Haak WoodWorks

 Kayla and Justin have such a fun attitude towards Haak Woodworks. Get to know them behind the scenes and don’t forget to enter our contest!
 Kayla and Justin

1. How did Haak Woodworks Start?

Haak Woodworks started when I asked Justin to make a few hexagon shelves for our living room. After he questioned me on if they were in style haha, he agreed to make some. He’s seriously the best. A few friends who came by and asked where we had bought them, saying they had been looking for similar shelves and hadn’t been able to find any. We made a few shelves for friends and they loved them. A while later, when I was on a de-cluttering kick and selling stuff I didn’t need on Abbotsford Bidding Wars, I had the idea to try selling shelves there. I was surprised by how quickly they sold each time, but it was a little annoying to have to repost and watch the bids etc (also some people on Abby Bidding Wars can be a little crazy). My sister in law suggested we start an Instagram page to get the word out on what we had been making. Justin and I both didn’t have Instagram and we felt a little hesitant about joining that world… We’re quite private (him more than me) and not super techy or trendy or instagrammy (if that’s a word). But after some more thought decided why not? And here we are.

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2. What is the most life-giving aspect of your company to you?

The most life-giving aspect of our company to us… there are 2 things I think. The first is that it doesn’t take away any time from our family, in fact, it helps us spend more time together. We have fun with this! Justin builds the pieces (hexagons, tables, headboards etc) and I sand them and stain them and connect with the customers. We do this together in our garage with country music playing while the kids scoot around on their bikes or “help” sweep up the sawdust (which ends up being more of a mess but keeps them involved and they love it). It feels like a hobby we can all share together and it feels good to spend time doing something fun together instead of doing something like watch TV.

The second is that we’ve had opportunities to connect with some awesome people and local companies including Duft and Co, Spruce Collective, and Oldhand. These guys have just blazed the trail for local companies and they are so inspiring. We’ve also had the opportunity to donate some of our products for AMAZING causes including Casa De Luz, I Get To Legacy Chain and the Abbotsford Hospice. I think we sometimes underestimate the gifts we have and forget that collectively, small changes make a big difference. (Ok, let me stop myself here before I get on an inspirational rant. But seriously these guys are worth checking out if you haven’t already!)

 

3. What is the hardest part of starting your company?

The hardest part of starting our company also turned out to be the best and most freeing. Figuring out for ourselves that we could make this whole thing look the way we want and not having to copy a certain model to get there. At first, I thought we would need a Facebook page, an Etsy account, and “oh do I need to now add a blog about my family and post pictures of us making our products while wearing cute local clothing so people feel connected to us?” (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against family blogs by any means or sharing day to day life. It’s just not me.) It feels good to be authentic and relaxed about it all and to just enjoy it for what it is.

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4. What words of advice would you give someone looking into or starting a small business?

Words of advice for someone looking into starting a business: Be inspired by other companies but don’t compare yourself to them. You have something completely unique to offer!!

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5. What is your favorite item you make?!

My favorite item is the crib we made when I was pregnant with our first baby and is now being used by our second. It’s big and sturdy and holds a lot of special memories. But other than that I LOVE the plant stands we make. I think a plant adds so much to a room, and the stand just shows it off a little better in a nice clean way. We also like doing new projects and hearing ideas from different people. Right now we are making a “house bed” for a friend’s little boy and I think it’s going to turn out amazing!!

 

6.Most popular item?

most popular item is definitely the hexagon shelf. People just can’t seem to get enough haha.

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7. How can we support you well?

Man, we have felt nothing but support from the beginning. We’ve had great encouragement and feedback, some cool collaborations and we’re excited for what is ahead!

 

THANK YOU JUSTIN AND KAYLA!

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Enter to win a Two Shelves OR a Plant Stand (winner’s choice)

how to enter

  1. comment below about what you are looking forward to this summer
  2. like and share (for extra entries)
  3. tag friends in Instagram that would like this prize (one per comment)
  4. make sure you are following us if you have Instagram (Haak and F&M)

Must be 13 + years old to win. This is not a WordPress, Facebook, Instagram endorsed giveaway. Local Pick up only. We do not have shipping. Item will be from Abbotsford, BC. So if you have a way of grabbing it please enter!

 

contest closes Wednesday, June 27th at 11:59 PM.

