We Heart Handmade: Abiding Citizen

It’s one thing to order a perfectly-mixed cocktail from an experienced bartender. It’s quite another to make it yourself.

Thanks to the fine folks behind Abiding Citizen, building your own blissful beverage has never been simpler. Run by the husband-wife duo of Chad and Teri-Lynn Friesen, the Winnipeg-based company specializes in small batch bitters, shrubs and syrups that will take your mixed drink to the next level.

In the latest edition of We Heart Handmade, Teri-Lynn chats about Winnipeg’s market scene and more.

What do you love most about what you make and being a maker?

The summer night market scene is where it’s at. We’ve made a lot of friends and enjoyed getting to take in the amazing Winnipeg market scene. We’re already pumped for next season.

What has been your most memorable experience with a customer?

I think it’s pretty special when people have chosen to include us in their wedding celebration. We had a few couples choose to do that this summer, and it really meant a lot (maybe because my sister was married this summer and you see how much thought and intentionality goes into the day and into each decision). To be part of someone’s day even in a little way has been a big surprise and really touching.

How does your product connect with your community?

We’ve been able to meet so many people at each of the farmers’ markets or pop-up markets. Winnipeggers are so loyal. We’ve appreciated seeing the different smiling faces and being invited into your homes and special gatherings.

What advice would you give a maker who’s just starting out?

Start before you have all the answers. You’ll figure it out as you go. If I’d known half of the stuff I’d have to do I probably never would have gone for it, but now that it’s behind us we’re excited for Year 2!

We Heart Handmade is a weekly profile featuring the best artisans Manitoba has to offer. For more on Abiding Citizen and the local makers’ scene, visit www.madehereforyou.com

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