Small Business, Small Steps: In the shops


I've been slowly making the rounds, contacting stores that I think would be a good fit for English Muffin prints and am happy to report that I have welcomed some new shops to my ever growing list of stockists/retailers.

By far, this is the hardest part of the business for me; approaching new people and pitching myself and my work to them. I am trying though, and I'm even starting to consider emailing stores I didn't hear back from, whom I really think would be a good fit for my work, more than once (gasp!). I know from receiving emails concerning the blog and the business that sometimes I don't respond right away, not because I'm not interested but because that particular email requires more attention than I can give it at that moment, and of course it eventually finds its way to the bottom of my inbox. So, while I promise not to become an email stalker, I will try at least once more - if I really fancy you ;)

The response from the stores carrying my work has been really positive thus far, so that definitely gives me encouragement that my work can do well in other online stores and in brick & mortar settings. I have however yet to pop into any of the shops carrying English Muffin prints to see them in all their glory. Now that I've got a couple of retailers in Toronto, I really will have to stop by for a visit. Maybe I'll wear a wig and dark glasses and go incognito ;) Kidding!

For the complete list of English Muffin retailers, please check my website.

Have a wonderful Friday!
xo bess


  1. No stores in Montreal? Hum. Have you tried Buk and Nola?

  2. I wish I still had a brick & mortar--I would have your line in my shop for sure!

  3. Ohh congratulations! Your creations are so darling!

    Lost in the Haze

  4. I admire you for re-approaching stores. That takes courage! Hope you hear back from them the 2nd time around. Have you approached any shops in Los Angeles? I think L.A. peeps would dig your stuff.

  5. Brave, fearless, AND talented :) Good job Bess, keep at it - as you suspect, there are all kinds of reasons why you might not hear back - so, better to gently remind them! Your work is amazing and deserves to be shared :)

  6. Anything I can do to help... I'd love to have your work out here in the sunny Okanagan (B.C.)

    We just got around to framing and hanging your rainbow world map in our toddler's bedroom this weekend... I hope it inspires Saige to be a world traveller one day (and take her momma with her).

  7. Thanks so much for all your encouragement :)

    @Sara K {SaigeWisdom}: I'm so happy to hear that the Bright World Map is framed and hanging in your daughter's bedroom!! That's wonderful :)



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