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Christmas in July! With VIM at Isla Collective

By Mei Dunlop | July 3, 2020

Yesterday, I posted a FAQ zoom video with Mariko about getting on a collective site featuring all handmade and local vendors of Vancouver Island. The key take-away you’ll want to remember as a vendor is that: You don’t pay any vendor fees unless something sells on the siteIsla Collective takes care of your customers on…

Virtual Shop with VIM and Isla Collective

By Mei Dunlop | July 2, 2020

During the winter of 2019, Isla Collective has come on board as a partner to begin what I’d like to call a VIM online space. Since then, many VIM vendors have pivot their business online or taken a pause in their business. For the vendors that still might be on the fence, Mariko of Isla…

Celebrating Community VIM Style at Mother’s Day Market

By Mei Dunlop | May 6, 2020

Were you at our Mother’s Day Market last year? If so, did you remember our Flash Mob dancers from Casa Loca Fitness Studio of Nanaimo? We know it’s a weird time and not being able to connect on Mother’s Day like this can be hard. But we also know how important it is to keep…

A New NEW Beginning…

By Mei Dunlop | May 1, 2020

How are you? If you are reading this, I hope you are well and safe. I hope like many others here in beautiful Vancouver Island, BC you are outside, enjoying the sun when it’s around. Perhaps a small vegetable garden is in the works or you might be at home learning a new skill and…

Mei Dunlop and Vancouver Island Spring Market as the Voyager cover story this March

By Amaluna | March 12, 2020

Vancouver Island Market Returns to Nanaimo North Town Centre

By Amaluna | March 12, 2020

Vancouver Island Market Returns to Nanaimo North Town Centre

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"Being a guest speaker at the Vancouver Island Market was an incredibly fun and positive experience! Mei and her team went way above and beyond my expectations to make it an outstanding event to be a part of. Mei and her team made me feel so supported throughout the entire process, starting with the exposure they gave me through their website and social media platforms before the event, at the the event they promoted me incredibly well, after the event they continued to promote me and my business which generated a lot of interest in what I offer. It couldn’t have gone any better! It was also a fabulous learning experience for me because it showed me ways I can improve what I am doing in my business. Even months later, I continue to reap the rewards from being a guest speaker at the Vancouver Island Market. Thank you so much Team VIM!"

Kirstin McKinnon, Motivational Health Coach

"Thank you to Vancouver Island Market for providing a venue, promotion, and support to the local crafting industry. Part of adapting to climate change means rebuilding our local economy around sustainable, locally grown, and handcrafted small businesses. I would encourage all Nanaimo folk to CHOOSE to support the VIM community instead of an impersonal import economy. I look forward to every event they hold because each one has exceeded expectations so far.
I am especially grateful to VIM as they provided me with a bursary to pursue an international practicum to India to teach in a rural community and partake in a two week internship at an internationally renown seed bank. I am empowered as an agricultural activist and educator to support the next generation of farmers in our community. The bursary VIM offered is a concrete way they are giving back to the community. Thank you Vancouver Island Market!"


Farmer Brown, Farmship Growers Cooperative

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