Barb's Festive Night Market: Part Two

This Thursday, December 10th at Barb's Festive Night Market will be a continuation of good eats and treats, special martinis and cocktails, mini spa demos, and a full blown market with new vendors!   Come ready to enjoy the atmosphere, shop where your dollar goes right back into our local economy, and inhale some holiday cheer!

Jennie has designed incredible cheese and charcuterie platters with local and imported preserves  to share.

In addition, you can enjoy delicious cocktails and martinis created with tea infused spirits, special juices, and Moonshine Mama's Elixirs.


Here is a list of the vendors you can expect this Thursday:

Solace Organic Spa
Salt Spring Kitchen Co.
Culture Alive Fermented Foods
Chocolate Beach Chocolates
Moonshine Mama's Elixirs & Tonics
Hart & Stone Silver Jewelry
Charlotte Holmes Silk Scarves & Woven Shawls & Blankets
Chris Clark Stained Glass Treasures
Bees Wax Works Candles
Salt Spring Screenprint
Salt Spring Island Candle Co.
Wendy Squirrel Pottery
Clover Fedoriuk-Russell Pottery (debut show!)
Heavy Meadow Silver Jewelry
Kaizen Woodworks
Ceilidh Divers Artist Series Cards/Love Notes

And, this will be the final opportunity to purchase Barb's Bakery & Bistro Gift Certificates when we pay you an additional 25% back to you in additional Gift Cards to use yourself, or give away as gifts!

We look forward to spending the evening with you!

Jennie, Mel, Zandra, and the Barb's Staff

Barb's Festive Night Market: Part One

KICK OFF THE SEASON WITH OUR INDIE HOLIDAY NIGHT MARKET

THURSDAY DECEMBER 3rd + 10th

FROM 5pm to 10pm

COME HAVE SOME CHEER + NOSH WHILE YOU GET SOCIAL

CHEER

Enjoy a beverage from Barb's Gourmet Cocktail + Martin Bar where we will be featuring Moonshine Mama's NEW Winter Warrior Elixir

NOSH

Local cheese + charcuterie platters featuring Saltspring Kitchen Co. Preserves

SOCIAL

Toast the season with your friends + neighbors surrounded by your favorite local artisans and service providers

*** Barb's will be donating a portion of our sales both nights to the Phoenix Elementary Music & Theater Programs

A Sneak Peek....

December 3rd Vendor List

 

We look forward to spending the evening with you all!

Jennie, Melinda + Zandra

 

 

 

IT'S BEEN 10 LONG YEARS AND WE LOVE YOU JUST THE SAME.....

 Double Rainbow. Photo by: Ceilidh Divers

Double Rainbow. Photo by: Ceilidh Divers

I've been contemplating this post for what feels like months. I get very nostalgic and lost in thought when I do. So much has changed in 10 years! Some things, I'm more than happy to never relive again, like 30 hour works days. YIKES. And others, I hope to never forget, like all the lovely friends we've made. Okay, if I'm being honest here.... I'm also done with being referred to as the new owners. I think we can move past that now :)

 

2005 days before leaving Kelowna on our 10 year adventure

We Not Only Survived But Thrived!

While I (Jennie) might be writing this post, I know, I speak for Jason too. I really don't know many couples who could have survived what we have. We were just babies when we bought Barb's. Married less than a year and desperate for change! It wasn't just the long days or barely enough money to pay our rent that could have torn us apart. Add in a Little Sprinkle of "Let's start a Family!" without a network of support and a Big Dollop of managing 20+ different personalities at all times. Now that's stress! We are lucky, in that we compliment each other. One is Yin to the Yang. When one of us is down without fail the other will do whatever they can to support and lift the other up. We are a team, that's now become a family. A family that I love dearly and can't imagine a life without. It's still a daily struggle for balance, one that I'm certain we will never truly obtain. But who ever does!

A Barb's Family

To me the best part of Barb's is the people. Sure, the coffee is awesome and the food is great but, it's the people that make it special. Our guests who come in, day in and day out, have become our friends. Our staff past and present have become our family. The constant chatter/sounds of Barb's can be deafening, I know. But it's so eerie when it's not there. To me it's life, it's community and it's love. Without it, it wouldn't be Barb's. 

Photo credit: Melinda Divers Photography

Help Us Celebrate 10 years!

We need to thank our Family's, Biological and Cultivated for all your love and support over the years. But, we also want to thank our guests. If you're around town today, stop in and say Hi! Have a hot drink on us! All our Coffee/Tea and Espresso Drinks are on the house! 

Thank You Salt Spring. We Love You,

Jennie & Jason

Barb's Artist Series 2015 Winner(s) Are.....

WE HAD SO MANY FANTASTIC ENTRIES FOR OUR FIRST EVER DESIGN CONTEST. 

 

For me, it was the thought and stories behind the designs that struck me most. You are an awesome bunch of "Barbarians"

But, in the end we could only choose two designs that overall captured what we love about Barb's. Yes... that's right TWO designs. 

We just adored this design by Ceilidh Divers.

Ceilidh grew up here on Salt Spring Island and all the goodness of Barb's. When we first saw her whimsical design, we couldn't help but feel like there was a Fairy Tale behind the drawing.

For the first time ever we are printing a limited edition run of kids shirts just for this design. 

Ceilidh did tell us that she has a desire to work on a children's book, set in a bakery. How cute would that be! But, until then, we will have to be content with our wee clan members sporting an adorable t-shirt. 

 Designed by Ceilidh Drivers

Designed by Ceilidh Drivers

 

The second design we chose comes from local wildlife artist ~ W. Allan Hancock.

Allan and his family LOVE enjoying everything Barb's has to offer, so he decided to join in the fun of our contest. The design we selected, depicts his family's personal favorites. We couldn't agree more... coffee, croissants, cookies and Salt Spring Island! 

 Designed by W. Allan Hancock

Designed by W. Allan Hancock

A BIG THANK YOU TO 

Deanna Milligan at Salt Spring Screen Print who is working on the printing as I type and Graphic designer and artist Zandra Stratford who is working with both Allan and Ceilidh to design the Hang Tags.