Oakville, Ont. Canada – On the heels of their grand opening on October 28th of this year, The WQ Gift Company announced today their strategy to involve the local community in its flagship store on Wyecroft Road in Oakville and it plans for future stores across the GTA.
Starting December 10, 2010, the WQ Gift Company will be hosting workshops and children’s parties.
The workshops will encompass demonstration and instruction in areas such as seasonal floral design and custom made organic spa items. The children’s parties will provide an alternative to mainstream children’s parties while providing a fun and engaging atmosphere.
“We thought long and hard on the best way to engage the local and regional community while ensuring they come away with an amazing experience and realized that the answer was in the custom made experience and the attention to detail that The WQ Gift Company is founded” said owner and founder of The WQ Gift Company Inc. “Kristeen goes on to say that each gift developed by participants will have the same level of care and detail and quality as the ones produced for our clients.
Prices for the workshops range from $40 to $120 per person while Children’s Birthday Parties range from $40 to $55 per person based on package selected.
For information on workshops and parties at The WQ, call us at 289 351-0240 or visit us on the web at www.thewqgiftcompany.com
About The WQ Gift Company Inc.
The WQ Gift Company Inc. was launched in 2005 by its owner, founder and Oakville resident, Kristeen Sopeju-Edwards who is a wife and mother of two boys. The WQ is a full service gift company that specializes in custom made Gift baskets, gift boxes and branded gifts for corporations and individuals servicing the GTA and delivering all across Ontario and shipping nationwide.
The WQ is located at 2380 Wyecroft Rd. Unit 3 Oakville, Ontario
For more information contact: Walter Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
So much has happened in the last few months that at times it seems that I am working at warp speed. Once thing is for sure and that its that I am loving every minute of this new adventure. The support from family friends, clients and complete strangers has been phenomenal. I am thankful to everyone.
It has taken a while but I am so happy to be back blogging again…and hope that you once again enjoy our pictures, comment and come back soon.
Many thanks to Emmanuel Sopeju who took these and all the pictures at the grand opening.
Wishing you a wonderful day,
This month I am excited to share my interview with Boris Mahovac from iBizAcademy. Boris is a Social Media Guru whose methods of growing an online business are tried, tested and true. Enjoy as he shares his expertise and some tips with, ‘The Business of Gift Giving’.
WQ: Can you please provide an Overview of your Business?
Boris: I work with small business owners and “solopreneurs” who are looking for ways to grow their business using online marketing. I build business blog sites which work 100x better than regular web sites in attracting new clients, enabling them to engage in conversations with the site owner. My blogs are always connected to social media and email marketing systems, which are crucial components of my online marketing system.
Once the systems are up and running I teach my clients in private, one-on-one coaching sessions not only how to use the new tools they have at their disposal, but also marketing strategy.
WQ: What makes you stand out from the crowd?
Boris: It’s certainly not my height, so I guess it must be something else. I think, most of all it’s my ability to speak in layperson’s terms, so my clients know that I’m like them, not some geek on a high horse. I try to understand their needs and they feel understood.
WQ: If you had only one suggestion/tip based on your expertise for small business/entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Boris: I tell my clients that they shouldn’t try to come up with a “unique sales proposition” or “marketing plan”—those concepts are now outdated. Instead, I try to instill in them a vision of their personal brand, where they don’t need to compete: to be better, smarter or cheaper than the competition, but simply be themselves.
This type of “marketing approach” is much easier to implement on an on-going basis as it really means that you’re simply yourself all of the time. If you can accept this, there will never be such a thing as competition for you.
WQ: I have noticed that you wear shirts and hats with your own logo and brand; can you explain why?
Boris: My first shirt said “Spam Kills” and I had it printed specifically to wear to a conference on email marketing. It was a hit – I walked away from the conference with thousands of dollars worth of new business. It also served as an ice breaker – you see, I’m an introvert and have a hard time starting up conversation in a room full of strangers.
Boris: First, I simply created pieces I liked myself, but then I tapped into my social network for advice: I used Linkedin polls to find out what kind of gifts/promo items people like to receive, and the vast majority said they like useful gifts, such as pens, notebooks, etc.
WQ: You give your clients various types of promotional gifts throughout the year, what type of feedback do you receive from your clients?
