Tag Archives: Handcrafted

New In Town – Two Brothers Toffee With Small Batch Handcrafted Toffee

1 Dec

We recently had the pleasure of coming across a delish new business Two Brothers Toffee that landed in East Van this past September.  Not only do they make some amazing toffee with a range of delicious flavours, the story behind it is inspirational.     

Two Brothers Toffee was created by 3 partners Nicholas, The Inventor, Dominic – The Innovator and Nastasia – The Taste Tester.   In 2005, Nicholas Genova created his first batch of classic almond toffee which he worked on perfecting and selling over the next 15 years while also donating proceeds to charity. This was all while working in law enforcement which he still does to this day.

Dominic and Nastasia Genova left the hustle and bustle of corporate jobs after Nastasia went through a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  They wanted more balance in their life and made the decision to create a family company.   In 2019, Dominic worked with Nicholas’s classic almond toffee to create new possibilities and flavours. With no formal training, Dominic learned the craft and created truly unique flavours including White Cranberry Toffee and Chai Toffee. Some other flavours that caught our attention were Espresso Toffee, Cherry Toffee, Fireball Toffee which is in a class by itself. A must try! For those seeking vegan options, those are available as well, so there’s something for everyone.

Not only does Two Brothers Toffee make some absolutely delicious toffee, they are very focused on making a positive impact in their community and giving back to those in need. They do this by supporting a number of local organizations, but also by providing their toffee just to brighten someone’s day who is struggling through a challenging time. Two Brothers Toffee does not have a storefront at this time, but all of their products are available online and they are fulfilling orders quickly for the holiday season. If you happen to be making your way to the North Shore to see any of the local sights or lights, they will be Ambleside Holiday Market in West Vancouver on Saturday, December 4, 11, 18, 2021 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. If you wish to purchase in person, you can find some of their products at Vegan Supply and if you wish to do some holiday baking, check out their recipe for OOEY GOOEY SMORES SQUARES TOFFEE. We bet this will soon become a family favourite.  

This holiday season, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while at the same time giving back. We invite you to visit Two Brothers Toffee online to see their full selection and join us in supporting local business.

First Pick Handmade At The Heritage Hall September 14 & 15, 2019

28 Aug

FirstPickHandmade2019.jpgThe 5th First Pick Handmade takes over the Heritage Hall on Saturday, September 14th.  The 3300 square foot space will be transformed into a Handmade Pop Up Department Store. You can expect to find a wide range of high quality, fashion forward Canadian made clothing, footwear, jewellery, lingerie, active wear, scarves and hats. If that list isn’t long enough, there will also be other winter accessories including belts, bags and wallets as well as skincare products and small batch fragrances.  The items are handcrafted with an eye to sustainability.   If there’s something specific you are looking for men’s or women’s wear, there’s a whole lot of talent coming to this event.  We’ve set out all the designers that will be on hand.

Women’s Clothing:
Ag+Au Clothing, Couture Therapy, Daub + Design, Dogwood Denim, Jessica Redditt Designs, kate&frances, Novel Supply Co, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Blackhole

Men’s Clothing:
Anian Manufacturing, Dogwood Denim, Novel Supply, Stede Menswear, Street and Saddle

Men’s Accessories:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

Footwear:
Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Shoofie (shoe totes), XS Unified (socks)

Skincare and Fragrances:
Conscious Care, Element Botanicals

Bags, Belts, Pouches and Wallets:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, Shoofie, Winterluxe

Women’s Socks, Lingerie and Activewear:
Daub + Design, Revol Girl, XS Unified

Jewelry:
BlackSØLV, Elen Danielle, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Maria Roth Design, Roberto Fioravanti, She’s So

Hats, Scarves and Winter Accessories:
Anian Manufacturing, Maria Roth Design, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, XS Unified, Zed Handmade

Sustainability Specialists:
Ag+Au Clothing, Anian Manufacturing, Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Bronsino, Bukuro Bag Co, Conscious Care, Couture Therapy, Dogwood Denim, Element Botanicals, kate&frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Novel Supply Co, Revol Girl, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Stede Menswear, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

With a view to sustainability, you are asked to bring a reusable shopping tote for your purchases and use transit, cycling or walking where possible.  The Heritage Hall is located at Main Street & 15th Avenue. First Pick Handmade is open 11am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 (cash only). Children 12 and under are free.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy December 8 & 9 At The Heritage Hall

