Social Enterprise Gift Guide
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Looking for a gift? Why not make a purchase that won’t just make the receiver happy, but will also benefit Ontario, and your local community? Throughout the year SEontario will be showcasing different Social Enterprises [SE], and SE Marketplaces that you can purchase your gifts from, learn about SE that can cater your get togethers, and more.
Browse through the wares and services that Ontario Social Enterprises have to offer you.
Why not buy local and support social?
Kitigan.com – Online
Kitigan is a one-of-a-kind online Aboriginal art business that sells authentic, high quality, Aboriginal handmade goods. Kitigan is a social economy initiative that supports Aboriginal artisans in developing their portfolio and entrepreneurial skills. Kitigan provides artisans with a forum for developing their market, promoting their work and creating an ongoing revenue source through sales and royalties.
shop4good.ca – Online
All vendors on shop4GOOD.ca are charities and non-profit organizations located in Southwestern Ontario. All proceeds from every purchase go towards the charity you are purchasing from – with 10% going towards sustaining shop4GOOD.ca and the non-profit services we offer.
The Karma Project – Store front and Pick-up
76 Main Street, Penetanguishene; and 423 Talbot Street, Port Mcnicoll
The Karma Project has many ongoing projects, such as the Karma Marketplace and weekly foodboxes. The Karma Marketplace is the storefront in Penetanguishene, and Port McNicoll (planned for 2014). It is here where you will find local, organic, and fair-trade produce, meat, dairy products, preserves, pantry items, coffee, tea, and artisans work. Local organic food every week, or one-of-a-kind artisan work could be the holiday gift you’ve been searching for.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited – Store front and Pick-up
Retail: Covent Garden Market, Main floor by west entrance, London, ON N6A 1C5
Woodworking: 3334 White Oak Rd. London, ON N6E 1L7
Youth Opportunities Unlimited [YOU] provide a caring and active place where youth are engaged in learning and creating opportunities to build their future. They help youth become contributing members of the community through education and employment. Your purchases of YOU Made It products and services directly benefit the youth in YOU programs by providing them with valuable paid on-the-job training and skills development. Revenue generated from sales goes directly back into these programs and services.
By supporting these social enterprises with the purchase of their products or services you are helping to unlock the potential of local London ON youth.
Ezzy Lynn – Online
The design for each product is inspired by a unique endangered species. For example, our Rhino scrunchie has small rhinestones, our Tree Kangaroo is neon pink representing their bright nose and our Gorilla scrunchie is a black velvet. Are products are handcrafted using vegan materials we purchase from local Canadian retailers.
Community Care’s Thrift Shop – Store front
Community Care volunteers have operated a Thrift Shop as a fundraising venture, since 2002. Over 65 volunteers work in the shop 6 days a week. The Thrift Shop is over 4,000 square feet and donations of good used items are received regularly from County residents. The Thrift Shop sells household goods, linens, clothing for all ages, books, toys, furniture and knick knacks. 100% of the money raised stays in Prince Edward County. 100% of the goods sold were donated by people who live in Prince Edward County.
Craft Ontario – Online and Store front
990 Queen Street W., Toronto
Monday – Thursday & Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Friday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Sunday, 12 NOON – 5:00 PM
Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.
B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub – Online and Store front
336 Rubidge St. Peterborough, Ontario
B!KE is a not-for-profit organization that teaches bicycle maintenance, repair, and riding skills. We facilitate programs in our professionally equipped bike shop, as well as in schools and in the community at large. We strive to make cycling an accessible form of transportation for everyone.
B!KE offers memberships for shop use for $30 per year, they can be purchased in person or online. B!KE volunteers refurbish used bicycles; from low-cost city bikes to freshly powdercoated retro rides we have you covered! A wide selection of new and used parts are available at B!KE.
Lindsay Farmers’ Market Association – Store front
We are a local farmers’ market operating in downtown Lindsay on Saturdays from May 1st to October 31st on Victoria Avenue from Kent St. to Peel St. We are open from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We also have 2 Christmas Markets on Dec. 13th & 20th 2014 in Victoria Park Armoury right beside the where the outdoor market is held.
At the outdoor market we have a variety of fresh baking, preserves, fruit and veggies, honey, maple syrup, meats, crafts, cheese, soap, wood furniture, fresh made crepes, cabbage rolls, blini, perogies, bird seed, pet treats. At the indoor markets we have a lot of the same products as the outdoor market but many more gift ideas for the holiday season.
