Vancouver Island Spring Market

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  • “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown

    Having transplanted to the island 6 years ago, I do miss going to family gatherings and celebrations on the mainland.  As I have a big family, we would get together more often than just special occasions.

    A new decade makes me reflect on life and how much I have grown over the past 10 years as a “creative entrepreneur”.  I find that I am always seeking to connect with artisans and like-minded people to learn from and encourage being mindful of the unique potentials every person has to offer.  I am constantly amazed at the craft, ingenuity and passion this island has to offer.

    Vancouver Island Market was created to reflect this experience and to expose to the community all the skills, time and hard work each and every individual maker represents.

    So after another successful winter market this past December, my husband Frank and I, needed time away from the cold to rejuvenate so we could start the new year off with fresh and clear goals in mind but also keep the experience of artisans and craftsmanship close.

    We headed for Mexico.

    With so much great locally grown food, homemade past, fresh fruit and juices…we were in organic food heaven.  We ate a lot!

    There were also many local artisans that had a year round daily market (called the Hippie Market) where tourists like ourselves, could find gifts from funny t-shirts, handmade jewellery to dog collars and hand-woven blankets.

    Going to markets is a must either at home or when I travel. Seeing creativity at work in another country is so inspiring!  Macramé plant hangers, colourful wall murals, up-cycled metal art, gem stones and jewellery- so much like home with passion and dedication.

    What makes the sum of its parts so unique at VIM are the powerful stories and connections we create here.  In each application, vendors are invited to tell us “why they do what they do” so they can be heard and their art realized from a unique perspective.

    It’s an emotional and uplifting feeling for shoppers, organizers and even other makers to experience the passions and history offered by each maker.  And to enjoy their purchased wares for years to come, as well as creating long time friendships and return customers.

    Not forgetting we do this with food, wine and local brews too!

    Vancouver Island Market returns with a refreshed mindset this April at Nanaimo North Town Centre.  With a focus on meaningful connections, the VIM team look forward to boosting sustainability and the local creative economy right her on the island.  There will be food trucks, outdoor and indoor vendors spread across the entire mall with live music.  Come enjoy the exclusivity that sparks joy and supports your choice to shop local.

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