About Buckstone Inc
A six-month backpacking trip through Africa in the early 1990s inspired the creation of Buckstone Inc. Co-owners Jennifer McNutt Bywater and Brent Bywater were blown away by the craftsmanship of the local artisans and decided to purchase a small number of products to bring back to the North Bay area. Soon after discovering these unique items, they became North Bay’s very first street vendors.
When a scholarship brought her to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jennifer journeyed to Bali on a vacation before returning to Canada. Again, she was captivated by the artistic talents of the locals. She called her husband to tell him about the wonderful treasures she had found. He encouraged her to bring more of the one-of-a-kind items home.
“I bought the equivalent of six crates worth of things and I thought that we would have those things for the rest of our lives.” McNutt Bywater recalls laughing.
Once home, Jen and Brent set up shop as street vendors and at local festivals. All of the products sold and before they knew it, they were ordering more.
The business grew from ordering 20-foot containers one shipment to 40-foot containers the next.
“We've never looked back.”
Buckstone Inc has since grown from North Bay, Ontario’s first street vendors, into a well-known and respected wholesale distribution business. Now the wholesale operation supplies more than 2 000 Canadian stores countrywide from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, NL.
Our suppliers from Indonesia and other countries receive our support and concern for their well being with our strong regard for human rights and the dignity which they deserve.
We are a customer service driven company that serves our community and we encourage our employees and associates to do the same. We strive for excellence through our quality products and services, and positive attitudes.
We are always adding new products to our dynamic line up! Looking for distribution? Call our warehouse at 1-877-752-2791 or email us at ! Ask a representative for a complete list of products offered today.