Boy it has been a while, hasn’t it? What have I been up to? Let me tell you…
Last Friday I accomplished one of my dreams… opening my very own brick and mortar store. It is in the quaint town of Aylmer, just outside of Ottawa on the Quebec side which is also where we call home. I really wanted be in the older more historic section (which leads down to the marina and beach) and in a heritage building. I was lucky enough to find a place that was just the right size with both of those attributes. For the Peaberry Grand Opening I decided to host a wine a cheese and even bought wine from our local winery, Clos Baillie.
My goal with the store is to offer unique, vintage and handmade goods through an enriched and personal experience by connecting individuals with the artisans. I want people to have a relationship with the pieces they are buying and know that they are making a difference in an individuals life. All artisans featured in the store are mostly local but definitely 100% Canadian. It is sometimes difficult to find things in Canada and we have many talented people to be proud of so I thought it is my duty to help show them off. I am also hoping they make it into the shop to teach workshops and share their craft first hand.
Here I am rushing out of the house unemployed for the last time (hopefully :) to try and get to the opening on time. Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of pictures and have had to rely on getting some from friends and their phones.
I had all of these little things I wanted to finish up when I got there but I had people waiting at the cash the moment I got there. I know, I know, not a bad thing at all. My very first customer (who is also a vendor – Urbanfete) Christine and her lovely daughter Jada were the first to make a purchase. Thank god they were as I had to make sure everything worked, haha.
One of the few gorgeous bouquets I received.
A few fellow students from my business class who came out to support me (standing in front of my paintings).
Friends admiring all of the goodies. It just made me so happy watching people appreciate all of the hard work that goes into each piece.
Here I am with my trues, embracing the 15 stress pounds I have gained through this whole process, hahaha!! One of my girls was missing but she just had a baby so all is forgiven.
Check out all of the peeps hanging out and enjoying some wine - LOVE!!
I just had so much to say (and couldn’t) but words could not express the gratitude I felt and still feel for the amazing help and support of Chris, Milah and all of my friends who have become my family (with everyone out East). Without them this would not have been possible. I am truly a lucky gal and hope to help others follow their dream.
Join me here tomorrow for a tour of the store.