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Kid Lit Loot

I have been going to Woozle’s since I was a tiny child. Now that I have a couple of children myself I am back in the routine of stopping in for a visit. Gabe loves the train tables, there is a super comfy chair for nursing and I always learn about a new great book. Today I went to talk to my old friend Suzy Crocker about the local authors, illustrators and publishers they carry at the shop. I had no idea what I was in for. There were so many books! I had no idea what to focus on… The picture here is of Shauntay Grant’s new book, “The City Speaks in Drums”, with artwork by Susan Tooke. There are even copies with the CD of Shauntay reading which is a must if you know her voice. Amazing imagery from Halifax too. The booty I brought home for my pirate lovers is called “The Dread Crew”,  by Kate Inglis and art by Sydney Smith, which involves some recycling pirates with a bad reputation. So next time you stop into Woozle’s ask about the Local Lit, you will be delighted at the hidden treasures.


Local Biscuits? Homegrown High Fashion!

Claire and I headed downtown this morning to see what kind of local products our favorite retailers are carrying. Seems to be a little disconnect for some retailers when in comes to selling NS products in their shops.  The store owners I talked to today were very supportive of NS goods and would like to be able to offer them to their customers. My friend Wendy, who owns Biscuit General Store, would like to carry more locally made goods but can’t compete when they are being sold directly at craft fairs, Etsy or Farmers Markets. Often small producers are buying their materials at retail prices and aren’t manufacturing in large quantities. So what? Should the customer being willing to pay more? The retailers take a smaller margin? Producers cut costs or increase production? Only sell direct through markets? I am curious  what  you think.

I did find some beautiful homegrown greats at Biscuit. Sisters Louanna & Hilary Murphy both sell their one of a kind wares at the General Store. Here are some of the pieces I love! Louanna’ s top and floral skirt (right). Hilary’s necklace (below).