin has participated in nearly every craft show that we've put on, and they are one of our lovely permanent Urban Craft vendors, too!

Run by two lovely ladies named Sarah and Rebecca, Purple Urchin is a handmade bath & body company that has literally made me a convert when it comes to handmade soaps. I bought one of Purple Urchin's soaps a couple years back and haven't gone back since. Their products are inventive, fun, smell great and work even better.

So when Sarah told me in the fall of last year that they were opening a shop in Chinatown, I was both excited and surprised. You see, it takes a lot for a small handmade company to grow to the point where they can open a shop--but Sarah and Rebecca have completely pulled it off. Not only is their brand new store at the corner of Preston & Somerset warm and inviting, but it also smells damn good (of course).

We are so proud of them and how their company has grown. They were also gracious enough to donate a gift package (above) for Urban Craft January door prize--which a lovely lady named Michelle has won!

Monday, January 9, 2012

The First Urban Craft of 2012!

{gorgeous tea towels from manus made}

On Saturday we hosted the first Urban Craft of 2012 and had an absolute blast with all the wonderful people who came out to see us.

{adorable bowties from rufflentuck}

As organizers, we have learned so much from running a monthly show for the first time, and we honestly had no idea what January would be like in terms of traffic. But yet again, this wonderful city came out in support of small, independent businesses and really knocked our socks off!

{delectable vegan goodies from Auntie Loo's}

{lovely goods from the lost city of}

I'm not going to lie, ladies and gents--we have an AWESOME show lined up for you in February. It's going to be an awesome place to shop for your Valentine--no matter what kind of person will be yours on Valentine's Day!