Due to popular demand, Destination Stratford is re-launching the first-ever Love Stratford Box-Iconic Edition. Get your hands on this limited-edition box with iconic Stratford treasures. Carefully curated with you in mind, we’ve chosen a selection from your favourite Stratford businesses to bring into your home and have delivered right to your door – local pick-up is available. Each box is $100+HST (includes free shipping across Canada).
What makes these products and businesses iconic? Find out more below!
Food & Beverage Favourites
Rheo Thompson Candies Since 1969, Rheo Thompson Candies has been crafting confections the same way with time-honoured recipes and tools. They’ve made the pledge to only source their chocolate through partnerships that foster cocoa sustainability from bean to bar. With 152 products made by hand, they oversee every process to deliver the ultimate candy and chocolate. As a Canadian family-owned and operated company, their commitment to continuing the tradition of candy excellence is stronger than ever. Famously known worldwide for their mouth-watering Mint Smoothies ®, we’ve included a selection of dark and milk chocolate Mint Smoothies®. Enjoy!
Distillx Beverages Inc. Founder Bob Huitema was looking for a way to enjoy great tasting cocktails, without the consequences of alcohol. Not being able to find what he wanted, he decided to make his own! Growing up on a farm near Stratford, and spending many years working in the food and beverage industry, Bob drew on his experience and began the journey to create Sobrii 0-Gin, Canada’s first distilled non-alcoholic gin. Sobrii is distilled in small batches at Junction 56 Distillery ; using quality natural ingredients, including Canadian Ginseng from Ontario, and has no artificial flavours, sugars, sweeteners or calories. We’ve included a 200ml bottle of Sobrii, plus delicious cocktails recipes to make at home. Cheers!
To Bean or Not to Bean Established in 2014, To Bean or Not to Bean Coffee Roasting Company is dedicated to sourcing ethical beans, and roasts every week at all levels to provide the freshest beans for every palate. To Bean has partnered with many local accommodators and cafes, each with their own custom blend. As a small business, they prioritize the environment, sourcing compost packaging, composting their grounds and sourcing ethical beans grown on farms using environmentally responsible growing practices. Finding ways to incorporate the strong local arts into their unique packaging, To Bean has partnered with a talented local artist and illustrator, Vicki Schofield to feature a variety of original prints on their coffee packaging. Included in the box, you’ll receive a ½ lb. of the Stratford Fusion Medium Roast 100% fair trade organic coffee, featuring Vicki’s City Hall illustration. Perfect to display on your counter while you sip on your fresh and flavourful Stratford coffee.
Edison’s Café Bar Stratford’s first whole foods café, owned and operated by husband-and-wife team – Buffy Illingworth and Greg Kuepfer. Edison’s menu is mostly plant based, using whole ingredients in their delicious baked goods excluding grain, dairy and refined sugar. Not only is the food to die for, but their coffee is equally as exceptional and they serve local beer and wine. From the moment you walk into Edison’s, you will instantly fall in love. Tucked into a beautiful space, you’ll admire the exposed brick wall, the extraordinary artwork and beautiful aesthetic upon arrival. Stratford is so rich in history and Edison’s is no exception. In fact, famous inventor Thomas Edison lived in the building at the age of 16 back in 1863 for his first job as a telegrapher. Locally commissioned artwork in the café depicts his inventions and various timelines. Included in your box is a delicious bag of Chai Spiced Granola (gluten and dairy free).
Junction 56 Distillery It’s summer 2012, and Mike Heisz attends a whisky tasting in his hometown of Stratford. After a few samples, he leaned over to his friend and said “we should make a barrel of whisky in my garage”. And so, began the idea for the distillery. After taking a leap of faith to pursue his passion, Junction 56 opened its doors in September 2015. What makes Junction 56 unique? They keep it local! All of their spirits start with 100% Ontario-grown grains. The corn for their moonshine, and wheat for their vodka and gin, come directly from Mike’s cousin’s farm. They mill all of their own grain on-site so they know exactly what is in their products. The name Junction 56 pays homage to the history of Stratford. The city was originally a railway town and the distillery, located in a former 100-year-old lumber yard, has one main railway line running directly behind it and the other a block in front. The junction of these two major railway lines was built in 1856 and Stratford was built up around this industry. Trains still run by the distillery every day. Junction 56 can be purchased directly from their website , or found at select LCBO locations. The Love Stratford Box includes a recipe for their Gin 56 cocktail and a few other tasty bevies to mix up at home.
Stratford Chefs School Nestled in the heart of Stratford, the Stratford Chefs School is a not-for-profit career college focused on the innovative, hands-on training of high-quality, aspiring chefs and culinary entrepreneurs. Since 1983 the School has helped to set the standard for excellence in culinary training in Canada, and produced graduates who contribute to the development of a distinctive Canadian cuisine. Between October and March each year, Stratford’s most cherished culinary secret is the School’s Dinner Series. Students rotate through kitchen positions to produce new menus daily in an upscale restaurant featuring local seasonal ingredients. Under the guidance of the School’s faculty of acclaimed local chefs and guest chefs from Canada and around the world, their students produce dishes worthy of the world’s best restaurants. Chef and instructor, Eli Silverthorne, has selected a Classic Tourtière recipe – including instructions for pastry and red pepper condiment. You will also receive a link to an Open Kitchen @Home instructional video from Chef Eli Silverthorne.
