Embarking upon an entrepreneurial adventure is always risky. Business owners put many things (mostly those dear to us) on ‘the line’: relationships, security, finances, time…and the list goes on and on.
I’ve never worked so hard in my life since KB was born (my “baby”). Days off are a thing of the past; even when I’m off, I’m on. Honestly though? I wouldn’t have it any other way! Somebody looked at me with pity the other day when I mentioned my schedule for the week. It was in that moment that I realized I’m happier and less stressed out than I’ve been in years!
The ups and downs of owning my own business are worth it; the successes and lessons, the stresses and celebrations are all MINE. I rejoice in the fact that the sweat and tears are all to support and nurture my own dreams, not somebody else’s.
After tuning into an awesome webinar for small business owners recently, I became inspired to share more about the WHY and the HOW of our business, Karmyc Bazaar. WHY I chose this path, and HOW I strive to help support our beautiful community.
The WHY is pretty simple, really. I’ve always been deeply inspired by artwork in its’ several amazing forms. As I got older (and wiser? ha), I realized how much the darker styles of artwork evoke deep emotions within my authentic self. I’d go and visit a larger city like Vancouver, and be rendered absolutely speechless by the art I’d find in galleries such as Ayden Gallery and Hot Art Wet City. After spending literally hours in these spaces, I’d come home pumped up and beyond inspired…to discover once again that no matter how hard I searched, there wasn’t nearly as much (or any, in some instances) of this style of work in the Okanagan. Don’t get me wrong, we have so many talented artists here, but to find the artwork that some may view as macabre or creepy in shops or galleries? Not so easy.
So if I wasn’t able to find what I was looking for in my hometown, and moving to Vancouver was out of the question (according to my other half), what was a girl to do, but open her own gallery/shop!?
The HOW seems to be morphing into its own entity as the shop organically grows. I’m enjoying the journey of letting go of what I thought KB would be, and surrendering to the flow of what it’s becoming.
My mission is to offer those unique, harder to find treasures right here in Kelowna. To help you connect with your authentic self and be inspired by art in all forms…even if the macabre art genre isn’t your normal cup of tea, it can be an interesting self-inquiry: “Why does this creep me out?” or “What don’t I like about it?”
Hopefully you even discover an artist you haven’t heard of before that you fall in love with.
I strongly believe that we need to go back to our roots, say fuck the big box stores, and support our community! Looking for a gift you surely won’t see two of at Christmas? SHOP LOCAL. Not only are you supporting these extremely talented artists, you’re supporting local businesses run by incredibly passionate people like lil ‘ol Karmyc Bazaar at 1603 Pandosy Street.
More on the WHY and HOW later. For now…support local (especially leading up to the holiday season). We love you for it.