We have also entered into a joint venture with Mama Bear Gems with a special Gift Set which includes cats and bracelets and Neck laces which are only available in each of the Ottawa Loves Local outlet stores.
The holiday time is coming up and we are gearing for another successful holiday season. Last year had its successes and encouraged me to expand my marketing efforts. So this year I expanded to a physical presence here in Ottawa. I have leased shelf space at the Ottawa Artisans “Made in Ottawa”store front at Billings Bridge Plaza to showcase my toys and to provide a locale for folks to actually see before they buy. The link goes to my page on their site and you can also find their location from there.
Ottawa Artisans also have a Holiday Pop up store for the Holiday season at the St Laurent Shopping Center where I have a shelf presence until December. Please come by and visit. Note that the prices at the stores will be higher than that shown on this website as, understandably, there is a cost to being able to sell my wares.
To meet the potential demand I have been furiously making old favourites and new toys which are posted now on this site. Trucks seem popular as do trains and tractors. I have added a canoe with 3 removeable Peg People in homage of my canoe adventure paddling the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston.
I still like being creative and making new toys is always a pleasure, so feel free to contact me for any special requests.
We have added a new category of Airplanes. There are 4 new designs, a large and small jet plane, a biplane and a propeller plane. The small jet plane is suitable for smaller children as there are no really small pieces and is priced at $15. The larger jet, biplane and propeller plane are more complex and suitable for older children and are priced at $25. each.
We have added a Tow Truck with Car as a new offering. The tow truck has a velcro “hook” that can be used with the car which has a corresponding Velcro “tow hitch”. This toy is probably better suited to 3 and up as there are small pieces unlike the small cars. The price is $20 for the set of truck and car.
This will go well with a garage and other cars as they are of the same scale. Of course this is locally hand made, in unfinished pine and maple (wheels).