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This week on our quest to shop local for Christmas we visit the fishing village of Quidi Vidi. Our first stop was The Quidi Vidi Plantationa unique marriage of cultural interpretation and contemporary craft creation. Built to reflect the fishing stages and fish plants that have occupied the site since the 1600s, the Plantation is a modern adaptation of traditional craft instruction. It serves as a craft enterprise incubator for emerging artists wishing to pursue careers as professional craftspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We caught up with the newest artisan Joelle Blandford of Nature’s Threads NL. Joelle is a recent graduate of the textile craft apparel and design program at the collage of the North Atlantic and makes eco friendly handmade products, textiles, greeting cards, one of a kind art and apparel.

What would you say is the most unique product you offer?

All my products are handmade and designed by me. I use environmentally safe materials to create one of a kind pieces of art.

What has been the most popular product for 2013?

My most popular products this year were my organic cotton yoga apparel, eco-friendly mummer greeting cards and textile silk sea glass jewellery.

Which product would be “your pick” for Christmas shoppers looking to buy local?

A mummer greeting card and a piece of handmade one of a kind textile silk sea glass jewellery.

What are some of the most desired products for tourists and visitors?

One of a kind hand woven tapestries, silk sea glass jewellery, and mummer cards. 

Do you offer shipping?

I offer shipping, custom ordering, and online PayPal payment.

What does buy local mean to you?

Buying local supports small business and is great for our environment.

After visiting the plantation we suggest making your way down to The Quidi Vidi Brewery for some locally brewed beverages. Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Limited (QV) was established in 1996. QV is a Newfoundland-based independent brewing company focused on producing world-class quality beers for the mainstream, specialty, and now the premium segment of the beer market. We caught up with Marketing Manager Justin Fong to find out why supporting local is important to them.

What would you say is the most unique product you offer?

Our most unique is by far our Iceberg beer. This refreshingly light lager is brewed with 25,000 year old iceberg water harvested from Newfoundland’s awe-inspiring icebergs. The appearance is clear and golden, a gently hopped, light-bodied brew offering a clean, sparkling finish, crisp with no aftertaste.

What has been the most popular product for 2013?

It’s not surprising that this has also been our most popular brand.


Which product would be “your pick” for Christmas shoppers looking to buy local?

Well the Iceberg beer is an obvious choice but our Mummer’s Brew is back again as a seasonal beer for the holidays now and around mid December our Winter Ale will be hitting the shelves for the first time. The brewer calls the Mummer’s Brew “a robust, full bodied winter ale…brewed with chocolate malt, generously hopped, and fermented to 6% alc/vol.” Delicious!

What are some of the most desired products for tourists and visitors?

The big favourite with tourists and visitors is Iceberg.

 

Do you offer shipping?

Unfortunately we don’t ship.

What does buy local mean to you?

Buying local means supporting local. If you need services or supplies to help your business function you should look to home before looking outside. Always support a fellow Newfoundlander when you can.

After you’ve quenched your thirst make sure to pick up a few cases for the beer lovers on your Christmas list! Next week we embrace more handmade local goodies at The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. Happy Shopping!