Business Name: Golden Gems Website: N/A Established: 2021 Questions answered by: Melissa Kanowicz
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I started Golden Gems (GG) making gemstone & beaded bracelets. Now, I also make vinyl products including t-shirts, coffee cups, tumblers, totes, cosmetic bags, and wine bags.
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?
When creating GG, I wanted everything to be affordable. I always look for sales on all of the supplies, so that I can keep the prices low. It was and still is a very important part of my small business.
I also want customers to know that I can customize any product. If you have an idea of what you want, I will work with you to create your vision. If I don’t have something, a colour of a gemstone, for example, I will go out and find it.
What inspired you to start your business?
In early 2021, I wanted those gemstone bracelets that everyone was wearing, so I started to follow a few accounts on Instagram. I ended up finding a small local business, so I reached out to them. I gave her the colour combo I wanted, so she put together what she had on hand. Even though she couldn’t get exactly what I had in mind, I still made the purchase.
When the bracelet came, I have to say that I wasn’t in love with it. Then it hit me…make it yourself. So I researched what supplies I needed, got them, and that is how GG was created.
For a long while, too, I knew that I wanted to purchase a Cricut, so six months later, when, I decided to expand GG, I got a Cricut and slowly started to add different products.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
My struggle throughout this entire process is the social media aspect of it. It is no easy task but I still keep on going, keep on trying as I want to continue to create – it is what I love to do, my passion.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
One is when I made my first Reel. I watched all of the tutorials I could and when I made my first Reel…I think I literally jumped for joy. I couldn’t believe that I did it.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
The answer is simple – just do it.
Before I did anything, I researched what supplies I would need, how to make the product, etc. I watched a ton of tutorials and took a ton of notes. Especially once I got the Cricut, as that was terrifying to learn, but because I did my research, I can say that I haven’t made too many mistakes, therefore haven’t wasted too many supplies.
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
The best place to find GG is to connect through Instagram. I also try to attend several craft sales throughout the year and will post them as they approach.