Spotlight: November 1, 2010 – Inspired Arts & Gifts

Monday, November 1st, 2010


We love artisanal fairs, craft shows and unique markets that feature the most talented B.C. and Fraser Valley artists. Trouble is, these markets are generally only a day or two long and then we have to seek out the next one in order to find these tremendous talents again. Well, not anymore. Trudi Martens and Kayla Kraubner have given us Inspired Arts & Gifts; a fabulous shop filled with the works of more than fifty talented artisans, mostly BC-based. It’s open year-round, it’s full of beautiful artwork and we think you’re going to love it.

For over a decade Trudi has explored and perfected her pottery skills as a hobbyist while her children were growing up. She always knew it would become her profession as well as her hobby, and over time it has grown into a successful business called Solstice Pottery. Trudi’s heart for artisanal works and the spirit put into each piece of art is what inspired her to open Inspired Arts & Gifts. Knowing many local artists from her years of creating with Solstice Pottery, Trudi had the foundation of many great connections to start up this fabulous shop.

Trudi’s daughter Kayla caught the creative bug from Mom and has been creating art since she was a child. In recent years she created the Inspired jewellery line, a name that the two decided to use for their charming little store.

Trudi and Kayla have sourced out many of BC’s most talented artisans. At Inspired Arts & Gifts you will find some of FVP’s favourites such as Aromatica Fine Teas & Soaps, Campbell’s Gold Honey, Clayburn Comforts and many others that we were so grateful to learn of when we visited the store. Stealthstone Design, Cranberries Naturally, Linda Phelps, Fraser Valley Gourmet, Michael Hamilton-Clark – the list goes on. Click here to see who else’s work you will find at Inspired Arts & Gifts. Truly gorgeous pottery works, handmade children’s clothing, luxurious Alpaca scarves, stunning jewelry, smooth wood carvings, stained glass works – there is lots to discover.

Inspired Arts & Gifts is one of those places where you can browse for hours; each section of the store is full of unique works. It’s pretty awesome to pick up just about any piece in the shop and reflect upon the time and energy and love that someone poured into creating it. Each item has a story and the ladies in the shop are more than thrilled to share them with you.

The holidays are just around the corner (Halloween is over so it’s officially okay to talk about it now!) and a generous gift basket of gourmet goodies from Inspired Arts & Gifts awaits one of our fabulous readers. It contains treats from Solstice Pottery, Fraser Valley Gourmet, The Back Porch Coffee, Aromatica Teas and lots of other delights. This would make an amazing holiday gift  – to yourself! :) Please leave a comment below to be entered to win. If you have a favourite local artist or product, let us know! Winner will be notified on November 15th, the same date FVP has a huge holiday announcement – stay tuned and good luck!

Inspired Arts & Gifts
42333 Yarrow Central Road, Chilliwack
Ring: 604.490.8555

66 Responses to “Spotlight: November 1, 2010 – Inspired Arts & Gifts”

  1. Amy says:

    I need to make a trip out there to take a look at these awesome places! Great post and love reading them all!!!

  2. karen says:

    It has been a pleasure to watch as Inspired Arts has grown and changed. It is a amazing to see what classy and beautiful stuff Trudi and Kayla offer. Until Inspired opened I had only ever been to Yarrow twice – now it’s a monthly pilgrimage and a must do to take visitors to see the shop. Thanks for adding another destination to the Valley!

  3. Karla says:

    I am thrilled to see this store in Yarrow back to a fun filled adventure. When I get back from my work trip I’m grabbing my Mum and heading out to see what treasures we can find. Yarrow is a great little community with some very creative artists!

  4. Lani Krajnyak says:

    This store may look little but you wont find yourself lacking gift idea’s once your in the front door. It hosts may local artists, everything from handmade glass items to pottery, gorgeous jewelery, honestly there’s too many to list so go check it out, even the guys have been remembered in this store!

    L Krajnyak

  5. Lani Krajnyak says:

    Inspired art’s and crafts may look little but you wont find yourself lacking gift idea’s once your in the front door. It hosts may local artists, everything from handmade glass items to pottery, gorgeous jewelery, honestly there’s too many to list so go check it out, even the guys have been remembered in this store!

    L Krajnyak

  6. Richard and Deborah says:

    Wonderful store representing lots of talented local artists. Always changing, so great to visit again and again.

  7. Sharon Panasky says:

    Just a short note to let you know that Inspired Gifts is now my favourite gift shop in our area. There is such a wonderful variety of gift items, the pottery is so beautiful and the staff are so nice and friendly. I love that all these artisans are in one shop and all the items in the store are of the highest quality and unique in design. MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP. Thank you for opening such a unique shop to the area. We love it.

    Sharon Panasky.

  8. heather says:

    This is a treasure of a shop. It has a wonderful collection of unique, quality baby gifts.

  9. Susan Billo says:

    Wonderful little store full of interesting and unusual items. I go there often as everything keeps changing. The staff is friendly and informative.

    Susan Billo
    4500 Poplar Road

  10. Krista Weatherford says:

    This is one “little store” that you can spend a long time looking through. So much to see with something for anyone’s tastes. Definetly a treasure for Yarrow. Great to see local artists spotlighted in such a cute setting.

  11. Callie Weatherford says:

    I wonderful little store. Full of great things that always keep me looking.

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  14. Every day I wear bracelets I got from Inspired Arts. People are constantly commenting on them and asking where I got them. Recently I was preparing for a formal event and went to Inspired Arts for my jewellery. Trudy and Marjolein (Sweetpiece Jewellery) fixed me up with beautiful pieces. I’m so happy with the jewellery that I’ll be able to wear for many years. Be sure to come to Yarrow to spend some time at Inspired Arts.

  15. Joyce Major says:

    I am looking forward to include Inspired Arts on my next day trip! I spotted this gem one summer day as we were driving through Yarrow and marked it as a must see again. It truly is a gem find.

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