Channel Craft is a US-based toy and game maker that we love at the Local General Store. The toys are hand made in an old steel mill town in Pennsylvania and are based on simple, old-fashioned toys. Such an awesome company!

SoYoung: SoYoung creates lifestyle bags and accessories for modern families from its studio in Toronto, Canada.  Its mission is to add beauty to the everyday moments of parents' lives by elevating the design of essential items. An important feature of their lovely linen backpacks is the fact they're machine washable.


Wooden Toys and Trains by Tuff Toys.  Tuff Toys is a small business in Salmon Arm BC run by Gary Owens, a former school bus driver and self-taught wooden toy maker extraordinaire!  It all began in 1987 with a hand held drill and a small jig saw making the odd Christmas present for his two sons, nephews and nieces. Using locally sourced wood Gary creates beautiful sturdy toys that can withstand rugged everyday play and still become cherished family heirlooms.  (Have you ever been in our shop and seen kids playing with the table-top train set?).  If you already have a Brio train-set no problem, Gary has made his toys compatible with the Brio wooden train sets.

Not content with making toys for friends and family,  Gary also generously donates many toys to the local food bank.

We love supporting this cottage industry!