The last day of school is fast approaching. There is no better way to say “Thank You” to your child’s teacher than a one-of-a-kind gift from one of our favourite female Burlington makers! Let Erin and Julie help you avoid that last minute panic of rushing to find a gift with our gift guide at prices you will love.
We’re featuring Burlington entrepreneurs who make beautiful and customizable items that are sure to show your child’s teacher just how special they are!
Stephanie Street Soap & Skin Care
Neighbourhood: Alton Village
What She Makes: Stephanie makes handmade and all natural artisanal soaps and skincare that are not only beautiful but good for your skin too! Her dessert inspired soaps and scrubs are so beautiful they could grace the windows of the finest French patisserie.
Why We Love Stephanie Street Soap & Skin Care: Stephanie is a Burlington mom who pours her passion for creativity into natural products that help skin feel it’s best. Initially drawn to soap making through her son’s sensitive skin, Stephanie found a better way to offer a natural and gentler alternative to help manage different skin needs.
How Has Living In Burlington Shaped Her Business? “We moved to Burlington nearly three years ago, and I’ve gotten to meet so many talented makers and entrepreneurs here. The community has been so welcoming… I love solving problems, and helping others has been such a blessing. I’ve also had the honour of making wedding and shower favours, and to be included in someone’s special day is such an honour.”
Emma Gerard, Artist
Neighbourhood: Downtown Burlington
What She Makes: Emma makes beautiful glass beads and pendants that make the perfect gift. Her glass work is made at a small torch, using coloured rods of glass that are about the thickness of a pencil. This technique is called flameworking or lampworking. She uses heat, gravity, and a few small tools to shape the beads.
Why We Love Emma Gerard’s Work: Emma’s colourful designs are at once delicate and playful. We love that each individually hand sculpted piece of jewellery is a unique work of art.
How Has Living In Burlington Shaped Her Business? “Being a maker in Burlington right now is better than ever! There are so many amazing local makers that I have gotten the opportunity to connect with online and at events. I recently participated in Burlington Made, a series of artisan markets that are organized by fellow maker, Stephanie Finn. This was my first major market in my hometown and the response was incredible. I’m particularly excited to participate in the upcoming Burlington Made event associated with Sound of Music Festival. This is another event that really brings the whole community together!”
Dandi Ideas by Melissa Fielding
Neighbourhood: Elizabeth Gardens
What She Makes: Dandi Ideas maker Melissa creates completely customized wood signs, art boards and more designed in collaboration with her clients. Her clients can send her any inspiration, text, image and she will conceptualize and create their vision. Each piece is truly one of a kind!
Why We Love Dandi Ideas: Melissa’s attention to detail and care for her clients make working with her a pleasure. She makes gifts for all occasions, but the one she makes for you will be truly memorable because it will be made with your words, significant image and colour ideas!
How Has Living In Burlington Shaped Her Business? “I have made so many amazing relationships with my Burlington customers and neighbours. Burlington has so many amazing local vendors who I have had the pleasure of meeting. I feel connected here. We live in a place where being a local small business can flourish and become so successful. I owe a lot of my success to the community we live in.”
CC Designs by Serena Winegarden
Neighbourhood: The Orchard
What She Makes: Serena makes custom t-shirts, canvases, wooden signs, tea towels and many other items that can be custom made with vinyl transfers. The possibilities are endless!
What We Love CC Designs: We love that you can bring almost any idea to CC Designs and Serena can turn your vision into reality. Her popular custom oven mitt teacher gifts are not only clever with their cute quotes but also practical, which any teacher will appreciate!
How Has Living In Burlington Shaped Her Business? “I find the moms in Burlington very supportive and helpful. They encouraged me to start this small business. Much of my business has come from Burlington moms utilizing Facebook to search out opportunities to support local makers.”
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