Monday, December 5, 2016

Customer Opinion Survey

Hello friends of the Flock & Gather,

We are just so happy and grateful for the support you showed this past weekend for the Winter Wonders Handmade Market.  Thank you so much to all of you who came out and to those who weren't able to make it this time, we hope to see you next year!  

It is our goal, as a collective, to keep trying to improve the experience of our supporters at these markets because without you they wouldn't be possible.  We aim to make each year better than the last and we value your opinion.  Which is why we're asking you to fill out a quick survey for us.  It is an anonymous survey with only 8 questions and our inquiring minds would love to know your thoughts!  

Here is the link:

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill this out!  We value your feedback!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Vendor Profile: Melissa Squire

Melissa Squire, a Saskatoon based fashion designer described as "badass pretty", is a 1950's pinup inspired brand with an edgy, rockabilly attitude. Using unique details, colors, prints, and accessories, Melissa Squire is the perfect balance of Buttons, Bows and Bones to make a good girl feel a little bad, or a bad girl to feel a little good! Eco friendly bamboo and organic cottons as well as Upcycled materials, tire and records are prevailant throughout the line with sustainability being very a important part of her business.

Melissa makes everything from custom bridal gowns and baby dresses to mens vests, bathing suits and accessories. The line also includes funky knitware, top hats, bow ties, jewelry and accessories made from recycled tire, old vinyl records and . She works with vintage skeleton keys, fish leather making belts and cuffs. Flower hair pieces, fascinators, and decorated birdcage veils and garters are among her collection of accessories. Custom designs are available on all her work. The line is available at Melissa's Saskatoon boutique Alchemy *Clothing * Salon * Tattoo * Piercing *, where she carries many other local designers as well.


Alchemy Clothing and Salon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Vendor Profile: Uncle Mike's All Natural Products

Uncle Mike’s All Natural Products began in 2009 when, as a climber, I needed a salve to strengthen and repair my dry and damaged hands. I started researching natural oils and the healing powers of essential oils. As I read and learned about their powerful natural properties, I wanted to experiment and create other products. This led to numerous experiments in the kitchen and a collection of products. As word spread, I began to hand out samples to friends and family. It didn’t take long before my friends and family were spreading the word and I was receiving requests for a natural replacement for other everyday products. After salve came deodorant, then toothpaste and soap, shampoo, laundry soap, aftershave, muscle mud, perfumes, room deodorizers, incense, and the list keeps growing! 

While I feel I have perfected many of my products, I continue to enjoy the artistic and scientific aspect of creating new products and new blends and will always be in the process of creating the next new natural alternative. All of my products are hand made in small batches using only steam distilled essential oils and cold pressed vegetable oils. No synthetic colours, fragrances or additives so that you get the purest most natural product. 

You can always find a full selection of products at and stay up to date with my adventures and new products by following me on Instagram (unclemikesnatural) Twitter (@umnatural), and my Facebook (Uncle Mike's All Natural Products).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Vendor Profile: Three Leaf Apparel

Three Leaf Apparel is a one-woman outdoor apparel and accessory business dedicated to making fashionable and luxury pieces to help us all get through our cooler seasons. Each product is created using Amy's own patterns and her dedication to using high quality yarn. Cowls, toques, headbands, and booties make up the majority of Three Leaf's product line but once in awhile there are wrist-warmers, coffee cozies and wall hangings thrown into the mix - because, why not? Staying cozy doesn't just mean keeping our toes, heads, and necks warm!

You can find more on Three Leaf Apparel here:
Facebook: @threeleafdesigns
Instagram: @threeleafapparel

Monday, November 28, 2016

Vendor Profile: Hiddenstitch

I work in a variety of mediums to create functional home decor. Custom upholstery fills my day job void and my nights are spent playing around with whimsy.

You can find more on Hiddenstitch here:
Facebook: @HiddenstitchSK
Instagram:  @hiddenstitch

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Vendor Profile: Mimi & Lala

My mom taught me to sew, and I grew up making things I loved. Now I sew things my little girl loves. It all started with shoes (doesn't it always?) when she was 1 month old. My shoes and boots are made with soft fabrics so as not to bind little feet as they grow and develop. 3 years later, and I still love to create things that make her smile! 

You can find more on Mimi & Lala here:
Facebook:  @mimi.and.lala
Instagram: @mimi_and_lala

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Vendor Profile: Just Sewing

I began playing with fabric on my grandmother’s sewing machine when I was a little girl and still use this vintage machine today. For over ten years I have been passionate about quitting—combining fabrics in traditional and modern patterns. After becoming a mother, I began sewing one-of-a-kind baby blankets with colourful, inspiring fabrics. Nursery sets are available, including crib sheets, change pad covers and blankets in coordinating fabrics. Remnant fabric is used to create smaller items such as bandana bibs and mittens for babies/toddlers and lavender-scented eye pillows for mamas who need to relax. Finding creative ways to minimize unused material is one the of the most challenging joys of the business. I believe that fabric is inspiring and a powerful design tool. Whether it's a baby blanket in a nursery, a mini quilt hanging on the wall, a cushion on your favourite chair, a tea towel hanging on the oven handle, or a quilt thrown over the back of the couch, fabrics bring life to our homes. I only hope to share my love of fabrics and all that they can create.

You can find more on Just Sewing here:
Instagram: @just.sewing

Friday, November 25, 2016

Vendor Profile: 9 Mile Legacy Brewing

9 Mile Legacy Brewing is a story of collaboration, growth, good neighbors, and great beer.

We are a small-scale microbrewery specializing in well-made, varietal craft beer.  We have a pioneering passion and love of craft beer that spans the generations, and a deep-rooted history in Saskatchewan. The advantage of being a small-scale brewery allows us to make personalized batches and recipes that are different and push boundaries of what “beer” can be.

You can find more on 9 Mile here:
facebook:  9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company
instagram: @9milelegacy

Vendor Profile: Road Coffee Co.

Every cup of our coffee has been handcrafted, ethically sourced, and is guaranteed conversation fuel.

At Road Coffee Co. we define success by doing what we love. We've made it our mission to become an influential innovator in coffee culture, known for our focus on relationships and inspiring people to pursue their dreams.

As a company, we know that understanding and targeting key variables will lead to an excellent product. We've been swept away with the complexity and diversity of flavour that can accompany coffees from different plantations and regions. The design and craft that goes into specialty coffee is something that inspires us to create a quality product while pushing innovation and creating new ways to enjoy it.

You can find more on Road Coffee Co. here:
instagram: @roadcoffee

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Vendor Profile: The Night Oven Bakery

The Night Oven Bakery is a small bakery located in the north downtown neighbourhood of Saskatoon. With organic grain directly from Saskatchewan farmers stone milled at the bakery and a variety of other organic and local, when possible, ingredients the bakers create hand crafted rustic french inspired baking using a wood fired oven.  This year at Flock & Gather the night oven will be bringing a selection of their seasonal goods such as, soft nougat, german stollen, dark fruitcake, italian panettone, along with a selection of pastries and other food offerings.

You can find more on the The Night Oven here:
facebook: @thenightoven