Inspired by Stratford’s Arts & Culture
Stratford Festival We can’t think of anything more iconic than the beloved Stratford Festival. When the railway industry pulled out of Stratford in the early 1950’s, journalist Tom Patterson had an idea to breathe new life into his native city’s economy: a festival of Shakespearean Theatre. The Festival was legally incorporated in 1952. One year later, on the night of July 13, 1953, the first season was launched, and the rest as they say is history. The Stratford Festival is a true icon to Stratford and loved by locals and visitors coming from across the globe. Each year, thousands of theatre-lovers patiently await the new playbill, carefully choosing their favourites and planning their trip to Stratford to become immersed in the arts. While the Stratford Festival wasn’t able to take the stage in 2020, they launched STRATFEST@HOME . A genius idea to bring the Festival into your home. The digital subscription includes exclusive content, delivered weekly. Treasures from their film library, intimate musical concerts, spontaneous Shakespeare riffs, and more! We have amazing news: included in your Love Stratford Box is a 3-month subscription to enjoy STRATFEST@HOME!
Got it Made Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Got it Made is a thoughtfully curated artisan market with goods from 80+ independent makers and shakers from Stratford and Ontario. From botanicals, jewellery, gifts, art prints and cards, self-care and so much more, we guarantee you will find something you love when browsing these local handmade goods. Got it Made works with artisans to bring unique, high quality, locally made products into your home to love. You’ll be able to proudly showcase your love for Stratford with your new 4 x 6 Stratford heart map print ; hand embroidered and the perfect piece to frame. Just like the red heart, your story gets stitched into your special piece – made to be a reminder of the places, people, and adventures you hold dear.
Distill Gallery Established in 2003, Distill shows well-crafted and curated Canadian-made designs, ethical and sustainable fashions, distinct jewellery and home decor products, reflecting contemporary material visual culture. The mandate was, and continues to be, handmade one-of-a-kind, small-batch or limited series craft, design and fashions. Owned by Stratford local Allison Skinner, who takes great pride in scouting new designers, promoting the work of emerging and established Canadian makers, and managing the store, both in person and online. Distill has an eclectic collection of Canadian made designs – ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal work, mixed media and textiles. Slow fashion, quality craftsmanship, and ethical production processes are paramount. Buy less and buy better. In addition to a store owner, Allison is a talented artist , creating her own unique pottery. Made just for you – Allison has created a handmade, ‘REST’ catchall dish.
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters Inspired by the Grand Cafés of Paris, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters was brought to life by a burning ambition to bring that culture to the Great White North i.e., Canada. The company was founded in Stratford in 1996, led by the entrepreneurial and artistic vision of one woman – Diana Olsen. Proudly Canadian, Balzac’s has 15 distinct and beloved locations across Ontario. What distinguishes Balzac’s from the rest, aside from unrivalled roasts and formidable female leadership, is that every café is specifically designed to embody the cultural nuances and historical significance of the location it’s in. In doing so, each café has carved out a unique personality as a central gathering place for the locals to converse, share, ruminate and create. We’re sharing with you one of two custom printed coffee mugs featuring the classic Stratford café print or the retro Est. 1996 edition to commemorate when it all started in Stratford.
La Osa Jewelry & Vintage La Osa Jewelry & Vintage – A destination boutique in downtown Stratford that showcases thoughtfully curated vintage and Canadian-made clothing and accessories. Walking into La Osa is a bit like stepping into a vintage cocktail party or gazing into your cool older sister’s pastel cosmetic case. Playful yet chic, airy and filled with beautiful, nostalgic treasures. Owner & jewelry designer, Pamela Coneybeare believes in and supports the slow-fashion movement, encourages the appreciation of vintage and hand-crafted items. Bringing fashion, function, vintage and collaboration together – Pamela has partnered with a local theatre artist to offer the Three Layer Pleated Face Masks made right here in Stratford. Made with care and precision in a milliner’s studio by Monica Viani Millinery . These gorgeous masks feature a hand-picked vintage fabric outer layer – the perfect combination of style and comfort for your new everyday accessory. Included in your box, we will surprise you with a selected pattern to call your own.
Bradshaws A family-owned Canadian business since 1895. Bradshaws is an iconic retailer, delivering exceptional customer service and high-quality products. Their unique selection offers something for everyone. From kitchen and barware to bath and body, home decor and more – we know you’ll find something you’ll love. Their website makes it easy to shop from home, if you can’t visit in person, and their social media keeps you engaged through blog posts, recipes, styling and more. Bradshaws seeks out the best value in terms of quality and price from the top brands in the industry. If you’ve been to Stratford before you have likely seen two things: Bradshaws and swans! So, we’ve paired these two icons and have included a Swan Lake Tea Towel to bring into your kitchen.
Junction 56 Distillery & Rheo Thompson Candies In a year like nothing we’ve seen before, the incredible collaborations and partnerships created during these challenging times has been truly heartwarming and true to Stratford style. Junction 56 Distillery and Rheo Thompson Candies partnered to bring their customers a unique spin on the boring hand sanitizers – introducing the Mint Smoothie® Hand Sanitizer . Created based on the World Health Organization’s guidelines and licensed by Health Canada, the Mint Smoothie® Hand Sanitizer captures the scent of your favourite chocolate. You’ll receive a 60ml spray bottle, perfect in your purse, car or pocket!
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ATTENTION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PURCHASING: Should you choose to purchase a box for someone other than yourself, please note the details (name/address/email) MUST match the recipients name in order to successfully redeem the 3-month STRATFEST@HOME subscription.
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