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Vendor Profile- SIMPLY GROUNDED COFFEE GALLERY

 
                                  All photos courtesy of  Lovestruck Portraits

                                  All photos courtesy of Lovestruck Portraits

 

In May of 2017 I became a mom for the first time. My beautiful son was everything I could have wished for and more! I had spent most of my pregnancy like I assume all first time moms did, planning all the outings I’d take baby on, listing all the friends we’d visit and the things we would do. Little did I know I would sleep less then I had anticipated, wake up 10 times a night,  and sleep train a little boy who some nights just wouldn't stop crying. And then, on top of all that, I diagnosed with postpartum depression. I soon realized all the outings I had been planning were slowly starting to crumble into the background... until they became completely non existent. I stopped leaving my house altogether, most days I wouldn’t even put on real people clothes. I could be found sitting in my house, usually on my couch, with a BIG HOT cup of coffee in hand and still rocking my PJ’s. Most days that one or two cups of coffee were my saving grace, keeping me awake and keeping me sane when my son wouldn’t stop screaming...

Slowly after finally seeking help for my postpartum depression I finally started to want to go out, and started taking little steps to those big outings I had been planning the entire pregnancy. Usually these outings were just something simple, something that sounded easy like coffee with a friend at a near by coffee shop! However even that seemed to stressful and to much to handle at times. I was so worried and stressed about being judged for bringing my baby with me, scared that I’d be judged for him crying, or him being loud, and making to much noise, even scared I’d get judged for changing my sons diaper .... and at some coffee shops believe it or not I was judged!

Eventually we found the perfect coffee shop and it became the norm for me to pack up my little man, and take a little road trip to where I felt like me and my son were welcomed and comfortable. The half hour trip was more than worth it to get to Simply Grounded Coffee Gallery in Delisle!

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I felt so welcomed walking into their shop! Their décor is family friendly, and the staff is so personable. It's easy to relax with one of their signature ground roast coffees such as their Blizzard roast. This is just the tip of everything this small town coffee shop has to offer! My little man is welcomed with smiles and happy greetings every single time, taking all fear off my shoulders, and my husband even loves to join us for a 'coffee trip' when he isn't working. 

The shop moto is “be sweet, be bold, be inspired” and this is a perfect description of not only the shop, but also the owner. Carol is super sweet, bold and quirky (just check out her shoes!) and as inspiring as one could be with all love and time she puts into her coffee shop and efforts to support all things local! All thebaked goods are made in store; like their SWEET home made Oreo’s, their BOLD roasted coffee is roasted exclusively for Simply Grounded in Outlook Sask., and the INSPIRED décor and word art displayed throughout the building is shop swag or created by amazing local businesses.  Looking around the coffee shop it is so easy to feel that inspiration!

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One of the sayings I saw really spoke to me and has become my daily mantra! “Be a pineapple”. That may sound ridiculous but bare with me... “Be a pineapple, stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside”. As a new mom, most days I feel like that old sock that you lost under your bed as a child, but by doing something as simple as driving a half hour and having coffee I am able to feel human and proud. Seeing this quote truly has inspired me to look at myself and feel my self worth, not only as a mother, but as a human! Who knew that getting coffee could be so instrumental to my mental health!?

Simply stated- Simply Grounded Coffee Gallery is a perfect addition to the town of Delisle. If you are a coffee lover who loves feeling like not only a valued customer but like a friend to the staff, love to eat good food- especially baked goods, enjoy delicious caramel macchiatos and Saskatchewan roasted coffee, then the half hour drive from Saskatoon is absolutely worth it!

 
 

MWSE Guest Blogger

Vendor Spotlight: Kassidy Marschal from Paint Nite Saskatoon

Tell us about your business?

While we don’t like to use the word “class” due to its stuffy connotation, the easiest way most people describe our business is a “paint class in a bar!” Our main goal is for our guests to relax and have a ton of FUN: they socialize with friends and loved ones, they indulge in a drink or two, they might dance a little and sing along with our party playlist, and finally, they get a little creative! We sell all our tickets on our website (PaintNite.com) in advance, so our guests can choose which painting we’ll take them through step by step, which local venue they would like to attend, and of course, the date and time that works best for them!

We currently hold more than 15 public events each week in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert and Lloydminster, as well as various charity fundraisers and private parties around north-central Saskatchewan each week.

How did you get started?

I was actually on maternity leave in 2015 when my cousin and aunt went to a Paint Nite in Calgary. I saw their paintings and was floored by how different yet beautiful they both were! And they did this in a BAR of all places? Talk about a perfect combination for a relaxing evening: alcohol and paint!

