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hug it out at the big love makers pop-up

We're just two weeks away from Valentine's Day, and whether you'll be celebrating self-love, romantic love, or doughnut love, there's a pretty sweet local event happening this weekend to help you get ready: the Big Love Makers Pop-Up!

WHEN: Saturday February 6, 2016 from 10am - 5pm

WHERE: MakerSpace North, 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 216 (go up the ramp near Orange Gallery!)

HOW MUCH: $5 admission at the door, free parking

After the success of this fall's inaugural Makers Pop-Up Bazaar, organizer Amanda Cockburn (a.k.a. The Freewheeling Curator) dreamed up this new event to celebrate love of all kinds. Whether you want to pamper yourself, your other half, or send a love note to your crush, she's got you covered.

The pop-up will feature 40+ local vendors, an apres-ski themed lounge where you can sit, eat, drink, and play board games (Settlers of Catan, anyone?), a love letter writing station (the notes will go in the mail on February 8 to arrive in time for V-day), and she's even giving away two passes to Le Nordik Spa in Chelsea for the perfect romantic getaway. So you know you've got to be there, right?

One of my favourite local artisans that'll be at the show: 1890 from Merrickville! They make natural perfumes, bath treats, and skincare.

Makers that'll be at the show include: Antidote Skincare - 1890 Artisan Gifts & Floral Design - Wildtree Jewelry - Country Palette - The Wash Shop - Frontier Collective - Hummingbird Chocolates - STOUTHEART shave company - Baltic Club - Jenny Rijke - Scrub Inspired - T's Crochet Shoppe - Brelokz - Sacred Hammer - Art Freed - Mooshu Icrecream - Jumelle - Chobhi - Set Forth Studio - Sadie & June - Zoes Corner - Bliss Box - Open Fire - Inner Echo - Kozy Stitches - Simply Steph Ko - Claypigeon Ceramics - Rewind Vinyl - Bullets & Bones - Wick Witch Candles - The Cookery - Cardamom & Cloves - L'Orangerie Ottawa - Barking Barista - Strut Jewelry - Country Meet City - Atelier Jagerlea - Steinzeug Pottery - N product - Higashi - Hot Potato Company - Plantanos - Bluebird upcycle $5 Admission at the door. See you there!

Embroidered vintage maps by Sadie & June! They stock a zillion cities/countries and they're just the cutest.


5. BLISS BOX: Treat yourself, your love, or your bestie to this all-new and all-Canadian wellness box.

4. MOO SHU ICE CREAM: Skip the usual chocolates and try Moo Shu's chocolate-dipped ice cream bites!

3. INNER ECHO: Treat yourself or your yoga buddy to one of their ingenius aromatherapy bracelets.

2. STOUTHEART SHAVING CO: Treat your man to the best shave ever, courtesy of these local folks.

1. STRUT JEWELERY: Jewellery may seem like a conventional choice but these babies are anything but.

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