The newly designed Stampede Market is your shopping and entertainment destination. This year, for the first time, we are excited to welcome Etsy to the halls of the BMO Centre. A Market within the Market, Etsy will provide an exclusive niche for individuals seeking all things handcrafted, locally made, and one-of-a-kind.
Etsy, the online marketplace for all things handmade and vintage, has served as a pioneer in its unique capacity to connect buyers and sellers across the world. Founded in 2005, Etsy has grown exponentially in the past ten years, now with over 32 million items for sale worldwide. Truly embracing the meaning of global community, Etsy allows full-time artisans and weekend hobbyists alike to pursue their respective crafts, and make their creations available on a global scale.
Coming full circle, we are now bringing the virtual world back into reality with the introduction of Etsy to the Stampede. Housed in Hall A of the BMO Centre, the Etsy Market will feature twenty Canadian sellers, giving these talented artists an opportunity to interact in person with their customers, and in turn, providing browsers a rare chance to meet the creators of their newfound treasures. The Etsy Market will showcase a range of products, from photography and vintage clothing to graphic prints and maple syrup, and just about everything else in between.
Among these artists is Calgary native Christine Phan, owner of print boutique ‘ImPaper‘. A unique collection of typography art and graphic prints, ImPaper’s creations are bold – both in message and in design. With text ranging from inspirational to downright cheeky, these prints will be sure to put a smile on your face regardless of what they say.
Another local Calgarian business, Fairgoods, offers quirky accessories and home decor, as well as granting shoppers a turn in the driver’s seat. Fostering the creativity of their customers, Fairgoods offers various do-it-yourself kits and tutorials, providing an opportunity for you to experience the accomplishment of creating something with your own two hands. Whether you have a particular affinity for Mother’s Day embroidery, or are more inclined to make your own beeswax candle, Fairgoods could transform even the most uninspired individual into a regular Martha Stewart. And if Ms. Stewart just isn’t your cup of tea, you can sip on something more to your taste in one of Fairgoods’ Negative Coffee Mugs, which are embossed with a succinct, stylized, “No”.
Finally, keep your eyes open for up-and-coming Calgarian jeweler, Nicole Bracey, owner of Salt Water Tea. Nicole founded Salt Water Tea in 2014 after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2013. Inspired by wildlife, geology and the all elements of the natural world, Nicole’s pieces feature a rich combination of textiles, making for incredibly detailed and entirely unique jewelry. A reflection of our diverse community, Nicole also handcrafts traditional 108 Mala bead necklaces that can be used for both prayer and meditation. Maintaining the spirit of community, Salt Water Tea jewelry is made with locally purchased materials, in turn supporting other developing Calgarian businesses.
A true testament to the raw talent and creative abilities flourishing within our community, there is no doubt that Alberta is home to some incredibly gifted artisans.
Like the quintessential bag of mini donuts on the Midway, the Etsy Market is one thing you will not want to miss when you’re at Stampede Park. We are thrilled to welcome Etsy to the Stampede Market.
See you soon,
Lauren Vogel and Jillian Cook