I had such a wonderful time last time I went to Bowmanville that I decided to do it again. This time for the annual Apple Festival. It was a first for me, but it was in fact the 25th annual Apple Fest in Bowmanville.
Needless to say there were lots of apples, as well as other local goods being sold.
There were tons of different vendors and pop-up shops. Lots of fashion to take in! And in fact Gather had several pop-up shops including Preloved! Not only did Preloved have a pop-up shop set up, with amazing knit wear might I add! But Julia Grieve herself was there! (Middle, below)
Julia Grieve is not just the CEO but also the creative mind and visionary behind the brand. She used her incredible eye for vintage finds and unique clothing to create a one-of-a-kind brand that is now sold in Anthropologie, The Hudson’s Bay Company, Beams Japan, Roots, and over 400 independent boutiques. Now there’s some business inspiration for you!
On the left, we have Kate, who is the co-owner of Brunchkins – an incredible organization which provides a nutritious breakfast and packable lunches to elementary school children in non-profit housing.
I think the cause is so great in fact that I will be taking part in ‘Gather for the Brunchkins’ fundraising event on Nov 12 with these lovely ladies. It will be a night of food, wine, tons of fun, an inspirational talk by Julia, and makeup tutorials on how to achieve a quick 5 minute face given by me!
If you’re in the GTA or Toronto and would like to attend feel free to comment below or send me an email. Tickets are only $20 and all proceeds are going towards a great cause!!
After socializing with the ladies, I decided to stroll through the apple fest some more, and sure enough I came across another great find! The beautiful colours and smiling faces drew me in, and there I found Earthsence – A line of all natural and delicious smelling soaps, and body lotions. It turns out that this is an entirely local brand which was started by Glen and Verna. Glen is a chemist who decided to make a cream for his lovely wife who had dry skin around the winter months and didn’t feel comfortable buying creams containing ingredients she couldn’t pronounce – And ta-da! Earthsence was born. It’s currently sold in local shops, and is in the local hospital. I believe they also accept orders through their website by phone or email. I tried the hand butter while I was there, and boy were my hands soft! Their products are all natural, and totally reasonably priced!
To complete my adventure I headed just a bit outside this town to take in the fall scenery. Stay tuned for some photographs from my adventure!