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05 Aug, 2015

Come hang out with me at terra20!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Fishbowl patron terra20 recently relaunched their website, have you seen it yet? It’s easier than ever to browse their wares and shop online.

I had a meeting with terra20 a few months ago and they are in research mode, so they asked me to help pull together a small focus group to go on a tour of the Pinecrest store. What’s in it for you? Good question. It’s a $100 gift card that you can spend on the spot or tuck it away until the next birthday/anniversary/Christmas, but I say TREAT YO’ SELF. (Cute lunch boxes! Makeup! Water bottles! Pretty soaps! Lip gloss!) ;)

My focus group is taking place on August 13 at 6 p.m. It’ll be me, terra20 staffers, and a few fellow blog readers. It will be fun, and dare I say, informative. Want to come along for the ride? Just leave your name in the comments below and tell me: have you ever shopped at terra20? Why or why not?

At noon on August 12 I’ll randomly select THREE people to come along.

p.s. there are two other focus groups happening this summer. If you’re signed up for another one, please don’t sign up for this one. Please and thank you!


36 Responses to "Come hang out with me at terra20!"

1 | AJ DeForest

August 5th, 2015 at 10:11 am


I shopped there.
Like the concept

2 | Sarah Oakley

August 5th, 2015 at 11:52 am


HI Andrea -I would love to be part of the Terra20 focus group! Love their products, we use their laundry and cleaning products!

3 | joy

August 5th, 2015 at 12:27 pm


yes -I LOVE Terra 20!! (you made my heart beat a little faster at the mention of it!!)

4 | Nicole B

August 5th, 2015 at 12:40 pm


I have shopped there. I love all the options for lunch boxes!

5 | amanda hoskin

August 5th, 2015 at 1:48 pm


Ever since having a baby I LOVE terra 20!! They have so many natural options for baby products and the staff is always super helpful:)

6 | Danielle

August 5th, 2015 at 2:18 pm


When the budget allows, we choose Terra20. A lot of things motivate this decision – they range from shopping local (if I want stores like this to exist in my neighbourhood, I need to shop there!) through to trying to teach values of sustainability and social responsibility to my children. They love our trips to “Terra Vingt”, especially when we visit the back corner (and not just the eco bar!).

7 | Brenda A

August 5th, 2015 at 3:16 pm


I sure have shopped there and would love to participate in the group. More people need to know what is in their products and how they are made.


8 | Amy

August 5th, 2015 at 5:00 pm


I’ve shopped there. I find it fascinating and overwhelming.

9 | Marketa

August 5th, 2015 at 6:07 pm


I have not yet shopped there but love the stuff they have and a gift card would be great encouragement:)

10 | Carolyn

August 5th, 2015 at 7:57 pm


Love Terra 20 – buy my cosmetics and cleaning supplies there along with some fun things too for the kids… Never been a part of a focus group… always up for trying new things.

11 | Tanya

August 6th, 2015 at 7:32 am


Hey Miss Fish! A terra20 focus group sounds like fun. We often shop at their Wellington location.

12 | Carrie

August 6th, 2015 at 8:36 am


I’ve shopped there once – loved the local products (the reason I went there) but found the rest of it a bit intimidating to venture into the products.

13 | Julie Dyer

August 6th, 2015 at 11:47 am


I’ve browsed the Pinecrest store just once and love the variety of eco-friendly products, including the soaps and throw blankets. And the lunchbags are the cutest!

14 | Lynn

August 6th, 2015 at 11:08 pm


I’ve shopped there – mostly at Christmas, I find they have lovely gifts. Would love to come along for the look-see!

15 | Carlene Heathorn

August 7th, 2015 at 9:55 am


I LOVE Terra20! Whenever I’m in the west end I stop by to stock up on my favourite Purple Urchin soaps (Blackberry Ripple smells sooo good) and the makeup. It’s even better when I don’t have kids with me so I can take my time and peruse the aisles. Sadly, that’s a rare occurence!

16 | KristaR

August 8th, 2015 at 8:07 am


I was shopping there just this week! I bought a lunch bag for my daughter.

