Ottawa Artisans - An online solution that links local buyers and artisans!
Ottawa Artisans launched on February 1st 2020 as a solution for hyper-local shopping of handmade artisans goods. The idea behind the platform was to provide a quick and easy solution for crafters to safely and efficiently sell their products and for buyers to be able to browse a large catalogue of products while also completing their purchases on a secure platform. Needless to say, with Covid hitting our society shortly after launch, the need to provide a good online service only became more urgent and Ottawa Artisans grew exponentially! While many of the artisans on the site are also on world-wide platform like Etsy, Ottawa Artisans answers the need to find makers from whom shoppers can quickly pick-up their purchases while also supporting directly the local economy.
In September 2020, Ottawa Artisans hosted its first Virtual Craft Market where buyers were able to fill a cart with products from multiple vendors and receive it all at once in a convenient delivery or pick-up. This virtual model was a great alternative to in-person markets as buyers were able to browse products from more than a hundred makers in the comfort of their own home!
As we now celebrate our second year in business, Ottawa Artisans is home to 400 makers and more than 10 000 products. A brick and mortar store featuring artisans from the platform is opening at the St-Laurent Shopping Center and 5 virtual events will take place to provide a safe, socially-distant craft market experience.
If you would like to inquire about Ottawa Artisans, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andréanne King - Ottawa Artisans Founder
Andréanne King was born in Gatineau and spent most of her life on the other side of the river! With a Bachelor and Masters from the University of Ottawa in Second Language Education, her career started in schools as a French teacher and working for Middlebury Interactive Languages. After a year teaching English abroad in China, Andréanne discovered a passion for business and marketing in relation to education. Her first business - Blended Play - offers online games for the classroom where teachers can add their own review questions to engaging whole-class activities! In 2018, as she was pregnant with her first child, Andréanne taught herself to sew and discovered the craft community of Ottawa. When looking for places to sell the busy books she was making, Andréanne found out that Ottawa could really use an easy to shop platform for makers to showcase their creations. In 2020, Ottawa Artisans was born and is now a wide-network of local crafters with a passion for community! 2021 will see the expansion of Ottawa Artisans in new locations as well as in-person events and partnerships as made possible with Covid-19.
Ottawa Artisans in the press:
- Ottawa Artisans Store Opening - City News Ottawa (Feb 2021)
- Ottawa Social Scene - Community Builders (Oct 2020)
- Ottawa Life Magazine (Aug 2020)
- Stittsville Central (Jan 2020)