No better time than the present to shop local


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This article was published 01/12/2020 (797 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

While we can all probably agree this holiday season will be unlike any other, it is now more important than ever to consider shopping local small businesses, artisans and makers for all your gift giving and home decor needs.

To be honest, I’m usually one of those last-minute shoppers who barely makes it into the store minutes before closing, fingers crossed that the item I want is still available. But since that’s not an option this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to start shopping early and locally. Fortunately for shoppers, there is no shortage of talent in our city!

One of the handmade gifts I recently purchased was made by Windsor Park resident Julie Corthey. Her business, Dips’n’Dots, specializes in customized items such as wood art, ornaments, mugs and glassware, as well as refinished furniture.

Supplied photo by Julie Corthey A sample of the kind of customized items created by Julie Corthey of Dips’n’Dots.

While Corthey enjoys creating designs using her Silhouette Cameo to make personalized gifts, it was her love of dot art that first sparked her interest in becoming a maker.

“I chose dot art because I have absolutely no talent when it comes to drawing” she told me. “Nevertheless, I find it very calming to become immersed in a project.”

Although Corthey only recently started selling her crafted items online, she already has a wide range of products available which can be viewed on the Dips’n’Dots Facebook page —

Her bestsellers include personalized and/or customized stainless-steel mugs and tumblers but she also has a range of unique ornaments, as well.

Although she’s been doing dot art for a few years now, Corthey has no regrets taking the plunge into starting her own business.

“I thoroughly enjoy being in my little office,” she informed me. “(I) often find myself losing track of time working away!”

I asked her if she had any advice for all the other crafters and makers out there who may be considering selling their own work.

“My advice to anyone else would be if you love doing something, then that will translate into what you do,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to promote yourself and ask family and friends to spread the word!”

If you are interested in purchasing any of her products, Corthey can be reached through her Facebook page, by email at or by calling 204-795-8799.

Stay safe and happy while shopping local.

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at

Heather Innis

Heather Innis
Windsor Park community correspondent

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park.

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