where independent makers, artisans + designers come together
Third + Bird is a place to celebrate + spotlight small businesses who are pushing the independent makers industry through modern design, fresh ideas + creative branding. We strive to make personal connections with those we serve and work with – because supporting makers and their products matter to us, and we believe they matter to you.
Our urban markets have gained national exposure, with requests to host Third + Bird across western Canada + share our platform with motivated makers and shoppers alike. In 2018, we were honoured to be nominated, + rewarded, with the Manitoba Tourism Innovation Award. We were recognized for our creativity + innovation in the tourism industry, + developing new product + offerings for Manitoba’s tourism market. In 2019 we were we were honoured to be rewarded with the Small Business of the Year Award. We were also honoured to be rewarded with the 2019 Travel Manitoba Partnership Award.
Executives from Co-op, Safeway + Sobeys have flown in + signed many of our food vendors, + consumers can now shop their products in stores across Canada. Since being a part of Third + Bird, many vendors have been able to open their own storefronts and have been given unique opportunities to grow their businesses.
We pride ourselves on creating a unique shopping experience filled with inspiring visuals, food + drink, live music and infectious energy!
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 is the Creative force behind Third + Bird. She has big ideas and an 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 playlist 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 is the Operational force behind Third + Bird. She is 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 day’s work of shopping, you can find her having a soak in her hot tub with a cherry coke. Her four boys are her greatest source of happiness. She enjoys travelling and is always planning her family’s next adventure.
where local makers, artisans + farmers come together
Third + Bird’s humble story began back in 2009. Chandra had an idea to create a Christmas craft sale showcasing the best makers in Winnipeg. It would all be in an 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 6.5 years, Chandra + Charla gave 100% of all money 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 2015 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 5 years alone they have accomplished:
- the addition of an annual spring market, a summer market in Clear Lake Manitoba + partnering with Winnipeg’s largest outdoor festival, ManyFest, to host an on-site market
- outgrew three locations, now settling into their 4th home at Red River Exhibition Place
- created a new business model for 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, Parks Canada, Design Festival by Storefront MB + Assiniboine Park Zoo.
- Boosting the local economy by bringing in over 28,000+ shoppers and generating over $2.5 million in artisan revenues annually.
Third + Bird’s unwavering commitment to supporting local artisans has made a name for them 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 their original vision and mission.