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A Stratford small business owner says she is grateful for the outpouring of support she received since losing her booth in last weekend St. Jacobs Farmers Market fire.
really touched me, said Leslie Humphrys Eliasziw on Thursday.
The market booth was the sole permanent retail location for Humphrys Eliasziw home based business, The Healing Bath, which markets a variety of bath products made from imported Dead Sea salt and minerals.
About 60 vendors lost everything when the main mark uggs uk et building, a two story post and beam structure, was destroyed in a $2 million fire early on Labour Day.
Humphrys Eliasziw recalled she was pulling into the parking lot on Monday for her final day exhibiting at the CNE when her cellphone went crazy with messages. She sat in shock in her van watching video of the fire, she said uggs uk .
could see my booth, I could see everything where I was it was all very surreal. her way home from Toronto she drove to St. to see what was left of the building.
that when it really impacted me oh my, it gone, there nothing there, she said.
While her head tells her everything will be OK because no one was injured and businesses and products can be uggs uk replaced, she said, it still an emotional struggle.
vendors, we all work together, we helped each other, she said of the close relationships she has developed at St. Jacobs.
She been in touch with the market owners since the fire.
going to try and accommodate or work something out so that we can be back up and running to hit the Christmas season, she said.
definitely will be back in St. Jacobs. It just a matter of when. Humphrys Eliasziw said she will continue to rent sales space i uggs uk n trade shows and special events like this weekend Stratford Garlic Festival as well as sell the products through the business website.
She was fortunate that she had a good deal of stock with her at the CNE instead of in St. Jacobs. Still, she estimated her loss at about $10,000.
Humphrys Eliasziw imports about 23 tonnes of Dead Sea salt and minerals from Israel annually to make her line of bath products. Although the products have made it into swag bags at the Oscars in Hollywood, she said, the niche business is still small and home based. One of her daughters is the girl on the product labels. The whole family gets involved in packaging and labeling the products created by Humphrys Eliasziw.
Canada largest year round farmers market on the outskirts of Waterloo partially re opened Thursday with about 300 vendors set up outdoors and in the Peddlar Village building, which escaped damage in the fire. Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand for the re opening of the market.