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Local Business Buying Guide


Just in time for the holidays, we have put together a list of featured small, local businesses that will be attending Momentum’s Christmas Open House. We are pleased to present these businesses created by Self Employment program graduates. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that someone special, look no further – we have your holiday buying guide right here!

Vezorla Inc.

Add a genuine flavour of Spain to your next cooking adventure with delicious extra virgin olive oil from Vezorla. Picked from the owner’s trees in Andalusia, Vezorla offers Premium and Picual olive oils, chocolates, and even soaps made from the finest ingredients. For under $20 you can buy chocolates ($7.22, on sale), Picual Olive Oil ($17, on sale), 3 soaps for $10, Sherry ($12) and Balsamic ($8.50) vinegars. Pick up a Christmas Basket for all your favourite foodies!

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There is no such thing as an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” when you are using high quality Peruvian yarn from Yarnland. Create your next knitted or crocheted masterpiece with the softest alpaca fiber you can find this far north. Pick up a ball/donut for $10 and check out the Styrofoam Christmas decorations also on sale from $10-20 each.

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Ambrosia’s Treasures

Perfect additions for any gift basket, Ambrosia’s Treasures sells signature bath bombs and salts, soap, and sugar scrubs. Additional treasures include handmade bracelets, fabric wine/gift bags, coasters and cards. With almost all items priced under $20, you can find the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list!

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Hermana Chocolate

‘Tis the season to enjoy all the sweet things in life! Find what you crave at Hermana Chocolate, an artisanal chocolatier specializing in delicious bonbons for any occasion. Christmas themed bonbons make the perfect gift, with a six-piece box for $15.

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Step 1: Clean the House

With relatives and friends coming over, and all the preparations to make, who has time to clean the house before company arrives? Make things a little easier this year by hiring Step 1: Clean the House. Eco-friendly cleaning products give you a fresh, and environmentally friendly, start to the new year. Two-hour gift certificates (a $60 value) will be on sale for $20 each only at our Christmas Open House.

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Moira McKellar Design

Find the perfect jewelry piece for the special someone on your gift list at Moira McKellar Design. Sparkling earrings, necklaces, and other glittering bangles are all made from semi-precious stones and re-purposed materials. For less than $20 you can pick up angel zipper toggles, yoga mat ties, earrings, and/or necklaces.

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Dress up or down with Deseo leggings. For sport or for any occasion, pair a pair of high quality, body shaping leggings with your favourite outfit to stay warm and stylish this winter. A special for the season includes high-fashion leather leggings with fur interior. Leggings cost more than $20, but if you’re looking to splurge a bit more for that special someone, Deseo is your next shopping destination.

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Laurel Smith Vocal Lesson & Entertainment

Warm up for the Christmas Carols with some vocal lessons from Laurel Smith Vocal Lesson & Entertainment. You’ll be hitting those high notes in Silent Night in no time when you book your next lesson. Or round out any holiday celebration by hiring Laurel, an accomplished and gifted vocalist, for your next special event. Christmas album CDs and downloads may be purchased to make a perfect seasonal gift for under $20.

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Modas Adriana

One size very seldom fits all – but you can find your perfect fit at Modas Adriana. Custom-fitted dresses are made to order for any occasion. Have a favourite outfit that is a bit tight in the tummy after tucking into the turkey? Alteration services are also available. Depending on the size of the job, alterations can be done just in time for the holidays for under $20.

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Carol White Fine Art & Stationary

Fashion meets functionality in the form of stylish stationery and pillowcases from Carol White Fine Art & Stationary. Here you can pick up the perfect gift for the writers, artists, and comfort-seekers on your list! All notebooks and pillowcases feature artwork by Carol White. Nine notebooks in three sizes (large, small and spiral) pair perfectly with pillowcases of each design. Pick up a small notebook for $18 – a perfect stocking stuffer!

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Iyana’s Kitchen

Heading to a holiday potluck and forgot to pick something up to share? Iyana’s Kitchen has exactly what you need to put a little flavour into your next gathering. Empanadas that feature a fusion of Filipino and Spanish influences can be made to order alongside other delicious delicacies and pastries. Pick up a pack of Coconut Macaroons ($10/pack), Cassava Cake ($6/pack), or Empanadas ($3.50 each) for your next festive function.

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JP’s Music

No holiday is complete without a little Christmas music playing in the background. With JP from JP’s music tickling the ivories, the mood for your next holiday function will be set perfectly. Piano, organ, and keyboard entertainment can be booked directly, or witnessed in action at our Christmas Open House. Hourly rates for JP’s entertainment are more than $20 – ask for details when inquiring.

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