100 % Local, Handmade Gifts at Side Street Studio!
It has certainly has been an unprecedented time and hard to believe that 2 years ago we were just opening the store again after being closed for 10 weeks! I can’t thank everyone enough for the support we receive everyday and during that time. Every purchase made at Side Street Studio not only supports a small, independent, woman run business but a whole community of local BC Artists and Makers. By “Shopping Local” you have really made a difference for all of us.
Currently we represent over 150 Local BC Artists and Makers but since the store opened 38 years ago over 600 artists have showcased their work in the Studio. We strive, both in-store and on our extensive website (sidestreetstudio.com), to offer a really wonderful range of unique designs and prices on handmade, West Coast inspired;
Jewelry, Pottery, Wood Turnings, Glass Art, Small Works, Textiles, Sculptures, Gift Cards, Photography, Metalwork, Natural Soaps, Bath Salts, Candles, Organic Honey, Organic Teas and much more.
We have thousands of 100% locally made items to choose from and rarely a customer leaves empty handed. Whether you are searching for a keepsake during your visit or looking for that special wedding gift we really do have something for everyone.
I travel Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and to Vancouver on a regular basis visiting our artists and their studios to pick up stock for the store. Building these personal relationships and hearing their stories of where their inspiration comes from is the key in creating connections between their work and our customers.
I’m so grateful to represent the work of so many talented local artists and makers, for the amazing group of women who work beside me in the store and our wonderful customers!
Jill Fitz Hirschbold
100 % Local, Unique, Handmade, West Coast Inspired Gifts at Side Street Studio!
I would like to begin with saying how grateful we are to all of our local and online customers for the incredible support we receive every day and throughout this challenging time. Each and every purchase that is made at Side Street Studio not only supports a small, independent, woman run business but a whole community of 200 local artists. By “Shopping Local” whenever you can you are really making a difference for all of us. I also have to thank all of these amazing local artists for trusting me to represent their heart-centered work. Side Street Studio is celebrating its 37th year with representing over 600 local artists during that time.
We have been working around the clock filling the shelves and adding to the thousands of items we have on our website for the Holidays. We continually strive to offer a really wonderful range of unique designs and prices and believe you will enjoy our selection of 100% local, handmade, Jewelry, Pottery, Wood Turnings, Glass Art, Small Works, Textiles, Sculptures, Gift Cards, Photography, Metalwork, Natural Soaps, Bath Salts, Candles, Organic Honey, Organic Teas, Holiday Cards and much more.
Almost every item in the store is also available online at www.sidestreetstudio.com.
We offer worldwide shipping, curbside pick-up and in store shopping.
Side Street is currently open 7 days a week and will be expanding our hours in December. Being able to open everyday has been made possible by the incredible team of women that work along side me in the store. I couldn’t do this without them.
Wishing everyone the very best for the upcoming season as families and friends reunite after such a long and difficult time apart.
Be kind and take care of each other.
Jill Fitz Hirschbold
New Owner at Side Street Studio
Now that everything is settling in I would like to properly introduce myself. My name is Jill Fitz Hirschbold and I am the new owner of Side Street Studio.
I have lived on the Coast for 30 years and my formal education is in the Sciences. I have a Diploma in Environmental Quality Control, a Bachelor of Science; I’m a Certified PADI Dive Master, a Paddleboard Instructor and spent 12 years working as a Laboratory Manager in Environmental Analytical Chemistry before starting a family. When my daughters were born, in my early 40’s, I made the decision to leave my career to stay at home with them.
To be honest I could not have predicted what would come next.
Over the last 7 years I have created a home based business with my West Coast and Abstract Photography. It extends from a line of photo gift cards to large format art sales and photography services. I have participated in Studio Tours, Arts Shows; have been a member of the Gage Gallery and for many years was represented by the Brentwood Bay Resort. I have organized art shows from the conceptual theme, curated participating artists, hung the artwork, scheduled staff, facilitated sales and fully planned the opening nights. My pieces have made their way to England, China and the US and many private residences in Western Canada. I have participated and successfully sold at the Sooke Fine Arts show in 2015/17. I have also volunteered my photography skills to Raincoast Conservation, Greenpeace Canada, FraserFEST, Watershed Watch, Tour de Victoria, Swiftsure, Santa Shuffle, many other community events and donated works to the Banff Mid-Summers Ball 2014/15/16/17/18, CNIB Art Appeal 2015/17, Heart for Hospice 2015, VGH/UBD Night of 1000 Stars Gala 2015 and YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards 2016/17. I have participated in over 20 shows and have self-published three books of my images paired with my writing.
You would think with all this and raising children it would be say enough but I was missing the daily interaction that comes with working outside the home. Then this amazing opportunity came my way. I have sold my cards at Side Street for many years so was very familiar with the Studio and the business model. It is a perfect fit.
My goal is to continue to build on the vision and many years of hard work, by all of the previous owners, that has made the Studio a success. To maintain the standard that is expected by customers when visiting the store and online, to keep all the artists that customers have come to know and love but also add in new talent so there is always something new to see. I also hope to meet each of the British Columbia artists that are represented in the store and try and understand a bit about how their process works. It is that personal connection that can be translated to the customer when we sell their handmade artwork.
This is truly the key to this success……Art comes from the Heart.
My wonderful staff, Kathy, Jean, Samantha, Heather, Joanne Sheila, and I invite you to come down to the Studio and see what we have been up to.
FUNKY FUNGUS CERAMIC MUGS
Carmen Callison is Funky Fungus and has been making Funky Fungus Pottery in Parksville, B.C. since 2005.
She is very passionate about our island forests and the precious treasures found within.
Each of her whimsical creations is skillfully hand-carved and hand painted by Carmen before their final firing.
Food-safe, Dishwasher & Microwave safe. Size:
STAY WILD! :)
Bruce Coney of Studio Coney has for many years been recycling glass bottles and turning them into useful and functional Cruet bottles.
To create a cruet pourer Bruce sources a recycled bottle cleans off all labels and markings, washes and sterilizes and paints it by hand with a special glass paint.
The bottle is then fired and the paint cures and bonds onto the glass. A pourer is then added and, voila, you have a very useful cruet bottle that can be used for olive oil, vinegar, salad dressing, dish detergent, liquid soap - virtually anything you can pour.
All glassware items can be washed with hot water and detergent.
Handcrafted on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
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