Cool Canadiana

Nestled in the downtown neighbourhood of James Street North in Hamilton, White Elephant is the go-to spot for shoppers looking for handmade goods from independent artists. Co-owners Jane LaBatte and Hollie Pocsai focus on Canadian-made goods, including women’s clothing, jewellery, accessories, gifts and paper goods. Jane and Hollie, friends for almost two decades, decided to open a shop to promote sustainable shopping

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How to do a Simple Green Smoothie Detox

Congratulations on your decision to do a green smoothie detox! (Or a better name would be smoothie feast!) Your body will thank you for it. First off, you should breathe easy. You aren’t going to starve yourself for a week with this plan… you can restrict your diet to 3-5 smoothies a day, or add in some kicker superfoods, or fresh

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5 gifts kids love, and they’re not at the mall:

I found a treasure trove of cool kid gifts at a local toy shop on Locke Street in Hamilton, called Citizen Kid. They have “natural toys of quality, integrity and lasting value” – read: we don’t sell cheap plastic crap that snaps in half within 5 minutes. So, that’s cool. Also, many of the toys there look like so much fun, I

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Top 5 Gifts for Girls that you can’t get at the mall

So, I’m all about shopping local this Christmas because I want to prove that you can completely avoid the mall and still get really cool gifts. And I definitely proved it on this King Street shopping trip. Okay, I cheated a bit this time – I brought in a ringer… fashionista blogger Courtney of La Belle Sirene accompanied me! Here are our

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The gifts that guys actually want for Christmas

My mission this Christmas is to shop locally and in as many independent businesses as I can. The real challenge though, is what to get for the men on my list. So I teamed up with Nick Fotache (a fellow entrepreneur at Platform 302, the coworking office on Cumberland Avenue in Hamilton) to get a guy’s perspective on ideas for gifts. We

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Snooty Fox does #Novemburger right!

#Novemburger is a simple concept – local restaurants feature a specific burger during the month of November and Urbanicity promotes the heck out of ’em, and lets you rate them online (Novemburger.ca). It’s actually quite genius, because everyone loves an excuse to eat a hamburger, and supporting a local event is a great excuse! Except for one tiny problem –

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Create A Buzz With Twitter

There’s nothing like a good live tweeting session to make an event come to life. I like to live tweet when I’m at any kind of event so that everyone on Twitter will definitely know SOMETHING IS GOING ON. Basically what this entails is tweeting like crazy, using a specific hashtag repeatedly to mark it as part of an event,

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Bring your business back to the future!

So, you see a Back to the Future time machine replica rolling down the street. What do you do? Why, chase it of course, and take pictures when you catch up! And then post those photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. and watch the retweets, replies, favourites and likes ensue. If you own a business and you want to

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