Friday, 25 November 2016

The 12 Days of Christmas Recap

And that's a wrap! 

We hope you've enjoyed our healthy, local gift guide as much as we enjoyed putting it together. It's amazing how many great little shops and local products there are right here in KW. I know my holiday shopping list shifted after checking out these shops for photos. Did you know Distinctly Tea has hot chocolate mix made with granulated honey and not corn syrup based? I searched everywhere for this last year and could not find it! I am currently on week two of my Sustainable Market order and loving it. And I will be checking out Wordsworth Books this week to pick up my children's Christmas books. 

Just incase you missed a day, we have recapped each day below. If you haven't had a chance to check out some of these shops before, now's the time! You won't regret it.

On The First Day Of Christmas: The Coach House Therapeutic Centre


Our clinic, The Coach House Therapeutic Centre, offers gift cards that can be redeemed towards massage therapy, physiotherapy, naturopathic medicine and chiropractic care. If you haven't checked out our beautiful facility now is the time! Give the gift of health this season with a gift certificate to your favourite health care clinic!

Visit The Coach House Therapeutic Centre Website to learn more about our team, services and facilities.

The Coach House Therapeutic Centre
150 King Street South Unit G, Waterloo, ON N2J 1P6

On The Second Day Of Christmas: Gifted

Gifted is a beautiful boutique shop in Uptown Waterloo that is like walking into an Etsy store. They have a huge selection of unique gift ideas- many of which are handmade by local artisans- it's hard not to find something for everyone. Gift the gift of handmade, local, artisan treats.

Check out Gifted's Website to learn more.

181 Park Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 1Y7

On The Third Day Of Christmas: Words Worth Books

Wordsworth Books is located in Uptown Waterloo and has a wonderful selection of quality books- from children's to adult's- and magazines, and actually specialize in hard to find books. They also carry a selection of adult colouring books and supplies. If you haven't popped in to Wordsworth before, now is the time! Give the gift of stress reduction this holiday season!

Words Worth Books Website

Words Worth Books
96 King St S, Waterloo, ON N2J 1P5

On The Fourth Day Of Christmas: Fearless Heart Yoga Studio

Fearless Heart Yoga offers an array of yoga classes that suit any fitness or experience level including specialty classes such as Prenatal, Mom and Baby, Kids, Sports and more. With amazing instructors and a beautiful facility this is definitely an Uptown location to check out- they are even hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 3rd from 3pm-6pm at their studio above Seven Shores Cafe. Give the gift of fitness.

Fearless Heart Yoga Website

Fearless Heart Yoga

10 Regina St N #3, Waterloo, ON N2J 2Z8

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas: The Truth Beauty Company

Truth Beauty Company is located in Uptown Waterloo and focuses on all natural, chemical free skin care, person care products and makeup. Carrying lines for everyone- men, women and children/babies, Truth Beauty Company carries a wide selection of amazing brands and products many of which are Canadian made. Give the gift of natural beauty.

The Truth beauty Company Website

The Truth Beauty Company
Lower level, 46 King Street North, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W8

On The Sixth Day Of Christmas: Cocoon Apothecary

Cocoon Apothecary is definitely a Coach House staff favourite. This amazing skin care line is super luxurious, completely chemical free, organic, eco-friendly and artisan made in small batches right here in KW. Though the Coach House carries a small selection of Cocoon's products, their main location (and site of their production) is well worth the visit. (There will also be a Holiday Shopping Party happening on November 26th from 11am-5pm with a few pop up shops). Boasting both a women's and a men's line, their products are perfect for anyone, and because they are chemical free, safe for young ones as well. Give the gift of chemical free skin care this holiday season and check out Cocoon Apothecary.

Cocoon Apothecary Website

Cocoon Apothecary
72 St Leger Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 6R4

On The Seventh Day Of Christmas: Distinctly Tea

Distinctly tea is beautiful store located in the Bauer Marketplace and carries a huge selection of both delicious teas, Matcha powder, hot chocolates, local handmade pottery, imported chocolate and loose leaf herbs. Check out Distinctly Tea and give the gift of a warm 'cuppa' this holiday season.

Distinctly Tea
187 King St S, Waterloo, ON N2J 1R1

On The Eighth Day Of Christmas: Death Valley's Little Brother

Did you know coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the North American diet? However, nutrient value begins to decrease after roasting which is why freshly roasted is ideal. Enter Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters and Death Valley's Little Brother which offer freshly roasted coffee right here in KW! Give the gift of a cup of happiness (and health) this holiday season!

Death Valley's Little Brother Website
Smile Tiger Coffee Website

Death Valley's Little Brother
84 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2X4

Smile Tiger Coffee
100 Ahrens St W, Kitchener, ON N2H 4C3

On The Ninth Day Of Christmas: Relish 

Relish Cooking Studio in Uptown Waterloo offers a great selection of cooking classes with various instructors in a fun group environment. But it's not just cooking classes, Relish has an amazing selection of healthy cookware and kitchen gear including Le Creuset and cast iron pans. Give the gift of healthy cooking this holiday season.

Relish Cooking Studio
56 Regina St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 3A3

On The Tenth Day Of Christmas: The Sustainable Market


Did you know that in fruits and vegetables grown in North America can spend up to 5 days in transit before arriving at a distribution centre? If grown outside of the country it can be up to several weeks? All the while losing nutritional value like vitamins and minerals. Local produce is always the way to go. The Sustainable Market is an online farmers market focusing on local, chemical free and non-GMO farms that use sustainable farming practices. But it's not just produce, they also offer ordering from local bakeries like Golden Hearth and local coffee from Smile Tiger as well as dairy, meats and pantry items. They will also be holding their Holiday Market from November 25th until December 16th with some amazing local artisans- check out their website for more info! Give the gift of healthy eating this holiday season with a gift certificate to The Sustainable Market.

On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas: Fenigo

                                                                        Did you know often times BPA-free plastic actually leaches more endocrine disrupting chemicals then BPA containing plastic. Every time it is heated and cooled (think left in a car, put in the dishwasher, etc) more chemicals are released into the food or beverages it's containing. Fenigo offers an amazing selection of everything you need to go plastic (and litter) free! From mugs to water bottles, straws to utensils and even storage and lunch containers, you will find it at this little gem of a shop! Give the gift of chemical free this holiday season.

Fenigo Website

105 Lexington Rd, Waterloo, ON N2J 4R7

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas: Ambrosia Pastry Co.

Let's be real, it wouldn't be the holidays without...Chocolate! Ambrosia Pastry co. in KW makes small batch, handmade, craft bean to bar chocolate completely from start to finish. Ambrosia sources Fair Trade Organic cacao beans from around the globe and choose the best roasting methods and percentages of cacao to highlight the beans characteristics. Need more reason to try these bars? A bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cacao contains high amounts of fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and antioxidants. Just remember to enjoy in moderation and give Ambrosia a visit. This holiday give the gift of a tasty treat!

Ambrosia Pastry Co. Website

Ambrosia Pastry Co.
150 Roger St, Waterloo, ON N2J 1A9

Happy holiday shopping!!!

~The Coach House Team~

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