Thursday, November 28, 2013

Be Ready For a Unique Shopping Experience in Victoria, BC

If you want shopping to be fabulous, visit our 15 boutique shops here at Mattick's Farm. with our vibrant and diverse mix of shops and restaurants, this is a shopping distination that is totally unique and worth devotirng a full day for exploration. See our editorial in Boulevard Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

You Deserve Me Time

We invite you to come visit us at beautiful Mattick's Farm in Victoria. We are your sacred getaway to relaxation when you need a little escape! Choose your favourite treatment from our list of services that leave you refreshed and relaxed. We take pride in our spa and invite you to come in for a tour to meet our friendly licensed estheticians. Pure, organic essential oils, plant extracts and marine algae are some of the things we look for in the products we carry.

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Not Your Nana's Silver

Restoring history by creating elegant, fun and distinctive jewellery that can be worn by anyone, anytime, anywhere! Visit www.matticksfarm.com


Not Your Nana's Silver (NYNS) are intimately made by hand, using only the highest quality of Silver. NYNS attribute their success to chic, new cool designs created with a palette of extraordinary colour combinations, as well as the revolutionary concept of creating high quality stylish jewellery at reasonable prices.
Their remarkable collection of Jewellery, is at the height of fashion in our opinion and will be the greatest gift you can buy for your friends and loved ones this holiday season, or treat yourself with a beautiful lasting piece of art. 

They specialize in the art of taking something old and making it new again by handcrafting silver-plate and sterling cutlery and trays into bracelets, rings and earrings. We are thrilled to showcase their pieces here at the Gallery.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas Wish Book at Mattick's Farm

WELCOME TO THE MATTICK'S FARM CHRISTMAS WISH BOOK. If you've got a long shopping list but no time on your hands, start here for some inspiring gift ideas for almost everyone! Click on the Merchants Navigation List to your left and see what gift ideas we are promoting under the "Wish List Items menu".

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GIFTS & stocking stuffer ideasTis th e season to be shopping for family, friends, your sweetheart and maybe even for yourself. Get lots of Christmas gift ideas and inspiration here and celebrate the festive season, these gift ideas will certainly make someone's Christmas morning a joy-filled one!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Victoria Christmas at Mattick's Farm

This year, bundle up the family to enjoy Victoria’s Christmas tradition, shopping at Mattick’s Farm. Shop from your local farmers at Red Barn Market for your Christmas feast you will find local poultry, meats, seafood, cheese, breads, salt, fresh produce, preserves and much more, they having everything that you need to make it easy for you this holiday season. Visit the boutiques and shops for an exciting annual spectacle of lights as the Merchants decorate their windows to bring you that Victoria Christmas magic. Bring the whole family and take the opportunity enjoy a hot chocolate or tea at Adrienne’s Restaurant and Tea Garden. Can you imagine a more magical place to visit in Victoria than Mattick’s Farm, Share holiday wishes and have a photo taken to preserve the fun moment. Visit

