Taste Of Lawrence and The John Bead Outlet

Last weekend we participated at the Taste of Lawrence three day international food and cultural festival.

Out booth featured an interactive craft.  We were a magnet for crafty kids and parents alike.

We wanted to introduce ourselves and our brand new Outlet to the neighbourhood!

We met so many great kids and their parents!

This gentleman and his wife helped us pack up Saturday night and then he returned Sunday to spend a few hours with us.  Fast friends were made!

This is me, your blog writer.  The charm bracelet was so long…we had to keep moving it all day until it became a curtain around our tent.

We are so happy that over 500 free scissor sets and coupons were handed out.  Not one pair was left.

It goes without saying, we had a wonderful time!  Hope to see some of our new friends in the Outlet soon!

Michael Thompson – City Councillor At The Outlet Saturday at Noon

As part of our weekend of Grand Opening festivities Michael Thompson – City Councillor will be at The Outlet Saturday at Noon.

Michael Thompson is Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, Vice-Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board and the City Councillor representing Ward 37, Scarborough Centre.

Now in his third term as City Councillor, Michael Thompson has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s hardest working political leaders.

Michael’s commitment to economic development is longstanding. In his first term in office, he spearheaded the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and established a Job Fair that annually brings thousands of job seekers together with dozens of employers. He maintains a widespread network of business relationships that has helped to enhance business retention, promote growth and increase private sector employment. His active engagement with business has helped speed the launch of new business ventures, resolved business/residential conflicts and gained business participation in a wide range of community-building initiatives. In 2010, thanks to his persistent salesmanship, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the world’s largest student run professional association, held its annual conference in Toronto, bringing more than 10,000 young engineers (and millions of dollars) to the city.

A believer in the critical value of culture as a builder of strong communities, Michael co-founded the Taste of Lawrence Avenue East Festival, which brings together tens of thousands of people each year to experience local performing arts and cuisine. He also created the “Scarborough Rocks” community image building campaign, which emphasizes Scarborough’s unique cultural blend.

Two Great Weekend Events – Linked by One Great Street!

July 5-7 are the days you will want to visit The John Bead Outlet and our neighbors!

In our Outlet we are featuring special Grand Opening Pricing.

We are also participating just up the road in the Taste of Lawrence.

The John Bead Outlet is sponsoring a creative and interactive booth in the children’s area at this year’s Taste of Lawrence weekend where we will be attempting to create Canada’s longest charm bracelet!

We have 100+ meters of chain we need to fill with charms, sequins, beads, buttons, pom poms and other fun embellishments.  We’ll be using string, ribbon and jump rings to attach everything to the chain.  No skills required!  You’ll see how easy it is to make something fun and wearable using some of the craft and jewelry making supplies found in the Outlet.

Hope to see you at one or both events this weekend!