The Handpicked Home is a locally designed home décor and gift shop, located in the heart of uptown White Rock & on the traditional, unceded territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation & broader territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.
“Our mission at The Handpicked Home is to provide our customers with a unique & fulfilling shopping experience through introducing handpicked & locally designed home décor & gift items, meant to warm the heart & home. From homewares to gourmet foods & inspiring items for our littlest babes, our shop will allow you to decorate your home & gift-give through a style that is truly unique & reflective of you!”
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: My intention when opening The Handpicked Home was to be a valuable member of the community in a meaningful way; the bigger the footprint I created for myself, the more of a positive difference I hoped to make. Donating to local organizations; voicing my ideas, opinions and positivity; rallying for my fellow small businesses – these are all the incredible ways I’ve connected with people and fellow professionals, which also confirm how seriously I’ve been taken as a business woman.
What makes The Handpicked Home unique is the fact that it’s always emphasized the importance of shopping local, sourcing local, supporting ethical, fair-trade goods, as well as brands who work hard to minimize their carbon footprint. I believe in sustainable, earth-friendly living, equal pay & quality products, and do my best every day to share these values with my customers. How we spend our money matters, and I believe these values encourage the longevity of the shop and continue to keep our customers feeling great about what they are investing in.
Supporting local means working with local artisans, farmers, makers & bakers – this is how I deepen my support for other local businesses. A few local artisans and makers we work with are:
- Sealuxe (natural bath goods)
- Sara’s Art Corner (artist)
- Karla’s Specialteas (organic tea)
- Standout Boutique (jeweller)
I love knowing the story & passion behind a product; the natural way items are made; the opportunity to build our local economy – and I love sharing this with our customers as well. These are things our beautiful market cares about, and for this, I am so grateful.
Question: What social and environmental practices are you proud of?
Answer: The Handpicked Home has been a supporter of natural, sustainable & locally-made products since its opening six years ago, and it’s so great to see more & more customers interested & seeing the value in these qualities. Naturally-made soy candles that are clean-burning with cotton or wood wicks & essential oils which keep them longer lasting & good for breathing in; bath & skincare products that are made with only natural ingredients & meant for everyday use; re-usable produce bags & food wraps that keep the planet clean & reduce our carbon footprint – how we spend our money & use products have always been important to me; not just trends, but important lifestyle changes that our customers value, too, and I am so grateful for this! The more we can spread love & awareness for a greener planet, the better for all of us for many years to come.