FoodShare Toronto – Store front and Pick up
90 Croatia Street, Toronto
FoodShare Toronto is a leading non-profit community food organization that delivers healthy food and food education to communities and schools across Toronto. FoodShare Toronto’s Sunshine Garden and Market social enterprise works with clients from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to grow their own food from seed to harvest and sell the produce at the Sunshine Garden Market.
KLINK Coffee – Store front and Online
2185 Danforth Ave. Toronto
KLINK Coffee is a social enterprise of St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto, which is a not-for-profit, non-religious charitable organization founded in 1979. KLINK changes lives by providing training and jobs for people returning home from prison. Good jobs help them get off to a good start. That makes families stronger and communities safer.
KLINK offers a wide choice of coffee that can satisfy the tastes of any coffee lover. KLINK offers Medium, Dark, Decaf & Espresso in beans and ground formats. We also have a selection of flavoured coffees for those who prefer a French Vanilla for example.
We are pleased to help with any coffee question and we will find the perfect KLINK solution.
Open Studio – Store front and Online
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto
Open Studio, Canada’s leading printmaking centre, is a charitable, non-profit, artist run centre dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints.
The Artist Proof Sale provides art lovers with an exciting opportunity to purchase original, one-of-a-kind fine art prints, at prices ranging from $50 – $400.
Furniture Bank – Store front, Pick-up, and Online
25 Connell Court, Unit 1, Toronto
Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise offering a furniture removal service. We transfer furniture and housewares donated by you to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees & newcomers to Canada. In the process, we help turn an empty space into a true home. We provide job and life skills training and/or employment to youth experiencing barriers, individuals suffering from minor mental disabilities, people with disabilities, people receiving social assistance and other people with limited employment opportunities.
We provide three distinct services:
1. a pickup service for people who wish to donate furniture to Furniture Bank
2. a low cost furniture delivery service for clients of Furniture Bank
3. a low cost moving service for clients of Furniture Bank
PICKUP SERVICE FEES START FROM $99!
re:Purpose – Store front
150 Gloucester Street, Ottawa
11:00 am to 4:00pm Monday – Saturday
re: Purpose is a unique boutique and storefront 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.
We offer unique recycled and upcycled crafts, jewelry, decor and art from over 60 local artists and artisans. Every purchase helps support the re:Purpose storefront to keep it running so that it can continue to offer valuable employment opportunities to at-risk youth in Ottawa.
Windfall Brides – Store front
Windfall Brides is a social purpose enterprise boutique offers valuable job training opportunities to men and women in need in the GTA. Bridal, bridesmaid and cocktail dresses from retailers across Ontario are donated and sold to the public to raise money for Windfall’s anti-poverty programs.
Interested in seeing a selection of designer dresses being sold at our boutique? Check us out on our social media pages!
Niagara Presents – Store front and Online
4516 Mountainview Road Beamsville, Ontario
Niagara Presents is a proud supporter of the Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre, a registered charity providing technical support and training to unemployed and underemployed women in Niagara.
Give a taste of the “Best of Niagara” this Christmas to clients, employees, friends and family with Niagara Presents 2014 Holiday “Best of Niagara” Gourmet Gift Basket Collection.
Our Basket Collection features award-winning Niagara Presents gourmet preserves and wine jellies, as well as an assortment of other gourmet delights.
Visit our showroom or our website for detailed descriptions of our baskets.
Inspirations Studio – Store Front and Online
Showroom at 2480 Dundas Street West at Glen Lake
Inspirations Studio is a social enterprise project of Sistering – A Woman’s Place that teaches low-income women how to create and sell pottery. The program provides women with a safe and inclusive space to be creative and an opportunity to participate in meaningful self-employment.
Inspirations Studio produces a wide selection of stoneware pottery, available in a range of glazes and surface treatments. All glazes used by the studio are food safe and lead free. Inspirations Studio pottery can be used in the microwave and dishwasher.
Studio visits are welcomed with an appointment. Should you not have time for to come to the studio, images of available items can be emailed and those selected items can be delivered at your convenience. Inspirations Studio also welcomes custom orders; generally six weeks are need to complete an order.
