Monday October 23, 2017

Kelly Hunter - Gone Scrappin' in Bloom

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My name is Kelly Hunter, and I am a wife, mother of 3 kids and owner of Gone Scrappin' In Bloom in Rossburn, Manitoba.

I graduated from Hospitality & Tourism, having decided early on that someday I would own my own business. After travelling and gaining work experience, I moved back home to Rossburn to get married and raise a family. While working full time, I opened Gone Scrappin', selling scrapbooking supplies in a corner of my mom's flower shop. I was promoted to a dream job as Marketing Coordinator, but felt the goal of opening my own business full time becoming more of an option! While on mat leave with my second child I decided it was finally time to take the leap!  Off main street was a vacant 1939 general store that I had always loved. With a lot of history, character and TLC, I purchased it. In January 2008 this beautiful historic old building became mine, I purchased my mom's flower business, and officially opened as Gone Scrappin' In Bloom, selling fresh flowers, scrapbooking supplies, gifts and specialty café. Only to then find out I was expecting baby number 3! It has been a crazy journey ever since.

In 2011, I received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Award for the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The store has never been just a retail and cafe space, but was began as a place for gatherings and events. We host Home Routes Concerts, Art & Craft Retreats, Art Classes for Children & Adults, Photography Workshops, Gallery Nights, Tea Tastings, Santa Photos and so much more! It is a soul soothing place as soon as you enter to discover and explore!

Everyday I feel that I am living the life I imagined. As you can imagine with 3 kids, dog, husband who is a gravel contractor and both of us being community involved, our house is normally a zoo. We are busy and we enjoy it. The store is a second home for us and a place I sometimes take a break too for some quiet moments to refresh. It is a place that truly soothes the soul for everyone - including my family.

I have always believed life is too short to not be making your dreams come true. And in my opinion, you can't just have one dream! My best advice I can give, is if you are passionate, know what you want, do not take no for an answer. Create Plan B or C and make your dream a reality.

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