We love local. It might be because we're a part of the rapidly growing landscape of hand-makers in the Ottawa region, but nothing beats that good feeling of knowing you've supported someone—a real person—and their passion, so it felt appropriate to share six local makers in Ottawa that you need to follow on Instagram ASAP. Check these babes out and give them some love.
1. Alicja Confections / @alicjaconfections
This girl knows how to hustle. From starting out as a craft show chocolatier to owning her own storefront on Bank Street (and a Rideau Centre pop-up on the way) she's proof that hard work and a little chocolate goes a long way. Hope you're hungry because her unique chocolate bars and treats will make you drool.
2. Sunday On The Run Embroidery / @sundayontherun
Embroidery has come a long way in the last few years. From something your grandma only did to trendy artwork, every 20-something gal must have, and this local gal knows what she's doing. From cheeky quotes to bold black and white characters, you're guaranteed to fall in love with one of her designs.
3. Open Fire Jewellery / @openfirejewellery
Local gal Fran Miles has been killing it with her gorgeous crystal jewellery and has quickly become an Ottawa staple. Her Instagram feed is graced with her stunning designs and a few behind the scenes shots here and there. Go on and give her a double tap.
4. Mississippi North / @mississippinorth
If you're into mesmerizing time-lapses and beautiful, bold prints, you're in for a real treat! Mississippi North posts her nature-inspired artwork with the occasional live-stream painting. Her pieces are absolutely stunning and will have you coming back to her feed for more every day.
5. Sadie & June / @sadieandjune
Travel has always played an important part in sweethearts Kendall and Steve's lives which is where the inspiration for their embroidered heart map collection stems from. Each map is uniquely hand stitched and framed and made to be a reminder of the places, people, and adventures you hold dear. If you're a wanderlust, their creations are a must.
6. Hey Sugar Candy Co. / @heysugarcandyco
This sweet brand is all about making lollipops for grownups. That's right—boozy candy made just for you! With natural ingredients and the most colourful and delicious insta-feed, we don't blame you if you want to get day drunk on these.
See someone you absolutely love or have a recommendation on who else to check out? Let us know in the comments! Fancy following us on Instagram? Hit us up!