About Us

Mexican Garden and Home Decor Winnipeg

 

La Bodega Imports was inspired by a love of Mexico and a desire to bring colourful home decor to Winnipeg.

As the owner of La Bodega Imports, I fell in love with the people, the art and the culture of Mexico during many visits beginning in 1987.

Over the years, I puzzled as to how I could bring the colours of the home decor back to Canada to be enjoyed year round in our homes and backyards. I began making contact with Artisans in 2004 when I toured (by bus!) with a friend to nine artisan cities near Mexico City. Each city specialized in a different product – glass, pottery, tin, metal, onyx, textiles or wood.

As the owner of a gift shop, I traveled Mexico searching for suppliers. It remained difficult to access the Artisans whose work I wanted to offer in my store. In 2007, an opportunity to spend extensive time in Mexico became available. I was able to learn enough Spanish to communicate and to develop enough contacts to access suppliers and Artisans in Central Mexico.

My search became a wholesale business selling fine Mexican products, added a small seasonal store and then in 2015, became a 1,000 square foot store selling garden and home  decor in Winnipeg – year round.The process of ordering

The colour and energy of garden and home decor in Mexico is now available in Winnipeg!!!

The selection of items for import is based on quality and fair pricing. I choose the products to be offered for their beauty, colour, and uniqueness. My focus for La Bodega Imports is on selecting quality items crafted by Artisans in Central Mexico from natural sources such as clay, wood, tin, copper, fabric, stone and glass. Packing

I deal as directly as possible with the Artisans themselves so that I know the how, what, when, where and why of  production. I now have more than 59 suppliers and deal directly with more than 80% of them.

At all times, I strive to use fair trade and ethical practices in dealing with Artisans, suppliers, business associates and customers.

home decor winnipegBienvenidos a La Bodega Imports!

Garden and Home Decor – Winnipeg!

Susan Smandych