return to Shop In Huron homepage Shop In Huron Business Directory Search
:

Maple & Moose

Canadiana

One store in Blyth brings Canadian artists and entrepreneurs together in one store which, creates a great mix of products at great prices.

(pdf version of this article)

It doesn’t get much more Canadian than this: a store that only sells Canadian products in a town known for great Canadian theatre. If you’re still wondering, it’s Maple & Moose in Blyth.

Bev Elliott was part of a Blyth revitalization committee in 2004. When she was asked what she would like to see in the town, she replied, “We have Canadian theatre, I would like to see a Canadian store.” A few months later, three buildings downtown were taken over by a new owner and restored. Not long after that, Elliott was told to run with her idea. Maple & Moose moved into two of the newly restored buildings in August of 2006.

Elliott purposely designed the business as a co-op ensuring that artists and entrepreneurs from across Canada could showcase their work in Blyth. As manager, she makes sure the price of the merchandise is reasonable, “I don’t want vendors to showcase their products and not be able to sell because they are priced too high.”

Vendors pay a monthly rent fee, work one day a month and can showcase as much as $2,000 worth of merchandise. The number of vendors changes, but a customer can usually find 20 vendors at any given time. Many of the vendors are from Huron County: metal art from Seaforth, baby clothing from Blyth, children’s clothing and ladies sweaters from Ripley, graphic art from Seaforth, visual art from Holmesville, one-of-a-kind hand-made wood furniture from Goderich as well as many other locally produced products.

Food is one of Maple & Moose’s biggest sellers. There are chocolates, maple syrup products, nuts, garlic products, honey, jams and jellies, vegetable dips, just to name a few.

One of the newest lines found at Maple & Moose is a series of dried gourds by Hummingbird Haven Gourds of Londesborough. These unique pieces make for great home decor. There are also bird houses and because the seeds are left inside the gourds, the birds will have something to snack on while in their new home.

Elliott hopes to bring in more Canadian made clothing. She has found some companies in British Columbia that produce quality clothing for a decent price. “I want everyone to say ‘I can go into that store and find something’.”

Elliott says, “Shopping local just makes sense.” She wonders why residents leave the area when the products and services are available in their own backyard and they end up spending more because they’re driving further.

Maple and Moose has something for everyone: pottery, home decor, furniture, bath and body care products, food products, garden art, clothing, baby gifts, kitchen accessories, art, jewellery, candles and everything in between. It’s a great place to shop for others, or yourself. Visit Maple & Moose for all things Canadian, 398 Queen Street, Blyth. www.mapleandmoose.com

5 Comments

  1. Eden Houser says:

    A friend of mine heard you are looking for more vendors. We both make doll clothes, mainly for the popular 18″ dolls. I can’t do time, but she can, and we are interested in having a space at your shop. We can provide inventory under one number to make things simple for record keeping. If you are interested, you can email me all the pertinent information and we’ll discuss it and get back to you.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Eden Houser

Leave a Comment