There are so many reasons to shop local. One of those reasons supporting a local business means creating local employment and self-employment. Chances are, people who sell locally also shop locally. They create a unique and distinctive shopping experience. It is quite a different experience to meet the creator of the item than to pull the item off a department store shelf, and chances are that your purchase is valued more. It is for those reasons and many more that when I can, I do shop local. This is why when Simple Smiles & Co. had their Winter Warmer (a pop up shop), I had to go in.
They had on display three collections: SSstyle, SSTraveller or SSNortherner. The entire experience was rewarding and it was such a fun and warm environment — they even had chocolate dipped marshmallows and hot chocolate for customers! I was so happy to go home with two Bordeaux Berets in my bag ($75 each); one for me and one for my mom as well. The over-sized pompoms are heartbreakingly adorable. The best part, other than being able to take home my new head topper was getting to speak to the artist herself. Like I said above, there is a much more personal experience when shopping local.
Check out the website at: http://simplesmiles.ca, say “Hi” to Katherine and check out her wares! And if you are in the Toronto area, you can go and learn how to knit your own pom-pom toque on December 8 and 10 at The Shop (1139 College St.). http://www.theshoptoronto.ca/purchase-a-ticket/knitting-with-simplesmilesco