Ashley Allwood is a shop/gallery owner, creative director, mom to Kloe and yes, a new soul singer. But, she’s learned where to channel her efforts and now she’s hoping to inspire people to make conscious choices that transforms their energies and vibrations for the better.
There’s no other mama that’s going to tell you the cold, stone truth about starting your own biz than Anna-Maria, founder of mimiTENS. With persistence, passion and a few hiccups in hindsight, she’s sharing her #momboss tips to what you need to know when busting out on your own.
Retail pro, Julia Grieve of Preloved, shares her ups and downs of being a working mom, her reasons for trading brick-and-mortar for online, and why sometimes it’s all about her.
If you’re a lover of the simple things in life, you’ll fall for Fancy Gray Designs. Founded by husband-and-wife team, Lydia and Alan, Fancy Gray Design is a modern line of jewelry focused on timeless and simple design, but at friendly (read: affordable) prices.
Amy Malcolm launched her handmade and luxe leather collection, Opelle, in 2009. She went legit in 2013 when she incorporated the business, brought on a consultant, built a design studio and that’s also when she had her first baby. Today, she’s got her second babe on her hip while her biz keeps buzzing thanks to bringing on a business partner who’s given her the boost to bring her work and home life together.
Sarah Kawasaki from Fort Kids is operating a business and a family that’s a truly symbiotic relationship. Her studio is just a 5-minute walk from her home and from her work window she can spot her children playing in their school yard. Her business partner is her husband and together they dreamed up the idea of launching design-savvy, locally-made, cool kids clothing. Enviably, they’re pursuing the collective goal of making work and play one in the same.
Sue Henderson started her jewelry collection, Suetables, as a part-time hobby .Then her divorce forced her to re-think her casual business plan. Instead of going back to her former life as a PR director for media channels like HGTV and the Food Network, she brought her hand-stamped designs to full-time speed for herself, her kids and her evolving fan base. Here’s how she did it.
Charlotte Jenkins is a buyer for Toronto retailer Gotstyle and she strategically organizes her wardrobe so she can get dressed with less stress. “Everything in my closet I can wear right now. This means doing a seasonal flip four times a year, but that’s worth knowing that every morning I can get dressed in minutes.” We asked her to show us what she wears for work, play and weekend.
Diane Bald nurtured the Roots brand for over 40 years with her husband, Michael Budman, and their business partners and best friends, Don and Denyse Green. Last year the company sold a majority stake and now she’s thinking about what’s next. She has something up her sleeve (however she’s staying mum about it) but what she is willing to talk about are the lessons she’s learned as a working mom who helped build a success story while bringing up her children.
Newly separated soon after giving birth, Alicia McNamara was forced to adapt to a fresh reality quickly. “All of a sudden I was single and I was eager to reinvent myself and find a career that fit,” she says. Today she’s the on-set stylist for ET Canada where she feels at home and happy to be juggling motherhood and work at once.