Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique, retailer of contemporary, high-quality handcrafted products made in the Canadian Maritimes is expanding to the historic Hydrostone Market in Halifax. They will move into the space formerly home to Bogside Gallery.
“We’re very excited to be expanding into a space already known for offering high-quality handcrafted items in the Halifax area” says Joel Kelly who along with Mark Smith owns Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. “The North End has a very strong sense of community and we’re excited to become part of this with our location at the Hydrostone Market” says Smith.
Since opening their first location in Sunnyside Mall in April 2015, Kelly and Smith have established a very successful business promoting high-quality, unique products made in the Maritimes. At Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique you will find a constantly evolving collection of fine art, pottery, woodwork, jewellery, body & spa products, gourmet edibles, glassware, artisan furniture and homewares.
With a Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique location in both Bedford and Halifax, locals and tourists alike will have greater access to some of the amazing artistic talent that can be found right here in the Maritimes.
Renovations will begin soon with an expected opening date in early May.
For more information please contact:
Joel Kelly or Mark Smith
Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique (902) 406-2222
Larex Properties Inc. (902) 454-2000
Our location is secured and we are now preparing to open our doors. We have been asked many times why we chose Sunnyside Mall so we wanted to write this blog about our decision.
We have been working with a real estate agent for about six months to find the perfect place for our first Made in the Maritimes store. This is a huge investment for us with no expense spared to design and create a stunning store that will showcase our suppliers' high-quality items. We looked at every possible area in Halifax, including: Barrington Street, Dartmouth, Larry Uteck and finally Bedford. We're so happy we made the decision to join Sunnyside Mall.
We wanted a location where customers have easy access to parking and can visit the store with ease, especially during winter. Sunnyside Mall has free heated underground parking which means you don't have to worry about icy sidewalks to visit us. The mall is accessible to all with ample parking and easy access for customers with mobility concerns.
We wanted to be in an area with up-market tenants to showcase the quality of products our suppliers make. Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique only sells high-quality artisan produced items so joining a mall that only works with high-quality tenants was the right decision.
Sunnyside Mall is shifting their focus to a boutique style shopping experience and we love the atmosphere they are creating. Well known brands in the mall include Pete's Frootique, Turbine by Lisa Drader-Murphy, Statement Furniture, World Tea House, The Middle Spoon, Il Mercato, Liquid Gold, The Body Shop, The Running Room, All Dressed Up, Cristall Wine Merchants, Indigo Spirit, Limoncello, Bib 'n Tucker, Freak Lunchbox, Mark's Work Warehouse, and of course, Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. We are honoured to become part of the Sunnyside family.
When it comes to a start-up business, three of the most important decisions to be made are location, location and location. Choosing the best location to suit the Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique retail venture requires careful determination and scrutiny. In our Mission Statement, we outline that we will support entrepreneurial growth; this means that any decisions made during the start-up phase, including location, must have a positive flow-on effect to our partners, those Maritime entrepreneurs who will be providing their products to our store.
This phase of the start-up has taken longer than anticipated, but that is not a bad thing. As mentioned above, we must be certain that the location supports our needs as business owners while ensuring we are able to offer optimum exposure to our partners. Without a confirmed business location, it is challenging to move forward in many other aspects of setting up the business. Some timelines have been pushed out slightly but we are still looking at April as our opening month. Overall, we are currently in a good position as we move towards finalizing negotiations on our location.
Determining how to achieve this optimum exposure has come through the consideration of such things as proximity to competitors, foot traffic, accessibility, demographics of the area and how business friendly the area is. An important item for us to consider is expansion. When Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique has grown to a point where additional space is needed, we must be confident that expansion will be possible in the area we are in.
Before any contracts or agreements can be entered into we need a business address; to get a business address we need a location. We are taking the process of finding a location very seriously and consider it one of the most important decisions we will make for the success of Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. For all those who hope to partner with us as suppliers to our store, we are aiming for an address confirmation within the next two weeks. For all those customers out there who are getting excited about visiting Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique, hang in there, we still plan to open in April 2015.
I wanted to write this blog about the photography on our website www.madeinthemaritimes.com. I’ve been asked several times where we purchased the photos from or who the photographer was. I’m happy to say that the photographs are ours and that they were taken while vacationing around the Maritimes.
You will see a range of photography in the store from all areas of the Maritimes. We love the natural beauty of this part of the world and we’ve attracted some amazing photographers who really capture the Maritime spirit in their work. We look forward to seeing you in the store.
With the end of January drawing near, we are putting plans in place to select the items that will make up the inaugural product line of Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique.
When Joel posted his blog last week, we were nearing 400 supplier submissions; we have now surpassed 400 supplier applications expressing interest in supplying our shop with their products and the applications continue to come in. These supplier products come from a broad range of categories which is fantastic as it will allow us to offer you a unique variety.
Based on submissions we have received, there is a breadth of creativity, skill and expertise across the Maritime Provinces and we are delighted to be able to bring the best of these under one roof. The unfortunate part is that we won’t be able to have items from all supplier submissions in the early stages as we will not have a space large enough, but we do plan to keep the product line fresh so consumers are offered a unique experience.
As mentioned above, we are delighted to be able to bring together quality Maritime Artisan products under one roof. Each artisan is an entrepreneur doing something they love. We want to encourage all artisans to continue doing what they love and we will do all that we can to give these items increased exposure to a larger market.
We are here to support the longevity and growth of local artisans and to encourage support of our local entrepreneurs. We at Made in the Maritimes can support our Maritime entrepreneurs by providing an avenue for increased product exposure, but most importantly, it is the consumer who must uphold this support by buying local and encouraging others to buy local.