Before the Business

Posted by on May 29, 2021

As most of you know, small businesses like mine really are the backbone of the economy. When COVID hit in March 2020, my online presence and selling ability suddenly became the key to my surviving this strange pandemic time. Recently, my client/colleague Laural Carr of Impagination recommended me to be a part of “Before the […]

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Zooming & Frolicking

Posted by on Apr 23, 2021

At this point in our pandemic lives, everyone is familiar with participating in, or hosting, Zoom Events. I have done both over the past year. Recently, I’ve been asked to be a panelist in a Zoom Webinar, hosted by the Art Gallery of Burlington, on Tuesday, April 27th at 3:00 pm. Please join me, as […]

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My LREJ Story

Posted by on Mar 19, 2021

My LREJ story begins long before there was Lisa Ridout Exclusive Jewellery.  Lisa and I met in previous lifetimes when we were both working in advertising. She quickly realized the error of her ways (lol), went to study jewellery making, fell in love with chainmaille and launched her journey to become LREJ. I have been […]

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This is a Test.

Posted by on Feb 6, 2021

Remember those “pop quizzes” that teachers used to spring on us, just to create some panic and anxiety? Well, this pandemic seems like the real life version of exactly that. Except, in this test, there is no timer or bell to indicate it is over. And now, almost a year into this “new normal”, we […]

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Meet aLIson SAra

Posted by on Dec 19, 2020

So who is Alison Sara? Well, that’s me. That’s my legal name, but I have hardly ever used it. I was always called Lisa. Always. Didn’t even know my real name until my Mother showed me my birth certificate when I was 12 years old….and there is absolutely no “Lisa” on it – anywhere. I […]

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Meet Riley & Sacha of Mile1 Delivery.

Posted by on Dec 12, 2020

    Mile1 is Toronto’s personal retail e-commerce delivery service answer for small business owners. Previously, my business was unable to find a personalized delivery service to safely deliver my jewellery goods to customers in a timely fashion. Mile1 has removed all the usual frustrating barriers associated with using a local delivery service.  They deliver […]

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Meet Deborah.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2020

I met Deborah Jenkins, of Antigonish Bag Company, at the Winter One of a Kind Show in 2018.  At that time, Deborah was a new exhibitor in the “Rising Stars” section of the show. I was attracted to Deborah’s booth because of the various bag designs and the assorted colours. As a knitter, I am […]

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Meet Jen.

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020

Jen Manuell is the owner, operator, artistic force and maker behind Fish Eye Sisters. I actually had heard about Jen through one of my other fibre loving friends, Wendie.  I had heard so much about Jen and her unique fibre work that, when I met her in real life at the One of a Kind […]

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Meet Monica and Paulus.

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020

Monica Johnston and Paulus Tjiang have been creative life partners for over 30 years. For 16 years they have owned, and been the creative force behind Frantic Farms Clay & Glass & Gallery, located in Warkworth, Ontario. Their gallery houses Monica’s pottery studio and a retail store where they sell their work, along with that […]

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