Boris: We all love to receive gifts, don’t we? So do my clients, especially because the gifts I use are very practical, usable items. For those special occasions I send gift baskets which may contain a mix of promotional items but also items such as chocolate, coffee, etc. I am very grateful to know you, Kristeen, as you’ve always been able to create very elegant gift baskets for me.
WQ: Without giving away all of your secrets, what other simple ways do you use to say thank you to your clients.
Boris: I use a system called Send Out Cards to create custom postcards and greeting cards. This online tool send out actual cards through the mail, and I use it to send quick thank yous, and also retail gift cards.
WQ: You have a very busy and successful company; can you tell our readers what you do for fun?
Boris: My wife and I had waited many years to have our first child, so now that we have two kids, we try to spend all of our leisure time with them. When I grab some “me time” I usually spend it with a fiction book, or listen to classical or jazz music, or a good BBC drama or comedy on DVD.
WQ: Thank you so much Boris. I appreciate you for taking the time to speak to me and offer your experiences on and expertise on ,” The Business of Gift Giving”.
Contact Boris at: www.iBizAcademy.com
At Wreath Queen we offer Gift Wrapping Services for companies and individuals who wish to have their products wrapped in style.
Last week, I received a call from a new client who wished to have a selection of British treats, movies, books and more gift wrapped for someone very special.
The challenge was to take a selection of gifts that were red, black, green and other assorted colours and produce a pink and white based gift, that the recipient would like….
Below is the end result, I hope you like it.
Wishing the recipient a speedy recovery,
If you liked this blog post, you may also like: The Eat,Love Pray Gift
When my client asked me to put together some Asian Inspired Gifts recently; it was time to call in the troops (my family) to take an afternoon off and visit Toronto’s China Town to pick up some decor, some great food and enjoy the sites and sounds of adjoining Kensington Market.
Chopsticks, Chinese rice paper, mini lanterns, fans and other little trinkets were picked up as we walked from store to store looking for fabulous pieces to decorate this gifts.
If you liked this post , you may also like, Culturally Inspired Gifts: Today we are in Poland.
I have tested a lot of spa products over the years. From trade shows, online stores to Etsy and all across Canada and beyond but there are only a handful of wonderful Spa lines that we carry at Wreath Queen and all of them are fabulous.
Did you know that I choose only one new Spa Line per year? This allows me a full year to get acquainted with a new line. Between my kids, husband, family, friends and clients; we all determine our favorites and from this feedback I know exactly what to carry. The Wreath Queen View: If we do not know the product then how can we sell it to our clients?
A client sent me an email a few months ago asking me if I carried Spa Sisters Products and I did not. Within no time at all I received another inquiry. It was time to take a look into adding another company to my growing list of great Canadian Spa Product Lines. Needless to say, I made a call to Spa Sisters, processed an online order and in less than a day my order was ready for pickup.
What you did not know about me….is that I love most things with a strong vanilla base scent. I put vanilla in my Vanilla Milkshakes, Pancakes, French Toast, Lemonade and Lemon Lightening Cake. My dad has told me for years to add a few drops of vanilla to paint to take away some of the smell. I have even added a few drops to the laundry….Okay, so I am a little Vanilla Crazy but I m okay with it…which is why my upcoming review holds so much weight.
I am in love! Seriously! The Vanilla Fudge Body Meringue has a warm, “caramel like” scent that is perfect. It reminds me of ice cream with caramel sauce. I used it in the morning and did not have to reapply again for the entire day. Lite enough for summer use but enough weight and substance to make it great for our cold Canadian Winters. Very nice texture and some serious depth to the fragrance . This is definitely not just your usual vanilla scented product…A must have!
If you are looking for a long lasting fragrance, then layering is important. I suggest starting with the Spa Sisters Vanilla Fudge Scrub. I finished my 125 ml jar of the Vanilla Fudge Scrub in 4 days…I just could not get enough! The packaging suggests using this product a few times a week but I could not help myself.
I have been using Shea Butter for years because of its healing qualities, Spa Sisters carries a Pure Whipped Shea Butter that is a dream to use. I am personally changing brands.
I am pleased to say we are now carrying the Spa Sisters Line at Wreath Queen for my wonderful clients. Feel free to buy directly from Spa Sisters; they have great service, an easy to use site and I have met Kerry Foster Roberts (one half of the team) who is as sweet as the Vanilla Fudge products that they sell.
