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Celebration Cookies

These crunchy Celebration Cookies have chocolate chips, cranberries, coconut and (secret ingredient alert!) ripple chips. They’re sweet. They’re salty. They’re nutty. Made by Youth Crew, a non-profit catering service at Spence Neighbourhood Association, sales of these cookies support youth employment in the heart of Winnipeg’s West End. This pack of six is the perfect snack. Sharing is optional, but recommended.

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Beeproject’s Neighbourhood Honey

This sweet jar of honey will give you a taste of the neighborhood…maybe even yours! Gathered from hives in Winnipeg neighborhoods, by the time Beeproject’s honey gets to your table, it has involved students and community partners in urban beekeeping, food security and food education. Brought to us by Beeproject, Neighbourhood Honey is proving that a small family business can have sweet social and environmental impacts.

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Wild Blueberries Jam

Produced by Lena Friesen, a local woman that supports Indigenous pickers in Manitoba, this jam is made with organic blueberries hand-picked from Northern Manitoba. With a recipe tested over 25 years, this jam is the special treat your toast deserves. Move over, avocado toast!

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Hand-painted Chickadee Ornament

Hand-painted by local artist, Keith Proulx, we love this ornament for its understated charm and its gold sparkle. A pretty addition to any Christmas tree, re-package as a beautiful gift for your special someone or find the perfect place to display this creature all year round.

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Limited-Edition Framed Print

This framed, limited-edition print displays the One Nation emblem over our city’s skyline, symbolizing our city—Treaty 1 territory, and home of the Métis nation and generations of newcomers—as a meeting place, beacon for reconciliation and intercultural unity. A hip conversation starter, this print integrates the drawings of local indigenous and newcomer women, as compiled by Canadian printmaking artist Karen Cornelius. A detailed description of the emblem creation and its meaning is included.

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Bannock-in-a-Box Sampler

Just add water and oil to mix up this “sampler” bannock from Food Connections at Wolseley Family Place, a catering service employing moms in their skill-development-focused kitchen. This sampler box provides a quick snack or some fun for a little one in your life.

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LITE Box Coffee Mug

You’re the super hero pictured here! Marking the launch of LITE Box, this mug features two of our favorite icons from the LITE Box design suite put together by the creative team at Vincent Design, a Metis-owned company based in Winnipeg’s North End. What’s a social enterprise? This is it, baby. (Also: a non-profit business whose main motive is a social outcome.) Your new office mug awaits!

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Recycled Felt Sheet

When we first approached Mother Earth Recycling (MER), we were looking for a bubble-wrap-free way to pack LITE Box items. What we found was a felt too pretty to be for storage and moving alone! This fabric, with a heavy felt-like texture, is a by-product of MER’s mattress recycling program and has been heat-treated for re-use. Whether you upcycle this cloth to make a unique craft designed by you or reuse it to safely wrap fragile goods, we hope this cloth inspires you literally or figuratively.

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LITE Box is brought to you by LITE (Local Investment Toward Employment), a charity creating jobs and supporting community economic development since 1999.

The LITE Box is an economic development project that supports community-minded entrepreneurs and social enterprises operating in Winnipeg’s inner city neighbourhoods.


Social enterprise puts the focus on people. Help build a community of local businesses serving the unique needs of our region.


The LITE Box supports the creation of jobs that build opportunities, break down barriers to employment, and improve lives.


Businesses featured in the LITE Box provide training, life skills, and growth opportunities as well as providing employment.

Holiday LITE Box

Show your support for innovative local business in Winnipeg with the LITE Box, a collection of 8 special gifts, perfect for the holiday season!

Working with a group of local makers and social enterprises, the LITE Box brings together a mix of gifts and keepsakes to warm your home or share with friends and family this winter.

Each season, we'll be working with a variety of businesses to bring you a mix of gifts and stories uniquely Manitoban. The Holiday LITE Box is our inaugural collection, and limited quantities are available. Pre-order now!