Author Archives: Mama Good

Honey sweetens our local economy

15 Aug

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Vanilla infused honey drizzles nicely on toast and melts perfectly into black tea. As that sweetness dances on your tastebuds, it is interesting to take pause and reflect on the hardworking honey bees and how incredibly important they are. In addition to being nature’s little artisans, their pollination is essential to local food production. 

 

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The honey we feature in our local gourmet gift baskets is from Mellifera Bees. Borrowing its name from the Latin Apis Mellifera, or “honey-bearing bee,” Mellifera Bees was founded by beekeeper Melissa Cartwright, whose first name means “honey bee.” She harvests honey from backyards and rooftops in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It is unprocessed and infused with organic and fair trade ingredients from independent BC businesses.

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Like many local artisans, Melissa has seen some good success with her products. However, she faces a unique business challenge, because her bees are a vulnerable workforce. The decline in bee populations has been a serious global issue over the past decade. In order to maintain a steady supply of honey, Melissa needs to have a diverse selection of local hives.

 

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In addition to a reverence of honey bees and delicious honey, there is a growing awareness that the loss of pollinators would cause tremendous devastation to our local food systems, natural habitats and our local economies.

 

According to the British Bee-keepers Association, honey bees contribute more to their local economy than the royal family.

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When you purchase locally harvested honey, you are supporting local bees and their lovely neighbourhood bee keepers. Your are also nourishing your body with awesome nutritional benefits. You can find Mellifera Bees Honey in our Vancouver Foodie gift, our Local Gourmand gift, The Locavore and The Key to Vancouver. You can also follow Melissa on instagram: @mellifera_bees and catch her Friday bee facts on twitter: @MelliferaBees

 

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As you enjoy your toast and tea with honey, you can further support pollinators by planting flowering plants. According to Melissa, honey bees love purple flowers, such as Lavender. In addition to assisting pollinators, this resilient fragrant flower can endure periods of drought.

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An ordinary warehouse improving local business & local economy

06 Jul

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Our story begins on a Thursday morning at 8am. Sunlight and fresh air flow through the Starworks warehouse as pallets are received from the loading dock.  There is a calm busyness as each employee completes tasks at their work stations. Saul Good gift basket orders flow through. Projects for other local companies are completed simultaneously. It all seems quite ordinary, but there is much more to the story.

 

Starworks Packaging and Assembly is an innovative social enterprise that was started by the Developmental Disabilities Association 15 years ago. Starworks provides accessible jobs for adults with barriers to employment and scalable business solutions that help local companies to grow. This self-sustaining enterprise thrives, because they do great work. They do not receive any funding from the government. 

 

Creating Accessible Jobs 

When someone is hired at Starworks, they focus on abilities and determine what is needed for employees to succeed.  

“If someone is doing something backwards, we could take a day to teach them the ‘right’ way…or simply invert their workstation. Sue (one of the core staff members) knows how to build work stations that accommodate each individual’s skill set.” explains Kirsti Inglis, the Assistant Director of Employment Services at the Developmental Disabilities Association.

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The small talk and smell of coffee bounce around with the buzz of the work day. As we chat with Sue, she tells us about a Starworks employee named Marie (above), who is publishing a kids book. 

 

The profound qualities of this enterprise live within the ordinary. It isn’t a black tie fundraising gala. It is just hardworking folks getting the job done. 

 

It is these everyday people doing everyday jobs that build our economy. When we make jobs more accessible, we are employing a greater percentage of our local citizens. This keeps money circulating in our local economy and creates benefits for all of us.

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Everyone deserves the opportunity to work hard, get paid properly, and feel satisfied at the end of the day.

 

Will (assembling a Saul Good gift above) is one of many awesome Starworks employees. He is one of the hardest working people we have ever met. On an average day, you will see him in shipping and receiving, bustling around and assembling some of our gift baskets. We appreciate his eye for detail, his commitment to excellence and his awesome attitude.

 

“He is one of the kindest people you will ever meet” said Sue.

Social enterprises like Starworks strengthen local business

When Saul Good Gift Co. began to grow, we were really excited to work with Starworks. It had been a dream since Saul first started this business in 2006. We appreciate the social impact that Starworks creates as our fulfillment partner. This partnership has proven to be a great fit for us as we grow our business.

