Business Name: Cedar Lake Knits Website: www.stephboykocloset.ca Established: August 2020 Questions answered by: Steph Boyko
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
stephboykocloset is a business that creates handmade polymer clay and gold-plated earrings & accessories in a variety of styles at a very reasonable price.
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?
I would like people to know that stephboykocloset is not my main career and that I am a psychiatric nurse as well. In other words, I don’t need to do stephboykocloset, but I choose to do stephboykocloset because it is a way to express myself creatively. I do it out of love, not for the money, which means that I put my heart & soul into every product simply because it is an added bonus to my life.
What inspired you to start your business?
Like many others, COVID lockdown is when I decided to pick up a hobby. I had seen others online test out polymer clay and decided to try it out myself. I did this by purchasing a kit from Amazon and it turned into this really great side business for me throughout psychiatric nursing school.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
Learning how to get “good” at what I do. I went through LOTS of trial and error on how to correctly do things to make sure that my products were of good quality. It was definitely tough to get negative feedback from time to time.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
I’d say my biggest success would have to be getting accepted into farmer’s markets. This allowed me to sell and promote my products, which helped my business grow.
Another huge success is when people gift my products to others or wear them for their wedding/gift them to their bridesmaids.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Keep practicing! You can’t get better at something if you don’t keep practicing. Looking back on my products from when I first started out, I realize that they were terrible. I’m so thankful that I stuck with it and am now able to make products that my customers truly love.