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.

Spice Up Your Summer: The Ultimate Culinary Experience in a Jar

James Campbell has always wanted to create his own unique hot sauce, one that will rival all others on the market. That is why he crafted the perfect hot pepper jelly recipe and created his brand, SweetHellOnEarth in Oshawa, Ontario.

by Gloria Gao June 22, 2021
Entrepreneur Utilizes Her Platform To Advocate For Young Women

VeroDee Flair specializes in high-quality, handcrafted items manufactured in Canada. Owner Deann is excited to donate a portion of her sales to Plan International, and is using her new online store to share her message country-wide.

by Brigette Aguilar June 14, 2021
Candle-Maker From Waterloo Sells Out In 24 Hours

Simple Roots Candle Co. recently launched their new Square online store. They had 8 orders within the first ten minutes of her website being live, and 24 hours later she completely sold out! Owner Cass is excited for to launch her small business.

by Brigette Aguilar May 04, 2021
Ottawa Craftsman Excited To Change The Look Of Sound

Jeff Jenkins, the craftsman behind Beck + Adele has always been passionate about music and audio. He now has an online store where he can share his woodworking and speakers with his customers both in Ottawa and beyond.

by Brigette Aguilar April 29, 2021
Local Welder Brings Structural Art Into Your Home

Weld Done+ melds art and structural welding to bring you one of a kind designs. Creator Cyreks, is excited to introduce you to their new Square online store where you can find unique, handmade pieces for every occasions.

by Julia Over April 08, 2021
Eco-Conscious Soap Brand Sets Up Shop Online

With the demand for Koaino’s products remaining high, Rebecca notes that 2020 had actually been the company’s biggest growth year yet. Her new website created through the ShopHERE Program has allowed her to expand her business even further.

by Alicia Haniford March 23, 2021
Durham Designer Shares Her One Of A Kind Jewellery With The World

In 2013, Sadé James opened Madeoneofakind by Sadé, an upscale boutique for handmade jewellery, clothing and accessories in Durham, ON. With a new online store, Sadé can reach a broader audience and market to jewellery lovers everywhere!

by Justine Riley March 01, 2021
The eCommerce World Welcomes A New Queen Bee

The Queens Beeswax works to provide customers with all-natural beeswax candles that are ethically sourced and kind to the earth. They also promote healthy living and are committed to providing non-toxic and eco-friendly products, now found online!

by Sara Reynolds November 25, 2020
Quilts Were Just The Beginning For PLAY. FULL. GOODS

Starting out with hand-made custom quilts for babies of family and friends, Denise had to pivot her business in the past few months to include masks and lanyards too. She's excited for the new possibilities her ecommerce online store can bring.

by Kristina Adel October 05, 2020

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