 

The business model of Starworks is similar to a co-working space, because you only pay for what you need. For Saul Good Gift Co., we’re very busy during the Christmas season and this allows us to increase our capacity when required.

“We provide business solutions for companies with episodic and repetitive work. The work we do allows businesses to focus on their core competencies. An example of this is putting labels on ice cream jars for Earnest Ice Cream (below). We also have the ability to scale up for busy seasons like when we assemble Christmas gift baskets for Saul Good Gift Co.” said Kirsti

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Earnest Ice Cream, Saul Good Gift Co. and Starworks are all members of LOCO BC. This non-profit local business alliance is working to strengthen communities, grow the local economy and build strong, sustainable businesses. LOCO is helping to increase local purchasing in alliance with consumers, businesses, institutions and government. 

 

Our partnership with Starworks has strengthened Saul Good Gift Co. by challenging us to increase standardization. When we design gift baskets, we build step by step guides with images.

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This standardized model builds quality into the assembly process while increasing accessibility for a variety of assembly workers at Starworks. By improving the clarity of our workflow, we are improving the efficiency of our entire business. This allows us to devote time and energy towards our mission to radiate happiness.

 

3 Brilliant BC Artisan Mompreneurs

05 May

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The delicious life of being an artisan entrepreneur is a reality that often mirrors parenthood. There are constant challenges, an intermittent loss of sleep and a rewarding heart swelling pride.

 

As we approach Mother’s Day, we want to acknowledge the unique brilliance of BC artisan mompreneurs. The awesome women we are featuring here are just three examples of many fantastic artisan momprenuers in BC.

1) Sara of Batch Sweet Kitchen: Carving her own path

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Sara’s Salted Caramel Pecan Popcorn is an indulgent snack with a solid fan base of customers who are hooked on the stuff (including the Saul Good team).

 

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As a kid, Sara always imagined that she would work for herself and have a livelihood that she loved. Undoubtedly, she romanticized what that would mean. In reality, she experiences her role as multi-faceted. 

“It seemed crazy to me to spend so much of your life doing something if you don’t love it. Being an artisan allows me to do what I love, to be creative, to carve my own path and to be able to share it with others. A big part of being an artisan is connecting with people – sharing your story and hearing theirs. This relationship is critical to an artisan’s success. I love giving people something to look forward to in their day, a slice of indulgence, a moment of pure joy.” explained Sara

For Sara, being available for her kids, picking them up from school, being present for them while also pursuing her own ambitions and dreams makes entrepreneurship an easy choice. She feels that it is great for her kids to see two different paths to work, success and fulfillment.

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As Sara’s kids grow and get older, she looks forward to them gaining an understanding of what she does and hopes they’ll be proud of what she has built and be left with the belief that they can achieve whatever they want.

 

You can find Sara’s Salted Caramel Pecan Popcorn in many of our Gourmet Gift Baskets.

2) Catherine of Trugs & Hidden Garden: Kids as co-creators

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Catherine adopted Trugs Gourmet and gave life to Hidden Garden Cookies. Her children (below) have been a big inspiration behind her innovative line of yummy veggie cookies.

 

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When Catherine discovered that her children were not avid fans of vegetables, she decided to get creative and hide vegetables in foods that her kids couldn’t resist. This solution became a big success. Kids and adults love these moist morsels.

 

You can find Hidden Garden Cookies in our Gluten Free Gift Basket. You can also find her delicious fresh and chunky Trugs Salsa in our Corporate Gift Baskets 

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Catherine loves being in charge of her life and spending her days making food she knows people will enjoy! Parenthood has increased her appreciation of flexibility.

3) Carly of Kitchening & Co. : The importance of hitting pause

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When we first met Carly, she had recently begun integrating her French cuisine and patisserie training. From kitchens in europe to markets in BC, she is authentically passionate about innovative recipes that feature unique natural ingredients.

