Success Stories

Amidst a growing call for digital transformation accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis, the ShopHERE program has supported businesses and artists across Ontario with their very own online stores. Find some of our graduate success stories below and see how we help participants succeed online. Learn more about the program here.

A Life Passion Turned Into A Career

Gayle Kabloona is the creative mind behind Uyagaqi, an Ottawa-based artist and business that sells beautiful handmade prints, and ceramics inspired by Inuit culture.

by Dimas Chirinos August 15, 2022
Reaching a Larger Customer-Base by Moulding an Online Business

The ShopHERE program provided Dunlop the support she needed to implement eCommerce for Teresa Dunlop Ceramics after the COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses such as hers to temporarily halt the operations of their brick-and-mortars.

by Michelle Chen August 10, 2022
Elevating Spaces One Art Piece at a Time

Located in Oshawa, Ontario Pink Brushes offers original pieces of art hand painted by owner Tracy Davidson. Along with offering paintings, Pink Brushes also offers quality prints and custom-designed wall murals.  

by Shanna Alliman July 27, 2022
Give Life A Sparkle With Chunky Glitter Company

Kristen Butryn is a crafter who finds joy in buying craft supplies, and is enthusiastic about adding some sparkle to life. She took advantage of the ShopHERE Program to launch her business Chunky Glitter Company online.

by `Wayne Sandvik January 17, 2022
A Conversation About Life Regrets Leads To A Path Of Art

After a conversation with a friend on their 55th birthday, Miriam Traher decided to pursue life without regrets by becoming an artist. The ShopHERE program helped Miriam bring her passion online to share her paintings with people around the world.

by `Wayne Sandvik November 23, 2021
Explore The Expressive Voice Of Colour With Szonja’s Studio

Szonja Vucsetics is a Hungarian-Canadian artist and art educator based in Toronto, Ontario exploring our relationship to land as the place that holds our stories.

by `Wayne Sandvik November 17, 2021
eLuminate Your Life

Steven Iseman was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and started a new venture being an artist after leaving a career in law. Through the ShopHERE Powered by Google program, Steven’s eCommerce store has brought him unique opportunities.

by `Wayne Sandvik October 12, 2021
Watercolour Stationery With A Millennial Twist

Naughty Florals is an eCommerce store that combines hand-painted watercolour florals, cheeky sayings, and stationery. Heather Brassington felt overwhelmed starting her own website, but with the help of ShopHERE she was able to make it come to life.

by `Wayne Sandvik September 13, 2021
How This Designer Adapted His Business For An Online Marketplace

Deon Best is a multidisciplinary artist and instructor with a creative background in Modern Batik Art, an East African Fabric Art style. He is excited to have an online store, and to be able to reach he Canada-wide audience once more.

by William Moo March 12, 2021

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