Coal and Canary have a peachy new pop-up on Princess Street

Winnipeg’s little candle company that could has found a new home in the Exchange District – for the time being, at least.

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, Coal and Canary celebrated the grand opening of their brand new pop-up shop at 73 Princess Street. The event featured balloons, refreshments, a fun photo booth and free champagne-scented votives for the first 50 people through the door.

The pop-up shop is the latest addition to Centre Venture’s PUSH project, which pairs local businesses with vacant downtown storefronts. The subsidized short-term lease gives retailers an opportunity to test the market for their products while bringing traffic to the city’s core. While Coal and Canary didn’t have plans for a brick-and-mortar storefront (and only had about two weeks to prep for the big day), the space is exactly what you’d expect from the company behind scents like Cupcakes & Confetti and Tropic Like It’s Hot: functional, fun and fabulous.

For those of you unfamiliar with Coal and Canary, the company began back in 2014 when BFFs Tom Jansen and Amanda Buhse were looking for an excuse to spend more time together. Combining Tom’s newfound passion for candle-making and Amanda’s design skills, they began producing small batches of hand-poured, wooden-wick candles that both smelled great and looked stylish.

The dynamic duo’s big break came in 2015, when both the Grammy Awards and the Oscars included their candles in their celebrity swag bags. For the past two years, Tom and Amanda have been working on Coal and Canary full-time and have grown their team to six. They even have a manufacturing facility and warehouse space in town.

But Coal and Canary is more than just a local success story. In addition to stocking about 40 Winnipeg shops with their candles, they have 20K+ social media followers and wholesale agreements with more than 250 shops across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

In addition to their entire line of candles, Coal and Canary’s pop-up shop carries glitter banners, coffee mugs and greeting cards. They also plan to host workshops in the evenings. Beer & Botany, flower arranging and yoga meditation (by candlelight) are only a few of the planned events that would make for a perfect date night or girls’ night out.

The Coal and Canary pop-up shop will be located at 73 Princess Street until the end of October, with the possibility for extension. To learn more, check out their website or say hello on Instagram.

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