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“Being a baker seems to be a perfect fit for my personality. I’m an introvert but I value relationship above all else. Birthing the creative ideas and initiating the process in my own quiet space then evolves into creating together with my kitchen team and finally bringing the finished work to others, sharing in the experience and gathering over the creation. It is extremely satisfying.” explained Carly

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Motherhood has undoubtedly influenced Carly’s work and perspective of entrepreneurship. It has made the finiteness of time more apparent. Parenthood has also added structure and boundaries to her business more than anything ever has.

The consequences of not putting attention and care into parenting are too high of a cost to pay in order to grow our business. With our business we can and do hit the pause button, because time needs to be put into the growth and development of our family and relationships.” said Carly

Carly’s Macarons can be found at many gourmet shops around town. You can find her legendary Ginger Chocolate Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies in our Chocolate Gift Baskets and Luxury Gift Baskets.

 

We hope that all the moms out there have a wonderful and meaningful Mother’s Day! 

Gifting: 5 tips for timing & etiquette

06 Nov

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If you want to craft a gift experience that is memorable and meaningful, it is valuable to think of your gift as a great story and your recipients as your captive audience. When you demonstrate thoughtfulness, your generous gesture will make you and/or your company much more memorable.

Tip #1 Send your gifts early

Early December is the ideal timing to send out your corporate holiday gift baskets. The weeks leading up to the holidays can get pretty hectic. So why share the stage with your competition? Being first is a great way to be memorable. We encourage clients to avoid sending out gifts in the last week of December.

Tip #2 Hand-deliver whenever it’s possible

When was the last time you closed a deal without some eye-contact and a handshake? Nothing consummates a relationship like face time. So, do what you can to present your gift personally.

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Not only does it demonstrate genuine appreciation, it’s fun too: you get to share in the gift experience and build the relationship. That’s what it’s all about.

 

If hand delivery isn’t possible, check out our $10 flat rate shipping across Canada.

Tip #3 Understand if the gift is for a group or an individual

One of the first questions we ask our clients is if their gifts are being given to groups or individuals. Why? Because gifts for groups should be easy to share. And by sharing we don’t mean dividing up the unopened goodies. You want to avoid the “who wants the tapenade? I’m taking the crackers” scenario.

 

The ideal group gift experience involves a bunch of people gathered around, enjoying their treats and talking about how great it’s been working together.

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Tip #4 Be mindful of diet restrictions

It is helpful if you have information about food sensitivities, allergies, diet restrictions etc. When you select gifts that acknowledge diet limitations, it shows an additional level of thoughtfulness that can really go a long way. Ask us about our gluten free gift options. They are delectable and indulgent. 

Tip #5 Know if it is appropriate to gift alcohol

Lots of people enjoy a nice bottle of wine. Alcohol can be a gift that is truly appreciated but (there’s always a but) when gifting alcohol as a corporate gift you need to be 100% certain that it will be well received. Corporate gifts are about building relationships and the last thing you want to do is make someone uncomfortable or feel insulted by your gesture.

Variables to consider when gifting alcohol:

  • Religion
  • Family history
  • Alcoholism/addiction
  • Personal preference

Bottom line: If you’re not 100% sure your gift recipient is going to enjoy the bottle of wine, beer or spirits, leave it on the shelf.

 

Vancouver chef discovers local artisan talent

29 Sep
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While visiting friends one evening, a bag of candid confectioner caramels emerged. They had been newly discovered during our friend’s visit to Vancouver’s world famous Vij’s Restaurant. Since Saul Good is continually on a mission to curate the most delectable delights in BC, we were thrilled to experience these lovingly handmade, melt-in-your-mouth confections. 

 

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Like all of our favourite artisan products, it was love at first bite. The unique soft gooey goodness had a compelling story to share and we became determined to include these treats in our Vancouver gift baskets. As we pursued this new artisan, we discovered a delightful story.

 

The Story of the candid confectioner

 

One day, Stephanie Chan (image below) decided that she wanted to make something special to appreciate the boisterous women that worked in the Rangoli restaurant with her. They didn’t seem too impressed with ordinary candy…so Stephanie challenged herself to get creative and come up with something both surprising and delightful. This challenge gave birth to her signature chai caramels.

