Visit Alcove to check out the recently released book, Gardener’s Gratitude Journal by Donna Balzer and Chelsie Anderson.
Artisan, hand-poured soy wax candles made in Cumberland, BC!
Alcove carries lots of non-GMO soy candles created by Lumen! You can choose from unscented or scented with essential oils.
Natural soap handmade on Salt Spring Island, BC!
Committed since 1997, Kama has been providing luxurious, hand made, plant based soap and body care products using pure essential oils for scent and herbs and grains for color and texture.
Hand forged goods from Parksville, BC!
We have many hand forged items in the shop made by Benjamin Welburn from Errington, BC. Ben, a long time resident of the Parksville area has a passion for sustainable and self sufficient living, enjoys blacksmithing as a way to re-purpose items and create beautiful and functional items for every day use.
Creating rugged elegance with passion!
Rea Harfield’s jewelry is hand fabricated using ancient techniques such as fusing, granulation, engraving, and repousse. These combined with modern processes such as salt water etching and a rolling mill help create the depth and texture she sees in nature. Her nature inspired pieces are now available at Alcove.
Beautifully hand-made one of a kind hats – designed and sewn on Vancouver Island.
With a love for fabric, colour, and garment construction, Mary offers one of a kind hats and caps. Each hat is unique and special – no two hats are the same. All the hats are reversible. Many are waterproof. Mary has always preferred natural fabrics with lots of colour and texture. She sources her fabrics from many different places: second hand shops, garage sales, local fabric shops, and from her wonderful customers who often donate boxes of unused fabrics.Visit Alcove to see all the unique creations by Very Mary Designs!
All cloth is handwoven or cut from premium, natural silk or silk blends. Morija Designs believes in methodically creating handmade items that you will wear for a lifetime. These treasures are to be pulled from your closet as timeless pieces that reflect your own unique beauty and choice to live and buy sustainably. Morija uses natural dyes and hand looming techniques. Fabrics and yarns are sourced ethically and each piece passes through her hands to ensure quality of craftsmanship.
Alcove carries the beautiful, nature inspired jewelry from Zula Jewelry + Design. Here is how creator Urszula describes her work: “By collecting objects from nature such as; leaves, twigs, seeds, roots, and bones, then studying these shapes, I create wearable pieces that speak to my wonder and gratefulness of the natural world. I use the imprints of leaves to texture metal, I use the shape of bones to create structure for a piece and I use branches and roots to bring a new perspective to the admirer and wearer”.
I completed a diploma in Jewelry Art and Design from Vancouver Community College in 2010. My signature collection is called Leaf Print, which is a series of jewelry pieces with an embossed leaf motif. In addition to wearable everyday jewelry, I make one of a kind art jewelry and sculpture. I also have created the NEON LOVE and BLACK STAR collections in acrylic. In 2013, I was the recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award as emerging artist in Craft and Design.”
Alcove carries a wide variety of Heritage Bird Shanties and wind chimes by the Heritage Workshop & Gallery. The Heritage Bird Shanties are one of a kind decorative bird homes, hand crafted on Salt Spring Island at the Heritage Workshop and Gallery by resident artisans Frank Ens and Michelle Gojkovich. Each unique Shanty is constructed of recycled, weathered cedar shakes, untreated, recycled lumber, and found driftwood pieces from the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Alcove is pleased to carry JK Beadworks by Jodene Kilner. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, adventured out and travelled to many countries, states and provinces, inspired by all she has seen, felt and experienced. She is now content in Coombs, continuing to create with a bead loom in one hand and reins in the other, she is ever grateful of her life, her loves and her gifts. All this shows in her vibrant and distinctive handmade work of loomed bracelets, chokers and earrings, genuine Turquoise drop necklaces with suede tassels, hand beaded earrings and more.
From her bead box in the past to her bead room in the present she is delightfully immersed in a world of endless possibilities, consistently pleasing her heart and head. Influenced by both her travels and her island surroundings, one is drawn to her stunning and original creations of color combinations, style and design. With a life time of collecting beads from far away places or her grandmother’s bead box or various nooks and crannies along the journey, there is always something special and unique in every piece she fashions.
Alcove carries a variety of products by Cascadia Soap Company, a small family enterprise dedicated to the creation of natural skin care products. Joel, the original Cascadia founder, was born on a small farm and vineyard in the South of France. There, he observed his mother making soap the old fashioned way. For his family, the tradition of using available botanicals in the making of soaps, remedies, and infusions goes back many generations in the South of France. Over the years, Joel and his wife Maureen kept this tradition alive in Canada by collecting rose hips after the first frost and picking tender dandelions in early Spring to make salves and balms as required.