I’ve always had a passion for creating art, and I like to think I have a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit. So I immediately inquired about bringing the company to Saskatchewan; I was sure it would be hit here! What I liked most about the business concept was that – contrary to popular belief – Paint Nite is not a franchise. Their licensing model offers more freedom to run the business as I choose, and avoid outrageous franchising fees. Basically, our license allows us to use the respectable Paint Nite brand, sell tickets through a secure website, and have access to thousands of beautiful copyrighted paintings. Meanwhile, we get to enjoy being a “local” company: local artists partnering with local venues, bringing the joy of Drinking Creatively to Saskatchewan!

We started with three events in January of 2016, and life kind of went nuts from there! It’s been an amazing journey so far.

What inspires you?

My amazing team of artists inspire me every day. The energy they bring to each event and their passion for art is contagious. They truly make days brighter and bring happiness to everyone around them, keeping our guests coming back again and again. I can’t imagine where we’d be without each of them!

What is your idea of a Modern Woman?

I don’t think there’s any one particular way to be a Modern Woman; to me, the term encourages inclusivity and diversity. Anyone who feels empowered in their femininity, and confident to be whomever she wants to be – whatever that may look like. I love that in this day and age there’s a conversation about supporting one another, despite our differences. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a stiletto-ed CEO, or striving to find a balance between all the different roles a woman can have in her life, I like to think there’s a sense of comraderie in being female. We’re all just trying our best!

What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?

Figure out what your strengths and your weaknesses are. Literally make a list! Do what you’re best at, and either improve your skills where they’re lacking or delegate out the tasks you’re not so great at. You can always hire an accountant if you’re a horrible bookkeeper, take a social media workshop if you find online advertising intimidating, or read a book to become a better boss. You’re likely not Wonder Woman, and that’s okay!

Finally, don’t let your drive and your passion waiver in the face of self-doubt. I read an interview with Emma Watson a long time ago, where she spoke about feeling like a fraud sometimes; like she had somehow tricked people into she was talented and had falsely fallen upon success. Surely if Em Wats can fall victim to this sensation occasionally, we all can. But it’s not true! No one is more passionate about your business than you, and you are entirely capable of being successful.

What is one piece of advice you would give yourself looking back?

You can’t do it all, Girl. Hire help and delegate sooner, rather than later. And put that baby in daycare, already. (Shockingly, trying to work 60 hour weeks from home with a toddler doesn’t mix well.) She’ll even enjoy going, I promise. She’ll still love you the most.

What is in the future for Paint Nite in Saskatoon?

We’re always booking fresh paintings, partnering with great venues, and hiring new talent! We vow to keep the party going and the creativity flowing.

A big goal for this year is to do as many fundraisers as we possibly can; we want to support our local community as much as possible. Our dream is to hit the six figures mark. How amazing would it be if we raised over $100,000 for local charities?!

What would we find you doing in your free time?

Oh gosh, this is where you discover how truly boring I am! (I’ve actually convinced myself that working in front of the TV constitutes as R&R some days.) But spending time with my hubby and little girl definitely top the list. We’re also busy preparing for Baby 2, which is currently consuming a lot of time and thought! I recently joined a yoga class. I like decorating (and redecorating) my house. I enjoy photography. Obscure Netflix dramas and documentaries are my fave. If I weren’t pregnant, I’d like to be being skiing and travelling lots right now. Am I super basic? …Probably.

Who is someone that you find is a role model for women in business (personal or celebrity)?

What kind of Saskatchewan girl would I be if I didn’t give a shout-out to Rachel Mielke! She turned her hobby of making jewelry into a hugely successful company: Hillberg & Berk. I’m a bit of a marketing geek, so I admire the way she was able to create such a luxurious brand from homemade jewelry. Branding is everything!

Do you think having a mentor is valuable both while you're starting out and even after you are more experienced?

Absolutely! While starting a business can be extremely rewarding, it can also be overwhelming, isolating, and downright scary. Having someone to talk to who has experienced the same ups and downs that you’re going through is invaluable.

Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?

I do, and I feel like this community is strengthening all the time. We have to thank organizations such as the Modern Woman Show for that; it’s so important to celebrate and support our local female-driven businesses! I think the majority of our community understands that celebrating another’s success doesn’t minimize your own.

You can hang out with Kassidy on Saturday April 22nd & get creative with TWO OPTIONS of Paint Nite classes (2pm & 7pm). Enjoy the Modern Woman Show, a cocktail or two, take in the shopping, tutorials,  and bring home a painting!

 

Click Here to join the Saturday April 22nd Class at 2:00 p.m.

Click Here to join the Saturday April 22nd Class at 7:00 p.m.

