Business Name: Prairie Princess Originals Website: N/A Established: 2012 Questions answered by: Lindsay & Nalia Wowchuk
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
We make jewelry in our home, sourcing the pieces we need to assemble and create.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
Nalia is 6-years-old and trying to do her part to give back to the community. She donates 50% of her personal profit to local charities.
What inspired you to start your business?
During Covid, Lindsay (Nalia’s mom) decided she wanted to try and make faux leather earrings. They looked easy enough and seemed to be a fun activity to do with her daughter. After making a few pairs, Nalia thought it would be good to try and sell them. Her mom agreed as long as Nalia would share the money she earned.
When asked who she would like to help, Nalia responded, “people who are hungry or need somewhere to sleep”. Living in Selkirk, we were told the soup kitchen functions on some donations, so we decided that’s who we could help! Nalia’s drive to help others is what keeps this fun hobby turned small business going; we are already committed to a few markets this summer!
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
Maybe the restrictions have been a little bit of a bump in the road. We missed being a part of winter markets and wished we could have done more to help others.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
Our biggest success has been helping Nalia recognize that the sky’s the limit! Helping her believe that we can do anything we put our minds to and realizing she is already a very strong young lady.
Nalia joined a few markets over a six week period in the summer and during that time was able to donate $800 to the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Selkirk.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Just do it! Take the chance and do not fear failure; failure is what makes us better people.
Start small and see where it takes you. Celebrate the little or big successes that come from big dreams. Encourage our youth to give back and always be kind.
Please share any upcoming events (virtual for the time being, of course) as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
We’ll be at Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market this summer!