The short answer? Amazing things.

A little while ago I was approached by Pam from Crafted – we’d known each other for a long time and shared similar goals. She had amazing news: a retail space had opened up and was I interested in collaborating with her? I couldn’t say yes fast enough! We called up Amelia from Mint & Daisy and asked her what she thought. She shared our enthusiasm and a partnership began.

I’m so excited to invite anyone reading this to the grand opening of Greater Goods – Boutique and Tea Room! Our space will become the home base for Salt Water Tea, Mint & Daisy, Bubblegum Belles (Pam’s other company) and feature a carefully curated selection of artisans, a tea room (featuring locally hand-blended teas) and hold Make & Mingle workshops presented by Crafted. There will also be a small floral selection provided by Antheia Floral Boutique, the original owner of the space.

Our aim is to provide a community oriented hybrid gift shop – a space to support local artists, learn new skills through our workshops and connect with other members of the community. I’m thrilled to have the support of YYC Girl Gang behind me, as well as all the amazing words of encouragement from friends, artists and community members.

We’re holding a party to get the ball rolling, and you’re invited! Drinks are on us, there’ll be plenty of snacks, music and first dibs on all the amazing products we’ll be carrying! Come check us out on Saturday, February 6 at 6 pm. We’ll be at our new home: #8, 606 Meredith Road NE.

In the meantime, check us out on social – we’re on facebook, twitter and instagram and can’t wait to connect with all you amazing girlbosses!

Although I can’t give away which products we’ll be carrying just yet, I can let you know a little bit about our founders!

Pam started the Crafted Truck in 2015 as Calgary’s first mobile artisan boutique. Soon after, she opened a permanent location in the Calgary Farmer’s Market!  She carries handmade or locally designed jewelry, soap, accessories, decor (and more!) and is open Thursday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm. You can also catch her collaborating with other artists and businesses to host Make and Mingle workshops. To date she’s hosted photo styling, weaving, sewing, jewelry making and so many more amazing workshops. Check her out on instagram @craftedyyc

Mint & Daisy is another new business – Amelia launched her company at the Calgary Stampede in 2015 and it took off from there! She creates handcrafted bath & body products. Everything (I MEAN EVERYTHING) Amelia makes is 100% natural. There isn’t a drop of the bad stuff in there. My personal favourite products are her body scrubs and face oil! Instagram: @mintanddaisy

And now it’s my turn! I started Salt Water Tea as a way to stay creative in 2014. I quickly fell in love with the handmade community, and in April 2015 I became 100% self employed! Salt Water Tea is a handmade jewelry line, heavily featuring natural gems and crystals. I also have a line of “crystal candles” – these are luxury 100% soy candles with a crystal hidden inside each one! Instagram: @saltwaterteajewelry

And if you’re curious to know more about us, you can visit our websites here (salt water tea), here (Crafted) and here (Mint & Daisy)!

Our first official day open will be Sunday, February 7 from 11-4.

Thanks in advance for all the support, we honestly couldn’t have done it without you!

xx Nicole (Salt Water Tea)