5 Dec

ShinyFuzzyMuddy2018This weekend you are invited to check out Shiny Fuzzy Muddy happening at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street (at 15th Avenue).  This is curated collection of fine art and design. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy is now in its 16th and is brought to you by artists, Kari Woo, Janna Hurtzig, Arleigh Wood and Frances Dickinson.  The event features some of Western Canada’s brightest talent.  This weekend’s event is a Holiday Showcase which will feature a host of talented designers including Adhesif Clothing, Daub & Design, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Biaca Barr Designs, Flight Path Designs, Claudia Szhulz Hats and a personal favourite Kari Woo Contemporary Art Jewellery. Admission is $4.00 at the door. Stop by Saturday or Sunday between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy At The Heritage Hall December 12 & 13

4 Dec

ShinyFuzzyMuddyShiny Fuzzy Muddy is back at the beautiful historic Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, December 12 & 13. This collaborative event is brought to you by 4 core members and local makers, Janna Hurtzig, Kari Woo, Arleigh Wood and Frances Dickinson. They formed a non-profit collective to create events that bring art to people.  Shiny Fuzzy Muddy brings together 25 local artists to meet and share their craftsmanship in an environment that opposes the large mass produced products.   They hand pick the artists that join them each year so you can expect some returning favourites as well as some new guest artists that will be exhibiting their work. This year you will find jewellery, ceramics, fine art, clothing, textiles from local artists including Toodlebunny, Arleigh Wood, Julie MacKinnon Ceramics, Westerly Shoes, LUprints, Daub & Design, Adhesif Clothing Company and kari woo contemporary art jewellery, flight path designs to be name but a few.   Shiny Fuzzy Muddy runs Saturday, December 12th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 13th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $2.00 and these funds will go to an Emerging Artists Scholarship. To learn more, visit Shiny Fuzzy Muddy.

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New In Town: East Van Light

30 Apr

East Van Light - Dan Portrait-IMG_2681Today we would like to introduce to someone doing creative work here in East Van, Dan Emery and his creation East Van Light.   Dan designs and builds vintage industrial lamps with a beautiful and simple modern design.  Dan comes from the film and television industry, but over the last 10 years,  he also kept busy buying and renovating homes with his girlfriend. They worked together stripping homes to their frames and redesigning, rebuilding and revitalizing them into beautiful new spaces. After one particular renovation, they were left with some nice scraps of birch. They also had a nice antique reproduction Edison light bulb kicking around at home. A light went off in Dan’s head and an idea of designing vintage industrial lamps was born. His first pair of prototype lamps were developed.

A year and a half ago, Dan and his girlfriend moved from Montreal to Vancouver and settled in East Van, in the heart of Commercial Drive. Dan said he was impressed with the “wonderful culture that embraces and supports a ‘Buy Local’ philosophy”.  This support of local and artisanal businesses inspired him to get East Van Light ramped into gear.East Van Light lamp2-IMG_2531

As you can see from the photos, Dan likes producing clean, minimal, designs that allow each component of the lamp to be showcased and enjoyed. He combines premium local salvaged wood bases with high quality reproduction hardware so that each lamp delivers a warm functional light.  At the same time, his goal is that each lamp has a “refined old world aesthetic that inspires the work, repose, curiosity and conversation of those around it.” Dan says that he “strives for his lamps to be subtle in their support of the spaces they inhabit, while simultaneously engaging the audience that surrounds them.”

Dan will premiere East Van Light at the 2015 Spring edition of Got Craft? this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre.  Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair and for this event he teamed up with a local East Vancouver carpenter, Brad Seiber, of ReForm + Design Woodworking, who is responsible all of the amazing woodwork that goes into the lamp bases. Together they purchased the entire trunk of an old slow growth BC Black Walnut tree, sourced from an old Scandinavian tree salvager who saved it from being torn down, and slowly and carefully dried these giant cuts of lumber in his barn out in the Fraser Valley for the last 7 years. Dan worked with the raw slabs to ensure the beautiful features, grain patterns and characteristics of this exceptional wood is showcased in each and every handcrafted lamp that he designs.  Dan is passionate about providing high quality handcrafted lamps and is excited about launching East Van Light at Got Craft this weekend.  You can expect to find Dan and 75 of his lamps at the Maritime Labour Centre this weekend from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  If you are not able to attend Got Craft? in person, you can also view a selection of Dan’s lamps on his Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Jenny LysengEast Van Light lamp2-IMG_2621  East Van Light lamp5-IMG_2648

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