The Better Good

It is a period of communal joy! People, striking keys from the sidewalk, have won their first victory for harmony across the land.

During day and night the classical offerings and hearty jam sessions  are delivered with enough power to save the planet.

Pursued by the desire for equal access to making and enjoying music for all, The Better Good races forward in to the unknown,  hand in hand with the people,  hoping to restore freedom to the galaxy!

Luca stopped by the shop today and it was a real treat!

The piano is out for all to enjoy 24/7 at 714 Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon. Can’t wait to hear all you wonderful people making music.

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*DIY Outdoor Bug Spray!*
As prairie people, we all deal with the reality of blood sucking bugs every summer, especially after rains like we’ve had so far this year. As a person who is committed to using natural non-toxic products, I’ve found myself buying and using up a lot of sprays in my attempts to keep the little darlings at bay. Using the natural stuff requires frequent re-application and therefore frequent re-purchasing which can cost a lot and leave you with a pile of plastic bottles to wash and recycle before too long.
I know that doing something myself is often empowering, satisfying, less wasteful and more cost effective, so I decided to research recipes for natural bug repellent online. Based on my research, I came up with a recipe that smells great, works and is easy and fast to make up. In fact, it’s so easy that I’m going to use my old extra empty bottles to make some more up for friends just for the fun of it! It does require an up front purchase of some essential oils, but after that you’re set for a good long while, so it ends up being more than worth it. Since I work at The Better Good, I got all my oils here made by “Pure Potent Wow”. These oils are all either wild crafted or organic and are a very high quality. Here’s the recipe:
12-15 drops of each of the following oils into small spray bottle mixed with water:
Lemon Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus Globulus
Peppermint
Lavender
Cedar Wood
Lemongrass
Always shake before using and remake as often as you like!
Wishing everyone a happy healthy summer,
Monté (staff member @ The Better Good)

*DIY Outdoor Bug Spray!*

As prairie people, we all deal with the reality of blood sucking bugs every summer, especially after rains like we’ve had so far this year. As a person who is committed to using natural non-toxic products, I’ve found myself buying and using up a lot of sprays in my attempts to keep the little darlings at bay. Using the natural stuff requires frequent re-application and therefore frequent re-purchasing which can cost a lot and leave you with a pile of plastic bottles to wash and recycle before too long.

I know that doing something myself is often empowering, satisfying, less wasteful and more cost effective, so I decided to research recipes for natural bug repellent online. Based on my research, I came up with a recipe that smells great, works and is easy and fast to make up. In fact, it’s so easy that I’m going to use my old extra empty bottles to make some more up for friends just for the fun of it! It does require an up front purchase of some essential oils, but after that you’re set for a good long while, so it ends up being more than worth it. Since I work at The Better Good, I got all my oils here made by “Pure Potent Wow”. These oils are all either wild crafted or organic and are a very high quality. Here’s the recipe:

12-15 drops of each of the following oils into small spray bottle mixed with water:

  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus Globulus
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Cedar Wood
  • Lemongrass

Always shake before using and remake as often as you like!

Wishing everyone a happy healthy summer,

Monté (staff member @ The Better Good)

The piano is tuned! Thanks Billy Walker of Academy Piano Rebuilders for the
complimentary tuning. Over 2 hours of masterful work for The Better Good.
We are so grateful.

http://www.academypiano.ca/

The piano is tuned! Thanks Billy Walker of Academy Piano Rebuilders for the
complimentary tuning. Over 2 hours of masterful work for The Better Good.
We are so grateful.

http://www.academypiano.ca/

Royal Wood  testing out our community
piano in front of the shop!
Royal Wood testing out our community
piano in front of the shop!
FREE Yoga in the Park is cancelled today due to rain. We are so grateful to
have enough water and our thoughts are with those facing drought.

FREE Yoga in the Park is cancelled today due to rain. We are so grateful to
have enough water and our thoughts are with those facing drought.

As a shop, how do you let the world know that you believe that love is for everyone?

As a shop, how do you let the world know that you believe that love is for everyone?

Scott Larson summarizes our shop perfectly in a minimum of words.

'The Better Good store has recently moved a block or so down from its
previous location on Broadway Avenue. Owners Corey and Laura Neufeld have
bought the building they now occupy. It was formerly owned by Willey’s
Jewellers, which had been at that location since 1949.

"They were happy to pass (the building) on to another local family," Laura
Neufeld said. “It is the ideal location and size.”

The Better Good offers a wide variety of environmentally and socially
sustainable products. This includes items ranging from organic mattresses
to clothing, shoes, locally made toys, body care products, organic and fair
trade food items.

And they now have a gardening section that offers organic and heirloom
seeds. “We’ve introduced lots of new and unique products, but they still
must fit into our ethical buying criteria,” Neufeld said.

Those include being organic, fair trade, locally produced,
reused/recycled/renewable materials, handmade items and natural products.

The Better Good is celebrating its fifth year and has maintained its core
values, which include donating 10 per cent of profits to local and
international charities, and being involved with the community through
events such as free yoga in the park every Sunday. It is also doing its
second yard and home tour this August featuring green home designs and
ecofriendly yards.

Neufeld said virtually all the renovations to the new location were done
with recycled and used materials, including the counter, which was
reclaimed from the KG Bowling Alley.’

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Scott Larson summarizes our shop perfectly in a minimum of words.

'The Better Good store has recently moved a block or so down from its
previous location on Broadway Avenue. Owners Corey and Laura Neufeld have
bought the building they now occupy. It was formerly owned by Willey’s
Jewellers, which had been at that location since 1949.

"They were happy to pass (the building) on to another local family," Laura
Neufeld said. “It is the ideal location and size.”

The Better Good offers a wide variety of environmentally and socially
sustainable products. This includes items ranging from organic mattresses
to clothing, shoes, locally made toys, body care products, organic and fair
trade food items.

And they now have a gardening section that offers organic and heirloom
seeds. “We’ve introduced lots of new and unique products, but they still
must fit into our ethical buying criteria,” Neufeld said.

Those include being organic, fair trade, locally produced,
reused/recycled/renewable materials, handmade items and natural products.

The Better Good is celebrating its fifth year and has maintained its core
values, which include donating 10 per cent of profits to local and
international charities, and being involved with the community through
events such as free yoga in the park every Sunday. It is also doing its
second yard and home tour this August featuring green home designs and
ecofriendly yards.

Neufeld said virtually all the renovations to the new location were done
with recycled and used materials, including the counter, which was
reclaimed from the KG Bowling Alley.’

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