Business Doesn’t Stay the Same. Ever.

The new american arm has been established of Baby Wisp® and we have begun shipping from San Diego.  I used to ship from Toronto and do the shipment drop offs at the Long Branch (Toronto) Rexall Canada Post office or the Shoppers at Cawthra and Lake Shore but now….my drop offs are a bit more scenic. I took a video with my new selfie stick to bring you along.   You’re sharing the ride with Mongoose.  Is this VLOGGING?  Am I vlogging now? LOL.  If I was 20, I think this wouldn’t be so funny to me.   I have a selfie stick people.  It was very embarrassing whipping it out and using it in Del Mar but it definitely was useful!  I don’t know how to make the volume louder yet if anyone has tips please do let me know. Hope you enjoy the little share of part of my days.

The next thing I need to tell you about as a change to the business, is that I’ve listened to you ALL of your website woes you have been having at babywisp.com and I’m acting on it.  We’re changing web platforms next week.  The platform will have LESS functionality but hopefully the simple, clean design and functions will actually work ALL THE TIME.  Thank you for all your patience in the past few months as I tried my best to handle all the technical difficulties that came with upgrades and patches and a bunch of other stuff I thought I left behind 9 years ago when I was working in the technology sector as an analyst!  Sheesh.

What’s changing on babywisp.com?

The main changes are as follows:

  1. The LOYALTY POINTS  program as you know it will be retired. If you have points, you have one week to use them all up!  (Ends November 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST) .I will of course be working on our next rewards program and will keep you in the loop. Just sign up for our newsletter as they already received notification of this change this morning.
  2. VIP program will also be terminating.
  3. Look and Feel of babywisp.com will change, hopefully to a look you will love.
  4. The categories will be set up differently, the intent is to provide you with a cleaner shopping experience
  5. Increase the number of payment options offered on site
  6. Reduce the amount of time Beena is trouble shooting technical difficulties!

There will be other aspects gained and lost but I won’t bore you with the details. If you’re really interested (have a small biz too or something like that), just email me at our customerservice@babywisp.com email and we can talk further!

 

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We’re almost ready to re-open Baby Wisp®

When my hubbs got the job offer, we were excited but also scared.  If we uproot the family for this, is everything going to work out?  Will the kids be happy?  Will I be able to run the business I have worked so hard on from there?  Turns out….all these anxieties are working themselves out.  Not sure if it is the sunny weather, beaches or friendly people of San Diego (or a combo of all!!!) but life is settling from chaos and uncertainty into….well, LIFE!  I had to take some extra time to ease the kids into their new life and now that’s done (a puppy really helps guys, REALLY!) so I turned my attention to Baby Wisp.  I had a few extra hurdles to jump in the past couple of weeks but I think I got dis now…

I created a short video to tell you about Thursday at babywisp.com…we will be back up and running.  Please join our newsletter so you find out about all our upcoming deals and we’d like to introduce the new fall collection to you.

P.s. we need a baby to model some of the new bows!  Know anyone??

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Done.

We had the busiest day ever in the 8 year Baby Wisp® career I’ve enjoyed.  We’ve officially closed the Toronto location now.

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This cute little boutique enjoyed 3 years in Long Branch located in south Toronto but now that I’m moving to San Diego, we had to close.  I wasn’t able to find someone to manage this location for me so that I could keep the Canadian based location open.  We threw a huuuuuge moving sale with 25% off all regular priced items and 75% off all sale items in the final week.  We had over 250 orders come in just a couple of days and the shop was a flurry of activity as people came in to say goodbye and grab in-store deals.   This volume of online orders is actually delaying me being able to pack up! hahaha!  Is this a case of “careful” what you wish for?  🙂

