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Copper Bowl Studio brings exotic flair to downtown Alliston

June 17, 2021   ·   0 Comments

One of New Tecumseth’s newest businesses is bringing an exotic flair to the local retail scene.

Copper Bowl Studio is now open on Victoria Street in Alliston and features a variety of items from local artisans, as well and many products imported from India.

Store owner Michelle Joyce, spent several years living in India “on and off” and decided to bring clothing produced there to her store in Alliston.

“We opened our doors on May 5, but we’re holding off on the grand opening until the June 22 when everything will be completely reopened,” Michell explained. “The store sells sustainable, ethically sourced goods, which are primarily textiles and home décor items from India. They’re all hand-crafted and made from women and men in villages. We do direct trade, and fair-trade items, and it’s purpose-driven to create jobs and sustainable income and lifestyles for the individuals there.”

The Copper Bowl Studio took over an older building in Alliston, then refurbished and renovated. The store has two floors.

Currently one floor is open with further expansion planned for the other floor as well.

Michelle spent considerable time in India, and learned the local culture.

“I’m a yoga therapist – I used to have a yoga studio here in town,” Michelle explained. “I’ve travelled to India on and off for two or three years. I lived there for half a year, then come home for a couple months, then go there for a few more months.”

In addition to the India-based items, the store also features things from local artisans and crafters.

“We also have local artisans’ stuff as well. We have soaps and cleaning supplies so we have local products here as well. We also have two gentlemen with an Indian background who are jewellery makers – it’s all hand-forged jewellery.”

Michelle will be holding a grand opening of Copper Bowl Studio on Tuesday, June 22. She invites the public to visit and see what the store is all and meet some of the local artisans.

Copper Bowl Studio is located a 60 Victoria Street West, in Alliston.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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