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.

Whitby Artist Empowers Mental Wellness Through DIY Art

Based out of Whitby, Ontario, Carmen Darley is using her new Shopify site to help customers improve their mental wellbeing with hands-on art projects. Owner Carmen is excited to have an online store to reach a wide variety of new customers!

by Alicia Haniford June 29, 2021
Women-Owned Business Supporting Women-Owned Creators

Not only does owner April have a passion for fashion, as a woman and mother herself has always tried to support other women. She wanted to support them as much as she could and decided to combine that with her passion of clothing to start a business.

by Lauren Payne June 11, 2021
Wingham, ON Boutique Now Offers Boho-Chic Fashion Online

Inspired by her love for all things Bohemian, Juliet Wallace created Boho Tide, a fashion boutique offering unique apparel, accessories, and décor. Juliet has launched her new Square online store to reach customers across Canada!

by Gloria Gao June 11, 2021
Nail Art Enthusiast Turns Hobby Into A Successful Online Business

Jenny Lu created Songbird Nails, an independently owned online nail salon that offers custom designed press-on nails. Her handmade and affordable alternative to traditional salon manicures can now be found on a brand new ShopHERE-built online store.

by Gloria Gao June 03, 2021
Ontario Multimedia Artist Pursues Dream Through New Online Business

Monique Neumann, took the COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to pursue a long-lasting dream – to start her own art business. Monique designs her own product molds and then crafts her pieces with unique items from her local beach.

by Jenny Mai June 01, 2021
Artist Finds Her Roots In A New Country Through Her Online Store

Sony Johny, creator and artist behind Sony’s Studio, shares her skills as both an illustrator and calligrapher with people around the world using her new Shopify store.

by Julia Over May 03, 2021
Biologist Leaves Behind Science Career For Her Artistic Passion

From a young age Robin had been interested in jewelry, and began creating her own at age 15. After spending 18 years in the U.K., she moved back to Toronto and embarked on a professional artistic path inspired by her three primary interests...

by Ekua Sekyere April 30, 2021
Bring A Little Bit Of The Kawarthas Into Your Home

Pam Buckler creates original artwork inspired by the beautiful Kawarthas. Her work can now be found on her brand new Square online store!

by Julia Over March 18, 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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