As a small business owner, there’s no product out there that has been more valuable to me than Square. Seriously, this tiny little white square, that shows up at your doorstep for free, is something I wouldn’t be able to live without in order to process sales for The Chic Canuck and Good Luck Rub at any place, any time.
I’m such a fan of Square that I could be their extremely unofficial sales rep or hype girl — I’ve literally given high fives (and almost hugs) to cab drivers I’ve encountered who are savvy enough to use it, along with fellow shop owners.
When I heard that Team Square was popping up in Toronto for a weekend-long Square Shop experience that not only included learning more about their latest products (they’ve now got a tap that takes debit and full POS system that’s under $200!!) but business-enhancing workshops and local vendors you can shop in person, I was beyond thrilled.
I guess my enthusiasm for their amazing product paid off, because on a whim they agreed to make space for Good Luck Rub (my boyfriend Josh’s super tasty and super versatile dry spice rub that you seriously MUST try) and The Chic Canuck to set up shop alongside the other vendors all weekend long. YAY!
*PSA: WE WILL BE SELLING ALL GOOD LUCK RUB AND THE CHIC CANUCK PRODUCTS FOR JUST $2 WHEN PURCHASED WITH THE NEW SQUARE TAP*
If you are in Toronto this week, the Square Shop in is on now until Sunday October 22nd at 202 Queen Street West (the former New Era shop) and you don’t want to miss it! Not only will you have the chance to attend free workshops hosted by some of the country’s most exciting entrepreneurs and get more info on Square products for your business, but you’ll be able to shop special products from local vendors for just $2 (even when the retail value is between $5-$15) when you pay with their new tap payment system for credit and debit cards.
Find out more about some of the featured brands at the Square Toronto below!
WAX + FIRE CO.
Creating an aromatic experience for the home and spirit is Wax + Fire Co. candles made of 100% soy. Not only are their scents divine but Phthalate Free too, meaning you won’t get any headaches from these babies! With natural scents like Lavender Mint and Lily of the Valley, what’s not to love? Get a mini candle worth $14 for $2 when you pay with tap at the Square pop-up!
GOOD LUCK RUB
Founded in 2017 by Josh McGuirk, Good Luck Rub is a small-batch dry spice rub that’s hand blended and packaged in downtown Toronto. Good Luck Rub can be used on meat, fish and veggies cooked on the grill or in the oven. You can use a little or a lot, and enjoy it as a seasoning for your cooking all year long. The $9 packs of dry spice rub will be just $2 when you pay with tap at the pop-up!
JUST CRAFT SODA
Produced in small batches in St. Catharines is Just Craft Soda. After working for soda conglomerates, creator John McEachern was fed up with other soft drink manufacturers with their artificial taste and boring flavours. Made with natural flavours and fruit juice, you know you’re only getting the good stuff!
YOUR PAL, AL
Toronto based Your Pal, Al specializes in all things handmade with items ranging from cute ring stands, concrete pots and even terracotta plants with succulents! All of these homemade gems make for perfect for gifts for friends and even yourself!
THE BUTTON MACHINE
The Button Machine is a Toronto-centric brand of clothing and accessories and is known for creating some of the cutest TO merch we’ve ever seen! From license plate buttons saying “Turonno” to Honest Eds inspired buttons, these are some souvenirs most locals would happily sport!
The Fidel Gastro’s Street Food Company prides itself on creating unique and fun food experiences. Whether it’s curating a special event for you at Lisa Marie, their restaurant, parking the food truck at your office, or firing up their BBQ machine at your country wedding – their brand of street food literally has no limits!
THE MAKER BEAN
Combining great coffee with creativity is The Maker Bean and they’re bringing us high-tech digital fabrication tools like 3D printers and laser cutters and educational workshops. Paired with best-in-class locally roasted coffee, this is an experience that will last!
SHUT UR PIEHOLE
One afternoon, Shut Ur Piehole founder Heather Daymond noticed decorative mason jars and wondered if she could use them instead of pie plates. The rest is history as this sassy single mother of two transformed her love of pie into a business with an equally sassy. Her company creates delicious flavours and THE flakiest pastry, Heather’s pies are no joke!
The Bald Baker is formed on the philosophy of giving people cookies filled with love and local ingredients, minus the sugar. Founder Cy Ynares’ cookies were developed through several test bakes to achieve the soft, chewy, and bordering on under-baked texture that are not only delicious but better for you.
For more information on the Square Shop Pop-Up, click HERE!
(Square Shop images by Andrew Williamson, vendor descriptions by Blair Stutz)