As a working mother I was fortunate enough to have a mother willing to care for my 2 boys. The added bonus of having my mother watch my children was the daily visit to pick the boys up after work. It was never just a simple pick-up, but more of a therapy session. I knew with each visit- a tea and a listening ear was awaiting my arrival. As a teacher, I was faced with the devastating effects of cuts to the education system and although I was fortunate enough to continue to teach in our area, future job insecurity sparked the conversation, “but what would I do if I wasn’t a teacher?” To my mother’s credit, she listened to me dream and then reminded me that I hadn’t even paid off my student loan yet- minor details. I am a teacher because I love kids, working with people, new ideas, hands-on experiences and who am I kidding, I love stationary and colour coding.
As our conversation snowballed from an innocent hypothetical scenario, I felt my heartbeat race and my volume elevate, as I became more and more excited about the possibilities of owning a boutique and studio that could incorporate all the joys I find in teaching.
Our conversation lasted long after tea and lingered on over an unplanned family dinner and continued over dessert. Now with our husbands (both entrepreneurs themselves) contributing to the conversation the ideas flowed and the dream seemed more like a real possibility.
From the days of pretending I was hosting my own craft show in the kitchen to the days of teaching my students, I accredit my mother for instilling a love of DIY, HGTV, thrifty shopping and life-long learning. I realized that there would be no better business partner for this venture than my mother. She is a talented decorator, painter, crafter, designer, motivator, supporter, (and nagger- which is a great compliment to my procrastinating ways).
After school tea turned into brainstorming, market research and business planning and now we are the happy owners of SPREE Lifestyle Boutique and Studio. We want to welcome you on the exciting journey as this mother and daughter venture navigates through the various stages of establishment.
Spree Lifestyle Boutique comprises of several departments: Spreebaby, Spreestyle and Spreehome. These departments offer everything from home décor and clothing to baby gear.
Located on the second level, Spree Studio offers scrapbooking, painting and other crafting materials, as well as, provide a location for classes, parties and drop-ins. We are proud to be apart of the exciting things that are happening here in the revitalization of St. Stephen – the middle of everywhere.
- Kristan & Diane