Entertaining doesn’t have to be intimidating, but it has to be beautiful! And, it's always more beautiful when you have pretty serving pieces that make you look like a rock star host!
Meet Chantal Ingram, owner of Flourish and Bask, a new and super trendy all-things-entertaining boutique now open in Downtown Oakville. Chantal has been busy preparing for her October 16th Grand Opening, curating an incredible mix of products to help you be the "host with the most". Flourish and Bask wants you to find joy in setting a beautiful table, lighting candles and taking the time to mix a specialty cocktail. And don’t worry, they’ll make it simple by providing you with all the pretty and practical tools you’ll need.
So, be sure you stop in to meet Chantal on your next stroll through Downtown - the moment you walk through the door you'll feel like you're truly celebrating the ART of entertaining! Flourish and Bask is located at 245 Lakeshore Road East.
About Flourish and Bask
Flourish and Bask celebrates the ART of entertaining bringing you the practical and beautiful tools you need to be an expert host. Beautifully styled, with inspiration you can take home with you in every display, Flourish & Bask promises a sensory experience with every visit. Whether you're a novice home bartender, or a pro looking for syrups and bitters, you'll find what you need in store.
How and why did you decide to pursue your business?
Flourish and Bask has been a dream for years. I spent quite a long time working in downtown Oakville in the 90's when the Lakeshore drag was a real destination for the GTA home décor community. It was the happiest time of my life. After raising my family, and pursuing a career in Halton's non-profit world, I decided it was time to follow my passion and open my own store. It's a true passion project and grew from my love of entertaining, and my newly established obsession with making craft cocktails at home. I think we've all missed entertaining during the pandemic, and I'm hoping to spark that joy in people again.
What are you most passionate about in your business?
I truly want Flourish and Bask to inspire people to host and entertain in their homes. I want to take the fear out of having a dinner party, or serving cocktails. Buy the food, put it on a pretty plate. Hosting shouldn't be intimidating and it should be beautiful. I'd love to connect people and build a community of hosts who share their ideas through our store.
What do you LOVE about Downtown Oakville?
What's not to love?! For more than 25 years, Oakville has been my home, and has been a big part of my family's life. Whether it's my kids spinning on the grass in the square, shopping for a unique gift in a small shop, or having an incredible meal with friends, we've lived our lives here. I am beyond excited to be a part of such an incredible business community.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise others.
I have never had a job outside of Halton region. I am passionate about our community, and spent more than 10 years working in the non-profit community raising awareness and money for some of the best organizations around. I want to find ways to continue to give back where I'm able.