How it all started
" A marvelous artist named Ji once told me and I quote "OMG, you should open a gallery, like for real... I'm serious!". So that same day, I looked it up and things seemed quite arduous and costly. I didn't give up and continued the research. Not 4 days later, I had found the location, the name, the website, etc. It just goes to say that when things are meant to be, theywill fall into place. "
When you're in the right place at the right time, it's amazing what can happen. It's kind of the feeling that was felt at the time. Knowing that a project was born in such a short time.
" Funny story about the naming process of the studio. A few friends of mine would describe me as having a squirrel obsession. I describe it as just having a lot of enthusiasm over those small animals. I wanted something that would embody who I truly am while remaining simple. So I tried The Squirrel Studio, but it just didn't sound appealing. Then I thought about The Nut Studio, but this one sounds a little bit inappropriate. It's at that moment when my friend was laughing about that name that it hit me, The Acorn Studio. "
It is often in the least expected moments that genius ideas can emerge. It is in the moments of the present that things are most magnificent. So we must enjoy them and not only live from the past or the future.
Even if we no longer have the physical part of the store, we continue our efforts to make discover our beautiful corner of the world through the products from here. Even if this idea started out of the blue, we have evolved into our ultimate goal in promoting everything local. The people in the Atlantic provinces are so creative and we need to showcase them more! There is a lack of awareness and it is our primary mission to help ensure this. That is why we believe in building artistic & entrepreneurial communities built safe from strong foundations in our beautiful regions.
- Mathieu Hébert, Owner
“ To make locally made products more accessible than ever “
December 2019 - The Opening
On December 7th, we officially opened our very first art gallery in Moncton, NB. We carried at that time over 30 artists & artisans art from New Brunswick, PEI or Nova Scotia. Things happened so fast because the owner decided to open The Acorn Studio a little over a month before. That just shows how it was all meant to be!
April 2020 - The Unexpected
Like many, COVID made us change our plans. That’s when we launched our online store. It was the beginning of a new era for art galleries. We started showing the world that we were resilient and had lots to offer, even during tough times.
August 2020 - Switching To A Gift Shop
Our main goal was to promote what the Maritime has to offer. We thought we just couldn't just stop at artists, so we started bringing smaller gift-able products like soaps from Nova Scotia or Maple syrups from New Brunswick. These combined with the art truly made the store a gem in the Greater Moncton area. We simply love being able to support our local economy!
April 2021 - The Online Store
Even though the shop was doing well, we had many ideas and plans in mind that we had to make the tough decisions to close down the physical part of the store (for the time being). Since the online part was doing well, we decided to keep it and focus on bringing different projects to light.
May 2021 - Curt's General Marketplace
Not even a month after closing the physical part of the store, Mathieu (the owner) received a call from a “stranger” named Curtis. He had just opened his own store called Curt’s General Marketplace and had a few vendors talking good thing about The Acorn Studio. Soon to find out, Mathieu’s plan to organize an outdoor market at Victoria Park fell apart a day before Curt’s call. After a very interesting and productive meeting, both of them decided to join forces and create their new ventures together! They have organized an outdoor market as well as an entrepreneur/crafters market store. More to come from this collaboration!
Ordered a couple items for Holiday gifts and I Loved everything I ordered. Thank you for the little extras as well!