Food & Drink, Gifts & Promotional Products

Etc. Oct. 2013

Gifts Of Canada

When it comes to sourcing Canadiana gifts, planners in the know keep The Guild Shop on their radar. The Yorkville-based retail storefront of the not-for-profit Ontario Crafts Council recently formalized its gifting outreach with a dedicated corporate program and consultant to help make choosing handcrafted awards and art-driven gifts a breeze.

The shop offers a wide range of beautiful statement pieces from Inuit and native art to functional and sculptural ceramics, textiles and glass. Browse collections in-store, online or let corporate sales director Jo Anne Kittell be your personal shopper. Armed with theme, purpose and budget, Kittell will provide options including pieces from artists across Canada that can be commissioned or purchased in volume. Customization including gift wrapping and logo and name-plate dedications are available. A rewards program offers discounts on minimum annual purchases.

Cocktails For All

Not every guest drinks. With the holiday season approaching, having mocktails on hand such as MADD Virgin Drinks makes good hosting sense on so many levels. Under license to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the line of non-alcoholic beverages donates 10% of net sales to the organization’s efforts to reduce the incidence of impaired driving.

Delicious tasting and beautifully branded, the label offers a red, white and bubbly, not only alcohol-free but at less than half the calories of their wine counterparts. There are also classic Margarita and Mojito ready-to-serve cocktail alternatives available in four packs. Craft-brewed lager is coming soon. Launched last year, the brand is currently available in Shoppers Drug Mart and select grocery stores across Canada. Purchase volume orders online or contact MADD Virgin Drinks directly.

New Events Job Site

Are you a company looking for event talent? Are you an event professional looking for work? Then let the matchmaking begin at EventsWork, a new online employment hub dedicated to the event industry. Noting how scattershot event-related job postings appear across multiple public sites, industry veterans Margaret Johnston and Kim Speed saw the need for a go-to career hub.

New event-related job listings daily are from across Canada, running the experience gamut from executive to intern, and sectors, including corporate, charitable, conferences and live shows. Since launching earlier this year, postings and visitor return rates have grown exponentially, according to Johnston. The site also offers industry education and association links plus an excellent career-development blog.