Lightweight and refined, Living Earth Pottery is durable stoneware crafted with care and intention. All pieces are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. Come into Alcove to check out the teapots, mugs and other ceramics created by Living Earth Pottery.
For over 40 years, Saltspring Soapworks have been creating products rich in organic ingredients and natural botanicals. Today, they offer a complete line of handmade natural soaps as well as skin, hair, and body care products. Come in to Alcove to sample their amazing products including soaps, bath bombs, shampoo bars and scrubs!
Alcove stocks range of Salt Spring Sea Salt including Natural, Lemon Zest and Rosemary Garlic. This fine salt is harvested in the waters around Salt Spring Island. It is evaporated, sifted, prepared, packed and labeled personally and carefully by hand.
Salt Spring Sea Salt makers are proud to use only the finest fleur de sel in all thier products. What is fleur de sel? It is produced by collecting the thin layer of sea salt flakes that form on the surface of the water during the evaporation process and must be skimmed off by hand. Considered a fine finishing sea salt, fleur de sel is much more than ordinary seasoning. Each time you add this wonderful salt to your plate you will taste enhanced flavours in every bite!
Allison Tremain is a Ucluelet based artist focused on capturing the natural world that surrounds her. Alcove stocks a variety of her lino prints on local upcycled wood and fine art cards.
Here is an excerpt from Alison’s artist statement: The landscape here is bountiful in it’s complexity and colour. I felt compelled to start depicting the flora and fauna that surrounds me just outside my doorstep. From a flash of a fish or the flick of a whale tail, I try to capture these split second moments. Other times exploring the beaches and rainforest, I seek out more slow intimate scenes discovering washed ashore treasures, intertidal creatures, and layers of the forest.
My transition from what I see as a linear reductive brain to opening up myself to the creative circular divergent self has allowed me to let go of the scientist’s questions and answers. I now embrace the beautiful mystery of nature and in result I have opened up the ‘artist’s eye’ capturing the colours, textures, and subject matter in my own personal way.
Alcove is pleased to carry Salt Spring Island Artisan Vinegar, who use traditional, two-step fermentation methods and the finest ingredients. Their vinegars are made with time, love and the best ingredients they can find (or grow!). They are fruity and bright, preserving the essence of summer. Use them in salad dressings, marinades, as a complement to steamed or roasted vegetables, any time you want a taste of summer!
Alcove is proud to be selling the work of Le fil rouge Textiles. The European linen is impeccable and the attention to detail in the finished product is superb! Here is a brief description of the products…
Le fil rouge Textiles is an independent design house for unique, natural textile accessories. It is our desire to bring comfort, beauty and inspiration into your life through authentic, sustainable materials and timeless designs. We treasure individuality and the beauty of simple pleasures.
We believe that, in our busy world, simplicity is the new luxury. Le fil rouge Textiles is committed to sustainability and ethical business practices.
Le fil rouge is French for “the red thread”, which has many connotations. Red is the colour of life, and every textile starts with one thread. The red thread is also a metaphor for the invisible link between events and one’s destiny. In Asia, it is known as the string of fate.
PUKalily Goat Milk Soaps & Lotions are made with healing beneficial goat milk and packed full with nourishing oils, flowers, herbs and essential oils. Every goat milk bar is hand made, hand cut, hand custom stamped and air cured for 6 weeks. All bars are sealed with the Pukalily heart and infused with the wabisabi concept (the beauty of imperfection), so no two bars are ever the same.
At Alcove we sell a large selection of Far Sky Maps. Here is the story behind the makers…
Ben and Jenn are the owners of Far Sky Map Works… and it’s with them that the story begins.Ben studied cartography at university, and following his passion for making maps, Ben began to map the story of the couple’s journey together. Out of this, Far Sky Map Works was born. Far Sky maps capture memories – memories of your hometown, your adventure, and everything in between… and they look awesome.
“Here at Far Sky, we try to take map art to a completely new level. I’m not an artist… I’m a cartographer and I have years of training and education to help me create a piece that is not only artistically pleasing but geographically accurate and precise.”
“I’ve been surrounded by art and maps my whole life. My family history includes my great grandfather C.W. Jefferys, an artist who was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s Group of Seven, and Thomas Jefferys, geographer to King George III in the 1700s.”
