Off the beaten path and near the shores of Lake Huron is a glass fusing workshop, Lake Life Studio. It was established in 2015 with the intention of creating custom glass pieces as well as curating a beautiful space that features various artisans. Justine Goulet is the founder and primary glass artist of Lake Life, which can be found in Camlachie, Ontario. All of their products embody the lake lifestyle, like beach glass jewelry, small batch soaps, or the perfect handthrown cottage mug. Lake Life has also created a beautiful line of lake-themed apparel and generously donates a portion of all sales to the Coastal Centre.
Justine says: “I am such a lover and supporter of handmade. 98% of the products I carry in the boutique are made by one person, I know their names and their stories and truly love their products and supporting them. The apparel line has always been something fun and extra, a bonus creativity design outlet for me! 100% of the apparel is designed by me and locally screen printed by our friends in Sarnia. Because it is brought in and it doesn't meet the requirements of our 'handmade store', our partnership with the Coastal Centre, where 3% of every apparel purchase is donated, is important to me and our customers. So instead of supporting a maker or artist like every other product in our store, we are supporting our lake that we love.”
Lake Life also organizes local community beach clean ups in partnership with the Coastal Centre and other businesses. Bringing all ages together, providing education and tips on how to keep our lake and shoreline clean.
At their physical store, they strongly encourage customers to bring their own bags. However, if a customer needs a bag or would like their purchase gift wrapped, Lake Life offers recycled paper bags for $1. 100% of these proceeds are donated to the Coastal Centre!
When you shop at Lake Life Studio, you are not only supporting a small business; you are making a positive impact on our environment, supporting many local makers and making a difference within the Indigenous community.