*classes include your admission into the Modern Woman Show & Expo

 

OUR MODERN HUSTLE...calling all #GIRLBOSSES!!!

OUR MODERN HUSTLE – this amazing opportunity is brought to you by Our Collective Muse, Modern Woman Show & Expo, and The Creative Hustle by deMo Photography.

What is Our Modern Hustle?

Who has started a business and is needing a little help? Do you or someone you know have a great idea, awesome product or service that just needs to be seen? We have created an opportunity to expand your reach, learn from some seasoned #girlbosses, and get some free sh$*! to expand your business in 2017 and beyond!

What do you get?

1. Get featured on Our Collective Muse – the popular blog featuring 12 women with 12 different views on everything from fashion, food, crafts, how-to guides, and everything in between. Receive an exclusive blog post featuring your business.

2. A complimentary standard booth package at The Modern Woman Show & Expo on April 22nd & 23rd at Prairieland Park. This event sees over 3500 attendees- in your demographic. Whether you sell a product or service, your business NEEDS to be at the show. You will also receive an invitation to the Social Media Reputation seminar by Vendasta Technologies- we talk all things internet & social media marketing.

3. And to top it off – receive a spot in The Creative Hustle by deMo Photography. A 4 week mentor-ship program with a primary focus is YOU and your goals. This hands on teaching touches on everything from branding, marketing and social media. The intimate classes (of only 4 women entrepreneurs) encourages you to dig down deep within yourself to best represent your business.

Who can apply?

                  -you are a female entrepreneur

                  -your business is based in Saskatchewan

                  -you have never had a booth or have been involved in The Modern Woman Show & Expo or The Creative Hustle

                  -you have the drive to want to succeed as a women entrepreneur!

That sounds amazing! Where do I apply?

                  Click here to nominate yourself or someone you think deserves this great opportunity!

Nominations are open until February 15th 2017 . Recipient to be announced March 1st 2017

I am a Modern Woman: Meet Red Lotus

 

Meet Moneca McLean, Owner of Red Lotus

 

Tell us about your business?

Red Lotus brings to Saskatoon and the surrounding area, a stunning European clothing line, post-surgery garments, world leading breast forms and symmetry products, wigs, scarves, hats, yoga/meditation accessories, and giftware.  Although our clothing and products are designed for all women, Red Lotus specializes in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, women who have had mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast reduction, augmentation surgery, and/or women in transition who require the use of breast forms and symmetry products.

How did you get started?

I worked in healthcare for 8 years prior to going into business.  Through the company’s re-organization, my position was eliminated in 2014.  It was then that I began reflecting on where/what I was going to do moving forward as a career.  During that time of reflection, I set up a criteria for myself that consisted of 3 items:

Whatever I decided to do moving forward, it must be something:

  1. that I feel very passionate about
  2. where I can make a positive difference in the lives of people
  3. that will provide financial stability for my family

From there I started reflecting on my life and experiences and exactly ‘what’ those things could possibly be and Red Lotus very quickly became an idea, then a plan, and now a reality.

What inspires you?

I was inspired to open Red Lotus through my own personal experience of supporting women close to me who required the use of breast forms. Through witnessing their journey, my desire to open a boutique that was warm, tranquil, fun, compassionate and inspiring became my mission. I was determined to provide women the ability to shop in a retail environment where they have access to a beautiful selection of clothing that is fashionable, fun, sexy, and (of course) comfortable!  My goal is to provide women the opportunity to feel confident and leave my shop carrying a higher positive body image!

What is your idea of a Modern Woman?

My idea of a modern woman is a woman who walks to the beat of her own drum, who is confident in who she is and confident in her abilities.  She makes a conscious choice to positively contribute to herself, her family and to her community regardless of career or finances.

What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?

Whatever it is that you decide to do be sure it is something that feeds your passion. If you are wishy-washy in any way don’t do it!  When you are consumed so much that you are never more than 5 minutes between thinking/planning/imagining it – you’re meant to do it! Know that it IS going to happen and do your homework…all of it!

What is one piece of advice you would give yourself looking back?

In those moments of doubt when I was stressed and second guessing my decision to open a business, I would have said to myself, “Relax and Let Go – it’s meant to happen” and it all works out in the end.

What is in the future for Red Lotus?

Red Lotus will continue to establish itself in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan as the only business in the province to offer women the complete Amoena of Germany clothing line, mastectomy/symmetry and meditation/yoga accessories.

What would we find you doing in your free time?

My free time is spent with my family! I have a wonderful partner of 12 years and 3 children; a 26 yr old daughter, a 23 year old son and a 20 year old daughter! They are the loves of my life and spending time with them is always my priority!

