Windsor-Essex is celebrating their makers in a big, BIG way

Good news for makers and artisans in the Windsor-Essex area: Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI), the official Destination Marketing Organization of the region, has launched a new program called W.E. Made It, which will act as an online resource highlighting handcrafted artisanal Windsor Essex-made goods. Artisans, makers and retail partners that are part of the program can be viewed now at “W.E. Made It encourages visitors and residents alike to explore our local artisans & makers,” said Gordon Orr, CEO of TWEPI. “Through this experience, consumers will feel motivated to purchase a locally made product to bring home with them. We believe in local, authentic experiences and products.” Supporting local artisans calls out to a pride of place and connects with visitors as they come to the Windsor Essex region.
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The artisanal products range from homemade sausage to cold brew coffee to clothing to jewellery. Here’s a few things we can’t wait to try! • Bourbon Pear and Pecan pie from Riverside Pie Café (pictured above) • Hand-crafted paczki (Polish doughnuts!) from Blak’s Bakery • Fermented sweet tea kombucha from Hope Bailey Original Self Kombucha • Hot honey and hot maple syrup from Papa D’s Hot Sauce • Hand crafted pottery and dishware from Four Eleven Pottery
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As part of the launch, TWEPI unveiled a W.E. Made It billboard situated in Ford City that will highlight the program for the duration of the year, and leave a lasting legacy for display in either our Tourism Information Centres or at future trade shows. The billboard is handcrafted by local artisan Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry. “Being able to be part of the W.E. Made It Program made sense for me – and I’m proud to see a program launch that celebrates local artisans and entrepreneurs” sais Michael Difazio, owner of Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry. “This program really highlights districts and areas that may not be top of mind for visitors – and shows the magnitude of how entrepreneurs are the backbone to our growing communities”

Businesses and artisans can still apply to be part of this complimentary marketing program by applying at

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