Monday, October 28, 2013

5 Canadian consumer trends to shape the future of retail

Canadians consumers are increasingly looking for healthy and locally made products, according to a new study from the Business Development Bank of Canada that identifies five trends shaping consumer behaviour. The BDC study released Monday also looks at the increasing importance of the internet in decision-making, with half of consumers conducting an online search prior to buying. “It’s a look at how consumers perceive value now and it’s important for small and medium-sized enterprises to be aware of these trends to stand out in a crowded marketplace,” said Pierre Cléroux, chief economist for the BDC. The five consumer trends identified by the BDC are: The buy-local movement: Consumers are shopping close to home, looking for locally made goods and aware that buying Canadian-made may be a better ethical and environmental choice. Rising health awareness: The aging population is becoming more aware of healthy choices in food, cosmetics and ergonomically designed products. Half of Canadians consider the health impact of a product when making purchasing decisions and one-third are willing to pay a premium for healthy products. Frugality: Canadian incomes are stagnant and debt is high, meaning consumers are cautious about spending. As the baby boomers retire, an increasing portion of the population will be living on fixed incomes. The desire for customized goods: Consumers are looking to get exactly what they want and new technology makes it possible for them to buy it. The impact of the internet: An increasing amount of research about products is done online, even when consumers don’t buy online. At the same time, online shopping is growing and online reviews are critical. “We see the impact of technology increasing every year,” said Cléroux. Some products aren’t suitable for buying online – cars, for example – but consumers will turn to the web first to research a product. Consumers use the internet to find out where to buy, how much things cost and details of the product, including dimensions, materials and ratings. Online reviews are critical, with 70 per cent of buyers saying they are influenced by such reviews. “This is a growing trend. We can’t go back. It is critical for small business to get ahead of internet trends and manage their image, including managing online reviews,” Cléroux said in an interview with CBC News. About 30 per cent of Canadian small businesses don’t have a web presence, he added. “And it’s not just having a website. They need more than that – they also need a strategy on the web.” The BDC study found 45 per cent of consumers had made an effort to buy local in the past year, 87 per cent believed it was more environmentally responsible and 97 per cent said they bought a product to support the local economy. They also are paying close attention to corporate business practices. This goes beyond the local food trend seen in farmers markets popping up in urban centres throughout the country, Cléroux said. “In general, consumers are looking to buy Canadian products because when they buy local, it has a positive impact on Canada and Canadian jobs and the environment,” he said. Marketing a made-in-Canada, or better still, a local connection can be a big advantage for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), he said. He cites the example of the very successful Canadian coat that markets itself as a Canadian product, and the big furniture store than offers a 20 per cent discount on Canadian-made products. Cléroux acknowledged that the value consciousness of Canadians may work against smaller businesses at a time when there is intense competition in discount retail. But he said innovative companies are offering alternatives that save buyers money. Among the ideas to attract value- conscious consumers are group coupon discounts, discounts for buying online and offering rental arrangements instead of buying – such as the car-sharing programs Autoshare and Zipcar. Customization is a niche trend that SMEs can take on with a little innovation. Some are approaching the choosy consumer with a wider range of products – 3,000 brands of flooring instead of 300 – but others are actually tailoring to the individual. One company makes a “My Muesli,” which provides exactly what they consumer wants in a breakfast cereal. Do the buyers have issues with cholesterol or nuts; do they need gluten-free?; would they prefer strawberries or almonds? The customer can order a product online that exactly meets their requirements and, because of improved production technology, the company can make what they want. “It’s a great way to differentiate yourself in a crowded market,” Cléroux said. The BDC, which has a mandate to promote Canadian entrepreneurship, based its figures on a review of the literature, followed by an Ipsos Marking survey of 1,023 Canadians that was undertaken in August.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall Flair Fashion Show


The 2nd Fall Flair Fashion show returns September 26th.   Held at Victoria’s newest premier destination, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, watch your favorite TV/radio personalities & friends as they strut the runway in the David Foster Foundation Theatre to the hip beat of a live DJ.
This is your first look at the latest men’s and women’s fall fashions from local retailers:
Citizen
Four Horsemen
Outlooks for Men
Philip Nyren
Public
Still Life
Suasion
Hair and makeup by
Haven Salon

Your all-inclusive $50 ticket allows you access to this stylish event plus food and drink.
Take advantage of a special hotel rate offered by the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and take the elevator home. Book your stay online or call 250-598-4556. Promo Code: FASHION.Net proceeds from this event will benefit CFAX Santas Anonymous, a society dedicated to improving the lives of children in need in Greater Victoria.
Advance ticket sales only. Purchase online and in person. Visit http://www.matticksfarm.com/merchants/sunday%20snowflakes/fallflairfashionshow.htm and enter Sunday's Snowflakes Facebook Page to win tickets, you can locate them at the below link.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Music in the Square

It has bee a while since our last post, but things have been busy around Mattick's Farm and music in the square has been a huge success, see our link for performances Mattick's Farm and check out who will performing.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Get to know Pure Day Spa at Mattick's Farm

Our Spa is a sanctuary of relaxation from your day to day stresses in our calm and peaceful woodland setting in beautiful Mattick's Farm.  We are a full service spa with only fully qualified and licensed estheticians to cover all your spa needs.  Our list of treatments includes facials, pedicures, manicures, waxing, certified reflexology, rekei, hot stone and aromatherapy massage, as well as make-up lessons and applications. 

