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Top 5 Homegrown Stocking Stuffers

Photo by Ian McCausland

Photo by Ian McCausland

Give Christmas morning some Manitoba flavour and flair with these locally made products.   

A well-stocked pantry isn’t complete without sweet saskatoon jam from Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, made with local fruit. 859 Westminster Ave, 204‑783‑5097; The Forks Market, main floor, 204‑957‑5097, tallgrassbakery.ca

Lennard Taylor‘s leather card sleeve wallets are proof that good things come in small packages. The compact design makes paying with plastic a breeze. 223 McDermot Ave, 204-791-4547, lennardtaylor.com

Margot + Maude is a go-to for bold statement accessories. Handcrafted bracelets by Sarah Cameron Jewelry are made with 14k gold and raw quartz, for a feminine yet edgy touch. 80 Academy Rd, 204-272-9140, margotandmaude.com

Located in the city’s Exchange District, A Pinch of Creativity is a haven for local artisans. Support local this winter in stylish, hand knitted infinity scarves by Sly Scarves. 96 McDermot Ave, apinchofcreativity.com

Take home a piece of Canada’s ancestry at Cree-ations. The shop carries beautiful First Nations clothing and accessories like cozy mittens decorated with traditional beadwork. 1346 Main St, 204‑219‑7428, facebook

Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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Hot Shopping Halifax: Metal Works

Pendants and other jewellery are available at Aiktens Pewter.

Handmade pewter collectibles, décor, tableware, jewellery, ornaments and more are the specialty at Aitkens Pewter in the Historic Properties on Upper Water Street.

Close by on Lower Water Street is Amos Pewter, where you can watch pewter being cast and learn about the company’s award-winning designs. Buy a gift or something for yourself on site.

Hot Shopping: Designer Craft Shop Stands Out

A handmade creation at the Designer Craft Shop

Add some artistic flair to your home at the Designer Craft Shop at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design on Marginal Road. Check out handmade creations that make a statement in any room, including vibrant ceramic bowls, textiles, paintings, wood prints, jewellery and more. The shop also makes sure to showcase local artists’ work. Whether you’re looking for a special gift or something to call your own, there’s something for everyone.