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Made in Canada Matters July 05 2017

Rick Millette

Rick Millette, Mills Photo. Canada Day in Ottawa 2017

A kaleidoscopic parade of people in a sea of red and white. Incandescent fireworks illuminating the night sky. Music, dancing, and festivities for all. Canada 150 was undoubtedly a night to remember.

This past year, the country has gone all out in celebration of Canada’s 150th year of Confederation. I mean, Toronto even debuted a 30,000-pound rubber duck. Because patriotism. All throughout the country, hundreds of thousands gathered in the streets to show their pride for and appreciation of this beautiful, wonderful, and welcoming country.

Now that Canada 150 is over, the hype is dying down. Everyone has washed off their face paint, taken off their patriotic pins, and come Monday, it’ll be business as usual. But the appreciation for Canada doesn’t have to stop. Here’s the secret no one emphasizes: buying local is the best form of patriotism.

I’ll say it again for the people in the back: Buying local is the best form of patriotism.

Here's why:


Stopping Pollution is the Best Solution

Scrub Inspired Environmentally Friendly

Since local goods spend a lot less time in-transit, buying local is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint; that means less pollution, better air quality, and greater protection of wildlife.

One of the best ways to be a patriotic citizen of the world is by buying “green” local goods and doing your part to protect our precious environment. 



Strengthening the Local Economy 

Buying local means more money stays within your community. In fact, research data shows that every local dollar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy [i]. Crazy, right? But that's not all. Community support groups and non-profit organizations rely more heavily on small local businesses: on average, they receive 250% more support from small business owners than they do from large conglomerates [ii].

Your dollars spent on local goods eventually trickle down to help the neediest members of your community. It's a beautiful butterfly effect!

Protecting Diversity

Imagine a world where everyplace is the same. The food. The products. The culture. All homogenized.


Local goods and small businesses make up the fabric of a place. They offer uniqueness, diversity, and personality - they're what make "home" home. By supporting local goods, you protect the distinctiveness of your community which can help promote a sense of identity. Plus, it boosts tourism [ii]

Scrub Inspired Canada


In the Spotlight: Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa works to help entrepreneurial momentum in the nation's capital by supporting and encouraging local businesses. Recently, Scrub Inspired participated in Main & Digital, a grant program with Invest Ottawa. We are so excited to announce WE WON!!! The first place prize was $7,500 which we can't wait to put to good use. Catch up to all the deets in the video below: 



Scrub Inspired is a Proudly Canadian Company.

Show your patriotism year-round and buy local!


[i] http://onf.coop/go-local/why-buy-local/

[ii] https://sustainableconnections.org/why-buy-local/

Ottawa Fall & Christmas Craft Shows October 04 2015

It's that time of year again, Christmas craft show season are in full bloom! This city is bursting with exciting and unique craft shows. Find the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list, or new fall seasonal favorites. 

You can find Scrub at the following shows below. Check back, we'll be adding new events ones as we go!


Ottawa Makers Market : After Hours



Makers & Shakers Pop-Up Bazaar





  • Location: Glebe Community Centre
  • Time: 11 am - 4 pm
  • Event Page: WedCycle
  • WedCycle is Tie The Knot Ottawa's newest sister show. It`s a fun new twist to planning, purchasing and preparing for your big day. This will be your one stop marketplace to buy upcycled, handmade, vintage, gently-used wedding and event decor while enjoying some delectable treats from local vendors. You will also be able to speak to local event and wedding related vendors that can assist in the planning of your special event/wedding.


Refresh Your Passion


  • Location: Ben Franklin Place
  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Event Page: Refresh Your Passion
  • A full day of inspiration for your body, mind, spirit and business. The day is called an un-seminar because it's unlike any other event you've been to. Refresh your Passion is packed with value from thought leaders, offering innovative ideas and real-world advice. You'll have intimate access to our presenters and you'll make invaluable connections with like-minded people.


Natural Resources Canada Christmas Craft Sale


  • Location: Natural Resources Canada
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3 pm
  • Annual Christmas craft sale for all the NRCan employees and local area. Join SCRUB and local artisan vendors to finally get some of your Christmas shopping done early! :)


Maker City Night Bazaar


  • Location: Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park
  • Time: 5 pm - 11 pm
  • Maker Faire Ottawa's official launch party of makers of art, design, food and beer. Join Scrub is hand picked local artisans for an evening marketing affair!
    $5 entry fee. Proceeds goes towards education and workshop programs via Artengine.


    It's Prive. A Street-Food & Shopping Festival

    SATURDAY, NOV. 7th
    • Location: Shaw Centre
    • Time: 4 pm - 11 pm
    • Event Page: It's Prive Fall Show
    • Privé is a show for a curious audience. It takes shape as a contemporary night market where 140+ entrepreneurs set-up their pop-up shops, giving you the opportunity to purchase directly from them. On November 7, at the Ottawa Shaw Centre, you will immerse yourself with the ultimate street-food and shopping experience. This show will put the spotlight on our city's best chefs, talented designers, wild artists and daring entrepreneurs. Not to forget, we will have Djs and drinks to give you a memorable experience.


    Handmade with Love Christmas Bazaar

    SATURDAY, NOV. 28th

    • Location: Bethany Hope Centre
    • Time: 9 am - 2 pm
    • Event Page
    • Handmade With Love is an annual Christmas Bazaar that invites local artists, crafters and creators to participate while supporting two non-profit organizations: Bethany Hope Centre and A.R.T In Action. All proceeds from vendor fees go directly to benefiting both initiatives.