Who is someone that you find is a role model for women in business?

A woman who I have always admired is Maya Angelou.  Her personal story of triumph over her diverse and unstable upbringing to becoming one of the most profound women in literature is incredibly inspiring.

Do you think having a mentor is valuable both while you're starting out and even after you are more experienced?

I believe having a mentor before, during, and after you open your business is valuable. I had the support of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan throughout my process and I continue to access their support and services today.  They are crucial in my success.

Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?

I believe there are avenues for women in business to meet.  As I am early on in my business I have not met these women but plan on increasing my attendance at events, seminars and socials to build my network.

 

Visit the beautiful and serene Red Lotus at #170 –  3020 Preston Ave, Saskatoon. We are proud to have Moneca and her team as a Gold Sponsor at The Modern Woman Show & Expo at Prairieland Park April 16th & 17th. Not only will their experienced and trained staff be there with their products but you can also see their clothing line and jewellery on the runway Saturday April 16th at 7:00 p.m.

 

Interview by Mandi Brown

Photo of Moneca courtesy of deMo Photography

Do Modern Woman Show in style...

 

We say VIP all the way.

 

Starting today you can purchase your VIP tickets to The Modern Woman Show & Expo.

You have two ways to check out the hottest women's tradeshow with all access passes!

On April 16th  at 7:00 p.m. grab a group of friends for some afternoon shopping before taking in “The Runway” Fashion Show hosted by CTV Saskatoon News Anchor Chantel Huber. 11 local boutiques will be lighting up the catwalk to music by DJ Kush, showing us the new trends in women and men’s fashion, shoes and accessories.

Don’t miss out on the appetizers, preferred seating, and ‘Swag Bags’ with the exclusive Runway VIP Pass for $35.

 

 

At 2:00 p.m. on April 17th  spend “An Afternoon with Gretchen Rossi”. Lia Reese Canada is proud to be bringing Gretchen to Saskatoon in an intimate and interactive setting. Gretchen made a considerable impression with her appearances on The Real Housewives of Orange County. She is the founder of Gretchen Christine, with her hands in designing clothing, creating a make-up line, furniture, jewelry, and handbags. This quintessential Orange County fashionista is full of spunk and humor; we guarantee you won’t want to miss meeting her and learning about her journey as an entrepreneur.

The VIP Gretchen Experience is $20 and includes general admission into the tradeshow, preferred seating, and the opportunity to meet Gretchen after her speech!

Don't wait and make sure to get your ticket before they sell out! Visit www.modernwomansaskatoon.com to purchase.

A Look at our 2015 Vendors

Andrea Gusta from Luxquisite Clothing

Tell us about your business?

We are two long-time friends that share a love for fashion, style and flair. Our mission with Luxquisite Clothing is to spread the looks we adore with a world of fashion-forward women. Whether the search is for an outfit of the day, special occasion dress or just one of the many go-to staples within every woman's wardrobe. We aim to have it easily accessible and affordable in one simple online location.

Our business was started in June of 2014.

How did you get started?

My business partner Chandra and I came up with the idea when we were both on maternity leave and looking for something we could do from home while also continuing on with our current careers (Chandra is a real-estate agent and I am a salon owner/hairstylist). The online factor allows us to work non-traditional hours which fits in with our careers.

What inspires you?

We both find that our children inspire us the most.

What is your idea of a Modern Woman?

My idea of a modern woman is one who can juggle both a busy career and a family life. It's hard to find a healthy balance with both those aspects.

What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?

Go for it! If you have a dream, determination and passion you can do anything! There are so many great resources available for women entrepreneurs now.

What is one piece of advice you would give yourself looking back?

Don't sweat the small stuff! There are always going to be ups and downs with any business but like anything you need to concentrate on your goals and ride out the small bumps in the road.

What is in the future for Luxquisite Clothing?

We are looking into expanding Luxquisite Clothing and have recently moved into a larger warehouse space. Who knows maybe in the future you will see some men's or children's fashions.

What would we find you doing in your free time?

What free time?! When we do have free time we enjoy spending it with our families and we both love to travel, whether it's for business or pleasure.

Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?

Yes! I believe within the last few years this sense of community has grown immensely! I began my first business 15 years ago and at that time I felt like there was much more competition between female entrepreneurs whereas now there is a growing movement to help support fellow female entrepreneurs.

Check out this amazing online store at luxquisite.ca and make sure to stop by their pop-up shop at the 2016 Modern Woman Show & Expo on April 16 & 17th at Prairieland Park

Interview by Mandi Brown

Photos courtesy of deMo Photography