What seems like forever ago, I used to own a collaborative studio for entrepreneurs and creatives. On a regular basis, I would host workshops and social events to connect people who were in the same headspace. You know the kind of people I’m talking about. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world by following their hearts and living their passion out loud. Welp, at one particular workshop there was a lovely young lady called Anick. If I’m not mistaken, she attended a social media for small business workshop. Quiet in nature, but loud in creative spirit, Anick was participating to build her business and did, she ever! Today, I ventured again to The Quirky Carrot to get some work done for the blog launch, and before I left the lovely little town of Alexandria, I made my way to Left & Write Paperie.
The moment I walked in I knew I had found a new happy place. There were layers of fun colours, playful designs and of course Anick’s warm smile. The graphic artist took her business to the next level with her adorable retail shop in the heart of the village. After nearly knocking a display over with my oversized bag and almost spilling my precious beans from The Carrot, I put everything down to admire every corner of her shop. One of the first thing that caught my eye was the little handmade cards made by her sweet daughter on the shelves. *Heart melts.*
I don’t know what it is about tiny shops with what seems like a million little things, but I turn into my grandmother, and I feel the need to touch and feel everything! Luckily for Anick, my paws were relatively clean, and there was no chocolate residue being spread on any of her beautiful displays. (Smudging chocolate on things is not an unusual occurrence for me.) With all of that said, it didn’t take long for me to find some unique things that made my heart smile.
I recently met up with a friend for lunch, and I noticed she was wearing mismatched earrings. I thought, how cool is that? I suppose it’s no wonder that when I saw the coffee and doughnut pair by Yellow Owl Workshop, it was time to step out of my comfort zone and GASP, get a pair of earrings that were not matchy! (By the way, you’re fantastic Sara!) The other pair I fell in love with (also completely different from one another) was made by Sandrine Devot from Montreal. I encourage you to check out her IG page. Her designs are great, and Anick stocks a few in her shop! In fact, she stocks a lot of charming things. Too many to name, but I think it’s well worth a visit next time you’re nearby. From gift wrap to party napkins, lapel pins to writing instruments and notebooks. Her shop is an absolute treat to spend time in, AND she’s a pretty freakin’ great designer to boot!
I know I say this A LOT, but seriously, support your local shops. Stop in. Say hello. Make a friend. These people put their hearts and souls into their projects, and every little bit helps fuel their fire to stay on the path of going Left & Write.
Do you know of any local-ish spots I need to check out? Let me know! I’m always up for a morning adventure!