Bookmark – Store Front
488 Dominion Avenue, Midland
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Bookmark is a used bookstore located in beautiful downtown Midland. We pride ourselves on having good quality books at great prices in a warm and welcoming atmosphere! All proceeds support the literacy programs offered by Gateway Centre for Learning.
Our regular books range from $0.50 children’s books to $3.00 hardcovers. We also have a Rare book section with prices that start at $10.00. Bookmark is a participating business of the Shop Local program, until December 22, 2014 we have a Fill-A-Bag Sale for $20.00. Sale does not include Rare books.
House of Lazarus, Matilda Resource Centre Inc. – Store Front
The House of Lazarus is comprised of a Food Bank, Thrift Shop and Household Goods Shop.
Our Social Enterprise is our Thrift and Household Goods shops and these represent our major sources of funding for our Food Bank and programs.
The House of Lazarus is a rural Community Outreach Center serving the rural communities located in the surrounding townships of Dundas, Stormont, Leeds and Grenville in Eastern Ontario. We are a voice for rural poverty and are working towards building sustainable and resilient communities one person at a time.
Our Thrift Shop and Household Goods Shop offer a great selection of good quality used clothing and accessories, furniture and household items as well as collectibles.
A-Way Express – Online/Phone
Toronto Deliveries – 416-424-226
A-WAY EXPRESS is a courier and small package delivery company serving Toronto in a unique way. We employ people with lived experience of a mental health challenge in a supportive work environment that promotes healing and recovery, while getting the job done.
Our cut-off time for same-day deliveries is 4 pm. Our couriers make their deliveries using public transit, helping to decrease congestion and pollution within Toronto.
Our couriers will use the public transit to deliver your gifts! A-Way delivers so much more. Call 416-424-2266 today.
Market 707 – Store Front and Online
707 Dundas St West, Toronto
Located at 707 Dundas Street West in Toronto and housed in retrofitted shipping containers, Market 707 is Toronto’s most unique street food and retail market. This space brings together local entrepreneurs serving up more than 11 types of delicious international street food, along with unique goods and services to create an urban food and shopping environment unlike any other.
Visit our retail section for great items. Beautiful clothing, jewelry and accessories from Likkle-n-Cute, handmade crafts from Anokha Leewu, for your tech-savvy loved ones visit SellTeck for cellphones, laptops and tablets! Got a sweet tooth we got you covered Petit Nuage and Cookie Martinez have a special holiday menu of cookies, cream puffs, brownies and more perfect for gift baskets or a tasty treat just for yourself. A variety of of food vendors also do holiday catering check us out online to see all the wonderful vendors and products to choose from. Not only will you find an incredible gift, but you can support Toronto entrepreneurs.
Free Geek Toronto – Store Front and Online
180 Sudbury St, Toronto
Free Geek Toronto (FGT) originated in 2009 with the vision to make our city a place where electronic waste is disposed of responsibly, safely and ethically, and where everyone has access to computers and the Internet.
This is done through two streams:
FGT accepts donations of electronic waste, rebuilds and repairs and subsequently re-sells computers, monitors and other equipment at a very low cost. We also offers computer and Internet training for beginners and intermediate users at reasonable rates. For more information about our organization please visit www.freegeektoronto.org.
We have a selection of refurbished laptops and desktop computers available for sale in our store located at 180 Sudbury Street in Toronto.
Switchback Cyclery – Store Front
651 Queen Street East, Toronto
A full-service bike shop in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, selling a wide selection of new bikes and accessories and providing top-notch bike service. Voted Toronto’s Best Bike Shop 2014 by readers of NOW Magazine.
Switchback offers not only great bikes, service, and accessories but also provides an opportunity for members of the Sanctuary community to work together in this exciting enterprise.
Friends Catering – Online
Friends Catering provides jobs for individuals in our community who are experiencing substantial barriers to finding employment. We work with newcomers and people re-entering the workforce, as well as people dealing with addiction and issues of mental health. We provide training and work experience in the food service industry, while giving our trainees the support needed to move forward with their employment and educational goals.
When you order from Friends Catering, you’re getting a delicious meal, but you are also supporting the community we live in and that’s why it’s ‘food you’ll feel good about’!
Our acclaimed Chef works together with our catering trainees to create fabulous, fresh meals that everyone can enjoy. Every meal is made with the freshest ingredients and presented in a professional and creative way. We can also create a menu to fit specific dietary needs such as Halal, Gluten-free & Vegan meals.