 
Our ‘Side-By-Side’ Pedicure room overlooking the trees is a must to try with your partner or girlfriend and doubles as a couples  massage room! 
All of our treatments use the highest quality products offering our clients a medical approach to our spa services including our extensive knowledge on Sterilization in a Spa environment to protect you from taking anything home other than an amazing spa experience! 
 
We treat every skin type from acne to rosacea and are the leading spa in Victoria for Anti-Aging Facials  using our one of a kind protocols from Skin Ceuticals, Ocean Plus, G.M. Collin and Yonka Skin Care.  With every facial you will learn about your skin type, the differences between Professional Skin Care and Drug Store/Department Store Lines along with the most amazing and relaxing Facial experience you will ever have all within your budget.  You will LOVE your results!
 
On Line booking and Custom Designed Gift Certificates are a few of the conveniences we have on our website.
 
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The VQA Wine Shop at Mattick’s Farm Celebrates 15 year anniversary!
“Who could have imagined the BC Wine Industry would experience such phenomenal growth in such a relatively short amount of time!” remarks Wine Shop owner Beth Crawford.


Twenty-five years ago while working for the BC Liquor Stores she took an interest in BC’s fledgling wine industry. 
 
 

“Life is all about timing - I heard about the VQA store licences while on a British Columbia Wine Institute sponsored media tour in 1997”.  Enchanted by the industry from the start - she began investigating the VQA store licences.  There were only 3 stores in existence at the time.  With the guidance of the “Godfather” of the BC Wine Industry Harry McWatters she secured the fourth licence issued in the province.  The location presented itself also through serendipity.  In 1998 Mattick’s Farm was undergoing expansion.  When Beth made a visit to the site where the shop now stands, she states, “ I fell in love with the place! Cordova Bay is a wonderful community in the equally delightful city of Victoria. I have met many wonderful people through the years and have felt quite blessed that I seized the opportunity and opened my store at this location”.
 
The number of wineries when Beth began her venture in 1998 was around 40 – at last count there are in excess of 200!  “It is wonderful to have such a connection to the industry and its history, I have something akin to reverence for how it has evolved. I represent an amazing dynamic industry, and I am very proud of that fact!”  This store has arguably the best selection of BC wines in town AND all at winery direct prices.  “When people shop at this store they know that they are getting premium wines at the best price.  We carry many of the limited release wines and smaller boutique wines that just aren’t that easy to find.”
 
Beth has built her business on excellent customer service – and has always hired people who are passionate about the BC Wine Industry.  The space is small and welcoming.  Many people feel intimidated buying wine but at this shop the staff’s expertise makes it simple and fun. “People have come to expect that we will take the guess work out of wine choices for them”  It is all summed up in the store slogan that is meant to sound like a wine descriptor:
 
“Knowledgeable – yet not pretentious…. Approachable with a hint of sass!”

 
Fifteen years later she looks back with a certain amount of pride, and a whole lot of thankfulness for those who have helped along the way. 
 
“I look forward to the next 15 years and I raise my glass to the dedicated staff I have now and have had in the past, and of course to all the wonderful people who love BC wine and patronize the VQA Wine Shop at Mattick’s Farm!!!”

