I love that there are so many fabulous options for buying quality goods and services locally. Salt Spring Island is bursting with talented entrepreneurs who are constantly tempting my wallet and offering unique choices for gifts.
Whether you’re cruising the Saturday Market that’s oh-so popular with tourists from all-over the world, or checking out the various shops and studios that dot our island with creativity, you’re sure to find something (or many things) you’ve just got to have.
Now, there are a lot more Salt Spring Island businesses I love, but so as not to overwhelm I am sharing with you only 5 of my favourites in a range of different offerings. (Click the hyperlinked business names to head directly to their websites for more info.)
Gigi’s Paddleboard Rentals– If you’re looking to do something fun outside on Salt Spring Island, that fits into your own unique level of fitness and ability, paddleboarding is where it’s at. Gigi makes rentals very convenient being the only paddle board rental on the island that will deliver the boards to you at a prime location, then pick them up again when you’re done.
You can read about my experience trying paddleboarding for the first time with a rental from Gigi in this previous post.
Hen & Chicks Clothing Co. – I am constantly popping in here for all the things I need (or just pretend to need) for my little one. Specializing in children’s clothing, especially for the younger crowd, this shop has fantastic options for tasteful, high quality items at reasonable prices. The owner, Kailey, is always very helpful and is a pleasure to be around.
Billie Woods Photography – I found Billie Woods serendipitously when my husband and I were planning our Salt Spring Island wedding. At the time we were living in Vancouver and didn’t have a lot of information about who or what was available to us here, and I’m so glad we came across and hired Billie to capture our wedding day.
Billie is a trained and natural photographer with a passion for great photography that you can sense immediately. She helped up come up with props for the photo booth we wanted (which turned out amazing!), was professional yet fun, and did such a bang-up job that we stayed in good contact and have had her take my maternity photos, newborn photos, and will be setting up another photoshoot with her soon (hopefully!).
Salt Spring Kitchen Co.– These people know how to make your mouth water! I first discovered their jams at the Market, and have bought them many times since as part of the Salt Spring gift baskets that I have assembled as gifts for weddings or occasions I’ve attended, as well as for personal deliciousness satisfaction.
All the many flavours I’ve tried have been amazing, but I highly suggest you try the Spicy Tomato Jam – my hands-down favourite. I love all the others so much I can’t possibly single another out as a second favourite.
Thrive Lifestyle – This is another store I can’t help but pop in to take a look at whenever I pass by. Classy, trendy and comfortable clothes for men, women and children are always in stock, as well as items for your home and jewellery box. One of the owners also makes and sells in store a comfortable stretchy sling/wrap for baby wearing, called the Owl’s Nest, that myself and many other local mamas have enjoyed using with our little ones.
Again, there are so many wonderful options here for you to enjoy when you’re on Salt Spring Island, that I could go on all day.
What’s your favourite local Salt Spring business?
*Note* This is not a sponsored post. I like these businesses, and think you should know about them. It’s as simple as that.