We're excited to introduce you to Shannon, the owner behind North and Nature, an online store (based in Winnipeg, MB) offering photography prints, greeting cards and home décor that's all inspired by Canadian landscapes. We hope you enjoy getting to know her and her business a little more!
What's your favourite thing about owning a small business?
- I love being able to show my creative side and share my ideas with others.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
- Always the Rocky Mountains as it's my favourite spot but I would love to visit Switzerland one day.
What 3 words best describe your business?
- Rustic, natural and adventurous.
What did you do before you started your business?
- I worked in retail at a furniture store. I loved what I did but I've always wanted to own my own business and share my photography with others.
What's one thing people might not know about you?
- I'm pretty good at drawing Japanese anime characters, something I taught myself when I was younger.
What makes you laugh the most?
- Definitely my husband and my young daughter. They both know how to make me laugh and smile.
Any embarrassing moments you'd like to share with us?
- I was out in Victoria, BC a few years ago when I first started my photography business. I decided to try driving a scooter and ended up crashing it into a curb in front of a group of people. That was definitely my most embarrassing moment.
What's your favourite holiday and why?
- Christmas is my favorite holiday - I love watching my daughter open up her gifts and I love the warm fuzzy feeling in the air around Christmas.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- In 5 years I would love to have a retail space - either in Winnipeg or in Calgary. That is definitely the big goal I have set for myself.
When people shop from you, how does that impact you and your family?
- It allows me to spend more time with my family and help provide for them. I want to teach my daughter the importance of hard work and following your dreams - my customers allow me to do that.