Wishing you all a sweet smelling summer,
I hope you enjoy this interview with Brian Inglehart of Travelonly about the Business of Gift Giving.
WQ: Can you please provide an overview of your business.
Brain: Travelonly is a 21st Century travel company. Whether you are booking for a personal trip, corporate flights, or organizing group travel packages, our price guarantee ensures you get the best price on any destination.
WQ: What makes you stand out from the crowd?
Brian: You can find your travel agent in the old-style fashion by looking in the yellow pages. Or you can locate your Travelonly professional online, willing and able to come to you. Isn’t this the better way to plan your valuable vacation today?
WQ: Why and how is gift giving important to your business?
Brian: I use gift giving in two ways:
1. As a thank you to clients that have helped me and my business.
2. To market my business by giving travel related gifts to help a group’s fundraising/ charitable event; this also provides brand recognition as they recognize that I am in the travel business.
WQ: Why was your most recent gift purchased?
Brian: To sponsor an event while receiving brand recognition.
WQ: Did your gift receive the desired effect?
Brian: Yes I received many enquires that evening about my business. And the couple that won the gift said they would definitely be booking with me next winter.
WQ: Thank you Brian for taking the time to speak to us about “The Business of Gift Giving”.
Contact Brian at: email@example.com
Phone: 905 3207587
Toll Free: 1 877 9078882
Protea is the National Flower of South Africa and is an extraordinary flower. It is not often that I have requests to use this flower, so when a client and local Realtor asked for a Custom Wreath featuring South Africa’s King Protea I was thrilled.
I threw myself into a mini study session of all flowers native to the region and made a traditional North American Style Wreath featuring the Protea.
With the FIFA World Cup on our doorstep and K’ naan’s amazing song, “Waving Flag”, I am looking forward to learning so much more (over the summer) about a country that many friends of Wreath Queen call their native home.
Wishing you a wonderful summer filled with some lazy days and maybe just a little football (or in my case a whole lot of football as I watch South Africa welcome the world).
Want to listen to the FIFA World Cup Song By Somali born Canadian K’naan? Take a listen and enjoy!
These adorable mugs are being handed out by my client Natalie Jamison from RBC Dominion Securities. Natalie supplied the mugs and wanted to have “Eco Friendly” Gifts to hand out to her clients over the course of Earth Week. I learned from Natalie that there are “Green Investments” or Investments with a Conscious…I love it!
Natalie is one of my newest clients and I really love what I have learned about her approach to business, money, investing and family.
I now have a basic understanding of Certified Organic, Organic but not certified, Eco Friendly, Green Products and of course I have learned about recycled paper, handmade paper and locally grown products. Oh yes and lets not forget the rules, regulations and laws surrounding all that I have just mentioned. Phew! It was a lot of information.
This is what I have decided to do:
- Frequent more local businesses with a “Green” Mandate.
- Continue to visit our local farmers markets and fairs
- Pick up some fresh organic produce whenever I can.
- Carry some of the Green and Organic Products that I have recently sourced.
- Continue to recycle, reduce and reuse because every little bit can help.
Happy Earth Week!
I have never met anyone who is 100 years old, so when I received this order last week; it got me to thinking, “What would I ask someone who is 100 years old ?” There are so many things that I would love to know, ask, find out, and talk about that it might take another 100 years to answer them all.
Anyway, it just got me to thinking….
Even though the gift has been shipped and the goodies will be eaten and gone, one thing is true…I am honored and stunned to have been chosen to put this gift basket together. I mean, how many people get the chance to put together a gift for a 100 year person? This is huge!
How did I get this order? Well, I have a fabulous client who has been with Wreath Queen for 3+ years. Last year she sent a gift to cheer someone up and apparently we made a large impact on the recipient. The recipient in turn contacted the sender of the original gift and thus the referral was forwarded to me. The original gift was featured in the attached blog: Golfer’s Treasure Chest of Gourmet Treats.
My new client asked me to put together a gift for his, “100 Year Old” family member and wanted all Canadian Made Goodies and Treats and that is exactly what I did.
I was nervous, it was fun and I kept it relatively simple. I hope you enjoy the pictures below and of course:
Happy 100th Birthday and Wishing you Many More!
Thank you for reading,