One of the things I love most about working with boutique home and stationery stores is the diversity they have in their shops. Every time you walk in their doors, each one takes the time to curate a selection of products that will fit the tastes of the customers they serve.
This year for my gift list, I'm focused on the retailers who have come on board to sell Hello Sweetie in their adorable shops!
First off is the very first store to ever carry Hello Sweetie Designs:
Duly Noted Stationery: Halifax, NS
Duly Noted is the shop that feeds my need for organization. I always go here for my annual Rifle Planner and constant supply of Blackwing Pencils.
They also recently started carrying some natural products like these bath bombs that carry a little gem stone in them, and some roll on perfumes by Apt. 6, my favourite of which is their 'Revive' scent.
Check them out on Doyle Street in Halifax!
Inkwell Boutique: Halifax, NS
Inkwell is another local shop, sitting just around the corner from my studio. They have a range of home and giftware that makes it easy to see why they were in the top 3 Best Home Decor Stores in The Coast's Best Of Halifax this year!
Some of my favourite items include their collection of Aflame creations by one of our local artists which you can read about in their feature post, and also these adorable cat-themed gifts which make the holidays much easier for couples like my partner and I, who are the proud parents to 3 cats and—if you ask any of our friends—are frankly obsessed with them.
You can find them on Brunswick Street in Halifax, NS!
Kept Shop: Dartmouth, NS
Kept is one of my absolute favourite shops to visit in downtown Dartmouth. I discovered this little shop back while I was still in school for Graphic Design and to this day it's my favourite place to visit on a Saturday morning after checking out the latest on sale at Alderney Market.
The thing I love most about this shop is that they set it up to be a shopping experience instead of a standard store. All of their items are handpicked to fit the vibe of the shop, and walking through it feels like you've stepped into the pages of a hygge book.
I've definitely talked about how much I love their mugs before, but they also carry my favourite blend of Earl Grey for making London fogs at home, and some of my favourite coffee-themed Rifle Paper goods.
Take Note Stationery Boutique: Hamilton, Ontario
Take Note is one of my newest retail partners and my very first in Ontario! I met them in Toronto while I was there with a client attending an event, and we followed each other on Instagram. I was so thrilled when they reached out to get my catalogue, it was basically the holidays arriving early for me!
Take Note is a boutique that takes stationery very seriously. These ladies have a vision for their store and they have filled it to the brim with all the paper goods and fine pens you could want.
When you visit them on King Street W in Hamilton Ontario, they're more than ready to help you pick out the perfect item for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.
Some of my recent favourites include these metallic Fabercastle pens, including bronze, silver and gold. This brand is amazing and their metallics really jump off the page. I also included a link to their hydroponic herb kits because as someone who loves plants but can't help but kill them from overwatering; these kits are a dream come true. They are the absolute best gift for taking to holiday parties if you want to be the most sought after gift in the exchange!
The Papery: Victoria, BC
The Papery was actually recommended to me by a friend who moved here from Victoria, BC. She described this shop as 'stumbling across a shop straight out of Miracle on 34th street' and after checking it out online, I have to agree.
The Papery in Victoria is located across from the Bay Center on Fort Street, with a window display of paper goods front and centre when you walk in. Locals describe this shop as 'The happiest place in Victoria', which is easy to believe when you see their unique selection of paper goods and exquisite displays of pens.
While I'm devoted to Rifle because of their simple 'Date + 10 to-do spots', if I wasn't a freelancer, I would probably go with one of these Hobonichi planners instead. Mainly because it would pair amazingly well with a brand new LAMY pen.
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