A Decade in Business

Meghan Finney

TEN. YEARS. Ten years ago, I took a little bit of my savings and bought a domain and a box full of dresses. I taught myself how to build a website, and me, my mom, and grandmother spent an afternoon steaming clothes. I told family and friends that I had some things for sale, and thankfully, they were loved! I still remember every dress in that first box and can’t part with the very first one I owned. Soon you wanted to try them on, so I rented a small room on the second floor of 299 Commercial St. I was the only occupant in...

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Meet The Team: Annie Grace Pero

Annie Pero

Hi! My name is Annie Grace. I was born in Ontario, but moved here to Cape Breton when I was just a little girl. Cape Breton island will always be my home, and I will always be a Caper at heart! I graduated high school in 2018, and last year, embarked on the biggest adventure of my life all the way to Australia and Papua New Guinea for six months. There I did some mission work and grew in my faith. I am deeply spiritual and have found so much life and joy in someone that is much greater than...

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LQ Customer Donations Benefit Five Eleven Youth Centre

Kiana MacDonald

  (LQ's Annie Pero and Five Eleven's Mariah Barron) A few years ago, we wanted to create an initiative that would benefit not only our community, but our customers and environment as well. What eventually transpired was the idea of the Wishing Well Campaign, where customers bring their pre-loved LQ items back to us, and in exchange, receive a discount on a future LQ purchase. In turn, we donate the items to a local initiative or organization in need. In its own small yet tangible way, it is a service that has allowed us to give back to our immediate...

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Doula On A Mission: The Salty Stork Heads to Haiti

Meghan Finney

Jennifer and her daughter, Mathilde, have been long-time customers of the shop, and as of late, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jennifer a little better as a fellow entrepreneur. A woman of great compassion, many talents, and boundless zeal, Jennifer is a doula who has established her business as The Salty Stork, and has been supporting families throughout pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum. Jennifer currently services the entirety of Cape Breton Island and Antigonish area, and this coming winter she will bring her experience and skills to the Maison de Naissance Birth Centre in Torbeck, Haiti,...

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Meet The Maker: Phee's Original Goods

Kiana MacDonald

Kyle McPhee is the owner and creative behind Phee’s Original Goods, makers of leather and canvas accessories. Born and raised in Glace Bay, NS, Kyle was heavily involved in the skateboarding and music scene on the island. He said he has done his best to stay involved in creative pursuits that have led him across both the country and the world. Through his pursuits he has been able to see how other communities embrace their creativity and his hope is to share what he has learned throughout his ventures here at home. We spoke to Kyle to learn more about...

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Meet The Maker: missbrenna - A Cape Bretoner Living Away

Kiana MacDonald 2 comments

Brenna MacNeil hails from Inverness, Nova Scotia, located here on beautiful Cape Breton island. She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she has been working as a graphic designer since 2007. Brenna studied Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University and Graphic Design at NSCC, both in Halifax. She worked at an advertising agency for three years, and is currently a graphic designer at Dalhousie University. She started missbrenna when the advertising agency she was working for closed in 2010. She says that missbrenna gives her the opportunity to work on personal projects like her self-published book twentythree, her...

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