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GROW Studios is the birth-child of many years of hard work, an appreciation for the arts and a deep devotion to mental health advocacy. As an ambitious social enterprise, they have several businesses under their umbrella that serve as training centres for individuals with exceptional needs.

Jon Mains, Nathan Ayer and James Richer run the new facility in the bustling complex at 250 City Centre Ave – a partnership with...read more


Hello lovely maker community,

We’re switching up our blog style to establish a better understanding of our maker’s background, motivation and creative inspiration. We hope in doing so you’ll feel more connected to your purchases and, dare we say, inspired to find your own creative outlet.

We also realized that our makers are way too cool to keep just to ourselves and that it would be a slight injustice to not share their stories. All of...read more

Canada’s big 150th anniversary will be here and gone before we know it. So we asked ourselves how we could continue to bask in our Canadian pride long after this momentous celebration. And the answer was simple: bring it all back home! So what in the world is Canadiana style you ask?

Well it’s actually quite simple; the home must consist of (in no particular order):

  • Map artwork & rustic furniture
  • A roaring fireplace & snowshoes on the wall...read more

You’re not even surprised, you’ve heard them all; yet you’re not sure you would have it any other way. Dads are special like that. Now it’s that time of year again. That time of year where it’s your duty to show your appreciation for all the love, support and “special-ness” they bring to your life - and of course we know they deserve it!

Well lucky for you, we have done all of the hard...read more

You guys! We’re renting an island!

June 08, 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to announce CRAFTFEST on Albert Island this June 11 to 25with our partner Freewheeling Craft and sponsors Shopify, Zibi, Wallacks, and Ottawa 2017. It's a huge Popup Shop and handmade-in-Canada festival for our 150th birthday, a gift to our local community and tourists alike! We'll showcase 150+ Canadian makers in the shop and Weekend Markets, with 25+...read more

This spring, some stuff "May" be happening at our cozy little shop in Hintonburg, so you're going to want to read this post. 

First and foremost, our website is officially one week old (we're so happy!) and we're still celebrating with special deals online. Check out our On Sale Section to get the inside scoop on over 20 new sale products just added this month.

While...read more

Mother's Day Gifting 101

April 30, 2017

We don't want to freak you out, but Mother's Day is soon - like 'right around the corner' soon - so if you haven't thought about how to give that special lady in your life an appropriately special gift, now is a great time to start. 

While your mother will love any gift you give her, why not make this year special? Skip the classic last minute dash to the florist and curate...read more

Gift Yourself for Canada 150

April 12, 2017

Hey Canadians, you've been working hard for the past 150 years building this wonderful nation, so why not take this summer off?

Forget about work for a bit and go have a campfire by the lake in the Kawarthas. Take a road trip to the East Coast. Get lost in woods of British Columbia. Hang out at a friend's cottage in Muskoka. Just do anything that reconnects you with the things, place, and people that you love. 

For...read more

As you can tell by the headline, April is going to be a busy month for us.

For the past two years, we've been meticulously crafting a website that can bring the Maker House experience to life in the online world and today we're happy to finally announce it's ready to launch. We could not be more excited!

With over 140 Canadian makers and well-over 1000 handmade products, MakerHouse.com is going to change...read more

March: Beers, Boards, and Bath Salts

March 05, 2017

Happy March, Canada!

This month we have many amazing events and workshops lined up at our shop in Hintonburg.

We're excited to host a new workshop with the incredibly playful Brenda Dunn from Art In Jest. Brenda will be in our shop teaching us how to turn reclaimed and live edge wood into food-safe serving platters.

That's right, DIY cheeseboards!

This workshop is open to all ages, but any children should come with a parent....read more

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