re: Purpose now has an online storefront


re: Purpose is a unique storefront boutique located at Operation Come Home. The boutique products have an emphasis on recycled materials and young artisan creations. The boutique sells products from social enterprises, artisans and youth products that are made by at risk and homeless youth at OCH. The boutique stocks products that are unique, high quality and many are re: purposed. Products that are sold in the boutique provide jobs for at risk and homeless youth and give local enterprises and artisans an opportunity to sell their products. A portion of the product sales are re-directed back into re: Purpose to sustain the enterprise.


Recently re: Purpose has created an online store front, allowing even those outside of Ottawa to purchase socially conscious wares. Their current offerings include: necklaces & pendants earrings; bracelets; rings & brooches; hats & accessories; purses & yoga mats; vases & decor; candles; handmade toys; and artwork.

Much of their jewelry is created through the BeadWorks program. BeadWorks offers street-involved and at-risk youth a safe and creative space to design, craft, and sell one of a kind jewellery. The jewellery is sold at their re: Purpose storefront at 150 Gloucester St. and at their online storefront. BeadWorks uses jewelry and art as a means to offer youth a supportive space, a creative outlet, a healthy meal, social opportunities, business skills and is often used as a stepping stone for youth to access other supports and services.

BeadWorks isn’t the only artisan whose goods you can find at re: Purpose’s digital storefront is home to over 20 artisans, including: A Touch of Glass, Amber Golden, Bejewelled, Doozy Candles, Eastcoaster, Eco Equitable, HTD Design, Jane Weiserman, Kozimo, Lindsey Weatherhead, Maama Watali, Magic Needles, Mystic Makings, Odd.Kat, TableWorks, Tender Thorn, The Laughing Crow, and Umuko Project.

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Learn more about Operation Come Home by reading their Social Enterprise Story.

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