 

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When the women received these unique confections, they were pleasantly surprised and created quite a fuss. This sparked the curiosity of Vikram Vij, who is the owner of Rangoli and the world famous Vij’s Restaurant. When he tried the caramels, he was completely blown away. Since this discovery, Vikram and his wife Meeru have been encouraging Stephanie with insightful guidance gained from their experience as entrepreneurs. They have also been a source of inspiration, because they do a lot of good through business.

 

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“One of my goals is to be successful enough that I can be actively involved in the local community and use business as a platform for pursuing political and social/economic issues that I am passionate about”. explained Stephanie. “I love how Vikram and Meeru demonstrate their passion for sustainability. One of many examples is when Meeru hosted a delicious honey tasting at Shanik, (her restaurant in Seattle). She used this event as an instrument to create awareness about colony collapse.” said Stephanie

 

 

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Since launching the candid confectioner, there has been tremendous momentum. This has led to long hours perfecting and wrapping each lovingly handmade caramel. Her success is most certainly well earned.

 

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In the kitchen, Stephanie uses whole ingredients that are seasonal, local and organic when possible. The types of caramels include Old-Fashioned: Bourbon & Orange, Bailey’s with Espresso-Infused Sea Salt and Meyer Lemon – Lavender. In our Christmas gift baskets, we are excited to be featuring Stephanie’s Chai caramels that are infused with excellent chai tea. We are also delighted to be featuring her raspberry caramels in our chocolate gift baskets. Stephanie goes the extra mile and actually juices local BC raspberries when they are in season. 

 

 

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In order for Vancouver’s local artisans to thrive, we need to be collaborative and supportive. Vikram Vij offered his shop as way to incubate Stephanie’s creations. Saul Good Gifts are also a great way of supporting local artisans like Stephanie. We are proud to function as an incubator for local artisanal talent. Our support is provided with a steady flow of orders and constructive feedback. It is exciting watching our local BC artisans expand their capacity each year. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the candid confectioner.  

 

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Capturing BC summer in jars & bottles

19 Aug

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When we arrived at Vista D’oro Farms, the midday sun was in full affect. The vineyard and fruit trees were warmly illuminated and one of the farm dogs had taken refuge in the shade.

 

We strolled over to the Farmgate Shop and Tasting Room to meet with Lee and Patrick for a tour and tasting. These fine folks have been crafting preserves for our gift baskets in Vancouver over the past eight years. It has been exciting to see their business grow.

 

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Lee (above) explained how their business evolved from produce to wine and preserves.

According to Lee, they produce everything on the farm and about 80% of what is grown on the farm ends up in a jar or bottle. For Vista D’oro Farms, preserving fruit has been proven to be a more sustainable business model than trying to sell fresh fruit at market value.

 

Lee and Patrick are self-described as ‘value added polyculturists’. This is a fancy way for saying that they take ingredients which they grow and turn them into artisan products. They have a vineyard, crops of heirloom tomatoes and over 400 fruit trees (including cherries, pears, plums, apples, asian apples, sour cherries, crab apples).

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The hand-cut heirloom tomato salsa is one of our favourites. This salsa is made from Vista D’oro Farms’s heirloom tomato plants are grown in pots in their horse riding ring.

 

More heat is generated when the sun bounces off the hard ground of the ring. This type of intensified heat enhances the taste of the tomatoes compared to those grown in a greenhouse. (You can find this salsa in our corporate gift baskets.)

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The original barn at Vista D’oro Farms was built over a century ago. They occasionally use this space for a local piano player and opera singer. Lee and Patrick are committed to caring for the heritage buildings and heritage trees that pre-exist their ownership of the land.

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In this family business, Lee makes the food products and Patrick takes care of the wine. They make many varietals using grapes that they grow. They also purchase local grapes from Cowichan Valley on Vancouver island and Keremeos in the BC interior.

 

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We went ‘bin diving’ with Patrick (above) and tasted a variety of wines including: Petit Milot, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Foche, Ortega.

 

“Every vintage speaks for itself.” explained Patrick.

