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Gold River Cottage Industries

The cottage industry is alive and well in Gold River and the surrounding areas.  A cottage industry is a home based business where the products and services which are not mass produced are distinct and unique.

The cottage industry originated in the country sides of countries where the unemployment rates were high.  Women started the industry but men have joined alongside them to develop the family based businesses that help drive the local economies.

Most cottage industries are small and part time.  Some motivated individuals do prefer to work at it full time.  Unfortunately they sometimes struggle to get their message about their products and services out to the public because of the high competition from factory based businesses.

The skills are no less impressive than the larger competitors and in fact sometimes offer much better quality in the long run due to the personal nature of their creation. The trend to purchase wares from the cottage industry is gaining recognition and acceptance as a viable alternative to buying assembly line made products that no longer seem to last like they used to.

Although cottage industries started out with arts and crafts they have expanded into things like backyard auto repair, blogging, child care, computer repair, free lance article writing, pet walking, proof reading and editing and soap making just to name a few.

Below are some of our local cottage industry members of the chamber so click on their links or call to see what they have to offer you.

Ashley Ann’s Soap Bar

Welcome to Ashley Ann’s all natural hand crafted soap bar.  Owned and operated by Sharelle Parkes. Sharelle started making soap as a hobby and discovered that her soap was a lot kinder to her skin than the commercial bars she purchased at the stores.  Her soaps are made from a combination of natural seeds, essential fragrance oils and oils. The soaps and shampoos are environmentally friendly.  Each one is hand wrapped and labelled.

Sharelle 250-283-7617


creative notions handmade quilts in gold river, bc canadaCreative Notions

Cathy creates high quality and beautiful handmade quilts.

Cathy 250-283-2590

Klassic Kudos

This Gold River home based business specializes in making custom pens, pen & pencil sets, bottle stoppers and other small crafts mostly from wood.

Roger Steele 250-283-7325 Fax 250-283-7335


photograph of bull lake in nootka soundPhotography by Paul Smith

Local photographer who sells his own photographs either by themselves or framed and matted. Will frame and mat your prints or what have you also. Very reasonable!

Paul Smith 250-283-2129



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