Quick Pick: Top 5 Gifts for the Beach Getaway
Sun, Sea and Sand….Here I come!
Sun, Sea and Sand….Here I come!
Here is the second installment of My Favourite City. This week’s features include:
Manager-Bilingual Exhibitor Relations & Recruitment
Exhibitor Relations & Recruitment Specialist
Marketing Associate for One of a Kind
This month, we have Chocolatier Heather Oliveira on the line from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a chocolatier and work with organic and fair trade ingredients and local when possible to create chocolates, bars, toffee, covered almonds and coffee beans
2. Originally from / Current living in
Originally from Tillsonburg, Ontario but the ocean has drawn me out to PEI, BC and currently Halifax, Nova Scotia
3. What is on the agenda today?
Today starts with a nice walk through the fog to grab some coffee. Then it’s all about production. I have wholesale orders to fill and delivery packages to ship and the farmer’s market to get ready for. Once the day starts to wind down I’ll get to some e-mails and then head out again to the little market store and grab something for dinner.
4. How did you get your start?
I’ve always loved food. My childhood was spent going to family gatherings full of amazing food mostly prepared with animals they raised and vegetables they grew. After high school I set off to PEI to attend culinary school and then followed that up with working in some really amazing restaurants across the country. When we mad it to Vancouver I was ready to pursue my true passion, pastry. We spent two weeks just on chocolate making and that was it, all I wanted to do.
5. What is your proudest moment in your career so far?
Becoming self employed and writing myself a paycheck always gets me excited especially after an especially grueling day. But the best is watching the faces of my customers after they take their first bite of my chocolate, it makes me excited about my job!
6. Now that you have been doing this full time for two years, what is one advice you would give yourself when you first started your business?
Looking back I wish that I had more confidence in myself and to trust my instincts. And also have the patience to let things grow. Also don’t be afraid to axe what isn’t working.
7. What is your favourite product from Cocoa & Honey.
8. Who is always on your studio playlist?
Since I work alone I really like to have some conversation happening in the background, so podcast and CBC Radio are essential. If I’m not covered in chocolate I might put on a record and sing along.
One Week in Pictures with Cocoa & Honey
Once I’m done using the chocolate for the day it gets poured out in a big slab to harden then broken down and used again in the next batch.
Having a lot of trees outside of the kitchen keeps the traffic volume down and it makes me feel like I’m in a tree house!
Trying to keep chocolate from being the only part of my diet…
The best part of vending at the farmer’s market is getting early morning dibs on the goods.
This is when the willpower comes in and when I really need to get the toffee packaged before it gets eaten.
Summer is here, and we’ve got the travel bug! This month, we surveyed everyone at the One of a Kind office for their favourite cities to travel to…and seeked their opinions on what to see and what to eat if you happen to find yourself in one of these destinations.
Senior Manager of Accounts & Special Projects
Project Manager, One of a Kind Online Shop
Accounts Coordinator & Online Shop Specialist
Director of Communications & Digital Strategies
As Seen On: Global Noon News
Salad Servers by the Stinson Studios, $32
Tea Towels by Sophia Saunders, $45
BBQ Gift Basket by Wicked Gourmet, $40
Peppermills by Cam Lavers Designs, $70
Corkscrew by Armstrong and Carter Ironworks, $50
Rebeer Glass, $22.00; Coasters- Beer Scrabble $42.00 by Artech Glassblowing Studios
Bucket Tote by Bookhou, $60
Reversible Cloche Hats by Mad Cap Hats & Accessories, $47.50
Assorted Canadian Pillows $65 and Bag $24 by Nicole Tarasick Studio
Assorted Teas by Natur’el Tea, $13.50-$15.00
Jellies, Balsamic Dressings & Dried Fruits by Nutra-Fruit Cranberry, $4-$10
Colour Block Beach Tote $128 & Drawstring Travel Bag $42 by The Made & Found
Canada Day Lobster Buoys $18.00 by Rocking Horse Past
Compact Cribbage Board by Niconico, $50.00
Canoe on a Lake Dip Set by Maxwell Pottery, $65.00