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The wine component of the Vista D’oro business began as Patrick’s hobby. It became a professional pursuit when he began to solidify his technical knowledge through academic study. Vista D’oro received their winery license in 2008. According to Lee and Patrick, the winery’s flagship is D’oro (below). It is  a fortified walnut wine made from a recipe that was brought to them by a good friend Jerome. It was the recipe of his great-grandfather and dates back to 1893. The D’oro is also an ingredient in their best selling preserves made with Green Walnuts grown on their farm.

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If you are looking for a fantastic day trip near Vancouver BC, be sure to check out Vista D’oro Farms. Spend some time in the Farm Shop and Tasting Room. Soak in the heritage surroundings as you sip D’oro in the shade. Foodies and wine lovers travel great distances for this experience. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful place less than an hour from downtown Vancouver.

 

Vista D’oro Farms & Winery

Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room is located at

 

346 – 208th Street

Langley, BC, Canada

 

tel: 604-514-3539

 

info@vistadoro.com

 

Regular Hours – Wednesday thru Sunday 11am until 5pm

 

 

Take a Day Trip to a Heritage BC Farm

28 Jul

 

In BC, we are spoiled by beautifully diverse landscapes and nearly 20,000 farms. When we went exploring in Ladner BC, we ended up at the Westham Island Herb Farm. The experience was full of authentic hospitality. The boisterous farmers greeted us as they stood in the shade shucking garlic.

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Sharron Ellis has proudly maintained her lineage and heritage by continuing the farming practices that her family began in the early 1900’s. There have been five generations of farmers in the Ellis famly. This history is visible throughout the farm’s various antique farming artifacts and the delicious food.

 

 

This adorable farm is a great example of local, family-run goodness. In the “General Store” (above), there is an abundance of fresh local produce, handmade aprons, and honey!

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The experience of visiting this farm is like stepping back in time. It is a delightful family day-trip that is worth the drive (less than one hour from Vancouver). If you don’t make it out this summer, the Westham Island Farm also has an excellent pumpkin patch in the Fall. The harvest-time festivities are a fantastic family adventure. Visiting local farmers is a fun way to support our local economy and a great way to connect to BC’s cultural heritage.

The Westham Island Herb Farm is open to the public 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (from May 1 – October 31). It is located at 4690 Kirkland Road in Ladner BC. For more information, you can phone: (604) 946-4393 or e-mail: farmer@westhamislandherb.ca 

Artisanal entrepreneurship – a delicious plot twist

08 Jul

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It was an unexpected plot twist when Catherine Anderson became an artisanal entrepreneur. It came about during motherhood, when she decided to shift gears. As a hard working lawyer and mother, the fast paced rhythm of entrepreneurship was something that she was ready for. The decision to transition into her new role was partially motivated by a desire to build something. She loves how every task she completes in her work day helps build the future of her business.

 

Catherine’s exciting new professional chapter began when she discovered that her children were not avid fans of vegetables. She decided to get creative and hide vegetables in foods that her kids couldn’t resist. This solution became a big success and Catherine gave life to Hidden Garden. These moist and delicious gluten free cookies contain servings of veggies. Kids and adults far and wide have become die hard fans of these innovative morsels.

 

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Shifting from law to entrepreneurship requires a high tolerance for risk and uncertainty. It was a brave leap and Catherine has embraced this new chapter with focus and dedication. In addition to Hidden Garden, Catherine adopted an adorable line of artisan products called Trugs.

 

You may have tasted their delicious salsa that we feature in our Vancouver gift baskets or you may have met the folks of Trugs at the Whistler Farmer’s Market. Catherine has also been nominated for an award from the BC Food Processors Association and featured in Business in Vancouver.

 

We fell in love with Trugs salsa, because it is fresh and full of delicious tomato chunks. The ingredients are pure and simple (tomatoes, onions, vinegar and spices). It does not contain tomato paste or additives that you find in most commercial salsas.

 

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The Trugs line of handmade products also include preserves, salad dressings, condiments and syrups. The salad dressing is a great addition to a dinner party. These vinaigrettes have a look and quality that is reminiscent of a high end bottle of wine. You can also use the salad dressings as an incredible marinade. We recommend marinating fresh BC seafood in the Limoncello Herb Vinaigrette.

