I was working on my chocolates as a hobby, on a part time basis while I was also working in a daycare as a chef.
Then, my husband and I found out I was pregnant. I left my job (on preventative leave- basically sick leave where you get paid to stay home because it's not safe for you to work in that position while pregnant), and appeared at a few craft shows. I stopped making chocolates when my belly got too big for me to comfortably reach the counter to hand temper my chocolate. So the business was on pause through the remainder of my pregnancy (at about 8 months) and my son's first year of life.
Cut to now. I've been back at work since December, and I decided in January to get back to my passion. But this time I would do things differently. That means a new look for my chocolates, more on par with the competition, and help from a business coach (from Youth Employment Services - YES in Montreal). Mu coach convinced me to start doing Pop Ups as a way to become known to the local communities. She suggested a place, and I contacted them.
So here we are.
Next Saturday (April 21st, 2018) I am going to try my first ever Pop Up at West Elm Montreal, in Griffintown. I hear they are very nice, and will help me however they can. I don't know how much I'll really sell, but I'm super stoked to try this. I hope many people either come out to support me, or at least stop in the store. The weather is supposed to be nice, so I'm taking that as a good sign.
I'm really nervous and yet still excited. My French isn't all that great, and I hope I'll do my Quebecers justice in my terrible choppy attempt at speaking it. My brain still thinks in English, and I have a hard time thinking of the words I want to say in French or the synonyms to figure out a different word.
But all in all, I'm really looking forward to this chance to prove I'm a contender in this game.
I certainly hope I'll sell something that day, and that people like what they see.
If you are reading this, please show some support and come visit, or share my work on social media. I'm working my buns off to get ready for this, along with my part time job, and my full time son (and my husband). It would be great if I could see some results.
Have a lovely weekend, and a fabulous week.