About 100 Mile Finds
Shirley and Susan started 100 Mile Finds from their homes in Bloor West Village, Toronto. Shirley was a window dresser, in a previous life, and hand painted t-shirts to sell at craft shows. She was also, and still is, a photographer, who now specializes in family portraits, as well as dance schools and some private schools. It is strictly a part-time job, probably more accurately described as a freelance gig.
Susan abandoned her career in printing and graphic arts some time ago, and re-educated herself as a social worker - there always seems to be a need for that regardless of the 100 mile radius. For Susan, 100 Mile Finds is a unique opportunity to incorporate marketing and communications skills, with an interest in community development.
100milefinds.com was born out of the realization that we were searching far and wide for cool stuff and it was right here in our own back yard. You don’t know how many times Shirley's heard ‘if I’d only known you were a photographer I would have used you instead of…’. 100 mile finds provides the venue for talented folks to show you what they’ve got.
We wanted to turn the internet on its head – most people think of it as a way to go global. Instead, use it to research what you want, and buy it locally. Building strong neighbourhoods one at a time is ‘grass roots global’.
We've spent ages looking for irresistibly beautiful and original items of fabulous quality made with infinite care and love by up-and-coming designers and craftspeople. We have hand picked independently owned retailers that support their neighbourhoods and the concept of buying local.
We're not interested in big brands or things you can find everywhere in the mall. Instead we scoured the neighbourhood to find you gorgeous and unusual items, and great businesses to support.
Make sure you check back often - we are always adding new vendors to our collection.
Any comments, good or bad, are always welcome at email@example.com.