“Small businesses are the heartbeat of your neighbourhood, the spine of your local economy, and the spirit of your town.”
This quote perfectly sums up the exceptional Birch Hill Studio. As a lifestyle boutique and gift shop, Birch Hill proudly supports local and Canadian artisans, makers and designers. This commitment to Canadian-made or designed products makes Birch Hill one of downtown Vernon’s leading small businesses. They truly are artisan-inspired – owner Sierra Harris is a proud maker herself!
Featured exclusively at Birch Hill is their new clothing line “Birch Hill Apparel.” This high-quality line lets you celebrate your provincial pride with one of their provincial tree sweatshirts. The clothing is screen-printed only at Birch Hill Studio, which shows their dedication to being local. Every province is represented, so find yours today and show it off with pride! Let any of the lovely staff introduce you to some of the true treasures to be found at Birch Hill.
GetintheLoop recently caught up with Sierra to get her thoughts on her business, the Okanagan, what she is most proud of, and more!
Location: 3208 30th Ave, Vernon, BC | Contact: Website, Facebook, Telephone: (250) 541-7557
What is your position at Birch Hill?
My name is Sierra Harris and I am the owner!
Tell us about your business!
We sell solely Canadian-made or designed products. We carry everything from jewellery made in Halifax, to clothing made in Alberta, to kids clothes locally made that I sourced from the Vernon Farmers Market, to candles hand poured in Lake Country.
What inspired you to open Birch Hill?
I’m a creative person by nature and after being a stay at home mom for 3 years I wanted to do something to encourage and support the creative community.
What do you love about Vernon and the Okanagan?
I love how Vernon feels like a quaint small town with big city amenities and I love the sense of community here; people are so proud to live in the Okanagan!
What is your other favourite business in Vernon?
What does a typical day look like for you and your team?
Well my right hand lady Kaitlyn opens the store in the morning as I’m usually with my daughter until lunchtime. Then I’m here all day either helping Kaitlyn with customers or screen-printing in the back studio, working on our in-house line Birch Hill Apparel.
What are you most proud of at Birch Hill?
I’m most proud that we’ve stuck to our goal of ONLY carrying Canadian products, it’s been tough as there are so many great companies from out of country that would be amazing but I have not strayed from my initial goal.
Is there anything else you would like to highlight about yourself or Birch Hill?
We are starting our own line of clothing called Birch Hill Apparel that represents Canadians pride in the Province they are from. We will have something that reflects every province in Canada.
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