On the cross-roads of County Roads 27 & 92 lies the quaint village of Elmvale. Queen Street is the vibrant downtown with a couple of restaurants, LCBO, the busy Elmvale Bakery, the newly opened Star Buds Cannabis Co. and Tina Breen’s curated collection of hand-made items by local crafters from the Georgian Bay area and across Canada – Welcome to the Tiny Art Shack!
The Tiny Art Shack started in 2012 on Breen’s own property with butter tarts and photographs and has grown off her property to progressively larger Shack’s until finding its home in 2017 in its current location in Elmvale. Like any great art installation, you are immediately drawn into the store by the amazing window displays, and once inside, it’s light and airy, filled with treasures, and you will want to take your time and discover all the 120+ artisans and their works.
The store is stacked with accessories, bath & body, food, home, jewellery, stationery and kids stuff. In 2018, The Shack expanded the space again to house the newly added clothing lines, plants, pots and hangers to their collections. Tina has created a lifestyle that women want, and The Shack is the place to buy it all, she is seen here wearing Blondie Apparel Janis tee and Preloved Kora wide leg cropped pant.
The ladies love the Tiny Art Shack! Tina has garnered a loyal following of shoppers through years of fun, laughter and amazing finds at the store. Through the pandemic she has transitioned the business from in store to online with curbside pickup and shipping.
I was lucky enough to visit the store on a coveted restock day. If you follow The Tiny Art Shack on Facebook then you may have witnessed Tina’s amazing Facebook Live stories. It’s the first chance to see all the new artisan finds coming into the store. You better message, call or order it online quick, before its gone, as some items are one of a kind or have only a few in stock so be quick to get what you like. Pick up is amazingly easy during store hours from the table outside or after hours from their convenient porch lock boxes.
One of my favorite artisans Julie, from Stillwater Living & Design was restocking today. She is creating a pillow empire with her incredibly colourful and witty line of one-of-a-kind pillows and table runners adorned with a phrase or saying that is always outspoken and often a little boozy. I own a number of her pillows as they create amazing conversation and laughter. Some of my favorite pillows include: “Shut up Liver. You’re fine!”, “We all deserve an alcoholiday”, “The only clubs I’m into are sandwiches”, and “In loving memory of when I gave a shit”, my latest find was a table runner with “Spooning leads to Forking” and I adore it!
I think I just found my Father’s Day gift from Stamped Frosting! They have a line of tablespoons stamped with: “Souper Dad”, “Best Farter/Father”, “Dad’s ice cream spoon” and you can even pre-order a custom stamped carabiner, fishing lure, bottle opener or keychain in time for the big day. For Mother’s Day I bought a Forever Garden from Stacey at Rustic Bees. Her series of forever flowers, forever gardens and bird family wall hangings are all hand-crafted wire displayed on wood and incredible. In fact, I displayed my Mom’s gift at my house for a month before I gave it to her.
I also love, love, love their lines of plant based and eco bath and body collections. It’s the perfect time to stock up on Eco Bee’s Bug-off Repellent and Bug Bite Cream, or another great Father’s Day gift, a Citrus Spice Beard Balm. Try out some of the soaps from Soak Bath Co. My favourites include Canadian Maple or Charcoal and Mint and you can even plant the label and watch it grow into wildflowers! I also grab a shaving bar from Two Sisters Naturals in either Orange or Basil and Cedarwood, I also enjoy their Room and Linen Spray.
The Tiny Art Shack is located at 3-34 Queen Street Elmvale or find them online www.thetinyartshack.com
Linda Wright | June 3, 2021
The TinyArt Shack sure sounds like THE place to find quaint, unique gifts from multiple artisans.
Having clothing lines & Tina’s live Facebook stories keep my interest up..
This review was helpful to understand the full scope of this business..