Right Bike – Store Front
Right Bike is an employment-based social business that operates Ottawa’s community-based bike share service with our fleet of refurbished purple bicycles. We also offer training in bike safety and mechanics.
Right bike has affordable bike rentals for a day, weekend or season’s pass. Our bikes are comfortable, accessible and very purple. We also have cargo bikes and a tandem! Check out our website for more details.
The Earth Group – Online
The Earth Group exists entirely to provide food, water, and education to children globally. We do this through a worldwide exclusive agree with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). 100% of our profits are donated to WFP to fund school meal programmes, an each year we provide a minimum of 250,000 meals to children.
We sell fair trade, certified organic coffee and tea, and bottled water. This holiday season we offer a gift box that contains all of our products. For each that we sell, we an feed and educate a child for a year. We include a letter that says ‘company xyz has fed and educated a child on your behalf. This is a great option for corporations looking to give back, and an alternative to the traditional gift basket.
Peterborough EATS – Store Front and Online
In The Peterborough Public Library
345 Aylmer St. N. Peterborough
Peterborough EATS is a training café and catering company located in the downtown Peterborough Public Library. EATS stands for Employment Advancement Training Service. We provide hands-on training programs for people who face barriers to employment. Unemployed and underemployed people gain skills in Culinary Arts and Restaurant and Retail Operations Training, Point of Sale Cash Register Training and Kitchen and Café Training. Experienced instructors teach entry-level to supervisory level skills and participants gain practical experience in the daily operation of a café and catering company.
Have your gathering catered by Peterborough EATS, stop in for a treat at our cafe, purchase a cooking class for a loved one, or purchase an online e-gift certificate!
Hatch Ptbo – Store Front
120 Murray Street, Peterborough ON (Use Water St. Entrance)
Hatch Ptbo is a COIN operated social enterprise in Peterborough, Ontario. Based out of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Hatch offers a wide range of services to help budding entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, whether in the private or non-for-profit sector. Members have access to a comfortable shared working space in which to establish their business. The space includes free Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, kitchen, office equipment, and best of all, coworkers.
Hatch Ptbo seeks to inspire, instigate, and catalyse socially innovative action through various events during the year. A database full of resources for socially conscious and innovative entrepreneurs is also available on our website. Buy a membership as a gift for an intrepid entrepreneur in your family or friend group. Memberships start at $25, are flexible, and come with a week free to test out the space
Community Enterprise at The Working Centre – Store Front and Online
The Working Centre is a volunteer-inspired venture that seeks to give individuals and groups access to tools and opportunities to become involved in the building of community. For 30 years, we have responded to people experiencing poverty and unemployment with collaborative and innovative projects. The Working Centre’s projects and activities are supported in part by our Community Enterprise Projects, which combine community service with social enterprise. The results are creative projects that foster inclusion and contribute tools to the community.With ten Community Enterprise Projects altogether, activities range from urban agriculture to filmmaking to bikesharing, and more.
Books for Sustainable Living is a catalogue of books that focus on ways we can learn to live in more ecological, neighbourly and sustainable ways. Ideas in these books include creativity and independence, earning less but living more, the integration of community and work, analysis of social issues, environmental concerns, spirituality, cycling, food and gardening. If you live in or around Kitchener-Waterloo, we invite you to come in and check out our other projects, including The Hacienda Sarria Market Garden, GROW Greenhouse, The Queen Street Commons Café, Maurita’s Kitchen, Computer Recycling, The Commons Studio, The Green Door Clothing Store and Arts Space, Worth a Second Look Furniture and Housewares, Community Access Bikeshare, and Recycle Cycles Community Bike Shop.
Visit our online catalogue for more information about these projects.
GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD – Store Front and Online
Toronto based Social enterprise, making a difference one meal at a time by creating food with fresh & organic ingredients in Toronto & feeding a hungry child with each purchase. GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD aspires to bridge the gap between quality and convenience when it comes to food and between consumption and giving when it comes to money. We believe in creating food that is good for you and for the world.
GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD has a line of fresh Spreads and simmer sauces that are inspired by Mexican, Indian and Mediterranean cuisines. Please visit www.goodfoodforgood.ca for all product details and where to find us. If you wish to order online, please email us the details at email@example.com
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