Fresh Finds

For each issue, we like to feature new local products that we love. Here are the products included in our latest Aug/Sept 2021 issue:

I Am Emmanuel Book by Kelly Strongitharm

“Our lives may seem different, which is what makes us all so unique. But there’s so much we have in common, too!”

Emmanuel is a fun-loving, eight-year-old boy who shares his first-person stories and experiences of life in the Dominican Republic through posing questions and providing real-life comparisons, connecting with young readers from all backgrounds. Through his journey, children learn about differences and diversity in a way that is easy for them to understand. This newly-released book was written by local author Kelly Strongitharm, Founder and CEO of Canadian charity Ruben’s Shoes Society, an organization that delivers access to education for children in the Dominican Republic.

rubensshoes.com | $14.99

Hatley Lightning Clouds Sherpa Lined Colour Changing Splash Jacket

Is there anything more fun than running outside and jumping in puddles on a rainy day? Hatley’s latest Fall 2021 line of raincoats are not only super stylish, but they are fully lined, PVC-free and feature exciting colour-changing prints, so kids will want to get wet! These colourful coats are also parent-friendly, made of machine washable fabric so there’s no fuss getting that mud off at the end of a messy day outdoors! Pair your raincoat with a matching pair of rainboots, and an umbrella for the ultimate Fall back-to-school fashion look.

hatley.com | $79.00

Gray Monk Odyssey Cabernet Franc

Ring in the autumn season with a local glass of red! Harvested in the Osoyoos and Oliver regions of the Okanagan Valley in October 2017, this dry Cabernet Franc combines flavours of smoky oak, spiced blackberry, tobacco, vanilla extract, and earthy forest floor with notes of ripe dark fruits, black tea, and spice. This vintage pairs perfectly with red meats, dark chocolate, and two-year-old cheddar and asiago cheese. Share a bottle with a friend over a charcuterie spread—or keep it all to yourself if you prefer.

graymonk.com | $35.00

Related: Read our latest Aug/Sept 2021 issue

LUS Complete Curl Care 3-Step System

This one’s for the girls with curls! Canadian brand LUS (Love Ur Self) offers a 3-step hair care system that caters specifically to you and your unique curls. Start by taking the curl-type quiz on their site (are you wavy, curly or kinky-coily?) and then pick your potion. Each product in the “L’ove Ur Curls” line is hypoallergenic, non-irritant and safe for sensitive skin. The Complete Curl Care system comes with a Gentle & Moisturizing Shampoo, Ultra Hydrating & Detangling Conditioner and an All-in-One styler customized specifically for you.

lusbrands.com | $64.00

Herschel Heritage Backpacks

The Canadian-made backpacks are a back-to-school must for active kids! Mesh water bottle pockets make it easy for kids to sip and go, and the woven interior name label means that their pack is less likely to sit in the lost-and-found at school. Get home safe on the darker days of Fall with the Day/Night Herschel Heritage™ Youth backpack, made for kids ages 5 and up. Featuring a reflective, colour-blocked fabric, the backpack includes a rubber diamond that doubles as a light. Press the diamond once to turn on a steady red light and twice to flash.

herschel.ca | $79.99

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