We know things will be a little different this year in terms of coming home for the holidays. Given that your family may not be able to come to East Coast this year, why not send a little East Coast to them! Filled with treats from around our beautiful Atlantic provinces, send a little love from the East Coast this holiday season!
Each item was carefully selected from partners who are not only talented, but also care about their community and the environment!
Rise Again Coffee - Just US! Coffee Roasters (Grand Pre, NS)
Enjoy an Indonesian coffee blended for a fruit-like note with deep, earthy complexity in the finish. Founded in 1995 as Canada's first Fair Trade coffee roaster, Just Us! is a worker co-operative exclusively roasting specialty grade, certified fair trade and organic coffee. They work hard to preserve the integrity of their supply chain, from seed to cup. Just Us! stands for justice. They are not just a coffee company, but a social enterprise using coffee as a vehicle for change. They work directly with their producer-partners to work out a truly fair price based on each co-op’s true cost of production along with social premiums above the fair trade minimum price. They are a company where fairness and transparency aren't just buzzwords, but the lens through which they operate their business.
Milk Chocolate Row House Bar - The Newfoundland Chocolate Company (St. John's, NFLD)
This delicious milk chocolate bar depicts the iconic row house buildings typical of St. John's. The story of the Newfoundland Chocolate Company starts not with chocolate, but oddly enough with clay. You see it was clay that brought the husband and wife team of Brent and Christina together in the first place. It was this mutual love of crafting with their hands that led to the chocolate adventure which is the Newfoundland Chocolate Company story. The Newfoundland Chocolate Company family has grown by then from Brent, Christina, Noah, Michael and the company’s first employee and dear, sweet friend Yvonne to include many other past and present employees and proud ambassadors of Newfoundland Chocolate. Today the Company employs over one hundred wonderful, talented and hard-working Newfoundland Chocolate artisans and ambassadors. Today’s Newfoundland Chocolate Company team bring the same pride, passion and love for chocolate and Newfoundland as the company’s founders have since 2008.
MARITIMER Mug - The Boathouse Gift Shop (Hammonds Plains, NS)
The Boathouse Goods & Gifts is a small online shop based in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia which features unique products with a special nod to the maritime provinces. After an unsuccessful attempt to find a Nova Scotia shaped cookie cutter to add to a gift box, owner Anne Hooper decided to have 10 made by a local shop thinking she would be able to use a few and then give the rest away as gifts. One year, and over 2,000 cookie cutters later, her product line has expanded to include glassware, serving boards and other giftware. All products are lovingly designed and manufactured at Anne’s home-based studio (with the exception of the glassware which is printed in Elmsdale).
Bay of Fundy Candle - Crackle & Teal (Miramichi, NB)
This delicious scent will be sure to bring you images of sprawling cliffs, ocean mist, and rising tides. The C&T story started in the small town of Miramichi, NB. It's a simple story of two sisters who have long collected soy and beeswax candles from little shops and artisans during their travels. With some previous candle making experience, they began pouring soy wax candles for family and friends. Their hobby turned into a welcomed demand, which led to the design and branding of C&T Candle Co. In 2015, they opened a small artisan retail shop called Crackle and Teal…hence C&T! Their candles are made of American grown soy wax. C&T scents are a mix of fragrance oil and essential oils. They use clean burning cotton wicks, designed to minimize smoke and soot. The amber glass apothecary style jars are re-usable and the gold lids are custom manufactured, free from plastisol and heavy metals.
PEI Sand Scrub Soap Bar - Moonsnail Soapworks (Charlottetown, PEI)
You'll love this Prince Edward Island speciality soap with Island beach sand for exfoliation, red clay and kelp swirls for the softest skin ever. Pure essential oils of peppermint and rosemary give it an added kick! Jennifer Ridgway began Moonsnail with a humble booth at the Charlottetown farmers market in 1995. Today (with lots of help along the way) they have grown into one of the largest producers of handcrafted soap in Eastern Canada, with over 30,000 hand cut bars coming out of their studio every year. Founded with the strong commitment to using only the finest natural ingredients - Moonsnail's focus hasn’t wavered as they’ve grown. They carefully select all the ingredients for their products, and handcraft everything in small batches to ensure high quality and a long shelf life. Jennifer and her team are always busy creating in their completely open work environment, with great music playing, and lots of new folks to chat with every day! Along with the great selection of natural vegetable based soaps, Moonsnail also creates full lines of herbal skincare, hair care, baby care, natural dog care, and a great selection of wonderful treats for bath and body. They use only pure aromatherapy-grade essential oils, and no animal products except beeswax and, of course, no animal testing. No preservatives, dyes or artificial fragrances are ever used, and for those who prefer products that are scent- free, there are many options available, or you can have something customized.
Deck Hands Lotion - Nova Scotia Fisherman (New Minas, NS)
Nova Scotia Fisherman was built on the inspiration to create quality products and employment opportunities in rural Canada. Nova Scotia Fisherman uses local kelp in all of their products. This slippery ingredient found along the coast line was used for many purposes in Nova Scotian history and contains a bounty of ingredients that enrich and sooth dry skin.