I love meeting and learning all about people. Here is a lil’ bit about me! I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta with two sisters and a brother. My Dad was a teacher and my Mom was a medical secretary and stay-at-home mom. Both of my parents exuded a very strong work ethic and instilled this in all four of their children. I have been working since the age of 14 and realized the importance of responsibility at a very young age. Working for myself was always a dream. In fact, my dream, early on, was to become a writer. I felt a creative drive within me and I wanted an outlet for this urge. Finding my creative niche was not the most direct road. I created several businesses to test the waters of entrepreneurship: screen printing children’s clothing; a baking/catering company; and a cleaning company. Although these were all successful, not one of them seemed to fulﬁll the instinctual need that I felt.
I kept charging ahead with my creativity and started making clothes for my daughter soon after she was born. Who knew that I could sew? Not me! ha! The last time I had sewn anything was in Grade 7 Home Economics. Luckily, we live in the age of the internet and I watched You Tube videos and (re)taught myself to sew. I loved it so much that I decided to start selling my creations at markets and on-line. Once again, back to being my own boss…this time mixed into my need for a creative outlet.
I fell in love with the market experience and a new dream was quickly born. A vision of a market that was more than just a market; I wanted to create an experience. I put my dream into action with the ﬁrst Vixens of Vintage market at the Inglewood Community Hall back in November of 2014. There were 25 vendors who were selling all things vintage and vintage-inspired. My vision quickly grew to include a second city: Edmonton. I also rapidly grew to larger venues, began to include entertainment, and added more vendors in both cities. Meanwhile, under the surface and in the back of my mind, another new vision was forming: a complete market experience that lasted for longer than the days of the actual market. A bigger “take away” for both the market goer and the maker. Hence, Curated. AND THE CURATED. SHOPS were born. I feel so simultaneously content and excited for this new adventure. Curated. AND The Curated. Shops are my passion and curating Curated. and The Curated. Shops was what I was meant to do in this life.