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Artist Story: Cheryl of Quirky Paper Co.

Artist Story: Cheryl of Quirky Paper Co.

My art is my main source of fun, and creating things keeps me sane. Making things helps me to feel accomplished in my day because I was able to bring something to life. My husband is also in the creative industry and it affects the way we see the world around us, the way we notice colour, light, or just the beauty of everyday life and simple things. 

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Artist Story: Nicholas Brancati Studios

Artist Story: Nicholas Brancati Studios

As a child I would entertain myself for hours with a box of pencil crayons and a stack of paper. Also throughout my entire life I have never bought a greeting card. I have always illustrated my own hand made cards. That need to be creative has always been a part of me. 

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Artist Story: Tandis and Tara of Two Sisters

Artist Story: Tandis and Tara of Two Sisters

Both us have been painting for most of our lives. We often paint together on weekends. One day we were painting watercolour plants and just had an idea of buying some watercolour blank cards and see if people would be interested in buying them. We started it out at a local artisan market and people loved the cards.

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International Women's Day - Speaking at Small Business BC

International Women's Day - Speaking at Small Business BC

Last night, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel at Small Business BC in honour of International Women's Day. They asked us questions about how we started our businesses, mistakes we've made along the way, advice we have for other entrepreneurs, etc. but the most powerful question for me was a question about the role women have played in our entrepreneurial journey. 

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We're Hiring a Store Manager!

We're Hiring a Store Manager!

Giving Gifts is looking for a fabulous Store Manager! This is a part-time position, 3 days/week that will include Saturdays and/or Sundays in our store. As our Store Manager you dream big, you take action, you love to inspire and you believe that we can all make a difference in the world. 

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Artist Story: Patty of You + Me Candles

Artist Story: Patty of You + Me Candles

I have always loved candles. I had a partner that was terminally ill and we eliminated all candles due to toxins, which I was pretty upset about but it needed to happen. I ended up doing a lot of research around the different kinds of wax. I then started tried out making my own and that’s where I started my company.

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Artist Story: Elena Markelova

Artist Story: Elena Markelova

I remember myself painting and drawing from very small age - in kindergarten, then elementary school. One summer day during the school holidays when I was 10 years old, my mom came into my room. I was painting by myself, as usual, and she looked at me suspiciously and said: "Come on, get dressed. We are going to sign you up for art school!" This is how it all officially started. 

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Artist Story: Leah Schell

Artist Story: Leah Schell

My art makes me my best and happiest self, as it is not merely a commercial product but also a conduit through which I express myself as a person working out her beliefs, quandaries, and place in the world.

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Artist Story: Joyce of Drink Wicks

Artist Story: Joyce of Drink Wicks

My business started as a hobby to just find a way to make use of all the beautiful bottles I've collected throughout the years. I also truly believe in giving back, so Drink Wicks gives 20% of proceeds to charity.

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