Refresh Year in Review
As 2018 comes to a close, we're taking a moment to reflect on the celebration of community, culture, creativity and connection through Refresh-hosted events.
We began 2018 with a 2-hour goalsetting workshop led by local creative Jess Robson who helped us learn how to create meaningful goals and determine what to clear in order to achieve them. Re/Form talks continued throughout the year as we were joined by Anastasia Chomlack, Robyn Savage, Urszula Lipsztajn, Devon Brooks and others on the topics of resilience, guidance, healing and business automation.
In March, we celebrated the launch of our first Re/Form conference at the Cheakamus Centre where we gathered alongside 125 small business owners and creatives to hear from an inspiring group of more than 25 thought-leaders and industry game-changers.
In April, marketgoers lined up to attend our first two-day market of the year and stock up on quality handmade and locally sourced goods from 100 artists, makers and small shops. It was then that we first welcomed tin type photographer Ian Azariah (Tin Type Trike), Pure Earth Superfoods’ Lauren Elbe and Sheldon Lawrie, ceramic artist Kat Pino, Main Street hub Neighbourhood Quality Goods, Picot Collective’s Britt Buntain and jewelry designer Andrea Rokosz (Army of Rokosz), among others, to the Refresh community.
In November, we kicked off the holiday season with our largest two-day market to date as 3,500 visitors chose to shop small through our thoughtfully curated selection of art, clothing, ceramics, jewelry, skin care, artisan food, vintage and more. We also welcomed more than 30 new artists and designers including Nomi Designs, Albedo, Flax Sleep, Wild Hill Botanicals, Bird Ceramics, Folk Fortune and others.
As we reflect on the year, we remain grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by inspiring creatives and a supportive community that continues to embrace what we do.
Every time you participate in Refresh event you support a creative vision and dream. Thank you.
Warm wishes this holiday season and into 2019.