Snow is flying, streets are slippery, gingerbread lattes are being served… holidays are right around the corner. The Sustainability Office and Students’ Association have partnered to bring holiday cheer and reduce your holiday stress by holding our first ever Loving Local Holiday Pop-Up Market at the Notre Dame (Nov. 29) and Exchange District Campuses (Nov. 30). We’ve assembled a stellar lineup of 20+ small local businesses and individual artisans to give you a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping. We’ll even have an eco-gift wrapping station on hand to wrap your lovely local gifts in a sustainable manner. This service is free, but we’ll be gladly accepting donations for the Students’ Association Food Bank.
Our loving local line-up includes:
Erin Edwards – Paper crafts and cards for a lovely personal touch.
Blissful Minds – Bath bombs, soaps and scrubs to give the gift of relaxation.
Queenston Crafts – Upcycled wool sweater mittens made with love by RRC’s very own Lynn Gibson.
Cooks Creek Kimchi – The ancient Korean superfood made right here in Manitoba.
Brie’s Botanicals – Vegan and ethically sourced aromatherapy products including air fresheners, yoga mat cleaners, multipurpose cleaners and more.
Prairie Girl Candles – Small batch, hand poured Manitoba beeswax candles to set the holiday mood.
Bee Boyzz Honey – Liquid, creamed and flavoured honeys make a sweet gift.
Sarah Neville Studios – Adorable greeting cards and illustrations.
Cupcakes by Design – Beautifully made cupcakes, cake pops and imperial cookies.
Daydreamer Handcrafted Creations – Hand forged, custom-made fire pokers. Perfect for lake-goers and ‘mallow roasters.
Gold Bone Broth – Bison bone broth and chicken bone broth is a delicious way to fill your body with all kinds of goodness like protein, calcium, antioxidants and amino acids. Plus it’s delicious. Plus they’re RRC grads!
More Than Pyjamas – Handmade sleepwear and loungewear to keep you cozy on chilly winter nights.
Pod4design – Warm up and and soothe tired muscles with these naturally made therapy bags.
Fresh Emblem – Adorable wood, laser-etched car fresheners.
Elleanne Baking – Homebaked cookies, sandwiches, brownies & squares.
The Stak Co.- Colourful packets of pulses and legumes to make delicious soups, burritos and chilis. Perfect for a holiday potluck.
Nosh on This – Pamela whips up delicious sweet and savoury baking. Bet you’d never know it was vegan and gluten-free. Which means you can eat twice as much, right?
Leda & Spark – The dynamic duo of Nadine and Caitlin make handmade jewelry.
Cze By Tania – If a beard was ever to be described as lustrous it would be thanks to Cze’s beard oil. Hair and body products too – all made by RRC grad Tania Czemerynski.
Prairie Quinoa – Did you know that in Bolivia and Peru there are more than 6,000 varieties of quinoa? Closer to home, engineer turned farmer Percy Philips grows amber quinoa on his farm near Portage la Prairie.
Note to marker-goes: We cannot guarantee our wrapping will look as adorable as these little packages.
Embracing the Stone – Hand forged, one of a kind jewelry made from sterling silver, fossils, turquoise and other exotic, precious materials.
RRC Sustainability Office – Your last chance to pick up Bijou and Creekside honeys this year.
Volunteers needed! Are you a holiday elf with a flair for creativity? We’d love for you to lend a hand at the eco gift wrapping station (at both campuses). Contact us for more information.