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Craft Culture brings local artisan goods to Okanagan doorsteps for Christmas

Image Credit: Laura Elie Photography, via Craft Culture
November 17, 2020 - 3:02 PM

The Okanagan’s largest craft fair was cancelled this winter due to COVID-19, but organizers are offering a subscription-like box instead that will be delivered right to your doorstep for the holidays.

Back in June, Craft Culture launched the Local Box after all large craft and artisan markets were forced to cancel. The Local Box is very similar to a subscription box, however, all products are created by local Canadian vendors and signing up for a membership is not required, according to a Craft Culture press release.

Customers can pick up the boxes in Kelowna or Penticton, or have it shipped across Canada.

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“We are so humbled by the response to our new box initiative. This started out as a short-term plan to help our vendors who rely on face-to-face markets to do business. We expected to only sell boxes to local customers, but instead we’ve been receiving orders from all across Canada,” Craft Culture owner Karalyn Lockhart says in the release.

Because of the success, Craft Culture plans to keep the Local Box going indefinitely.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, vendors are running out of options to stay in business and are heavily relying on online sales. By having a product featured in the Local Box, vendors are able to sell a large number of products at once and ship goods to hundreds of customers, according to Craft Culture.

There are three versions of the Local Box available: the Christmas Essentials Box, the Box for Her and the Box for Him. Boxes are packaged in Kelowna, and will be ready just in time for the holidays.

The holiday boxes must be ordered by Nov. 25. For more information and to order online, visit Craft Culture's website.

Craft Culture has also compiled a list of all vendors that offer online shopping which can be viewed online. The market is hoping to return in 2021.

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