There’s a new enterprise hatching in the North End called Third + Bird.
It is comprised of three creative women: Charla Smeall, Chandra Kremski, and Kris Antonius. Coming from backgrounds in event planning, contemporary art, and graphic design, each brings her own strengths and skills to the collaboration. They all met at the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Church (WCV) on 782 Main St., where Kremski and Smeall grew and organized the now-famous WCV Christmas Craft Sale, for which Antonius designed the posters.
After much brainstorming, the three have come up with the idea of creating workshops, gatherings,and markets that support local artisans, allow people to learn from them, and create community experiences.
Their vision extends beyond these goals to also bring beauty and richness to the North End, as well as to bring awareness of and economic opportunity for women in Nepal through a partnership with a women’s co-op there. The co-op works with women faced with financial challenges who may be at-risk for human trafficking by empowering them through education and micro-enterprise through means such as a tailoring school. The Nepali Women’s Co-op also supports elderly women who are no longer able to provide for themselves, by meeting their monthly basic needs. Proceeds from every Third + Bird event go to the co-op.
Most recently, the trio held its first ever Spring Market at WCV. Smaller than the Christmas sales, it still bustled with a steady flow of excited shoppers finding unique handmade gifts, home-grown goodness, natural soaps and candles, and fresh flowers and plants. Neechi Commons was the main food vendor and everyone seemed to enjoy the quaint set-up of benches and tables at which they could eat and rest.
This attention to detail sets Third + Bird craft sales from most others, creating a great vibe and a huge draw for Winnipeggers who are hungry not only for local, innovative products, but also for a unique and satisfying shopping experience.
This summer, Third + Bird has a farm gathering planned for Aug. 17, which will include a "long-table dinner," among other things.
Anyone who wants to learn more should join their mailing list at www.thirdandbirdevents.com
Sonya Braun is a community correspondent for the North End. You can contact her at email@example.com