The Turtle Shop
1. What is the name of your shop or business and what do you sell?
My business is The Turtle Shop.
I make handmade chocolate turtles with 5 filling options as well as an additional seasonal filling.
2. Where are you located? or where do you sell?
My turtles can be ordered through my Facebook page, email, website and picked up from my home in Hyde Park in London ON.
I also participate in local craft shows, I always post on my Facebook page when I'll be attending an event so to always know where I'll be, I ask that people "like" my business page.
They are also available in 5 store locations in London & surrounding area...
22527 Adelaide Rd
Mt. Bridges, ON
797 Talbot St, unit #3
St. Thomas, ON
1018 Dundas St
176 Main St
569 Richmond St
3. Do you have your own website/store or online link?
I have a website http://theturtleshop.wixsite.com/the-turtle-shop
And Facebook page https://facebook.com/TheTurtleShop as well as
a business email firstname.lastname@example.org, orders can be placed by any method.
I also have an Instagram page for anyone wanting to follow its the_turtle_shop
4. How long have you been doing your craft/art and how did you get started?
I have been making turtles for 20 years, I got started by helping my grandmother make them.
5. Who or what inspires you to create?
My inspiration comes from my grandmother.
Making turtles during the Christmas season was something she enjoyed doing as a holiday tradition, sharing them with friends and family that would stop by during the holidays as well as gifting them. As people's love for them grew, it slowly blossomed into a small Christmas business for her.
The popularity of Mrs. Watsons turtles grew to a whopping 400+dozen ordered from the months of October - December. Although grandma is still with us today her arthritis no longer allows her to carry on. The business grandma had has since been taken on by me to a larger level and The Turtle Shop was born.
6. Do you listen to music when you work, and if so what kind?
I often listen to the radio while working it's mostly new hits or during the Christmas time of course I have Christmas music on ☺
7. What do you like least/most about your craft?
The least thing I like about making turtles is the strain it puts on my arthritic hands during the busy season. My hands definitely need a break after Christmas ☺
The thing I like most is hearing people's reaction or reading someone's review when they try them. It's very nice to put a smile on someone's face because of something you've created. ❤️
8. Describe your workspace?
My workspace is a number of different locations...a kitchen, shops, my home, my van and pretty much anywhere I am. I am normally just a click away 😉
All of these locations play a very important role in my business.
9. What is one of your best moments as a crafter/artist?
One of the best moments was telling my grandmother that I was carrying on with her business on a much bigger scale, and having her approval and best wishes for success.
10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting their own craft business?
For anyone thinking of starting a craft business the advice I'd give is, start slow and grow slow. There's no worse feeling, than the feeling of taking on too much, too quickly and getting swamped. That's the point in which you can become overwhelmed and may no longer enjoy doing your craft.