Now is Time to Support Local Makers

By: Valeria Nunziato // January 15th, 2021

There has never been a better time to support local businesses!
Many local businesses are giving talented Canadian makers a new way to be seen, and a new platform to share their work.

If you are in search of unique, one-of-a-kind creations you can’t get from the big box stores, then check out these three incredible local shops, proudly supporting Canadian brands and local makers every day.

A picturesque town like Unionville is not complete without a classic General Store. Sarah Gratta, owner of Too Good General Store Inc., has revolutionized her general store while maintaining her mission of selling “Curated Canadian Treasures”. The store recently moved to an all-online platform, keeping the promise of most of the products being made in Canada and all by Canadian retailers and makers. The Too Good General Store carries a stunning variety of Canadian specialty and novelty items from jewelry, apparel, candles and household items, and even exclusive Unionville merch that range in price from $4 up to over $300. The store also makes retrieving your items simple, with delivery anywhere in the Markham area or porch pick up, as well as free Canada post delivery on orders over $100. The Canadian themed merchandise makes for great souvenirs or novelty gifts, and every purchase directly supports Canadian small businesses and artists!   

This fresh and new artisan boutique located at 16655 Yonge St. in Newmarket has quickly caught the attention of many for its unique array of top quality, handmade products. The Maker’s Mark is dedicated to providing an accessible space to local artists and creators to sell their products more easily. Currently featuring over 75 makers from across the region, The Maker’s Mark is the ideal place to support local by shopping local. Owners Erin Gooderham and Meghan Larkin themselves are makers who met through the local maker scene. The shop sells a range of handcrafted products including home décor, ceramics and pottery, lifestyle and apparel within any budget, with items like pins and buttons at a few dollars, to one-of-a-kind artwork priced at over $500. In a post-Covid-19 world, the Maker’s Mark will be host to workshops and creative events where you can get your making on! So, check out the Maker’s Mark (online, for now) to find a new, local brand to support, or join as a maker yourself!

Whether quilting is already your passion or you’re looking to get started, Edith Kozma, owner of The Quilting Gnome, is ready to assist you with all of your quilting desires. After learning to quilt from a young age by her mom’s instruction, Kozma opened her store to share her family’s love for the art with those in her community. The Quilting Gnome sells everything from full quilting sets that range in price from $50 to $250, patterns that range from $15 to $50, and even quilting classes available for sign up and purchase on the website. While the store is only open for curbside pickup momentarily, The Quilting Gnome offers long-arm rental to finish your quilt project easily and without any hassle.  It’s a fun shop with all the fabrics, books and notions you will need to take your quilting to the next level, and all available right here in York Region.