“I’ve visited or lived in every place I’ve mapped. I believe that having a personal connection with each location gives me the passion to make a better map by considering the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, and the beauty of each landscape.”
Sherri, the owner and artist behind Wild and Raven, offers modern and sustainable clothing, infused with West Coast inspired fashion. Sherri hand draws the original art work for her clothing line, and then prints her designs onto clothing using a silk screening process and water based inks. The bamboo and organic cotton that she uses is made in Canada, and comes in sizes for everyone, from babies to adults.
The folks at Teafarm are purveyors of organic loose tea, designers of artful tea blends, and growers of Canadian tea. They believe in small scale organic farming and import the finest and freshest teas available. Their tea blends are handcrafted in micro batches using only the purest ingredients nature has to offer.
Tout de Sweet Confections is a small-batch Canadian artisan candy company that specializes in making fresh confectionery sweets that are all-natural, organic, corn syrup-free, nut-free and gluten-free (the kitchen and ingredients are 100% nut-free and gluten-free!).They’re making sweets the old-fashioned way – cutting and wrapping every piece by hand and using premium ingredients like fruit found in fields across British Columbia, BC’s Avalon Dairy’s organic cream and butter, espresso from Level Ground and organic tapioca syrup.
Naked Sage jewelry is created by Jess Freeman. Every piece she creates is made by hand with love. She draws her inspiration from the rugged West Coast of Canada to the Ganga in India and everywhere in between. The beauty of the natural world has always captivated her and as a result, earth inspired shapes and colours can be found in much of her work.
Fredrich’s Honey has been producing Vancouver Island honey, pollen and propolis since 1966. Master Beekeeper Theo Fredrich Sr. has been beekeeping for over 60 years and is as passionate today about beekeeping and making honey as he was when he first began.
Fredrich’s Honey take extreme care in handling, production and storage of the beehive products to ensure that they arrive at your table as nature intended. Their honey and pollen is 100% natural with nothing added which allows you to enjoy them just as the bees do.
Lucinda is a fashion Designer, educated in the design industry. She makes everything from clothing to accessories to home decor. She repurposes used clothing, fabrics and notions to make her items. Old buttons and trims embellish her beautiful things! A true artist! We sell Lucinda’s tea cozies, change purses, neck warmers, fingerless gloves and more!
Funky Fungus Creations are made by Carmen Callison on Vancouver Island, BC. Visit Alcove to check out her west coast inspired bowls, plates, mugs and other funky creations!
Catie’s Preserves is an artisan food company producing pickles, salsa, pepper jellies, and fruit jams. Handmade using locally sourced ingredients.
Heidimade combines their custom wood burned designs with crocheting, sewing & more. Come in to Alcove to see the the handmade aromatic diffusers created by Heidimade!
Moss Grey clothing is based out of Cumberland and created by Destanne Lundquist. Lundquist works with only high quality natural fabrics such as hemp, cotton blends and linen.
Charles van Sandwyk is an artist, illustrator and writer based in Vancouver, BC. Alcove is pleased to provide an ever changing display of fine books and cards from Charles’ collection.
Alcove is pleased to carry Elena Designs: West coast, handcrafted, laser cut leather jewelry and accessories. Wearable art designs are uniquely handcrafted with their signature West Coast Canadian style of leather jewelry and wearable art, including necklaces, bracelets, vests and more. All of their products are designed and made locally on Vancouver Island, BC.
Alcove carries a variety of west-coast inspired art cards and prints designed by Claire Watson from Tofino, BC. Claire’s illustrations are distinct and unique in design and colour, a welcome addition to Alcove!
Alcove carries a variety of materials published by Strong Nations including stamps, children’s books, colouring books and more!
Come in to Alcove to check out our tasty salts by Vancouver Island Salt Co. The company is proud to offer the world a taste of truly unrefined Canadian sea salt and a selection of sea salt infusions, respectfully hand harvested from the wild coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Using Vancouver Island Sea Salt for your home cooking or as a finishing salt can help you to consume less sodium because the salt is unrefined and has a more intense flavour profile that allows you to use less of it without losing out on the taste.
Alcove is pleased to be carrying the hand made, natural skin care products by Miiko Skin Co., based in Victoria, British Columbia. Instead of choosing complex fancy recipes, they focus on using simple recipes and sourcing the best ingredients from suppliers in BC. Miiko Skin Co is cultivating the idea that our skin is an absorptive organ, and we should be feeding it fresh, local, food.
