After my Mom made my wedding programs in her dining room, she and I tossed around the idea of starting a handmade paper company. It seemed like everywhere we looked, we saw handmade paper cards and stationery items and often found ourselves saying "We could make cards like that". We talked and talked, until we talked to the point where I said "Either we give this business idea a try, or we can NEVER talk about it again!". I guess I was sick of the talking. I was ready for some doing and so was my Mom.
We came up with a plan - visit five stores in our home town of Winnipeg, show the store owners our stationery sets and greeting cards created from the handmade paper that we had made and if two out of the five stores placed an order, it's a sign that we should go for it.
So we prepared to visit the stores. We chose shops that we loved and admired: The Paper Gallery, Shelly Tadman Gallery, MAD About Paper, The Sounding Stone and a fifth one that I can't remember (I guess I didn't love that one so much or I'd remember it!).
With trepidation, we showed our wares. We explained how we had made the paper from local, natural ingredients. We shared our vision for papermaking inspired by the forests and lakes of Manitoba.
And guess what?
All five stores placed an opening order!
We couldn't believe our good fortune. We celebrated with cautious optimism. And we got to work making paper and filling orders.
Just joining us? Read Part 1: "Maybe we could make a business out of this" or How I Became An Entrepreneur
Want to see where my company is today? Go to Botanical PaperWorks to see.