17 | Stefania

August 10th, 2015 at 10:15 am


Love Terra20. It’s a great concept. The staff is always great.

18 | Ann BAcciaglia

August 10th, 2015 at 10:22 am


One of my favourite stores! I would love to attend as part of a focus group. I have a lot of their dishes and love them.

19 | Colleen

August 10th, 2015 at 10:24 am


I’ve gone in a couple times, I live close by. I want to shop there more, but for some reason it isn’t the first place that comes to mind. I’m trying to be a more conscientious shopper, so I feel like I should go.
I do love picking up baby shower gifts there, Earth Mama Angel Baby is a favourite of mine.

20 | Bonnie

August 10th, 2015 at 10:25 am


This sounds like fun! Would love to participate.

21 | Sarah

August 10th, 2015 at 10:29 am


I usually buy cosmetics, sunscreen, and the occasional baby gift at Terra20. I shop at the Westboro location because it’s more convenient. I can bike to it.

22 | Allison

August 10th, 2015 at 10:42 am


Ohhhhh love terra20! Pick me, pick me! ;) Would love to participate. :)

23 | Allison

August 10th, 2015 at 10:45 am


Ohhhhh love terra20! Pick me, pick me! ;) Would love to participate. :) I shop there regularly – for all of my make-up, body & hair care (although have not settled on a shampoo/conditioner yet!), lunch containers, laundry/cleaning, sunscreen… the list goes on! I love that they have vetted products for me – I used to always go to the EwG website and cosmetic database prior to making purchases, but now I feel that they do this vetting for me. And their customer service is great and so knowledgeable, they can recommend products and know different lines, etc. I use their Save for Change program. Love this store!

24 | JRJ

August 10th, 2015 at 10:59 am


I have shopped at both Terra20 stores in Ottawa and I find that their stores have a nicely curated collection of products which is why I like to shop for gifts there. I’ve also used their website and would love to provide feedback on that – there are some things that could be improved from a user interface point of view. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

25 | Sabrina McTaggart

August 10th, 2015 at 11:08 am


Good Morning Andrea,

I have shopped at Terra20 and enjoyed the experience very much. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in the focus group. Trying to do my bit toward a greener future!

26 | cheryl

August 10th, 2015 at 11:49 am


I’ve shopped at Terra20, online and in-store. Mascara for my daughter, Zoku popsicle maker for my son, cleaning products and candles!!

27 | Tara Azulay

August 10th, 2015 at 12:26 pm


I haven’t had the pleasure and would LOVE to check it out!

28 | Mari

August 10th, 2015 at 12:27 pm


Would love to come with you to this focus group! I love browsing the aisles of Terra20; it’s a great place to see innovative products.

29 | Suzanne

August 10th, 2015 at 12:54 pm


I’ve shopped at Terra20, but it’s not usually the first place that comes to mind. I’ve bought baby gifts, deodorant (fail!) and some little gifty things I think.

I’d love to join you though…

30 | Alison Lynch

August 10th, 2015 at 12:58 pm


Hi there! I have shopped there once, and like the products that I’ve tried, however don’t shop there regularly for all products due to the slightly higher cost. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

31 | Shannon Hendrycks

August 10th, 2015 at 3:55 pm


Hi Andrea. I would love to participate.

32 | Amanda Cottreau

August 10th, 2015 at 4:42 pm


I have shopped at Terra20 multiple times. I usually refill my cleaning supplies and carbon for my soda stream. Love the products and that I can trust they come from good sources. Please add my name.

33 | Stephanie

August 10th, 2015 at 9:35 pm


I have shopped there. Love the cute lunch products.

34 | Lynn Dube

August 10th, 2015 at 10:02 pm


love the store and the pinecrest location is super convenient. My daughter loves the make-up.

35 | andrea tomkins

August 12th, 2015 at 12:58 pm


We are officially closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winners!

36 | andrea tomkins

August 12th, 2015 at 3:18 pm


We have winners!

#14 -Lynn

#4 – Nicole B

#25 – Sabrina McTaggart

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