Monday, June 24

Purple Essentials at Fort Henry's Trade Square - July 2013

Starting with the Canada Day Market, June 29th to July 1st, and running until the end of July, Purple Essentials will be setting up shop at the Fort!

  Along with local artists, Whitney Haynes, Rebecca Geoffrey and Lindsey Fair, we will be sharing a studio (pictured below) to showcase and sell our handcrafted, fresh & natural products - June 29 through to July 31.

While shopping our online store remains an option, we are very excited for the opportunity of meeting you, our customers and clients, face-to-face. Have a question you would like answered? Want to sample your favourite, Purple product? 
Come visit us at Trade Square this July!

Haven't yet heard of Trade Square?  Well, new for 2013, Fort Henry has created Kingston's newest shopping district inside the walls of the historic Fort. Shoppers enter the Upper Fort free of charge, shop the rooms & outdoor stalls as well as enjoy lunch or dinner on Kingston's newest outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful city.

Trade Square hours of operation will be Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm, with extended hours on holidays, special events and Sunset Ceremony nights (Wednesdays and Saturdays) throughout the summer.

Looking for a new place to lunch? Fort Henry now offers an exclusive dining experience on Kingston's largest waterfront patio. Weather-permitting, guests may dine and drink on the stunning patio at the point of the Advanced Battery overlooking Lake Ontario, the Royal Military College and the City of Kingston.

The Battery Bistro operates daily from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. On select Friday nights, live music and entertainment will be available to visitors until 7:00 PM - see scheduled events here.

Live Pure and Simple - Live Purple!

See you at the Fort!

LAST WEEKEND - July 27 &28!

To celebrate our last weekend at the Fort, all soaps and scrubs in our Trade Square store are on sale!

Handcrafted, Cold Processed Soaps  Reg: $6 ea  Sale: $4 ea or 3 for $10
Handcrafted, Body Scrubs and Polishes  Reg: $14 ea  Sale: $10 ea 
 And, YES ... we do have a few Strawberry scrubs remaining ...
Hurry while supplies last!
(sale pricing for Trade Square purchases only - not applicable to online sales)

Sunday, June 16

To All DADs

Wishing all DADs out there a wonderful Father's Day... Thank you for all that you do!

Live Purple!

Wednesday, June 12

Purple Essentials Celebrates Farm Girl

This past Sunday, the clouds parted, the incessant rain stopped and the sun came out (for the entire day)!  It was just the weather that Farm Girl (Tamara Bolger) had wished for ... Sunday, June 9th, was the official Down-Home Launch Party for Farm Girl Mobile Food Co. and their much-loved food truck, Betty Lou (pictured above).  If you aren't yet familiar with Farm Girl, her delicious food and growing success, take a look at the website here. (You can also follow Tamara on twitter for daily updates).

Farm Girl knows how to throw a great, afternoon party!  There were smiling, laughing, friendly people everywhere we looked.  Summer songs played in the background while guests mingled, kids + dogs romped and everyone was enjoying a scrumptious variety of Farm Girl's classic-comfort-foods with her gourmet twist (Yummy!).  Donations were collected for Martha's Table, as the Bolger Family is admirably conscious of giving back to this community.  The lovely Heidi Fielding, from Fielding Estate Winery, was there to support her dear friends and share some premium wine with the guests.  We were thrilled to be invited to attend and share Purple Essentials Fresh & Natural products.  We met so many fantastic people!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to say "HI" and learn more about our Pure and Simple creations. (*The winner of the Blissful Bathing Package is Lisa Harrison - Congratulations Lisa!)

Early in the Spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Tamara and we quickly became friends. Although our respective businesses cater to different markets, they share a similar outlook on using Fresh & Natural ingredients in our offerings.  She is a caring, multi-talented woman, juggling it all!  We wish her and her marvelous family continued success, as they grow their new business and add a fresh seasoning to Kingston :-)

Setting up (had the best helper!)

I highly recommend a visit to Farm Girl's Food Truck! You can find Farm Girl and Betty Lou in Kingston's City Park ... check their website for times and menus, here.

Live Purple!

Sunday, June 2

Father's Day Just Ahead

It's true that Father's Day is a commercialized event, but you have to go beyond the expected - it's more than "The Day" that is always observed on the third Sunday of June, it's also a special day to spend with your Dad(s) and family…  reminiscing, being thankful and looking ahead :-)

With the hectic lives that most of us are living, you may not notice just how long it's been since you stopped to take the time and say THANKS to the man who has stood by you from toddler to adult - and/or the man who is Dad to your children.

Even if you have found a great gift and a greeting card, they can't be the stand-in for quality time with Dad.  There are so many ways to show your appreciation… heart-felt words, a walk through the woods together, a game of golf or a BBQ on the deck… I am sure you know just what your Father will enjoy.

In case you need some help on the gift end...

* We will be offering delivery up until Friday June 14th. 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ~

Live Purple!