 

We hope that this artisanal chapter will continue for many generations. It is local entrepreneurs like Catherine that inspire innovation in our local economy and keep BC fresh and delicious.

Where the streets are paved with kale

26 May

Sole Food and Saul Good Gift Co.

You may have encountered Sole Food Farms in Vancouver’s Downtown core or enjoyed their produce in meals at your favourite local restaurant. This innovative social enterprise demonstrates how we can address social, environmental and economic issues through thriving local business. Sole Food has been growing since we first met Seann Dory in 2009 on a rooftop in Stathcona. He was dreaming about transforming empty parking lots into vibrant urban farms. It has been inspiring to see how reality has exceeded his dreams. 

Sole Food is taking their social enterprise to the next level and has the goal of opening a pay-what-you can organic produce stand at Main & Terminal along with a full retail location at Vancouver’s Granville Island Market. These permanent produce stands will support farm expansion by creating full time year round employment opportunities for Sole Food farmers while addressing food security and nutrition issues in the inner city. Help Sole Food grow!

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Seann Dory – Living the dream

We started Saul Good Gift Co. because we saw business as an opportunity to address social and environmental issues in our community. By sourcing the best local artisan products, our gifts are meaningful. We appreciate that the folks at Sole Food grow artisan quality produce and we have designed Vancouver corporate gift programs to include Sole Food CSA shares.

1% for the planet

We are proud to support Sole Food through our 1% For the Planet commitment, and love to see how they’ve progressed over just a few years in business. Sole Food is so much more than organic urban farms. In 2013, the Sole Food social enterprise grew 20 tons of food, sold to over 37 awesome restaurants, removed 2,300kg of CO2 from the atmosphere by planting 400 fruit trees, and employed 20 people from the Downtown Eastside. In addition to providing meaningful and accessible employment opportunities, they are also making healthy organic food more accessible to our downtown residents. 

Mother’s Day gift ideas – Vancouver top picks

29 Apr

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

As an adult, it can be hard to think of Mother’s Day gift ideas that capture the adorable heartfelt quality of handmade childhood creations.

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While many of us adore handmade crafts and long for heartfelt gift experiences, it can be difficult to find the time, energy and resources to make things ourselves. Fortunately, Vancouver has an incredible supply of local artisans.

 Mom’s don’t need more stuff 

This year, let’s appreciate moms with memorable and meaningful Mother’s Day gifts that are both lovingly and locally made. Skip the over-packaged and predictable gifts that will likely become clutter and/or landfill. Connect with the artisan behind the gift and fall in love with their story.

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In addition to eliciting a genuine appreciation from mom, locally handmade gifts provide an opportunity to support the folks who are generating more meaningful local shopping options. This year, our top recommendations for memorable Mother’s Day gifts in Vancouver are Got Craft? and Olla Urban Flowers.

Got Craft?

Got Craft? showcases 75 local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods. There are endless Mother’s Day gift ideas all under one roof! As Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, Got Craft?, returns this spring for its 15th show from May 10-11, 2014 between 10am-5pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, located at 1880 Triumph Street in Vancouver, BC. Admission is $3 at the door, and children (10 and under) get in free.

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Some of the vendors at Got Craft? can also be found in our Vancouver gift baskets at the Saul Good Gift Co. We are grateful to be a part of the local handmade movement that is making our city more interesting and distinct!

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The organizers of Got Craft? are appreciating the benefits of settling into a great home here in East Vancouver. “We’re super excited to be doing the show in one of our favourite Vancouver neighbourhoods,” says Andrea Tong-Tucker, one half of the husband-wife production team. “The East Village is the perfect place for Got Craft?’s long term home.” 

Olla Urban Flower Project

In addition to being an incredibly unique flower shop, the folks at Olla are creating more than stunning beauty.  The Olla Urban Flower Project is run by Megan Branson. This local social enterprise is designed to generate jobs and prosperity in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. They also repurpose bouquets from corporate events and redirect them towards non-profit organizations in the DTES.

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If you have any other creative Mother’s Day gift ideas, please comment below or on our facebook page. Do you have any memorable Mother’s Day gift stories? We love hearing from you!