Not many people know this about me, but being an entrepreneur is in my blood. My mother and father invested everything they had into launching their own business. They immigrated from Ukraine and opened a small jewelry and antique store that stood at the corner of Queen and Church in Toronto for almost two decades. I spent most of my childhood behind the counter, uncovering what would become a life-long love for vintage treasures while learning about the passion and dedication it takes to run a small business. It breaks my heart to see so many indie brands that breathe culture, beauty, economic freedom, creativity, and life into our city being choked out by vapid billionaire-run conglomerates who shall remain Bezos… I mean nameless.
Pre-COVID I did most of my holiday shopping at artisan markets like Bazaar of the Bizarre because they feature artistic, alternative, and unique gifts from local vendors. This year, the reality of ‘buy small’ or ‘bye small’ really hit home. I originally put up a post asking for a few indie brands to feature in a holiday gift guide. The response was so overwhelming that it inspired me to put together this directory of Canadian small businesses that you can bookmark and reference all year long. You’ll find items in the realms of art, design, cannabis culture, accessories, home decor, food and drink, natural, beauty, wellness, fashion and more as the list grows. So check back whenever you need to find that perfect something. Do you know an indie brand that should be featured? Contact me with a brief description of what they do, their website, and Instagram links.
Peruve it: Peruve It is a lifestyle and clothing brand with the goal of sharing the unique styles, vibrant colours and rich traditions of the Peruvian people | Web | IG
Weareone: Local artist who creates sustainable and biodegradable artistic yoga mats and apparel | Web | IG
WeaRVolutionTO: BLM-related and Indigenous-focused apparel | Web| IG
Know an independent Canadian small business that should be included? Contact me with a brief description of what they do, their website, and Instagram links. I hope you enjoyed the list and remember if you can, Shop <3 Indie.
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