Saturday, March 23, 2013

MR LEAD - MATTICK'S FARM  
 
Testing out Mr. Lead on the back of a flat deck. No one can talk to the horse, of course, unless the horse is Mr. Ed. Remember Mr. Ed, the horse that used to talk? Well, this is Mr. Lead, the horse that's made to walk!" When Doug Taylor begins the preparatory designs for his site specific wind pieces he seeks out historical references. In making Mr. Lead, his wind horse, it wasn't the noted 18th-century English painter George Stubbs with his commitment to equine verisimilitude or the solid, Roman-nosed horses of the 15th-century painter Paolo Uccello who served as Taylor's mentors. Instead, he identified the clever whimsy of Alexander Calder and his enchanting circus horses and riders, and when you realize that a copper-patented bird dancer rises up out of a cavity in the horse's lead-clad body as he trots out, the source becomes apparent. Inspiration has also come from the unnamed whirligig makers who provide the lessons and license he needs for his work.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Top 8 ways to enjoy spring at Mattick's Farm this spring



1. Visit Adrienne's Restaurant & Tea Garden

Take your mom to Adrienne's Restaurant & Tea Garden - Mother's Day is coming up, or maybe it's her birthday. What could be better than a nice lunch, followed by a walk through the garden and then through the shops at Mattick's Farm?


2. Treat the kids to Adrienne's Ice Cream

Take your kids to Adrienne's Ice Cream, the best ice cream on the Saanich Peninsula. Adrienne's even gives the famed Beacon Drive Inn a run for its money. They may have Beacon Hill Park for the kids, but Adrienne's has the best mini-golf course south the of the Malahat.


3. Take the kids (and your mom) to Mattick's Farm Mini Golf

Mattick's Farm Mini Golf is the best mini golf on the South Island. It's close to Victoria, on the way into town from the ferries, near Beaver and Elk Lake... It's the ultimate treat for kids (or your mom) on a warm spring day.
 

4. Get prepared at Art Knapp Garden Centre

Take care of your garden at Art Knapp Garden Centre. It's a convenient location with lots of selection, and great for making quick trips to pick up whatever your need. Better parking than many other garden centres close to town.
 

5. Rejuvenate at Pure Day Spa

Pure Day Spa offers some unique and original treatments in our beautiful wooded location. We may be just twenty minutes from downtown, but it feels like a world away at Pure Day Spa.
 

6. Feed your inner locavore at The Red Barn Market

The ability to gnosh on fresh, local produce is just around the corner, and what better place to "farmgate" than at Red Barn Market right here at Mattick's Farm. Besides fruit and vegetables, the market is a great place to find local grass-fed beef, delicious breads, and artisanal cheeses (perfect to snack on while sipping wine on the patio).
 

7. By that birthday present at Toying Around

The biggest change we've noticed since we were kids is that toys aren't all that good anymore. Go to the mall or the big box store, and all that can be found are generic, plasticky pieces of bric a brac from Guangzhou. However, Toying Around features better quality toys that are unique, original and durable. If you're interested in quality over quantity, shop here for toys.

8. Stock up at the VQA Wine Shop
There's nothing better than drinking wine - any kind of wine - on a warm spring evening. It's light out late, the birds are chirping, the garden smells fragrant, and everything goes better with wine, especially local BC wine. After your kids' birthday party (or perhaps your time at the spa) and taking your mom out and playing mini golf (or perhaps working in the garden), and after washing up after eating great food from Red Barn Market, get a bottle of local BC wine and enjoy the spring.

Nevin Thompson frequently writes about Victoria on behalf of Diversified Health Clinic.




Monday, March 18, 2013

On this episode of "go! Island", Shaw TV's Karen Elgersma wanders around Mattick's Farm. Watch this video on Mattick's Farm and discover why we are Victoria's number one shopping boutique destination.


Friday, February 1, 2013

What's New with Mattick's Farms website

In terms of Mattick's Farms branding and marketing positioning, the consensus from our visitors is that the content should be updated on a monthly basis to the below main pages of the website to continually attract visitors to the site.  Customers who visited our site(s) requested that we add a one stop area for promotions, sales and store hour pages for easy access, instead of going to each merchant page individually.

  • Play and Promote
  • Shop & Save
  • Store Hours
Let us know what you think to make our site more user friendly.

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Sunday's Snowflakes

Enter to win a $200.00 gift certificate at Sunday's Snowflakes at:


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sundays-Snowflakes/221230917916683?sk=app_208195102528120