Shop Local

Fall harvest, Thanksgiving, Halloween – so many things to be thankful for this season. In this issue, we are shining light on a few of Alberta’s well-known movers and shakers plus sending kudos to those who started new businesses during the pandemic. The celebrations in your homes may look different for many reasons
as some of us reflect on loved ones lost but will also be a time to create new memories, and relish in time spent with those we care about most.

This month our Shop Local column also features these amazing local products: pasta and sauce from Sunterra Market, honey almonds and Bodacious Black Current Mead Chinook Honey, Honey Vinegars from Alchemist Vinegars, and All-Purpose Flour from Harvest Moon Mills.

Raven and Orca or Moon Platters and Bowls

The season of celebrations and gift giving is fast approaching and we are always on the lookout for a special gift. On a recent visit to Springbank Cheese Co.,
we discovered these stunning porcelain serving platters and bowls and may have picked up one or two ourselves. Adrian and Carie Lee Watters are passionate about cheese. So much so, they struck a deal with owner Tom Hemsworth to open and operate the Willow Park Village and Crowfoot locations. Today there are three owners and four stores in Calgary, each unique in characteristics, offerings, and all worth a visit. The Watters showcase over 400 types of cheese in their two locations, plus seasonal varieties and all kinds of accompaniments made for entertaining. Here you’ll find big bold flavours in hot sauces, jellies and jams and more because, according to Adrian, balance is boring so go big or go home. In addition to all the delicious edibles, there are all kinds of accessories, like platters, perfect for any cheese lover. Indigenous artist Kelly Robinson uses his art to tell the stories of the Nuxalk and Nuu-chah-nulth people, their land and culture. He examines stories of the supernatural, potlatch societies, and the land and sea in his artwork. Kelly’s work is shown on the orca and raven platters and bowls available in Watters stores. Klatle Bhi is an Indigenous artist of Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. His name means “head killer whale of a pod of killer whales” and his art is an expression of his personal and spiritual journey, as well as a reflection of his cultures. Klatle is known for creating moon artwork, also showcased on the platters and bowls in the store. Drop in for a visit and a chat with Adrian or Carie Lee to find all kinds of goodies you never knew you needed or to pick up the perfect gift.

Raven and Orca or Moon Platters and Bowls | Springbank Cheese Co. Willow Park Village and Crowfoot | $5.95 – $24.99 |