CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — With many craft Christmas shows either cancelled or in doubt this year due to COVID-19, a group of about Island entrepreneurs have come together and are renting space below Peakes Quay Restaurant and Bar in Charlottetown to try and salvage the season.
Our Local Shop opened about a month ago in the space formerly occupied by the P.E.I. Dirt Shirt store, which relocated to Founders Food Hall and Market.
About 20 Island craft businesses have set up displays in the space. Business partners Lloyd Kerry, who sells 'I Love P.E.I.' merchandise and wood products, and Diana Tutty of Branching Out Wood Crafts, manage the space and handle sales at the cash register.
OUR LOCAL SHOP VENDORS
- Branching Out Wood Crafts
- I Love P.E.I. merchandise, woodworking and Foxy soy candles
- The Mad Felter (felt creatures and wall art)
- Sara’s Sew Vintage
- Roxie’s Rustic Signs
- Snuffle Lovin (pet mats)
- Made by Grandma’s Hands (sea glass jewelry)
- Comfy Cozy Crochets
- Glitter Ghost (handmade jewelry and masks)
- Caribou Wood Turning
- OM-Made Soap
- Dani’s Dreams (fancy scarves)
- Helen Rowlands (felt gnomes)
- Christine Thibaudier Ness paintings
- Souris Sauces
- EB Photography
- Robert McMillan Pottery
- C & D's Honey
- Deep Roots Distillery
- Collins Knits
“It’s a good collection, and we don’t duplicate ourselves,” said Kerry. “For some of them, this is really their only make some money at Christmas time.” Some of the other vendors include Souris Sauces, EB Photography, Robert McMillan Pottery, C & D's Honey, Deep Roots Distillery and Collins Knits.
Our Local Shop is open Fridays and Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The plan is to stay open as close to Christmas as the weather permits.