Featured small biz – Special T Shirt Company / PrintedShirts.ca

Special-t-shirt-companySpecial T Shirt Company / PrintedShirts.ca was started in 1989 by Lorne Mack, a former member of the Canadian National Rowing Team. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it is your one stop shop for custom printed or embroidered t-shirts, hoodies, golf shirts and promotional products. Special T Shirt Company has an unsurpassed reputation for quality printing and embroidery. It offers fair prices and amazing customer service making it Canada’s first choice for businesses, large and small.

Special-t-shirt-company-2Special T Shirt Company has an online catalogue with thousands of garments and promotional products. Receive an instantaneous free online quote or experience their friendly customer service in person or by calling their toll-free line. Special T Shirt Company will be happy to help you with your particular project, and to answer any questions you may have.

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Featured deal:

100 or more Gildan heavy cotton t-shirts, sized small through XL, including: t-shirts, screen setups, artwork, and a 1-colour print, for $3.99 per shirt (plus any applicable taxes).


Hey Small Biz! Worried about a Canada Post disruption? CFIB has your solution

If your business relies on Canada Post, then you know that your service could be interrupted with 72 hours’ notice, by a strike or lockout.

In order to help your business get through the potential mail stoppage with a minimum of disruption, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is now offering ZoomShipR, our exclusive member-only courier and freight shipping solution, to all independent businesses in Canada until October 1st.

With discounts of up to 30% and online shipment processing in under a minute, ZoomShipR is so convenient and affordable, you may never go back to Canada Post again, strike or no strike.

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Travel Tuesday: Blue Mountain and Collingwood area, Ontario

Side Launch BreweryMy husband and I recently hopped in the car and headed to wherever we might end up, as we do. Well, we ended up in the Blue Mountain and Collingwood area and it was awesome!

We only spent a day and evening in the area but we managed to pack a lot in.

After a quick tour through the main street and a stop at Tourist Information Centre in Collingwood, we headed to Side Launch Brewing Company.

Although the brewery has only been around for a couple of years (since May of 2014), it has already garnered a lot of attention in the beer world, and racked up some serious awards, the most recent being 2016 Brewery of the Year at the 14th annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Canadian Craft Brewers Conference.

product-dark-lagerThe awesome staff brought samples to our table and chatted with us not just about the beer but also about the (short) history of the brewery, the origin of Side Launch’s name and more.

Our favourite beer was the Side Launch Dark Lager. We picked up a six pack of that as well as a variety six pack. We brought the latter to a friend’s house the next day and our host also preferred the dark.

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Here is the EMPTY jar of Beet & Horseradish spread because I immediately turned it into a magical borscht!

Next stop was the Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery. It wasn’t the easiest winery to find (thank you GPS) but after a stop at a little market on the side of the road where I picked up some local honey and an incredible beet & horseradish spread, at the end of a rocky dirt road, we eventually found the welcome sign for Coffin Ridge.

Forbidden dry ciderThis winery was definitely worth going a little out of the way for. The views were breathtaking, the seating comfortable, and they had live music! To our happy surprise, we found that Coffin Ridge had recently started crafting ciders as well. We learned from the helpful staff that even though they only recently started to sell it, the sales of their Forbidden dry cider were starting to overtake their wine. We could see why, it was delicious.

I chose the wine flight, my husband chose the cider flight and together we sat on a comfy outdoor sofa to listen to some music and take in the views.

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Next stop, Blue Mountain Village! This is where we planned to do a little shopping and have dinner. Blue Mountain Village was packed with people, even though it is summer and Blue Mountain is known for skiing (although you can take the ski lift up the mountain to take in the views).

I highly recommend stopping at Georgian Christmas, a shop that has, as the name would imply, a lot of beautiful Christmas decorations and flotsam, but also jewelry and non-holiday themed décor as well. Go Fish Go is another fun and quirky store.

There were so many restaurants and we were starving at this point so we pretty much went into the first place that would feed us. We ended up at Kaytoo Restaurant & Bar, and we didn’t have any regrets about our choice. My husband ate perogies, which were our waiter’s favourite, not that he needed any encouragement to order that dish! On another recommendation from the staff, I had the stir fry with peanut sauce and it was either the best dish I ever ate or I was just REALLY hungry. Admittedly it was probably the latter but either way, it was excellent.

After dinner, we sipped Americanos from the Royal Majesty Espresso Bar Bakery (which has a Bailey’s Irish Cream menu, btw) while listening to a live concert before heading home.

All-in-all a fabulous day trip! We wished we could’ve visited more independent businesses, restaurants, breweries and wineries so next time I will make sure to stay overnight.


Mile High Poutinerie. We were too full to try it. 😦


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Featured small biz – Fine Interiors By Susan

fine-interiors-by-susan-logoFine Interiors By Susan is a one-stop-shop design studio located in Toronto, Ontario offering a complete list of services to accommodate both residential and commercial decorating needs. With their in-house workroom, they are able to create quality products at the lowest price possible. Fine Interiors By Susan assesses their projects first hand in detail to assure that your standards are met in a timely and professional manner. They are committed to creating custom home furnishings while also providing the best-in-quality goods to both homeowners and designers.

Designing and renovating your own space can be difficult. With in-home consultations, the team at Fine Interiors By Susan is able to assess your space and provide you with appropriate and timeless design plans for small projects or renovations, with contracting services as well.

fine-interiors-by-susanKnowing where to shop and what to buy can also be a challenge when it comes to designing your space. Let Fine Interiors By Susan assist you and make designing fun, not a chore. With their various sources for fabrics, drapery hardware, furniture, and lighting, sourcing for your home will be effortless and convenient.

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Featured deal:

Call or visit the studio for a free 30 minute consultation! Their designers are ready to help you with all your design needs!


“Re-imagining the human experience in a way that includes accessibility”

Lequanne Collins-Bacchus is a 24-year-old intellectual peripatetic, who founded PAERE as a hub to explore the intersection of accessibility, disability, the arts, and technological innovation.

She enjoys learning about and re-imagining the human experience and what’s possible for people of all abilities. Being hard-of-hearing herself, she draws inspiration from her own experience and challenges others to do the same. She’s studied at OCAD University (artfully), Carleton University (philosophically), and Seneca College (logistically).

Read more about Lequanne and PAERE via the link below!

“Re-imagining the human experience in a way that includes accessibility”