My favourite part of this was the number of women who wanted to personally tell me how much they love the brand I created.  Talk about some feel good moments in the final hours!   “Oh – you’re the owner?  What you’ve created here is amazing. I LOVE Baby Wisp.”  I had these type of comments that really made me blush  (ok well I’m not white so not really blush haha but feel weirdly humbled 🙂  )

bab-wisp-shopI also had quite a few customers tell me how bad they felt buying the items I was clearly at a loss selling at these prices.  I can relate though.  I have felt that way when I have gone to a local boutique that has closed and I know they are losing money on every sale but at the same time….their loss was my gain.  You feel guilty….but also giddy about the DEAL I got.  There was a boutique in Fort Saskatchewan that closed down before I left Edmonton and I still remember getting some Robeez slippers for my son for 60% off and I felt so bad…..but at the same time was like wooooohoooo!

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And just like that, my Toronto adventure is done.   My hubbs new job starts the first week of August. It’s time to hustle and get er done.

Gotta close up all the orders, pack up the shop, get all the paperwork in order for the importing to the USA of commercial goods, donating what I’m not taking,  packing up the house & selling it.  The list is a mile long and I need to get on it (hey like how I said mile not kilometre?)

So, the online shop is closed now.  The brick n mortar location is closed.  I will re-open online as soon as I’m able to settle in the kids & family.  On a sad note – for those who came to the little boutique, I wanted to let you know Bone passed away this week.  I am devastated by this as he was my 24-7 companion for the past 16.5 years.  Here’s us two weeks ago having a family nap outside. I miss him so much.

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Pause…..But I have to keep going.

I can’t thank you enough, Toronto.  It was a blast.  I love this city.  Thank you for this amazing experience.  Please sign up for our newsletter on babywisp.com so you will know when the shop is back up and running.

 

~beena

 

Guys, I’m in California!

Our brick n mortar shop is closed today, Friday June 24, 2016 as I am out of town trying to find a place where we will live when we get here next month.

The BUY 2 GET 2 FREE deals have launched online and will last one week.  The only thing I want to mention is that Canada Post is poised for strike July 2.  I would highly suggest getting your orders in this weekend so we can really hustle and get your orders out the door on Monday and Tuesday.  IF the strike goes through, we are going to have to close earlier than I thought.  Will keep you posted.

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Just snapped this photo of where I am sitting working. PALM TREES…right?  right??  To those living in regions where this is normal, you don’t know why I’m in “awe” mode. It feels surreal.  I’m an Edmonton girl at heart and been a Toronto girl for the past five years and I’ve never had the chance to work with this kind of heat and palm trees without being on our family winter getaways!  It’s awesome!!!

 

 

I’ve been told I need to stop being so camera shy and start sharing more of what’s going on with Baby Wisp!  I did a quick video here on our youtube channel.  Subscribe if you get a chance. I’m really going to try my best to add videos so you can be part of our big move and also me setting up in the states: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9_j4KbwcMI

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One last thing.  I need your help.  I have A LOT of stock. I won’t be able to clear out of it in the next 4 weeks.  This means I want to give it away.

Soooooo…  I want to give it to non profit, charitable organizations but I don’t have time to go through an onerous application process. Some ideas I had was “kids with cancer” or “sick kids” as those girls may have lost their hair and still want pretties and we can totally help with that.  Do you have any contacts?  Even low income areas where new moms are struggling in the GTA or other parts of Canada.  Let us know.  We will see what we can do.

Please email customerservice@babywisp.com with your suggestions or facebook us!  time is ticking….

 

 

 

Let’s review the timeline on our journey and you can identify a pattern here.  We’re constantly trying new things, changing, moving…and it’s happening again in a big way.

Baby Wisp® started in Edmonton in 2008 at the farmer’s markets there while I was on mat leave with my daughter.

