A Magical Mystery tour

By Sean Delaney

“Everyone is going out to the Wal-Mart’s of the world, and it’s sad to me, we need a place of our own in Emery.”

Ashley Scott, owner of Magical Mash-ups, grew up in Emery Village. She went to the local elementary school, stayed until about Grade 7, and then moved away.

Life has seen her return as a working mom. And now that she has moved back, her kids are going to the same school that she attended and she’s teaching them to love the same community she grew up loving.

Coming back though, she realized there were not a lot of shopping options for people in the neighbourhood. Or at least the variety she was thinking about.

So she decided to do something about it, and she didn’t mess around.

The artist and soap maker who had been working in Kensington Market, has opened a collective of 13 vendors, all offering a different product or service to the community.

“I give people who want to launch a small business, a place to retail their product without having to spend the big bucks.”

For just $30 a month, your product or service can be part of the mash-up.

Currently the store has handmade soap, jewellery, home decor items, fine art, handmade clothing, antiques, candles and more.

They’ve been open since the end of October and are hoping for the business, as well as their customer base, to grow.

“I know the winter has been really bad around here with all the snow and ice, so we’re hoping to see a lot more people out on their feet and coming around in the months ahead.”

Magical Mash-ups is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

You can find Ashley and her collection of fine art at 3035 Islington Ave.

Or call them at (647) 340-7315

It’s worth a visit.