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APE La Passerelle


BRATZ BIZ 5 TH artisan market better than ever!

With an increased number of shoppers, an outstanding lineup of entertainment and a top quality artisan market BRATZ BIZ continues to amaze! Co-founders Laslett and Shrimpton still wrestle with the public's perception that craft fair items created by kids aren't worth the trip. Once you've been to BRATZ BIZ, you'll be coming back every year. The quality of crafts Whistler and Pemberton youth are producing is very high. This year's event saw a record number of vendors selling out early in the day. The public likes the warm country Christmas atmosphere. Community support was evident by not only the number of attendees, but also by the thoughtful feedback Laslett and Shrimpton received throughout the day.

BRATZ BIZ is organized by two Whistler moms who have been working with Whistler's crafty kids since 2006 to help young artisans learn the business side of marketing arts and crafts. With this support, young artisans are enabled and empowered to take individual projects to a whole new level. Each prospective artisan begins by meeting with a jury to discuss whether their product is saleable or not. If it is not, the jury works with the artisan to modify, redesign, or in some cases, begin again. 2010 jurors Vincent Massey, Janet Pashleigh and Michelle Kirkegaard were new to BRATZ BIZ and found some of the entries very difficult to evaluate. You don't want to hurt kids' feelings, so finding a way to re-invent something that is not saleable can be a very creative challenge.

Laslett and Shrimpton are looking for local businesses to support their ongoing project. Operating costs for BRATZ BIZ are paid for by the generosity of business owners who believe that what BRATZ BIZ teaches are important life lessons for our youth. Major sponsors for 2010 were:  Nesters Market, The Whistler Grocery Store, Whistler's Creekside Market, Walsh Restorations, O'Mara Construction Management, Thornhill Real Estate Group, Local Automotive, Carney's Waste Systems, Corona Excavations, Mountainberry Landscaping, Southerncross Construction, Stonebridge Marketing, TKT Contracting and Windsor Plywood.

In addition, in-kind donations of goods and services help to reduce overhead and raise funds through draw prizes at the event. BRATZ BIZ would like to acknowledge LIGHTMAKER for the development of a new web site www.bratzbiz.ca .

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