  • Then in 2010, my husband’s job moved us to Toronto so I started working from home there.   By then, I had my new baby boy in the picture also and about 50 shops across Canada carrying the product.
  • 2011 KidCentral Supply (which is a national distributor of children’s products in Canada) picked us up and boom!  We were in over 300 shops across the country.  Space got tight in my house.  I had to hire people to help me get orders out the door so I could focus on new products and also the marketing/ social media/ web upgrades/ networking.
  • 2013 -We grew out of my house… so we got a little boutique space, with office and warehouse space in Long Branch, Toronto.  Great drive by traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard West and an up n coming neighbourhood.  We did sooo much work setting up.  We designed the new pink awning and painted the building purple. Decorated and revamped the inside too!  It was a spa location before.

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We did a lot of work to brighten the space and make it uniquely matching our brand look and feel.

Before:

After:

It’s been three years since we opened our little boutique in Long Branch, Toronto, Canada. I’m sad to do this, but we’re closing the boutique space forever, so I can keep going on this adventure called life…next stop …CALIFORNIA!!!!

What’s coming?

The good news is, BABY WISP® the online shop at http://www.babywisp.com will NOT be shutting down!  We will be temporarily unavailable to fulfill and ship out orders for approximately two weeks (exact dates – TBD).

The bad news is we will be saying goodbye to a couple staff members (one will continue to work remotely).  I’m sad about this as we have really become a family working together for the past 3 years here at our shop.

The plan is that I will set up a space back to a home business in August sometime and begin shipping out from my new location.  In the meanwhile, I cannot ship all these products across the border and won’t have space in our family home either.  This is GOOD NEWS for customers as we will be doing cray cray mega clearout store closing sales where you can really stock up on items.  Anyone owning boutiques and gift shops and other avenues of resale of Baby Wisp can contact me directly to get bulk discounts on products not carried by KidCentral Supply.

We will be offering one major sale per week til we leave.  It’s our “countdown to California “sales.  Join our newsletter so you are the first to get in on the deals. We have one sale in particular that the first ten customers will find that their coupon will give them an additional 60% off when they use it.  So you will want to know right away so you can use it.  You can also come by our physical boutique location to get in on the deals.  June 11, we will be having all our sales available at once in the one physical location and those won’t be available online.

I want to personally thank the good people of Toronto and GTA for supporting my little shop over the past three years.  Also, the local companies we used services from!  It’s been a slice here, I hope we can continue to enjoy a relationship as we move into the next chapter.  Wish us luck!  I will keep you updated and try to put out a little video soon.

 

Beena

 

 

 

Mother’s Day is This Weekend!

Happy Mother's Day

Whether it’s your first mother’s day or your nth, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the day set aside to appreciate all that moms do.

 

 

 

One of the special things to do is take some photos of your little mini me and you!  Lots of moms find matching outfits to wear and get a cutesy shot in or two to embarrass them later in life while other moms may want a more subtle memory. How about coordinating your accessories?  Baby Wisp has just added a new section to our website here that has “Mommy N’ Me” sets you can purchase to coordinate accessories.

What are “Mommy n Me” Accessories?

What does that even mean?  Well, babies have softer, smaller heads and finer hair than most grown ups so they cannot wear the same accessories as older kids and adults.  WE obviously recognize this (LOL!!!!) but maybe you’re a mom who likes to wear flowers in your hair, what can you wear to coordinate or match with your daughter’s accessories?  Enter “mommy and me accessories”.  Each set is designed to have one “baby” size whether it be baby hair clip or baby headband and the second is a larger clip or flower crown designed for mamma’s head like this set we made in our Toronto shop.

Baby Flower Crown AND Larger Flower Crown for Adult

Baby Flower Crown AND Larger Flower Crown for Adult

The other reason we put this section together is for the Sisters who want to wear matching accessories.  Our shop has a variety of bows and headbands that fit many different size heads and hair types.

Cute Big Sister Little Sister Matching Accessories

For a Limited time (ends May 9, 2016), this section is being offered at 20% off AND we’re offering you TWO free accessories with your purchase of $39 or more at our shop.  Find out more here.

Free gifts at Baby Wisp

 

 

Take a look at our Top Picks for Halloween

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Start shopping for accessories to help create that perfect costume for your little one. We picked out some selections that will complement your little girl’s costume or festive outfit for Halloween.

