Company: Park and Buzz
Location: Winnipeg Manitoba
We just wanted to tell you a little about how Park and Buzz came to be....
Starting from childhood, Amanda was always known to create, craft and draw and dream up big ideas. Art was her passion, and so was starting a business. Her first business that she could recall was a rootbeer float stand, ( hey, you gotta stand out from all those lemonade stands ) and sadly it ended on day one. Next, was drafting a business plan at around age 10 or 11 for a summer restaurant in her grandparents backyard because of the gorgeous setting. Sounds like a good plan, right!? Uh, not quite...obviously that never did fly, likely due to all the red tape and costs. Around this same time was when she actually sold her first piece of jewelry. They were long seed bead necklaces that she sent with her great aunt to sell at a craft show priced at $5.00. Yep, they sold, but an epic fail, her aunt had lowered the price to $0.50 because she didn't think they would sell. However, another aunt that owned a store in a small town liked them, and sold them to her customers for a much better price.
Fast forward a few years.......
Amanda found herself modelling, and acting. Appearing in commercials, ads, movies of the week, tv series, and feature films. However, the two highlights of her acting career also were the tipping point to the start of Park and Buzz. Her highlights were working on "Just Friends" the feature film, and "Corner Gas" hit tv sitcom series. While working on those projects was amazing, the 14+ hour days were not. It meant she never saw her kids. Gone before they woke up and walking in the door long after they were asleep. She knew that no amount of money would ever buy the time back with her kids. So stopping film life, and staying home with the kids became her priority. To keep busy, and keep creative she started selling paintings online and at art shows where she was the featured artist. It was at one of her opening night shows that she brought her first few creations to see if they would sell. And sell they did! Almost everything sold out that night. One thing lead to the next with stores, and orders which brings us to today.
The Park and Buzz family of retailers has exploded year over year! Her jewelry is shipped all over the world. Amanda is so humbled, and grateful to all of the amazing support that she has. Loving that fans have become friends, and helping grow a little business that started at a kitchen table. Amanda now has a passion for coaching other entrepreneurs, especially moms, realize their potential as well.