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About Us 2017-08-20T12:58:04+00:00

community connection

where local makers, artisans + farmers come together

Third + Bird is Winnipeg’s largest urban market. Hosting carefully curated events that provide fun and inspiring gathering places for artisans + shoppers to meaningfully connect. Third + Bird Markets elevate and give spotlight to small businesses who are pushing the independent makers industry through modern design, fresh ideas + creative branding. We strive for personal connection with those we serve and work with – because local makers and their product matter to us, and we believe they matter to you.

We pride ourselves on creating a unique shopping experience filled with inspiring visuals, food + drink, live music and infectious energy!

‘Skip the mall, Shop small’ is a movement we are proud to be industry leaders in.

Our Story

chandra + charla

Chandra + Charla are industry leaders in the Urban Market, Shop Local movement.

They are passionate about people, artisans + supporting small businesses. Dreaming big and creating new platforms + business models is what they do best. They are a power duo, setting high standards for themselves, their markets + vendors.

Chandra Kremski

Chandra is the Creative force behind Third + Bird. She has big ideas and even bigger passion for people + networking.

Third + Bird Superpower: Project Management, Social Media, Branding, Communications and Operations…. Getting people on board with her dreams and visions, cultivating that insatiable excitement that makes them want to join in!

Personality: Passionate, Creative, Driven and Dedicated.

Fun Facts: Chandra is a professional abstract painter. Will & Kate even have one of her paintings! A good play list can always be heard. French fries + Poutine are her jam. Her greatest source of pride + joy are her two daughters Kaila + Ella. When not busy working a Third + Bird market you will find her jet setting the world with Derek + her girls.

Charla Smeall

Charla is the Operational force behind Third + Bird. Incredibly organized and efficient, executing tasks with attention to detail.

Third + Bird Superpower: Project management, Accounting, Branding, Communication and Administration… all that packaged with a keen eye for detail + design, keeping things on trend.

Personality: Loyal, Consistent, Calm + Excels at multi-tasking.

Fun Facts: Charla is an avid reader, with a deep love for sci-fi / fantasy novels. She has a passion for fashion + shopping. After a hard days work of shopping you can find her having a soak in her hottub with a cherry coke. Her four boys, Fane, Kian, Bryn + Quade are her greatest source of happiness. She enjoys travelling and is always planning her families next adventure.

our story

where local makers, artisans + farmers come together

Third + Bird’s humble beginnings begin back in 2008. Chandra had an idea to create a Christmas craft sale, showcasing the best makers in Winnipeg.  All in a effort to fundraise money for local art programs hosted through the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard and to give back globally, by supporting women in the Nepali Women’s Co-op. Chandra put an ad out asking for help, with only one response, Charla. The two met for coffee + hit it off instantly. With Chandra’s ‘dream big’ creative ideas and Charla’s ‘get it done’ dependable nature they tackled the untapped SHOP LOCAL market movement.

For the first 5 years, Chandra + Charla gave 100% of all monies raised back to the local + global initiatives. The market was built on the foundation of empowering the local and global community. Propelled by passion, creativity and the love of local goods, Chandra + Charla built the market into a major movement, all for the pure joy of just doing it.

Fast-forward to 2013 and it was clear the little market that could, was beginning to reach unimagined heights of success. It was time to transition from running a cool Christmas craft sale as a hobby, to a business that could exceed expectations and break barriers…from that transition Third + Bird was born.

In the first 4 years alone they have accomplished:

  • the addition of an annual Spring Market
  • outgrew two locations, now settling into their 3rd home at the Hudson Bay Downtown
  • created a new business model with urban markets in Winnipeg: bringing a retail market into an existing retail store with the Hudson’s Bay Downtown
  • created new + unique shopping opportunities by partnering with The Forks Market, The Bay Downtown, Canada Games + Design Festival by Storefront MB
  • Boosting the local economy by bringing in over 6000+ shoppers through the doors and generating over $500,000 in artisan revenues.

Third + Bird’s unwavering commitment to supporting local artisans has made a name for themselves in Manitoba, and even across Canada. Their support of the global community resonates with their attendees and vendors. It will only go up from here with Third + Bird continuing to break boundaries, all while remaining true to the original vision and mission.