We also put together some adorable Halloween Sets that will give you the best value and styles.

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See our top picks and more selections here.

Our Halloween Sets qualify as a Multi-Pack, so you will receive a FREE Flower Accessory with purchase. Check here for more details on how to redeem the offer. Hurry, the offer ends September 28, 2015 or while quantities last.

Are you thinking of cool treat ideas to give away? How about giving a cute bow to each of your little one’s closest friends to wear? Check out our Lootbag accessories where you can get 5 accessories for $10, or 10 accessories for $18.

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Get set for fall hair accessories for babies and toddlers!

Get set for fall hair accessories for babies and toddlers!

Get “Set” for Fall with our new multi-pack hairbows!

We’ve launched a new multiple clips (multi-pack) pack section  at Baby Wisp!  

Why ? With Autumn here, you’ve started getting cozy with cute little sweaters and richer deeper colours, haven’t you?  

Baby girl needs some new bows to coordinate with the new season’s latest fashions and instead of shopping one by one for her accessories, we’ve created these cute clip packs for you. These packs are value priced so it costs less to buy a pack of pre-picked colours and bows than to shop individually for each one!  We also take the guess work out of the equation for you if you just want to grab and go. Look at some of these favourites:

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Get a FREE flower clip with purchase of a multi-pack

Limited Time Offer

how to get a free flower accessory

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Don’t forget, you can ALSO get a free mini latch clip felt bow ($6.95 value) with a minimum $39 purchase!  So TWO free clips plus loyalty points can be yours right now…hurry!

*Minimum purchase is $7.95 from our multipack section to qualify for the Free $8.00 value colossal blossom.  Limited time offer ends September 28, 2015 or while supplies last.  Limit one free flower per customer per order.


New Fall Products are now in Stock!

Baby Hair Accessories for Baby Girls

New Fall Products have arrived at Baby Wisp!

We have beautiful new styles of baby hair bows and baby headbands in stock at Baby Wisp. Check out our NEW products link to see all the new colours available in new products and new styles that we added.

Some new products include:

  • Flower Crown baby headbands
  • 100% Polyester Felt Bows in a modern present topper bow style.
  • New 3 pack Satin Boutique bows (All Satin and in snap clips!)
  • New 3 pack Modern Twist Grosgrain Bows (Snap clips!)
  • New 3 pack Trendy Twist Grosgrain Bows (Snap Clips!)
  • New 3 pack Modern Twist Grosgrain Bows (Snap clips!)
  • New colours in our classic mini latch clip baby wisp clips (colours like orange, navy, yellow, deep aqua, garden rose, cinderella blue, rapunzel pink, mermaid teal)

New Felt Bows Stitched to our Mini Latch Clips!

Click here to check out the ten colours available.  These are handmade and designed by us. They are bigger than our little tuxedo grosgrain by quite a bit.  They extend approximately 35mm across and lay flat and are available in gorgeous fall colours like blue and orange!  The luscious watermelon red is awesome too!

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Flower Crowns are Perfect for Fall Weddings and Events

Flower crowns worn across the top of the forehead (like a crown!) or around the head like a baby hair band would be are the latest trend alert you should know about. Click here to see the 6 colours available!  They can be work super dressy for weddings, baptisms, baby showers or birthdays…or you can wear them all bohemian style with a floral shirt and jeans. Our flower crowns are so elegant and stretchy that they can fit newborns and up!

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New Colours in your favourite Bows!

New colours in your favourite hair bows

We’ve just added new colours to your favourite bows.

That’s right! Our Mini Latch Clips and Small Snap Clips you know and love have even more colours to choose from. These colours include Grey, Navy, Aquamarine, Orange, Cinderella Blue, Mermaid Teal, Passion Fruit, Rapunzel Garden Rose and more.

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Now you have even more possibilities when coordinating your little girl’s favourite Fall outfits. Click here to start shopping.

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