      Hosted by: Dream Love Grow, Bethany Hope Centre and Happiness is Handmade


      HUB Ottawa Presents: Holiday Night Market

      THURSDAY, DEC. 3rd

      • Location: HUB Ottawa, 6th floor.
      • Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
      • Prepare for the holidays with local artisans, bakers, artists, and more! Join us for HUB Ottawa's 3rd annual holiday market with an evening of local awesomeness, live music, and hot chocolate!


      Urban Craft Holiday Show

      SATURDAY, DEC. 5th

      • Location: Glebe Community Centre
      • Time: 10 am - 4 pm
      • Event Page: Urban Craft
      • Urban Craft is Ottawa's hip, modern, handmade craft show. Featuring 50 indie & gourmet makers from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal & beyond, Urban Craft is the place to discover new designers and makers from across Eastern Canada.


      Home, Heart, Handmade

      SATURDAY, DEC. 12th

      • Location: Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre
      • Time: 10 am - 4 pm
      • Event Page: Home, Heart, Handmade
      • Heart, Home & Handmade is a semi-annual boutique event created to showcase some of Ottawa and area's talented handmade designers. It's a modern twist on the conventional craft fair. Come by and check out our new Christmas Scrubs! They'll make a great treat for your skin - or the perfect gift and stocking stuffer. Shop for one of a kind goods and meet all the local makers, including us! ADMISSION IS FREE!


      November: Ottawa Christmas Craft Shows November 18 2014


      Ravines Christmas Bizarre

      SATURDAY, NOV. 8th

      • Location: Ravines Retirement home
      • 10am - 2pm
      • Live in the Nepean area? Stop by to this big ol' Christmas Bazaar at the Revines Retirement home. It's open to the residence, family and the community. And of course SCRUB will be there with out new Christmas scrub and gift baskets!


      Statistics Canada United Way Craft Sale

      WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19th


      National Resources Canada Christmas Craft Sale

      THURSDAY, NOV. 20th

      • Location: NRCan 580 Booth Street, Ottawa ON
      • 9:30am - 3:30pm
      • Annual Christmas craft sale for all the NRCan employees and local area. Join SCRUB and local artisan vendors to finally get some of your Christmas shopping done early! :)


        Home, Heart, and Handmade

        SATURDAY, NOV. 22nd

        • Location: Glebe Community Centre
        • 10am - 4pm
        • Heart, Home & Handmade is a semi-annual boutique event created to showcase some of Ottawa and area's talented handmade designers. It's a modern twist on the conventional craft fair. Shop for one of a kind goods and meet all the local makers, including us! ADMISSION IS FREE! For more info click here.


        United Way Artisan Fair

        MONDAY, NOV 24th

        • Location: 110 Laurier Ave W
        • 10am - 2pm
        • A fantastic Christmas craft show by the City of Ottawa to raise money for United Way!


        Christmas Bazaar

        SATURDAY, NOV. 29th

        • Location: Bethany Hope Centre
        • 9am - 2pm
        • Come out to the bazaar to support our members of The Parent Enterprise Program and many other community members here at the BHC. Baked goods, warm beverages, handmade crafts, children's activities and much more!


        Yelp Totally Bazaar

        SATURDAY, NOV. 29th

        • Location: Algonquin College
        • 11am - 3pm
        • That's right, Yelp is organizing our FIRST EVER handpicked holiday market that will cross everyone off your holiday shopping list. Local artisans are bringing you the best in handmade products including chic clothing, perfect pet products, all natural skincare, hand crafted cards and signs, accessories, unique jewelry, baked goods, and more!


        The Savoir Faire - Chrismas Market

        SUNDAY, NOV. 30th

        • Location: Aydelu Centre, Alymer
        • 10:30am - 4:30pm
        • The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire was born out of a necessity to bring art and crafty goodness to our local community. The first of its kind in our quaint town of Aylmer, we are hoping it will be embraced and loved for providing original and quality handmade wares and art.  http://thesavoirfaire.ca/

        Send us your SCRUB pictures! January 25 2014 2 Comments

        We absolutely love when our customer's love our scrubs as much as we do - it's probably the biggest compliment we could ever recieve. And even more than that we love when you take some kick-ass pictures of our scrubs. One of our biggest fans (looking to you Danette!) took some pretty fabulous pictures last week, I just have to share them with all of you.

        Since our products & company are inspired by the beautiful coast of Cape Breton, it's perfect that she took these pictures with inspiration from the ocean. Thanks again Danette for your awesome pictures and how you continue to inspire us to keep doing what we are doing :)


        You can send them directly us at hello@scrubinspired.com or post them to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter - just be sure to use this hashtag…




        Hello & Welcome to SCRUB Inspired! November 01 2013 1 Comment

        SCRUB Inspired all natural ingredients

        We are so excited to launch our website and get our business off the ground! We are very crafty people by nature, and are always creating something new or redefining something to make it our own. We are passionate about using natural ingredients in everything in our life and it has inspired us to create a line of products made exclusively from ingredients found in nature. SCRUB inspired is home made body, face, and hand scrubs that are so natural you can eat!


        So what's your flavour? Sea salt, sugar, coffee, grapefruit, or maybe a little zest? We have it all and so much more! Check our full line of scrubs here.


        Who is behind SCRUB Inspired?

        Jessica McNeil & Kiersten Hanly of SCRUB Inspired

        SCRUB Inspired is located in the heart of Ottawa and is run by a (sometimes kilted) power duo, Jess & Kiersten. The cool & chic Jessica McNeil is proud Cape Bretoner, and spends her days as a passionate marketer at OAK Computing. The beautiful Miss Kiersten Hanly is known by many as "the every woman" and is a Business Dev extraordinaire at Shopify.


        If you would like to host a SCRUB Inspired party, or would like to contact us - shoot an email to hello (at) scrubinspired (dot) com & we'll get back to you as soon as possible.