Nettle & Co. is a small-batch botanical company based on Vancouver Island that creates wild-harvested and organically grown herbal products. They handcraft each of their products with herbs that they harvest from the wild, grow in their garden, or source from organic farms. Nettle & Co delivers the finest quality products to their customers and their testimonials inspire them to continue their growth.
Pottery For Peace created by Cheryl Couture is now available at Alcove! In Cheryl’s words, “I love making things and the never ending options for exploration in clay and silver, my process and my pieces are constantly expanding and evolving and even I don’t usually know what different processes are right around the corner.” 20% of Cheryl’s sales go directly to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.
Peregrine Supply Co. is a grooming company tailored to the modern man. Their main focus is on organic ingredients as well as a passion for handmade! All of the materials used are as unprocessed as possible: scents are crafted from essential oils, preservatives are all sourced from natural materials, and coloured products are coloured using clays or oils. All products are handmade in small batches to ensure quality.
Peregrine began as a side project between the two founders, John McQueen and Tyler Hill. Later that year, as the project expanded; a third partner, Katrina Moscato, was welcomed to the team. This Vancouver based company supplies Alcove with a wide range of quality products for men!
The Hive Printing is a Vancouver based artisan silk screen printing shop. They provide Alcove with high quality, hand screen printed clothing. Their designs are unique and interesting with themes relating to cycling, nature and first nations.
Alcove sells handmade sterling silver jewellery by Emily Ferris of Elements Gallery. All of her jewellery is made with recycled fair trade silver and her designs are unique and memorable!
Nestled in the woods in her studio on the outskirts of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, Emily Ferris designs and creates her unique jewellery. Her designs are inspired by all the elements of the West Coast, from the waves sending ripples over the sand to new ferns emerging from the forest floor. The interconnected circles in her designs represent how we are all connected together through our community and family circles.
Heartwood Studio Woodturning is the work of Ken Broadland who’s main goal in turning wood is to present the wood’s beauty in a useable form. His specialty is large salad bowls and servers, with a supporting cast of other creations such as cutting boards, kitchen implements, small bowls, coasters, cremation urns, artistic bowls, and whatever else catches his interest and is supported by his customers. Designs are simple and practical. His work sells well because it is attractive, functional and reasonably priced.
His favourite woods to work with are local Bigleaf Maple and Arbutus (Madrone) – maple because of its wide variety of exquisite grains, and arbutus because of its hardness and durability. The wood Ken uses is salvaged from around the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. In the interest of conservation, he uses mostly trees that have been downed by the wind or felled for safety reasons. There is very little waste, as he uses the McNaughton System to produce small bowls from inside big ones, turns scraps of wood into small items such as butter knives, and burns any residual wood in his woodstove.
Stephanie McRae is the creator of the beautiful screen printed linens by G & T Design. Alcove has featured the work of Stephanie since our store opening in June!
As she describes, “I have this love for natural linen, its practical and functional yet it’s pure “affordable” luxury. By adding my vintage inspired screen printed designs, I have a collection of linen pillows and table linens that I believe you will love too. I believe linen is quite simply the best cloth for everyday use and living well. Relaxed, Refined, Luxury.”
In 1997 Leah Morgan, RA, established Healingscents, an organic essential oil and aromatherapy product company located in Gibsons, BC. Leah is an expert at the art of organic skin care formulations and the science of blending essential oils for emotional and therapeutic use. At Alcove we sell a wide range of synergy blends, hydration oils and roll-on aromatherapy.
Located in Parksville, British Columbia, Robert Held Art Glass offers beautiful, unique pieces of glass blowing art. They strive to ensure that every piece is created as perfectly as it can possibly be. With more than 45 years of glass blowing experience, their pieces add vivid splashes of color and sophistication to any home, office space or gallery. Visit Alcove to find a diverse selection of Robert Held Art Glass.
Denman Island Chocolate, located in British Columbia’s beautiful Gulf Islands, was created in 1998 by Daniel and Ruth Terry. Long interested in the organic food movement, the Terrys left the big city for Denman Island in 1994, looking for a more rural lifestyle in which to bring up their two sons and thinking of starting a market gardening business.
Finding that a great many of their fellow islanders were already self-sufficient in vegetables, they turned (as ever) to chocolate, a shared love that dated back to their search for the perfect fuel while bicycle touring in northern France.