We started out in 2015 as a modest house show of artists and craftspeople, and quickly blossomed into a magnificent, auditorium-scale event attracting hundreds of visitors to downtown Peterborough. It is a spectacle of hand-made objects – decorative, household, wearable, and edible – and has become a must-see, must-experience occurrence every December.
The Finer Things Show and Sale is a distinctive, seasonal marketplace that brings together specialty craftspeople, artists, shoppers, collectors, and like-minded appreciators. It features a juried selection of inspired and skilled vendors, and serves as a professional development, promotional, and community-building opportunity. The Finer Things Team wishes to play a role in fostering a flourishing, local, creative community, and to create events that are profitable and stimulating growth opportunities to vendors, compelling experiences for visitors, and celebratory for all involved. It is a joyful and spectacular event in both spirit and style.
The Finer Things vendor selection process reflects the desire to encourage innovation, and to provide visitors with a combination of show favourites and fresh ideas. The process is juried, and prioritizes, but is not limited to, vendors based in the Peterborough area.
The Finer Things Team
Leslie Menagh is a multi-disciplinary artist and craftsperson, with experience in photography, jewellery design, custom-sewing construction, sculpture and multi-media installation, and performance direction. She also brings many years of experience as an organizer and community-builder in the arts and cultural sectors, and is a fiercely supportive fellow entrepreneur, colleague, and friend. She’s got a BFA, writes occasionally, and lives in Peterborough.
Annie Scherz is a glass jewellery artisan and a serial entrepreneur (in addition to her own artisan jewellery business and co-organizing the Finer Things Show & Sale, she is puts together creative art retreats for grown-ups). She has a varied background and has studied outdoor recreation with a focus on parks management and nature interpretation, professional photography, and holds a Bachelor of Education. She has worked as a nature interpreter for Parks Canada, Ontario Parks, a variety of not-for-profit nature centres, a classroom teacher, and now loves being a creative entrepreneur.