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S & S

Sareah was non-stop busy at the Abbotsford Bakers Market , so we briefly said hello, grabbed a few photos and tasted some DELICIOUS taste testers. 
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1) What is your specialty?
Our specialties are making products that are made with clean ingredients, and are yuck free, as in no chemicals, fillers, hormones etc. We use as many organic ingredients as we can, and/or authentically natural. We specialize in gourmet food and bath/body products. For food our specialty right now is Marshmallows and Candied Pecans.
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2) Best Seller?
My best sellers at the market were: Sweet & Salty Candied Pecans, Mini Pavlova, Original Marshmallows and the Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows. 🙂
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3)How did this all happen?
The two S’s behind S&S are: Scarlett, my (almost) 3 year old daughter, and I am Sareah. We love to cook, bake and create many different things. When Scarlett was around a year, we started these hobbies as something fun to do and our love for it keeps growing. She loves to help me “make” as she calls it.
We first sold bath products and Candied Pecans at the Plaza Christmas Market at the Ramada last year. We were at my sister’s table. (She is Claire from Clairedy Cat & Co.) We almost completely sold out of the Candied Pecans. Then this last summer I sold homemade popsicles and marshmallows at a garage sale and they were a hit! So when I heard about this food market, it was very exciting to be invited to join the first Abbotsford Baker’s Market. Miranda and Raylene did an amazing job and it was a huge success!
 We are having fun getting ourselves out there, taking custom orders and being at markets. We are very excited to have our own table (instead of sharing one, haha) this November at the Plaza Christmas Market at (what was the Ramada) Quality Hotel, hosted by the amazing Carol Larsen.
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4)anything else you want to share with us?
My cousin Kim, inspired me to make marshmallows from scratch. I loved that it was a healthy alternative to store bought, knowing exactly what would be in the recipe and being able to have fun with flavours, without any junk.
We value you, and want to make it easy for everyone to find products that are enjoyable and guilt free, not having to worry about what you are feeding your kids, or what kind of chemicals or toxins you could be putting on your skin or in your body. We don’t want you to have to sacrifice health for joy. You can have both; and people tell us that they can taste and feel the difference. They don’t get that unpleasant feeling you can get from something like a store bought marshmallow or other sweets.
We are expanding our products and flavours all the time.We are excited to be on this path and share it with you.
And last but not least, a shout out to my Mom, Dad, Teanna, Claire and Scarlett for their support, help, ideas and talents that helped this all come together !
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Thank you so much Sareah for sharing with us! we look forward to seeing you at all our favorite market! make sure you check there page!
– Owl and Lion

Legit Confections

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Cassandra was so fun to meet at the Abbotsford Bakers Market. This was her first time selling in a more “legit” way and boy was she so happy with the results! she left the market sold out.

we are so thankful she took some time to share with us her company Legit Confections

 

1. what is your specialty?
Fudge! In a variety of classic and unique flavours.
 
2. best seller flavour?
Seems to be the classics- maple, chewy praline and chocolate
 

3. why did you start this company and how long have you been making fudge?

I have been making fudge personally for about 2-3 years but just started my company in the summer of this year. I was encouraged by family and friends to share my fudge at markets because they figured I would be good at it. I took a chance and have so far been enjoying it a lot.
take some time to check out her pages!
-Owl and Lion

Scondalous Scones

We had the privilege of interviewing Tonia (and Jessa) at the Abbotsford Bakers Market.

Tonia makes delicious scones! I feel like if someone isn’t even into baked goods, they always love scones. The classic, sweet and savory that hits everyone’s tastebuds.20161002_120541

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Scondalous scones debut was at the Abbotsford Bakers Market, and we are so glad they shared with us! “The salted caramel scone was a best seller at the market” Tonia said. With a lot of the same reason’s as the other vendors, Tonia started Scondalous Scones through the push from her biggest fans, her family. ” My kids love my scones, and after eating them the common phrase is, why are we not rich?

Tonia came in with more than she felt was enough for the market, and went home with a small box!

Miranda from The Cookie Canister also asked Tonia to join the market, and we are all thankful for that nudge.

what is your favorite scone to make?

“Salted caramel is fun because it is a completely different recipe than the other scones.”

 

So there you have it, Scondalous Scones check them out!

 

  • Owl and Lion