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Celebrating 10 years in beautiful Lyndhurst!

Celebrating 10 years in beautiful Lyndhurst!

Owners Terri and Peter Dawson speak fondly of their century home and storefront. The front of the building shows off the historic gingerbread woodwork. A comfortable mix of international market one-of-a kind finds and local artisan creations is nestled on the shelves at The Green Gecko. Situated in an historic house on the main street in Lyndhurst, Ontario the Green Gecko has literally breathed new life into the downtown core of the village.Opened in 2005 and now celebrating its 10th year, The Green Gecko has become a fixture on the small business scene. Customers drive to Lyndhurst from urban centres...

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Bags of Fun

Bags of Fun

  Many of the bags and purses I carry in the Green Gecko come from this family-owned business in Bangkok.  They have a row of stalls at the market that are always packed with everything from beautiful silk bags to cute owl backpacks.  It's a bit comedic to work with them. Our encounters always follow the same format.  I start by checking out all the options, colours, styles etc. The gentleman in the picture (the husband) follows me around, smiling all the time and nodding in this cute attentive way. There's always lots of choice. I start with the styles...

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Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

2/24/2013 When I'm in Bangkok I try to find a spare hour to wonder around the flower market.  It's about 5 blocks long and 2 blocks wide of shops and street vendors selling only flowers.  Surrounded by millions of blossoms; being in the middle of it is almost fairy tale-like. When I was there a few days ago it was late afternoon and the flowers were arriving by the truck-load for the evening market.  Truck after truck full of flowers.  Petite roses to orchids, to lotus, to long stem roses that standing came up to my chest. Bangkok, by global terms,...

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Front Porch Creations

Front Porch Creations

3/24/2012 One of the artists whose work I feature called me "You know how I said I'd stop by this week? I just got an order for painted glasses.  How about I paint them in the shop?"  Wow, great idea!  My first 'Artist-in-Residence' at The Green Gecko.  Sounds exciting!Lesley McDougall is the creator of Mehndi Glass: "a unique collection of hand painted glassware, jewelry and glass art inspired by the ancient art of Mehndi".When Lesley first introduced me to her Mehndi inspired glass art I felt an instant connection.  Mehndi is common in India; where I have spent time traveling as well as...

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Perks & Pains

Perks & Pains

I admit it. It's stereotypical. I'm a woman and I love to shop for clothes!In my last post I wrote about shopping at Chatuchuk Market in Bangkok.  For clothes, I visit another market which sells only wholesale clothing.  It's housed in a 6 story building and you'll find everything from t-shirts with knock-off logos to Thai silk suits.It takes countless days to navigate all of the alleys and see what is available. You can't start out too late, most stalls are open approx. 3am-3pm.  Vendors who sell in other markets and centres come here to buy clothing in the early morning...

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