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The One of a Kind show has been a huge part of the Canadian small business scene since 1975. It started as a Christmas Craft Show in Toronto and has since grown to be the biggest show of its kind in all of North America. Everything at the show is handmade by Canadian (and sometimes American) artisans and definitely one-of-a-kind. I have been going twice a year for as long as I remember, so this year I decided to share my guide to the OOAK show!
Inspired Soap Works (Booth B12) – artisan all natural soaps, salves, lip balms, dead sea salt soaks, & Fizzies are made from the highest quality oils,pure/natural & organic essential oils free from pesticides and chemicals.
Monkey Butter Gourmet Peanut Butter (Booth B24) – founded in October 2011, our kitchen is located in East Vancouver where we have a hard working trio of grinders and mixers. Monkey Butter is made in small batches with love and care, using only quality ingredients.
Shi Studio (Booth D08) – A line of fashion accessories based on the singular idea of framing luscious Chinese silks under gleaming glass. Starting small at local markets and outdoor festivals, Shi has grown to occupy space in leading Canadian retail outlets and is a reliable presence at many of the country’s top shows.
MY PICKS: The pendants are gorgeous and definitely unique. All are made from original silk robes and kimonos. I have two in my collection already.
Olive Authentique (Booth D16) – All their products start with olive oil, then they selectively choose and skillfully combine superior ingredients known for their time tested natural benefits. Each small batch of soap requires weeks of curing to insure long lasting bars of the highest quality.
MY PICKS: Ginger & Lemongrass hand balm and bath salts. The scent literally stopped us in our tracks.
Atelier B (Booth E22) – The two creators of this brand work to bring together sustainable materials, local production, and innovation to their fashion line. The collections are interchangeable, designed to be timeless and to last. Local production of atelier b.’s clothing means a continued partnership with talented friends and individuals, all helping to create in their own way.
Matter Company (Booth E54) -A holistic approach to personal care which recognizes the relationship between our natural environment and our physical and emotional well being. Building upon an apprenticeship in Therapeutic Herbalism, their extensive experience growing, wild crafting, harvesting and formulating herbal preparations has resulted in an intimate understanding of the medicinal power of herb.
MY PICKS: This 4 piece facial care set and their Baby Sun Care Cream (which I use religiously since it is perfect for sensitive skin).
Matter Company is also available at Well.ca
Aide Bodycare (Booth F35) -Fun designs mixed with a love of nature. Every batch of their products is handmade with natural & organic ingredients. All soaps are crafted from scratch in the traditional Cold Process Technique. No pre-mixed soap or glycerine bases.
Lovefresh Body Goodies (Booth G37) – This Toronto-based luxury line of fun and natural beauty products was founded on the premise that you could have beautiful, glowing skin using all-natural products, that would be as luxurious as they would be healthy for the body.
MY PICKS: Lavender & Tea Tree deodorant cream and Pear Sugar Scrub
Lovefresh is also available at Indigo.ca!
Botania (Booth H08) – Danielle, the woman behind Botania, aims to create bath and body treats that look, smell, perform and feel so good so that everyone who uses them feels the difference and falls in love ! The name Botania stands for all things Botanical, for they add such beauty to our world.
Brooch Boyfriends (Booth J20W) – Felt brooches of boys we love! Hannah, a Bachelor of Design Grad from Ryerson’s Fashion Communications program, also does custom orders and currently sells her wares at the Drake General Store as well.
MY PICKS: Kanye and Ziggy Stardust.
Noujica (Booth K03) – Noujica is a small company based in Montreal comprised of two young female designers. By using a range of disciplines such as silk-screening, glass-working, drawing and sewing, Noujica has created a diverse line of one-of-a-kind, sustainable clothing accessories.
Said the King (Booth K20U) – Being a king is an exciting endeavor. Between hangin’ with wizard friends, jousting, making proclamations, and knighting passers by, there are always new things that need doing and creating. It started with a couple of bookshelves and continues on from there. The king creates what the king wants – or else, what point is there to being a king.
When Karen (the genius behind Said the King) told me about this table… I needed to have it. “When “The End” comes, you’ll want this by your side,” she says. The End table holds a bottle of your best and a single glass.
MY PICKS: The End table and Foreword shelf
Dalish Cosmetics (Booth K41) – Simple enhancements to your natural beauty using natural ingredients. They’re 100% Canadian made and produced and are also an ethically sound company by using local suppliers and being PETA approved. Dalish is constantly looking for innovative ways to make our products as multifunctional as possible so that it’s simple and easy to get fabulous in 5 minutes or less.
MY PICK: Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow Set
Milo & Ben (Booth N20) – Melissa is a graphic designer and illustrator from Toronto and her brand centers around her illustrated characters. While some are strictly needle felted, some have clothes and accessories all made by hand.
Artifact Skin Co. (Booth Q29) – Culturally inspired, naturally mixed. Artifact is a natural skin-loving company. Their focus is on forgotten cultural traditions in skincare that are naturally natural. Their facial masques combine the elements of aroma, memory, place and beauty traditions from across the globe.
The One of a Kind Spring Show ends Sunday March 30 (tomorrow!). But don’t worry if you miss it, the Christmas Show in November/December is even bigger.
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