Hello Branch Tribe,
Can you believe it's been 3 years since Branch first opened?! Today marks our anniversary of our opening day! We've grown so much and are feeling grateful for all the support and proud of all we've accompished together!
We wanted to share a few highlights with you from the past 3 years full of fun, challenges & growth.
On August 1, 2015 my friend Jodie & I jumped into business together heart first. We had similar dreams to open a shop to support our creativity. So we rented this cute little yellow cottage in Black Diamond, AB and the Branch chapter began!
Previoulsy Bohemia, now located on main st.
We worked hard on repainting and sprucing up the space for the month of August. It was such a fun and exciting time as Jodie and I both love fixing things up and working with our hands. Our husbands, family and friends helped out where they could... it was a blast!
Lots of holes to fill!
Sooo much painting... thankful for all the help!
Making scented sachets with friends for our opening day!
Love our new sign done by Spy Design + our guys!
We filled the bright, freshly painted space with the furniture, decor & art that we made and a handful of other local makers work... including Lace Brick Design, Maple & Oak, Needle & Pine, Oxeye Floral, Salty Sea Dog and Wrinkle & Crease.
So fun to look at our 1st displays!
We opened our doors for busniness on September 4th, 2015. It was the most exciting day and we could barely believe we were doing this.
We're ready, scared and OPEN!!
Our very first customer! Isn't she adorable!?!
What a fun day!
We were thrilled with all the love & support from our family, friends and community!
We realized quickly there was a lot to learn running a business. We continued to work hard at figuring out how to do things best and strived to create some form of balance in our lives.
It required a lot of time and energy and Jodie realized in March 2016 that she needed to be at home more with her family. It was a hard decision for her and I was sad to see her go, however I completely understood.
I decided to continue on my own and soon found out that I needed to recruit some help. Abby and Lena joined our team in 2016 and were such a breath of energy! They did an amazing job taking care of the customers and the store.
We added more & more locally made products to the store and hosted a variety of events, workshops and pop ups. It's feels great to be a part of the local makers movement and support creative people by showcasing there work.
We also became an official retailer of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint products. Our fave paint to use for furniture and home decor projects!
We continued to grow and add more new vendors & products and started focusing on our online store as well.
Our mission of supporting creativity and connections in our community kept us going and organizing more fun events.
Team changes are inevetivble and we're grateful for the energy our team members put into the store no matter how long they stay.
We were excited to have Jessica & Katie join us, their both very talented and creative people.
Jessica & Katie
Store events mean all hands on deck, my husband loves to help out whenever he can!
Danny, Rebecca's husband
Rebecca at Canada Day Event
Branch 2 Year Birthday Bash
Alyse joined the team in October and was so helpful with our customers and events. We always have a lot of fun together!
Katie & Alyse
Light Up Black Diamond
The start of the year was a bit slower paced as the weather took a toll on us. Soooo much snow and cold!
Pretty icy windows.
We were so happy to welcome spring and felt re-freshed and re-enegized!
We love being a part of the Black Dimaond community and partaking in the town events. We've been in the Diamond Valley parade 3 years now, it's a lot of fun!
Alyse & Rebecca at Black Diamond Parade
It's had to believe how much the store has grown and all the support we have. Our hearts are full!
We're thankful for the past 3 years, appreciative of today and excited for what's to come for the rest of 2018 and beyond!
Let us know in the comments what your fave thing about the store is so we can do more of that! Or is there something you wish we carried or offered??
We'll be having a 3 year celebration this coming weekend and would love you to come say hi and celebrate with us!
September 8 & 9th 11-5pm
20% OFF Storewide
Furniture Makeover Draw
Milk Paint Demo Sat 12-3
Make & Take Craft Sun 12-3
We hope to see you there!
Rebecca & The Branch Crew